I'm a big fan of Lee Child and Vince Flynn. I came across a description of Cotton Malone and searched out the first in the series. The research is amazing! The flow of the story is comfortable, and edgy. I'm hoping to find more back story in future adventures, to get a better feel of how Cotton came to be......Cotton.
This is a facinating book that is well written and well read. Loads of intrique (as you would expect) and suspense. About the time you believe you have the characters figured, some element changes.
It's his first book and I cut him some slack for that, but seriously it was just too preachy and not enough action. You should still read it though if you are planning to get involved in the series.
Live near Yosemite National Park. Listen to Audible books while hiking.
This book is booooring! Way too much dialogue. Plus to premise is not believable. Supposedly the Knights Templar grew rich because they knew of the falsity of the Gospels and that the Catholic Church was a fraud. So the Church played ball with them to avoid the awful truth from becoming public. Lots of people over the centuries had to keep their mouths shut. In the plot, the most accurate testament about Jesus was the Gospel of Thomas, a Gnostic writing from Egypt. Plus the Templars had the real gospel of Peter, which reported that Jesus was just a good man who died on a cross and was buried in a pauper's grave. Six months later, Peter dug up Jesus' bones and put them in a ossuary, which the Templars had. Peter went on the build the church on the idea that if you believe and follow the teachings of Jesus, then you become a child of God. This simple teaching got aggrandized over the years. The book's protagonists decide to keep all this amazing info to themselves because the world is happy with the falsity it knows as truth, so why rock the boat? Gag me with a spoon! The author tries to combine scholarship with storytelling. He fails at both.
This book takes the reader through time and around the world with nonstop action. I love books that blend history with fiction…just enough of the familiar to make the scene real. Those that look for every little point on non-fact to prove there dislike needs to get a life or at least a slightly deflated view of their own importance and at the same time acquire an imagination. It is a non-fiction mystery novel and a damn good one to boot. Where is the Templar’s wealth? What was their secret knowledge and why are people dying? The listener takes that ride. I enjoyed roller coaster. I hope you will as well. The ending did seem to be a little preachy but I will forgive this having had a great listen.
This story is very reminiscent of the stories of Dan Brown. If you like those books, you will love this book! The characters are interesting and the there are plenty of clue and intrigue. If you want to learn plenty of facts about the Templars and enjoy some excellent fiction, this is a great book. The close remarks separates fact from fiction of the book and provides interesting followup research on the internet.
I liked this book it kept me wanting more, at time I just sat in the car not wanting to go in.
I read and seen the Da vinci code, and I think this would make a good film as well. it's well Narrated, and he uses his voice to entertain you.
If you like the Da Vinci Code kind of book, you will love this one. Much of the same story elements but in different settings. Not quite as clever as Da Vinci Code, but more action. The ending is a bit of a let down otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.
I decided to stop torturing myself and take the buy as a loss. The fake accents are irritating enough, but the writing! This novel is full of long lists of superfluous adjectives, descriptions and explanations that distract from and add nothing to the read.
It feels like this book was put on the back burner for a good reason and only resurrected because of the Da Vinci code craze.
It's difficult to get the recipe for a great book just right. The story has to be plausible and motivate you to listen further, narration can add or take away from the stories effectiveness and idea be original or it generates comparison to other (usually better) books. Well, The Templar Legacy is no Da Vinci Code. Maybe because theological suspense theme isn't fresh anymore.
Although historical facts revealed in the story aren't always truly accurate we have to remember it's a work of fiction so the author shouldn't be faulted for taking a few liberties.
Bottom line, I liked it. As usual Paul Michael does a good job of narration and the story line kept me interested enough to want to listen on.