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The Last Templar Audiobook

The Last Templar

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"It has served us well, this myth of Christ."
Pope Leo X, 16th Century

The Last Templar opens with a hail of fire and flashing sword, as the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291. A young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escape 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 black-tie 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.

©2006 Raymond Khoury; (P)2006 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Books on Tape. All rights reserved.

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    Aaron R. Florida 12-28-07
    Aaron R. Florida 12-28-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Intense"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Flower Mound, TX, USA 10-15-07
    Michael Flower Mound, TX, USA 10-15-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Ending was somewhat anti-climactic"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sean 09-09-07
    Sean 09-09-07
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    "huh...not that good"

    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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kandi ruckersville, VA, USA 05-04-07
    Kandi ruckersville, VA, USA 05-04-07 Member Since 2003
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    "From horses to sewers"

    This is a practice in moving cardboard characters around without motive. From the opening scenes when he describes the horses as grey and chestnut with black manes (By defination chestnuts have RED manes, if they have black manes they are BAY) through the pointless trip through the sewers, this was a book written by a novice. You can't get involved with romance style characters who do dumb things without reason. This one REALLY didn't grab me! Things came up, then were let drop. How did they get the horses INTO the park? Later they had the insight that they were probably police horses. Fine, doesn't it seem likely that a police department would NOTICE their horses missing??? And maybe a police department would report them!!! If they HAD the horses they certainly didn't get returned and someone would have noticed them missing. The rest doesn't get any better. There are so many loose ends I could weave a blanket!

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    LovesBooks 12-29-16
    LovesBooks 12-29-16
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    "Not a bad book"

    The story is decent. I had a hard time keeping interested. The characters are predictable, but there is a decent plot twist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc La Verkin, UT, United States 06-23-16
    Marc La Verkin, UT, United States 06-23-16 Member Since 2011
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    "the attack on the resurrection is tiresome"

    I thought the story was okay until about 4 hours to go when they tried very hard to prove there was no the resurrection of Christ, and that the Catholic Church had been trying to conceal it, and then Templars had evidence of that.

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    Dan 06-01-16
    Dan 06-01-16
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    "NOT FOR THE WEAK OF FAITH"

    I seem to always enjoy reading a good religious conspiracy. However, if your religious beliefs do not allow you to consider alternate interpretations without becoming outraged, this may not be the book for you. However, if you are able to balance what you believe with the reading of a fiction, then this book may be something you would enjoy. I found many of the author's suggestions to provoke thought and enjoyed the idea of looking at what I had been taught through a new lens.

    I found the story to be developed well but felt the ending of the story to be rushed. There were parts of the story arc that felt too easily resolved and that the main protagonists' obstacles were eliminated without much effort.

    Having said that, I found the story to be imaginative and enjoyed the performance of Richard Ferrone.

    Not sure this would be on my "Must Read" list, but I understand the fascination with the book and would only suggest that one reads it with the understanding that some traditionally held beliefs may be challenged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lillian C 05-31-16
    Lillian C 05-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great storyline!"

    I loved this book! I'm a huge fan of Dan Brown's writing so this was perfect for me. I love the blend of historical and current.

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    Kindle Customer 05-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't waste your time or money with Audio Version"
    Would you try another book from Raymond Khoury and/or Richard Ferrone?

    I've read [and re-read] all the books in this series and had thoroughly enjoyed them. With that said, I bought the audio book for a familiar re-read but was more than a little disappointed! The narrator is terrible! His voice is ok I guess but he cannot seem to tell this story at all. The voice and cadence ruin any semblance of the dramatic story the author had created. I was only able to force myself to listen to an hour and a half. I'll go back to my hard copy!

    If you wonder why a book I had enjoyed only got 3 stars for story... it's because you really don't "get" the story as read by this guy.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Ferrone?

    Just about anyone!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    My reaction to this audio book was anger, sadness and total disappointment! Had I never read his books before I would have dismissed him as an author completely. Since I'd read these same books in print, I know I can "read" and enjoy them but will never buy an audio book again narrated by Richard Ferrone.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one audio book I wish I could get a refund on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ChgoKC 12-03-15
    ChgoKC 12-03-15
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    "frustrating story."

    the basic story was good and interesting but the characters didn't ring true to me at all particularly Tess the female lead. I thought most of her actions were totally ludicrous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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