The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone #1)
The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes . . . until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they... show more
The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes . . . until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was–and its true nature could change the modern world.Cotton Malone, one-time top operative for the U.S. Justice Department, is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen when an unexpected call to action reawakens his hair-trigger instincts–and plunges him back into the cloak-and-dagger world he thought he’d left behind.It begins with a violent robbery attempt on Cotton’s former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, who’s far from home on a mission that has nothing to do with national security. Armed with vital clues to a series of centuries-old puzzles scattered across Europe, she means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and fortune-hunters through the ages by finding the legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to have been lost forever when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the fourteenth century. But she’s not alone. Competing for the historic prize–and desperate for the crucial information Stephanie possesses–is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with an army of assassins at his command. Welcome or not, Cotton seeks to even the odds in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the more he realizes that even more than lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world–and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees.From the Hardcover edition.
Publish date: November 27th 2007
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 544
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
Series: Cotton Malone (#1)
Just average, and it's partly my fault because I was expecting the novel to take off story wise quicker than it did......and in the meantime I was subjected to massive historical facts (which I applaud Berry's research on) where I was more in the mood for character and plot development. The ending s...
This was a good book. I was interested enough to read through it fairly quickly and liked the plot. The Templar's appear in a number of books and it is always interesting to me to see how each author changes the tales and creates new endings. I liked the surprises throughout the book that kept th...
This reads like a The Da Vinci Code rip-off, although I actually have to rate Berry's novel higher, because, unlike the case with Brown's book, the writing isn't eye-bleeding and the history isn't obviously sloppy in ways I can't miss. This seems well-researched and much better grounded in history ...
The Templar Legacy is basically a complete rip off of The Davinci Code, which was not that great of a novel to begin with. It has fewer twists and turns than the original, and is even more convoluted. Furthermore, Steve Berry does not remotely impress me with his writing skill. In The Templar Legacy...
I was a bit skeptical when I started to read this book. I am not a believer of the Dan Brown book topics so I was concerned that this may follow in those steps. As I was reading, my thoughts were that it was well written and researched. I was enjoying the book. The characters were well developed...