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The Templar Agenda [Kindle Edition]

John Paul Davis
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Book Description

UK Top 20 - #16
UK Top 3 - Thrillers
UK #1 - Religious Fiction
US Top 5 - Historical Thrillers
US Top 20 - Religious Fiction
From the Bestselling Author of The Plantagenet Vendetta and The Larmenius Inheritance
Can't wait for the new one! - RICHARD DOETSCH, international bestselling author of Thieves of Heaven, Half Past Dawn, and The 13th Hour
John Paul Davis clearly owns the genre of historical thrillers. The Templar Agenda is a fast paced and absorbing tale that takes the reader on an exhilarating adventure from the first page to the last. This tantalizing story is intricately woven and stretches from the ancient secrets of the world's most powerful society to the modern behind-the-scenes brotherhood that still wields power on a global level. - STEVEN SORA, author of The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar, The Lost Colony of the Templars, Secret Societies of America's Elite
A well-researched, original and fascinating work - a real page-turner. - GRAHAM PHILLIPS, bestselling author of The End of Eden, Merlin and the Discovery of Avalon, The Templars and the Ark of the Covenant, Alexander the Great, The Moses Legacy, The Marian Conspiracy, Act of God
A clever, absorbing tale...The Templar Agenda grabs you right from the murderous beginning and takes you on a fast-paced, thoroughly researched thrill-ride... - DAVID LEADBEATER, UK #1 bestselling thriller author of The Bones of Odin
Told at a pace that leaves the reader breathless, Davis has constructed a plot that flies across the planet...We follow the novel's protagonists, Swiss Guard Mikael (Mike) Frei and Gabrielle Leoni, daughter of a murdered banker, as they race against time to uncover the hidden secret that has already led to a series of assassinations, could wreak havoc in the world's banking capitals, and threatens the stability and integrity of the Catholic Church itself.... Davis is adept at managing several storylines, moving swiftly from one group of characters to another, as the novel progresses. But he is equally skilled at ensuring that the reader remains gripped by the central plot to its dramatic and surprising conclusion... - JOHN ALCOCK, author, prize winning poet, and former Director of Open Studies Creative Writing, University of Warwick, and Exchange Professor in Dramatic Literature, Eastern Michigan University
A Swiss banker is found murdered, the latest in a string of murders whose victims had connections to the Vatican. Their killers: a secret society whose members include some of the most influential men on the planet. They are the inheritors of the Knights Templar: an ancient brotherhood of warrior monks who once fought for the preservation of the Church in dangerous times.
But in whose name do they act now?
Back in Rome, the Vatican Police make a chilling discovery. All of the victims have one thing in common. And the Camerlengo's great-niece is their next target. 
When Swiss Guard Mikael (Mike) Frei is sent to St. Gallen to act as temporary bodyguard for Gabrielle Leoni, daughter of the murdered banker and great-niece of the Camerlengo, he is completely unprepared for what awaits him. Mike and Gabrielle fail to take to one another but following the discovery of a 14th century diary left behind by Gabrielle's father which provides a dramatic insight into the cause of recent deaths, both of their lives are endangered.
A disturbing trail is emerging and an explosive secret is waiting to be discovered: a secret someone wants to remain hidden. With Gabrielle intent on discovering the truth behind her father's murder, Mike's position is compromised, forcing him to embark on a dangerous mission across Europe and the Atlantic to ensure Gabrielle's safety and in doing so attempt to uncover the identity of the murderers before they strike again. Something serious is about to happen...

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John Paul Davis is the author of four bestselling thriller novels and three historical biographies. His website is

His first novel, The Templar Agenda, an historical thriller, has been ranked in the UK top 20, including top 3 in thrillers and number 1 in religious fiction. It has also appeared in the top 20 in religious fiction on Amazon US. His second thriller, The Larmenius Inheritance, was released in January 2013 and has also appeared at the top of the religious fiction chart, as well as top 50 in thrillers and top 350 overall.

His third thriller, THE PLANTAGENET VENDETTA, has also been a bestseller, including being ranked #161 in the UK chart and Top 30 thrillers. His fourth thriller, The Cortés Enigma, is now available in standalone edition; the first edition formed part of the bestselling HOT BOX box set, that included work by International Bestselling thriller authors David Leadbeater, Mike Wells and Steven Bannister.

His debut work, Robin Hood: The Unknown Templar, has been the subject of international attention, including articles in The Sunday Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Yorkshire Post and Nottingham Evening Post, mentions in USA Today and The Independent and reviews in the Birmingham Post and Medieval History Journal. His second work, Pity for the Guy, is the first full length biography of Guy Fawkes and was featured on "The Alan Titchmarsh Show" in November 2011.

His latest work, The Gothic King - a biography of Henry III, was released in the UK on 9 April 2013.

He is currently working on further thrillers, due to be released in 2015.

He was educated at Loughborough University and lives in Warwickshire.

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SWEEPING HISTORICAL THRILLER 4 Mar. 2012
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There's a new player in the historical thriller genre, and his name is John Paul Davis. Conspiracy theory, the legends surrounding the Knights Templar, historical fact and global intrigue: Davis brings them all together in THE TEMPLAR AGENDA, a story so richly told you'll have trouble deciphering fact from fiction.

The story begins with the deaths of several men, all seemingly unrelated. As events unfold, a pattern emerges that reveals each death, some of which are designed to appear natural, is actually part of a great scheme of murder created to protect an ancient secret society - a New World Order who plan and direct key historical events. The story's protagonist, Mike, a Swiss Guard, is given the unusual responsibility of protecting Gabrielle, the daughter of one of the dead men and a woman also marked for murder.

The two delve into the events surrounding these murders and uncover the incredible possibility that the Knights Templar have survived until the modern day. Their relationship, at first distant, develops into one of respect, trust, and, as the plot progresses, mutual dependence as both of their fates become entangled in a 700-year old feud.

Davis' dexterity with research shines in a story that leaves the reader wondering where fiction ends and plausible truth begins. He weaves a tale of frightening intensity that sweeps across the globe, through the Catholic Church, governments, and financial giants, and delves into the moral ambiguity surrounding those who hold the reins to great power. His characters and their actions beg the question: are the motives of these powerful people altruistic or founded in greed? Thanks to a twist at the end, Davis does a brilliant job of leaving the reader wondering whether secret societies are a force for good or evil.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok 13 Jan. 2013
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I enjoyed the book but I found it a bit hard going. Its a complicated story and not the kind of book you can pick up now and again just to read a couple of chapters. You do have to concentrate on the plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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As has been noted in other reviews, there are many times that the waffle and long-winded descriptions of places or meetings becomes difficult and even unrewarding to wade through. I feel that the story would not be in the least bit harmed by chopping out a significant amount of this 'padding' and it would make for a smoother read.

There are a number of irritating but minor other points (such as starting a number of consecutive sentences with the the word "Now" when people are speaking or describing the appearance of known characters in a scene by saying "the bearded man" or somesuch, to avoid giving away a plot twist) but generally these do not majorly detract from the narrative.

Unlike some of the 1 and 2 star reviewers, I didn't give up and managed to finish the book (Kindle version). I'm glad I persevered but will admit that it took more effort than it should have. The story is good, seems well-researched and has enough of the conspiracy theory and Machiavellian background to keep you interested.

One for the holiday, when there's plenty of time perhaps...?
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Templar Agenda 27 Feb. 2012
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I read many historical/religious books and if a hint of Templar is thrown in then all the better. The Templar Agenda did not let me down,this is a fast paced thriller with excellent twists and turns, the story is built around a strong central character, who takes us to places and buildings that are described in perfect detail. We also get a very good insight into Masonic , Templar and Chritian beliefs. If you like to read this genre of books then this book is a must!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Templar Agenda 7 Feb. 2012
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I enjoyed this book immensly it was fast paced, and gripped me right from the beginning. The main characterers are believable, and you feel yourself being drawn along with them, as the plot twists and turns, and murders and historical facts merge together. I don't want to give to much of the story away other than to say once I had started it I couldn't put it down. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly Writen 16 April 2014
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A subject which fascinates me was overshadowed by the poor writing style to the extent that after about thirty pages I could read no more.A strange fussy almost childlike use of language. e.g,"near the double doors leading to the courtyard a man with greasy hair and a dark malevolent face was standing facing a man with white hair and an equally malevolent face. Not to Mikes knowledge they were both British Members of Parliament" and so on. Very very disappointing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Templar Agenda 4 Feb. 2013
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Brilliant. Light but kept me reading & knew what the
author was talking about. I am lookig for more titles from this gentleman
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Templer Agenda 3 Jun. 2012
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an excellent story from start to finish, one which one cannot put down, and when read ,one wishes they had taken longer to read it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
To convoluted
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother please, life is too short.
Dreadful the writing is year 7 on a good day. Only kept on yo the end in the vain hope it would get better. The whole concept is completely mixed up and in the end makes no sense. Read more
Published 27 days ago by tis2
4.0 out of 5 stars good read, can get bogged down with detail
Good story line, story seemed slow at times, had a sensible end, good factual references, difficult to remember the names of all the people in the story
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This book is gripping from the start. It is so well written that although it isn't completely true in all the facts you could imagine that it was. Read more
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It's a struggle to read; the writing style is really awkward and quite poor and in a lot of cases, too far-fetched such as finding a cave big enough to walk through, very close to... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Templar Agenda
Have tried completing this book several times but I just can't get into this as it appears to keep going off at a tangent. Maybe it's me
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