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.
The Last Templar was an awesome book that kept you guessing on where it might lead which kept me interested and excited. I was constantly trying to guess where the story would go and was seldom right.
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!
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.
This was interesting and well written. I would not call historically accurate or a testament of faith. This was just a good book that enjoyed listening to. Relax and enjoy a good story.
This is an interesting story with a definite ending. Of course there are always a couple of parts that you should not dwell on for believability. There is a lot of action and good flow. Surely, you have heard of the Knights Templar and their protection of some secrets. This story is one possible line of those secrets coming to light. The story takes place in current times and flashbacks to the past. The narrator is very good.
Not a page turner. This is a book with an agenda. If it had a decent plot line or even a decent character or two, it might be simply boring. This book has a contrived hatred of the Catholic Church coupled with every trite plot element. The author has little command of the history. He has a hatred and he wants to share it. I regret I wasted so much time on this author.
Mystery, history, & technology are what I like to read, even better if they are inter connected. I will love a book and get lost in it or hate it and never make it all the way through. I love getting so into a book that is feels it's actually happening in my life and at the end feel a void I need to fill with another good book.
Im glad I used a credit on this, right up my ally, did not disappoint
A story with plot points not obvious a mile away would be a Start
Not with this material
Nope, can I get a refund on that part of my life?
Pass, do not stop even for a quick visit
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