Yet another insipid entry into the "make me into a movie!" thriller/romance genre. Even the "shocking" surprise is a bore- yet another religious conspiracy theory, and one that isn't even really fleshed out or explained. I suspect it was tamed down for the very purpose of avoiding any controvery should it be made into the movie it so desperately wishes to be. Go read James Patterson or even Dan Brown instead.
I think the pop fiction genre has too many action thrillers revolving about a museum employee who has as special interest in a stolen artifact. Then toss in a cop or two, and a heavy dose of anything Vatican. A lot of running around to find then end of the puzzle. I got a third into the book then had to stop. I don't know what the "it" is nor do I want to. Easy to skim this book, quite pedestrian. I'm so glad I did not pay full price.
In the genre of the Da Vinci Code, but with fewer cryptograms and more action. Kept me up 'way past my bedtime.
From back cover:
In 1291, a young templar knight flees the fallen Holy Land, and sets out to sea with a mysterious chest entrusted to him by the Order's dying grand master. The ship vanishes without a trace.
In present-day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights stage a bloody raid on the Metropolitan Museum of Art during an exhibit of Vatican treasures. Emerging with a strange geared device, they disappear into the night.
The investigation that follows draws an archaeologist and an FBI agent into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights--and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with ruthless killers--as they race across three continents to recover the lost secret of the Tamplars.
Not as much of a page-turner like The Da Vinci Code, but a more competent and plausible storyline. You won't be able to NOT compare it to Dan Brown for the first half or so, but eventually it stands on it's own.
This book is full of intrigue and excitement. The Templars were once rivals of the Catholic church in power, influence and wealth, but they were eventually exterminated. Why? Who were the Knights Templar really? What was their society's goal? This book provides some interesting possible answers, wrapped in a fast-paced, action-packed storyline. You won't want to put this one down until the very end...maybe not even then.
while it wasn't as puzzle centric as say the DaVinci Code the story was engaging and the characters likeable. I'd recommend it. It's been years since I've read the DaVinci code and really didn't recall much of it while engrossed in this book on a 4 hour flight.
Interseting take on what the Knights Templar's big secret is. This book does seem to follow the current trend in theis genre: Museaum worker, good cop, good religous person, bad religous person, chasing clues, drama, violence, and history. One aspect of the book I like is how the historical information is presented. Some of the chapter are from the point of view of a character in the past, then the next chapter goes back to the present. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
I enjoyed this book. It had a plot that kept me engaged the whole time and the pace was very fast moving. It didn't drag or dwell on stupid stuff.And the two main characters Tess and Reilly are very likable.
Great read - Great story - I had a very hard time putting it down. The only "you've got to be kidding me" thought was when they made "something" intricate that actaully worked based from only an X-ray. Is that possible? Other than that, the story had me hooked from the frist chapter.
I enjoyed this book. I felt the ending could have been a little stronger, but all in all it was good. Nice story line that really challenges estabished beliefs. But....you have to read all the way to the end to see the authors conclusion. Keeps your interest.
Absolutely fantastic book!!! It was an interesting take on the Knights Templar and was filled with exciting twists and riveting suspense. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in a great page turner!
I was amazed by this book. Far from my usual genre, I was able to get everything from this books as although I knew nothing about the historical base - Khoury provided me the background I needed WITHOUT making me bored or disinterested. It does encompass politics, religion, society, from a huge 'treasure' hunt to personal conflicts. If you are at all intrigued by the Templar or religious issues, I highly recommend this book. I agree with one of the comments/quotes on the back of the book - this book does indeed keep up a great pace! I can't say I read lots of this time of novel, but I highly highly enjoyed this book, and it will remain on my favs list for a time to come.
A good fun read. I used it as a break from so-called speculative history on the topic. It was fun to let a story tell take you down a path you know well...then at some point jump off the beaten path. Good fun.
Not quite up to snuff to the DaVinci Code, but definitely a worthy treasure hunt, thriller, love story of a read. I enjoyed the tension between the church and science. I liked Reilly and Tess-even though she annoyed me at times with her 'wanting to do right.' The story flips between present day and the 1200's which makes the read fast-paced. Can't wait to see what is in store for Reilly and Tess in book #2!
've had this book for some time now, but hadn't picked it up to read it (actually, listen to the audio version) until recently I think the sheer size of the book written by an author I was unfamiliar with was intimidating.
I was acting foolish.
In "The Last Templar", Raymond Khoury effectively interweaves the historic tale of the Knights Templar with the historical fictionalized last days of that organization with a modern-day treasure hunt for something of great significance left behind by those Knights. The book begins (excepting a short preface) with a New York City exhibition of "The Treasures of the Vatican", and a spectacular on-camera robbery of same. The police find that their initial "Who did it" question metamorphasizes into "Why" and "Is there a third party involved in this effort"?
The story is enhanced by the tale of the last of the Knights Templar, attempting to safeguard an undescribed (until the end) treasure, along with a modern-day trip to Turkey and the Greek Islands. More interestingly, philosophical questions regarding the purpose of religion in today's world are also interspersed throughout the tale, with none of the character's viewpoints being strictly black or white or immutable.
I waited far too long to read this book. I will not wait nearly as long to pick up the second in the series.
Donna S. reviewed The Last Templar (Last Templar, Bk 1) on
This was an excellent story. If you're looking for a book of fiction based on history, I reccomend it as a great story. I don't reccomend it to anyone who is easily swayed from their faith in Jesus though.
It's really not fair to read this after reading "The Da Vinci Code". These books aren't even in the same league. I am sure Raymond Khoury is a nice enough writer, but that other Templar book just blows this out of the water.
This was originally written as a screenplay, and it reads like it. I did my usual reading of the beginning and the ending, it's readable, certainly better than James Rollins, but pretty putdownable (even reputdownable, when you try to start it again). Hits the right elements of ruthless Moslems (albeit 800 years ago - what were they doing in our Holy Land, anyway?) (However, the escape from the Middle East has echoes of the author's own escape when he was in his 20s) and of effete, naïve New York artistes.
Yes, this book is very much influenced by the Da Vinci Code. And the "secret" hook is actually a fairly interesting hook. However it takes too long to reveal the secret and the characters that are on the "chase" for the secret are not very interesting.
It almost feels like a been there, done that. It doesn't help that there's no "ticking clock". The characters can search for the secret with no looming catastrophic deadline. Plus how the secret is handled at the end really disappointed me.
It's a fun book. But not really one that I would recommend over Angel and Demons, Da Vinci Code or any of Matthew Reilly's Jack West Jr books.
I am not a book quitter, but this one was just not worth reading. I even gave it a good 200 pages to pique my interest but I finally returned it to the library unfinished. I loved Dan Brown's books and was hoping to get a little historical fiction fix with this one. There was just too much going on and the characters were pretty predictable, as was the story (at least the first half of the book). It is a quick read though.
A very well-written and fast-paced thriller. The author writes in short, choppy chapters, often changing location and characters with each new one. It's tempting to answer the "what next?" question by reading a few more pages, then a few more, and so on.
The ending was a letdown. If I'd thought ahead to what might be the possible outcomes, I shouldn't have been surprised, but I was a little disappointed.
I really enjoyed this book...like the DaVinci Code...follows the Knights Templar and searching for their hidden treasure that was lost in 1291...a really interesting read...highly recommend it! -Mirah W.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Cyn V. (rook) reviewed The Last Templar (Last Templar, Bk 1) on
Not my cup of tea.
I was hoping for Historical Fiction. This is NOT that. It's light-beach-reading concerning Templar myths.
If you're into the Angels and Demons genre of ancient secret societies mingling with Biblical history, you'll love it.
Sandra (Piper) reviewed The Last Templar (Last Templar, Bk 1) on
"It has served us well, this myth of Christ."
Pope Leo X, 16th Century
In a hail of fire and flashing sword, as the burning city of Jerusalem falls from the hands of the West in 1291, The Last Templar opens with a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escaping to the sea carrying a mysterious chest entrusted to them by the Orders 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 blacktie 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.
At a New York City museum during the opening of an exhibit of art treasures from the Vatican, four horsemen dressed as Templar Knights state a bloody raid. Soon bodies are appearing everywhere as someone eliminates some of the thieves. What were they looking for?
In the investigation that follows an archaeologist and an FBI agent are drawn into the dark and hidden history of the crusading knights and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with ruthless killers as they race to recover the lost secret of the Templars.
Another entry in the historical thriller genre and something for Dan Brown fans.
In 1291, a young templar knight flees the fallen Holy Land setting out to sea with a mysterious chest entrusted to him by the Order's dying grand master.
The ship vanishes without a trace. In present-day Manhattan, 4 masked horsemen dressed like Templar Knights stage a bloody raid on the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the exhibition of Vatican treasures. Emerging with a strange geared device, they disappear into the night. The investigation that follows draws an archaeologist and an FBI agent into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights--and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with ruthless killers..
In 1291, a young Templar Knight flees the fallen Holy Land, setting out to sea with a mysterious chest entrusted to him by the Orders dying Grand Master. The ship vanishes without a trace. In present-day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights stage a bloddy raid on the Metropolitan Museum of Art during an exhibit of Vatican treasures. Emerging with a strange geared device, they disappear into the night.
In 1291, a young templar knight with a mysterious chest entrusted to him by the Order's dying grand master. The ship vanishes without a trace.
In present-day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights stage a bloody raid on the Metroplitan Museum of Art during a exhibit of vatican treasures. Emerging with a strange geared device, they disappear into the night.
The investigation that follows draws an archaeologist and an FBI agent into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights-and 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.