The Last Templar

The Last Templar

Book - 2006
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With rights already sold in heated auctions in twenty-one countries, The Last Templar, Raymond Khoury’s epic debut novel, is ready to thrill readers on these shores.“It has served us well, this myth of Christ.” —Pope Leo X, 16th CenturyIn a hail of fire and flashing sword, as the burning city of Jerusalem falls from the hands of the West in 1291, The Last Templaropens 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.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, [2006], c2005.
ISBN: 9780525949411
Characteristics: 406 p.


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Dec 12, 2014

An awful book. If you grock the difference between "dubious" and "skeptical" or "their" and "they're", this book will infuriate you. The author operates at a grade 6 competency. Avoid.

Jun 23, 2012

Another in the Templar genre, well written, and an easy read with one large downside. I was hoping the two main 'good guy' characters, Tess the archaeologist and Sean the FBI agent could work together without having to 'fall in love' when solving their problems. The conclusion is also a bit weak. It assumes that without religion there is for many people no way to survive life. It is like saying a person cannot swim without a life preserver on.

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