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Quest For The True Cross (The Templar Series Book 1)

Quest For The True Cross (The Templar Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tony McMahon , Richenda Todd , Cecilia Alferez
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The most sacred symbol of the Knights Templar – the True Cross – has been stolen. The thief commits a brutal murder to obtain it but in turn is blinded and mutilated after handing it over to the Saracens. At the same time, an English Templar knight, Sir William de Mandeville, is sent home in disgrace from the Holy Land. He shows all signs of demonic possession. To his horror, a frightening beast – the Basilisk - appears at night to taunt him over his personal failings. William is unaware that the True Cross has fallen into enemy hands. On arriving back in England, he discovers his father has been killed during a rebellion against King Stephen. His older brother is now Earl of Essex and displays a vindictive and violent streak. Desperate to return on crusade and bring honour back to his family name, he finds out about the loss of the True Cross. William resolves to win it back! But it’s now secreted in the Moorish city of Al-Usbuna – deep within the domain of Islam. A new kingdom of Portugal has waged war on the Muslims and William joins them to get close to the True Cross. But he becomes mired in a world of intrigue between the Templars, the Catholic church and the Moors. Enemies are on all sides and even the woman he falls in love with – the beautiful Orraca – has her own dark secret. Together with his Syrian companion, Pathros, and the boy-thief Nicholas – he hatches a plan to get hold of the True Cross. But the siege of Al-Usbuna by the Portuguese has begun and the sacred symbol risks being destroyed. Bloody battles and wholesale massacre ensue. In the midst of this chaos, William must fight his own demons, save his family name and win back the most treasured possession of the Knights Templar.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 571 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Tony McMahon; 1 edition (14 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ID8VY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This book was my introduction to the genre so I don't have much previous material to draw upon; yet even as someone new to the Templar universe I can appreciate a solid story wherever one is to be found -- and there is much here to admire.

McMahon's exposition is deliberately paced to lead us great distances over land and sea, slowly grounding us in the world of the novel. It is an ambitious, and therefore delicate, task to combine so many threads of characters, internecine religious conflicts and historical events but after a patient build-up, the reader is rewarded with an enthralling and utterly absorbing climax.

As the action shifts from England to Portugal, McMahon's narrative explodes into life when the protagonists find themselves in pitch battles on the ramparts of history, combining fiction and real events from Christianity, the Middle Ages and the birth of Lisbon.

If there is a criticism it's that the action sequences are so heart-pounding that the inevitable pauses for breath seem almost jarring in comparison.

But that is a quibble and the satisfying conclusion more than makes up for brief pockets of uneven pacing created as a natural by-product of so many moving pieces coming together.

The author's best character work is left for the two main protagonists, a flawed-but-noble Templar and his richly-crafted companion, Pathros. The wider cast is similarly intriguing and McMahon is equally lavish in describing the devious betrayal and conflicted interests within all parties, leaving few heroes in the wake of smouldering wreckage spanning three continents.

I enjoyed this -- the first of the series -- and am looking forward to the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great detailed accounts makes this a great read! 13 Jun 2012
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I read a lot of historical novels (James Clavel's Asia saga, Conn Iggulden's books on Rome and Gengis Khan are all three series amongst my favourites).

The start of the book was a bit slow and there were many characters to keep in place but I must say that I really enjoyed the read overall. The part in Portugal is fantastic and I think some of the details in this book are much greater than in many similar books. Things such as how they punished a criminal with little justice can be seen as something that is not a big thing, but it really helps to build a picture for how their thinking was at the time.

All in all a great novel and start of a trilogy. I believed the story and felt as if I know more about the time now.

When is the next in line coming out??
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seeking that which was lost 27 Jun 2014
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An interesting historical tale of the Crusades. A disgraced knight travels from the Holy Land to Portugal in an effort to recover the lost talisman entrusted to the Templars. Well written historical fiction
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