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The Last Templar Audiobook

The Last Templar

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Publisher's Summary

"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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    john 03-06-12
    john 03-06-12
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    "Disappointing... Not at all what I expected"
    Would you try another book from Raymond Khoury and/or Richard Ferrone?

    I probably will not waste another credit on this author.


    What was most disappointing about Raymond Khoury???s story?

    This story started out well and hit a spot early on where it could have branched off in many interesting directions. Unfortunately these opportunities were ultimately wasted.

    My disappointment with this novel came when the author's agenda became apparent. I thought from the description that it was a pseudo-historical novel of sorts with the possibility to be a good read. In my opinion, it bogged down and turned into a thinly veiled diatribe against the church and religion despite the author's laborious efforts to disguise it as a novel.

    The worst parts were having to try to slog through entire two chapter sections where the characters described their opinions about religion in minute detail and - of course - everyone (even a priest) eventually agreed that the church was evil and has to be destroyed because it was based on a purposeful lie.

    The attempts to to correlate supposed historical events that never really happened to 'the big lie that has misled billions of people' seemed a little desparate and disconnected too. Really a lame effort to further an apparent anti-church aganda.

    I might have agreed with some of the more esoteric points about and against organized religion if the author had been more skilled with subtelty. Instead he pummels the reader with minute obscure detail and personal opinion presented as frequent oratory by the characters. He even has a character at one point state that Islam got it right and the church did not.

    These opinions are fine in general but I spent my credit on this one to be entertained, not enlightened to someone else's agenda and opinion. Bottom line - this might have been interesting if it was honest enough to be written as a documentary or OP ED piece. As a novel it is a dishonest and total waste of time. I am sorry I wasted a credit on this one.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Ferrone?

    The narration was fine...


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The initial story line had promise - too bad it was wasted so miserably.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Glen Burnie, md, United States 02-28-12
    Michelle Glen Burnie, md, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Nothing original"
    What would have made The Last Templar better?

    To not steal ideas from several other stories and try to combine them into his.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Raymond Khoury again?

    Nah


    Which character ??? as performed by Richard Ferrone ??? was your favorite?

    what his name? the main dude, I guess


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    not really

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Chico, CA, United States 02-27-12
    Douglas Chico, CA, United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2005
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    "This is really a bad book"

    This was the second worst audio book that I have ever listened to. Not worth the time or the credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rom citrus heights, CA, United States 02-19-12
    rom citrus heights, CA, United States 02-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Idea, Poor execution"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is way to similar to Dan Browns Davinci Code, except not nearly as good. This book may be good for the one person who didnt read the Davinci code.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Raymond Khoury again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Richard Ferrone’s performance?

    His grandfather like quality may be better suited for a different story


    What character would you cut from The Last Templar?

    Tess the main character


    Any additional comments?

    Ive watched Scooby Doo episodes that were more believeable, and better written!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RST Dayton, OH, United States 10-27-11
    RST Dayton, OH, United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining Enough"

    The book was entertaining enough, lacked that additional umph that makes a truly great story. Lot of backstory, not a lot of action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mcclure Manchester, NH, United States 09-15-11
    Mcclure Manchester, NH, United States 09-15-11 Member Since 2015
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    "templer or templar"

    I liked the premise of the story but would have liked more developed charaters. It was a very exciting book however. I read some other reviews and would have to disagree with the term "Catholic Bashing". Important issues and debates regarding religious origins I think is required in this book and is absolutely relevant to the story as a whole. In the end I think that regardless of what you believe, you will come out satisfied with the results of the book. My main gripe is with the reader. If he won't pronounce "templar" with an "er" not "ar". Afterall it's in the title. He also said khaki pronouncing it like "cocky" and quasi like "qua-zee" and not quaz-eye. For crying out loud speak the english language! Overall great story."Catholic Bashing". Important issues and debates regarding religious origins I think is required in this book and is absolutely relevant to the story as a whole. In the end I think that regardless of what you believe, you will come out satisfied with the results of the book. My main gripe is with the reader. If he won't pronounce "templar" with an "er" not "ar". Afterall it's in the title. He also said khaki pronouncing it like "cocky" and quasi like "qua-zee" and not quaz-eye. For crying out loud speak the english language! Overall great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 08-27-11
    Peter 08-27-11
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    "Historically creative entertaining listen"

    OK, I admit it, I really dug Dan Brown's books. I know, they're a bit silly at times, but they're engaging. But that's not why I bought this book, and was surprised when I learned that this was a "action" book. I guess I assumed it would have more "intellectual" qualities. But I didn't mind that at all. The characters are a bit too fictionalized at times, but it doesn't bother much because at the end of the day I was entertained. I'm hesitant to leave out any details because I don't want to spoil anything, but it's about an architect that gets mixed into a treasure hunt of sorts, that can unlock a Templar mystery (sounds familiar), the bad guy is surprising. There is also a parallel story that trace the treasure from its inception. I often had to re-wind to follow the jumps in the story, but it wasn't too bad. If you like historical mystery novels, you'll probably like this. Not great, but good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Yachats, OR, United States 08-22-09
    Tina Yachats, OR, United States 08-22-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Great audiobook!"

    I do recommend this audiobook! It's a great story with good characters. I also liked the narrator very much! Very enjoyable and thought provoking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gabe Castillo Seattle 08-01-09
    Gabe Castillo Seattle 08-01-09 Listener Since 2006

    Gabe

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    "Ok - strong start, very weak finish"

    The plot and the premise of the book is very interesting, which attracted me to it; but as you listen along it starts to fall apart and it becomes corny and could not wait for it to end – recommendation: I would not purchase this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nora Seymour, MO, USA 05-10-09
    Nora Seymour, MO, USA 05-10-09
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    "The Last Templar"

    This is just a darn good book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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