The Last Templar
"It has served us well, this myth of Christ." —Pope Leo X, 16th Century In a hail of fire and flashing sword, as the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, The Last Templar opens with a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escaping to the sea... show more
"It has served us well, this myth of Christ." —Pope Leo X, 16th Century In a hail of fire and flashing sword, as the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, The Last Templar opens with a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escaping to the sea carrying a mysterious chest entrusted to them by the Order’s dying Grand Master. The ship vanishes without a trace. In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights emerge from Central Park and ride up the Fifth Avenue steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the blacktie opening of a Treasures of the Vatican exhibit. Storming through the crowds, the horsemen brutally attack anyone standing between them and their prize. Attending the gala, archaeologist Tess Chaykin watches in silent terror as the leader of the horsemen hones in on one piece in particular, a strange geared device. He utters a few cryptic Latin words as he takes hold of it with reverence before leading the horsemen out and disappearing into the night. In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and Tess are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading Knights, plunging them into a deadly game of cat and mouse with ruthless killers as they race across three continents to recover the lost secret of the Templars.
Publish date: January 19th 2006
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
Series: Templar (#1)
Archaeologist - check Secret that could topple the church - check secret catholic group out to preserve secret - check chunks of exposition to fill in history - check (but at least this involved debate not preaching) Government agent wrestling with conscience - check no, it's not the Da Vinci Code,...
My first read from Khoury, and I am not impressed. I was looking for something more along the lines of Dan Brown's and Steve Berry's writing -- of cryptography / cryptology and of all the wonderful ways of trying to decipher the clues as the tale unfolds -- something more intriguing and mentally eng...
Este livro leva-nos numa viagem pelo mundo dos Templários e os seus segredos. Começa com uma Exposição dos Tesouros do Vaticano, após o 11 de Setembro. em que são roubados alguns artefactos por quatro cavaleiros vestidos de Templários. O porquê desse episódio é o catalisador para uma aventura delici...
It is really hard for a book to qualify for only one star from me. There are soooooo many things that cause it for this one. Not least: it's way too long. Finally, 7/8th of the way through, I just couldn't finish it.
A good book. Your classic search for the secret that brings down Christianity story. It seems that more and more novels these days are written as a precursor to the summer blockbuster though.