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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
After being inundated with Gnostic teachings through fictional books like the Da Vinci Code etc. - this book took it to a new level all together. As a believer in Christ- I stopped listening half way through the 2nd download. I wouldn't recommend this book to those who might be offended by fictional cardinals telling the main character that Christianity is a hoax and a lie and has been for 2000 years, I don't want to give too much away, but it's pretty disappointing. I'm all for people having their own religious views, but this was not something I would recommend at all.
Don't bother with this one. It is horrible. The premise sounds good on the jacket but not minutes into the book you realize that the author looses not only crediblity but the readers interest!
The story is at once contrived, inane & predictable! As for the characters, i don't know if it is their almost silly dialog or their actions...but you just do not care whether they live or die!
it isn't often that i cannot finish an audio book, but i couldn't delete this fast enough. If I could give it negative stars I would.
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