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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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    Bruce Pflieger Houston, TX 01-05-13
    Bruce Pflieger Houston, TX 01-05-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Be secure in your faith before listening!"

    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.

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    Caitlin C Walsh 06-30-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyed it"
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    Im glad I used a credit on this, right up my ally, did not disappoint

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    Jenniferk sc 05-06-12
    Jenniferk sc 05-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Been there done that several times before"
    Would you try another book from Raymond Khoury and/or Richard Ferrone?

    Not really


    What could Raymond Khoury have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A story with plot points not obvious a mile away would be a Start


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not with this material


    Was The Last Templar worth the listening time?

    Nope, can I get a refund on that part of my life?


    Any additional comments?

    Pass, do not stop even for a quick visit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 04-30-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A look behind the Churches curtain"

    The book is about the 'secret' the knights Templar held over the Catholic Church. This book provides a look into the working of the Catholic Church. It looks into how they will do anything to protect themselves, so they never lose power. It also delves into the treaties that are open to the public that we never read. The author goes into detail about the history of the Templar's and the relationship between the Catholic Church and people. The story shows how we can see one thing and still believe another. There are more books in the series, however none of them are required. This is a good stand alone story. No point in ruining it with less than good squeals.

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    Sue Wandandian, AL, United States 03-31-12
    Sue Wandandian, AL, United States 03-31-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A bit predictable"
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    Although I didn't mind listening to this book, I did think straightaway this is a similar format to the Davinci Code. There were some good action bits in it, but it was very predictable. You can tell that it was awkward for the author to write in the romance.

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    Dehuel Newark, NJ 07102, NJ, United States 03-26-12
    Dehuel Newark, NJ 07102, NJ, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing story!"
    If you could sum up The Last Templar in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, history based, great thriller


    What other book might you compare The Last Templar to and why?

    Da vinci code in the good why they can of have the same back story but the last Templar is defiantly more intense and gives you historical facts that you can google and find out that they actually happened I'm amazed by this book and for sure will continue with the series if it is as intense as this book.
    The author's jumping back and forth between the 14th and 21st centuries was sometimes hard to follow. Some of the premises of the plot, such as the link between the Vatican and the CIA were also a little hard to swallow. And the hurdles that some of the main characters are able to leap in the latter stages of the book are somewhat unbelievable. And Christians who read this book should never lose track of the fact that the book, like the Davinci Code, is a work of fiction.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Ferrone’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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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