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.
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!
This is my first book by this author and I have really come to appreciate how he crafts a good story. Just when you think you know what is going on, he brings another surprise.
I love stories about the templates and I really like a fast paced mysteries so I figured this would be a winner. It was pretty good. A lite predictable in places, but I enjoyed it enough to buy the next book in the series.
The plot was good. Enough complications to keep it interesting, but not so many that you're lost. I kept up with the story easily and looked forward to hearing more of it.
I did not have an extreme reaction, but it did connect emotionally to me very well.
Great book. The main character's change of heart so quickly and easily at a moments notice seemed rushed to me, but my wife didn't think so. I also missed the main point at the end, but my wife got it and explained it to me and then I saw it easily. Very enjoyable book.
At or near the top. A great story, well written and well narrated. I love dit.
The "now/then" contrast in time and story. My only criticism is that the story was way too long. It had 3 or 4 endings -- any of which would have been suitable.
Our "hero" of course!!
I especially liked the discussion of the "pros and cons" of religion. A really great comparison of the subject matter.
Any of the earlier endings would have been better. The author went on and on before ending the book on an unbelievable note. Still, the story was, overall, very good and I enjoyed 99% of the dialogue.
It was so close to being good many times. The plot just kept falling short, the twists were predictable & how it ended was just frustrating for lack of a better word.
His voice didn't do justice to most of the characters. It's too specific of a voice.
This book sucked me in, the conflict internal of the main characters makes you want to know how it turns out.
I loved Tess she is a great strong female character
He was able to individualize each character so I was not confused who's head I was in.
I loved Tess' motive change in the end.
Covert spy & crime thrillers with lone heroes. Lots of action, start to end. Bad endings = bad book. Love Jack Reacher & Nathan McBride!!
I thought it would be good because there was some association to Dan Brown.......Nope!
Didn't get far eough into it.
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