Temple of the Grail is a critically acclaimed best seller translated into four languages.
Heresy, Hypocrisy, Murder....
Situated high in the Pyrenees the monastery of St. Lazarus is a forbidding place. Behind its ramparts and battlements it hides a secret so dangerous its keepers will kill to protect it.
At the end of a bitter winter, a delegation headed by the ambitious Inquisitor Rainiero Sacconi arrives to investigate the monks of St. Lazarus.
A Templar knight and his young scribe are sent by the king of France to oversee the investigation. When monks begin to die in gruesome ways they must unravel the secret at the heart of St. Lazarus, but with the Antichrist at their heels and the inquisitor watching their every step, they find themselves drawn into a fight, not only for their lives, but also for their souls.
Temple of the Grail is a tour de force for history buffs and fans of the medieval detective genre.
©2004 Adriana Koulias (P)2016 Adriana Koulias
I was uncertain of this book, that it would be hollow, but I was satiated to discover it was full of treasures. If you appreciate thrillers, esoterica, hidden history, or just good writing, get this book soon. It is worth more than a credit I can safely say.
Suspenseful Medieval Swashbuckling
Atmospheric murder suspense and mystery
Yes, but had to break it up due to time.
I love murder mysteries and this one is a cut above the rest. Full of historical authenticity which never gets in the way of the story, but makes it rich, like a tapestry. Adriana Koulias' writing is very visual and the narrator was so good I felt like I was watching a movie. I was sitting on the edge of my seat.
I love Christian. There is a Christian in all of us, part young man, part old man, doubtful, faithful, loyal to his master, but also questioning everything he does. I love the way that though he was only a scribe, he was always the one to figure out the most important clues. I also love Andre, a man who rests his entire life on reason, but realises at the end that it does not always provide a steady footing.
My favourite scene was the argument between the different prelates during dinner which is found later in the book. I laughed out loud!
Yes. Definitely. I found myself having to stop listening to go to sleep. And then found I couldn't sleep because I was wondering what was going to happen next!
I recommend this book for those who want to listen to an intelligent story that is touched with mysticism and esotericism. Those who want to savour the atmosphere and millieu of the Middle Ages will love this book and the narrator who I think is impeccable in his characterisations. I can see this being a movie one day.
Yes, because this book is so well written and so beautifully narrated.
I loved all of it, but if I must choose some moments I would say that the conversations between Christian and Andre are priceless. The mystery at the heart of the book was completely unexpected and satisfying.
My favourite scene comes at the end with Christian and Andre, it was very moving.
Sherlock Holmes meets Thomas Aquinas in this smouldering tale of religious fervour, greed and murder!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a compelling intelligent murder mystery, history buffs and those who love good writing and excellent narration. Matthew Lloyd Davies brilliantly captures Adriana Koulias' prose. This book is a must!
Definitely reminded me a bit of "Name of the Rose." It is quite an interesting yarn...one can read it on the surface but there is so much substance too with many mysteries beckoning.
The vision of the initiation of Christian Rose-Croix
I like them all but Setuba was very well dramatized.
Yes, both. Visions of the past touch one and awakens oneself to one's own memories.
May be that this book is best read through before listening to it. As I said, it has a lot of substance and one would benefit from a deeper acquaintance with the content before listening. Highly recommend if you are interested in this subject. The reader is fantastic.
After reading the other reviews, I was expecting an intelligent historical mystery. I am half- way through the book and there is no mystery to be seen. True, someone has died under suspicious circumstances and there may be a secret tunnel under the abbey inhabited by the anti-Christ, but neither of these circumstances has generated any actions on the part of the two main characters, our Knight Templar, Andre, and his squire, Christian, who is also the narrator.
An interesting premise of the search for heretics in a mysterious abbey is not brought to fruition, though there is a little something (or someone) for everyone interested in the time period: a Templar knight (who is also a perceptor and half-infidel), a squire, a bishop who drinks too much, an inquisitor who has a taste for young men, a monk, a pilgrim, an anti-Christ, a Dominican, a Franciscan, a Cistercian, a heretic (or two), and a Jew. After almost 7 hours into the book, no a single woman has been noted, not even a serving wench or nun.
Setting and descriptions are almost non existent. The listener has no idea what the abbey looks like, how it smells, how it is designed. The bulk of the text is made up of long, often uninspiring (except maybe to the author) discussion about heretics, religion, the Cathars, good versus evil, the anti-Christ and where he might be hiding, and arcane religious and biblical references only a true devotee could appreciate. And to top it off, the religion and christian philosophy is mixed in with Plato and Aristotle.
When information or theology is presented in Latin (regularly), it is jarring.The reader is given to understand that most of the conversations and lectures, even general conversation between Andre and Christian, are being conducted in Latin. The squire says his father had taught him some Spanish but had emphasized that Latin was the only important language. I can't imagine that did him much good when he went to the market or into a village. Christian and Andre are on the journey from Paris at the behest of the king and had also been in the Holy Land. I wonder how much good Latin did them there.
I don't know if I will be able to finish this book. I admit that the long discussions of religious philosophy is so dull I can't stay interested in the story, and I am not sure it is worth searching for.
The narrator tends to use caricature voices especially the Spanish cook and the German voice. His master's voice is odd and flat. Maybe this book would be better read than listened to. As a listening experience, it is less that satisfactory.
Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule
Afairly decent read, but might have been better w/o the obvious mirroring to The name of the Rose... Although happpening a century or so before that novel it is quite similar... Replace the studious monk w/ a Templar preceptor... The mystery is intriguing, but I felt like I was always one step ahead which took some of the engagement out of the reading experience... Nice characters, and historical setting... Good narration, but the german accent is a little too Hogan's Heroes... A more perceptible departure from Eco woulda made this a much better book and earned a 4*...
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