After being inundated with Gnostic teachings through fictional books like the Da Vinci Code etc. - this book took it to a new level all together. As a believer in Christ- I stopped listening half way through the 2nd download. I wouldn't recommend this book to those who might be offended by fictional cardinals telling the main character that Christianity is a hoax and a lie and has been for 2000 years, I don't want to give too much away, but it's pretty disappointing. I'm all for people having their own religious views, but this was not something I would recommend at all.
I thouroughly enjoyed this book. It was full of a lot of great substories that draw the reader(listener) in and keeps you there. The ideas it brings up gives you food for thought and could be great to discuss with friends.
I thouroughly enjoyed this book until the last one hour of listening. I kept expecting something "more" to happen in the end and was in disbelief when it just...ended. Yes, there was a final chase/struggle but even that was just a bit disappointing. Without going into too much detail, I will just say there were too many loose ends. Even the epilogue left me wanting for more and offered no real closure to the story. Having said that, I would still suggest this book to a friend.
I was looking forward to this book, but I found it a little long winded. An example would be when the "bad guy" confronts the "good guy" and has a 25 minute diatribe about why the "good guy" has been misled along with the rest of mankind.... OK if you are looking for something very light and don't mind having guessing what's coming next.
There is a place for an audio book such as this, especially after listening to something heavy and involved and detailed and intricate. In other words, after something that was very entertaining and complex to listen to, it's a relaxing break to listen to suspense-filled bubble gum. "The Last Templar" is a second-rate copy of a Dan Brown novel, Mr. Brown himself a second-rate author. The characters are two-dimensional and predictable; you see the big plot points coming at you a mile away, but there's a comfort in its predictability -- maybe the same reason certain people go to see the same opera (I myself can't stand opera) ad infinitum. The author has a gift for developing a predictable outline of action and then lopping story and thin characterizations onto it, like throwing modeling clay at a target, possibly. Two annoying things: the narrator's voice -- and I see he voices all the books from this author -- does not have the flexibility and range needed for the various characters. There's an essence of sandpaper to his tone, combined with a little breathiness, and it becomes a labor to listen. Another annoying thing: the author uses a certain device A LOT: He'll narrate a point, then, to emphasize it, he turns around and uses the phrase "Not that X would do Y (fill in X and Y for yourself). I don't know what this device would be called, but after spotting it a couple times per chapter almost, it's almost like a game, maybe a drinking game (if I wasn't driving while listening) where I'd take a drink every time this device is used. I think I'd get pretty plastered doing that ... not that this would be a bad thing. (yes, I used this device on purpose). Anyway, feel free to read it: if you need a break after something concrete and detailed with fantastic characterizations, this will be a relaxing break from the quality you may be used to.
Just another diatribe against Catholics, people of faith and Catholic priests. Started out OK but it doesn't take long to figure out the author's agenda. Read it if your a social activist, this rant will fit your bill.