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The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Berry
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Book Description

The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes...until the Inquisition, when the Knights were wiped from the face of the earth, their riches left hidden – forever?

Cotton Malone is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen, when he is unexpectedly plunged back into the cloak-and-dagger world he thought he’d left behind at the U.S. Justice Department.

Cotton’s former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, is in Europe on a personal mission: armed with vital clues to a series of centuries-old puzzles, she means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and fortune-hunters through the ages – by finding the legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to be lost forever when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the 14th Century. But she’s not alone. Someone else is competing for the historic prize – and they are prepared to kill to win.

Cotton is soon involved in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Templars, the more he realizes that not only lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game rife with intrigue, treachery and lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world – and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees.


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    Conspiracies and plots abound . . . Berry handles his thriller tradecraft skilfully, [and] his descriptions are stellar. (Booklist on THE THIRD SECRET)

    Sexy, illuminating . . . my kind of thriller. (Dan Brown on THE AMBER ROOM)

    International intrigue, swashbuckling action, indestructible hero from the American South. . . . Not to be missed. (Kirkus Reviews, on THE ROMANOV PROPHECY)

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    'A major twist midway through the story . . . the puzzles are so much fun . . . radical thinking of the Gospels that's sure to spark some lively debate . . . pretty grabby stuff'

    (Wall Street Journal )

    'Not to be missed. Anagrams and complicated symbology abound, and comparisons to The Da Vinci Code are inevitable, but Berry distinguishes himself with a complex, well-written, and extremely readable story.'

    (Library Journal )

    'Writes with the self-assured style of a veteran'

    (Dan Brown on Steve Berry )

    'Steve Berry is a writer on the rise.' (David Morrell, author of NIGHTSCAPE and CREEPERS )

    'Conspiracies and plots abound . . . Berry handles his thriller tradecraft skilfully, [and] his descriptions are stellar.' (Booklist on THE THIRD SECRET )

    'Sexy, illuminating . . . my kind of thriller.' (Dan Brown on THE AMBER ROOM )

    'International intrigue, swashbuckling action, indestructible hero from the American South. . . . Not to be missed.' (Kirkus Reviews, on THE ROMANOV PROPHECY )

    'Pure intrigue. Pure fun.'

    (Clive Cussler on Steve Berry )

    'Pacy, action packed and intriguing' (Adelaide Advertiser )

    'Steve Berry has a knack for tackling historical mysteries...Fabulous!' (Woman's Day, Australia )

    'A seamless blend of fact and fiction...a first-class thriller...gripping...enlightening' (Waikato Times, NZ )

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1321 KB
    • Print Length: 738 pages
    • Publisher: Hodder; New Ed edition (13 Aug. 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002V091V6
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth, The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor's Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with 19,000,000 copies in 51 countries.

    History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It's his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers' workshops. To date, nearly 2,500 students have attended those workshops. In 2012 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve the first spokesman for National Preservation Week. He was also appointed by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to serve on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board to help promote and support the libraries in their mission to provide information in all forms to scientists, curators, scholars, students and the public at large. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award; the 2013 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award; his novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and International Thriller Writers bestowed him the 2013 Silver Bullet for his work with historic preservation. A 2010 NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.

    Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers--a group of more than 2,600 thriller writers from around the world--and served three years as its co-president.

    For more information, visit www.steveberry.org. or www.hodder.co.uk/steveberry.

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    31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Read 1 Sept. 2006
    By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback
    Having just finished Steve Berry's The Third Secret and being really impressed with it I decided to read this one straight away. It is a thing I normally never do, read two books by the same author straight after one another, because I am constantly comparing the two books in my mind and it takes away some of the freshness of the novel.

    The Templar Legacy is in the same mould as The Third Secret, but there the comparison ends. The book is a gutsy suspense story and makes no apologies for being so. The writing is I feel better than Dan Brown's, although that is not a criticism of Mr. Brown. I enjoyed the Da Vinci Code and Digital Fortress enormously.

    Whenever a book is said to contain mysterious codes or people having to trace back to ancient cults and religions, as with the Templars, readers tend to lump them with the Da Vinci Code, but this book stands tall on its own plot and the writing expertise of Steve Berry. I can only recommend it. I am sure you will enjoy it.
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    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    By Amelrode VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I had already read and enjoyed two of Steve Berry's thrillers but the Templar Legacy really outshines them. Steven Berry had become better and better with each of his novels. From page one the reader gets hooked and swept into the story. There is not a single moment of boredom waiting for you, the story develops sytematically and the surprises are not coming out of the blue. The personalities are well descripted and one feels very comfortable with them. One can understand. The message is powerful too. Till the very last the tension is kept.

    While reading I was reading this book I was always annoyed when I had to stop... It is a real page turner and the best book I have read for a long time. My only regret: it had to cme to an end! Thanks very much Mr Berry for the thrilling time yu gave me.

    I would love to have given it more than 5 stars....

    You will enjoy this book!!!
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A RIVETING THRILLER... 25 Aug. 2007
    By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback
    Once again, this author had me enthralled with his mélange of historical fiction, adventure, and suspense. As I have long had an interest in the Knights Templar, this book had me from the beginning, hook, line, and sinker. I was riveted. The plot is centered on the search for the reputed missing treasury of the Knights Templar, as well as an ancient Templar archive known as the Great Devise, which may conflict with accepted Christian dogma. While, as with others of the author's books, the plot may seem a bit far-fetched, it does not diminish the entertainment value of this work of fiction.

    The book's central character, Cotton Malone, is a former operative for the United States government, now retired and living in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he operates a rare book store. When he is visited by his former boss, Stephanie Nelle, Cotton finds himself embroiled in the middle of a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries. It appears that the Knights Templar, long thought to have ceased to exist after they were exterminated in the fourteenth century, are alive and well and headed by a fanatic in pursuit of those clues that will lead them to the Great Devise, as well as the lost treasury of the Knights Templar of old. Ms. Nelle is believed by them to have some of the clues that will lead to that which is being sought.

    Intermixed with the action and adventure is a good amount of information on the history of the Knights Templar, as well as the contradictions amongst the various Gospels in terms of the Resurrection. As with the author's other books, there are many twists and turns in the tale, which makes for a fast-paced, exciting story that is sure to grip the reader.
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    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Recommended 8 Jun. 2006
    By Sue K VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback
    I came across this book by accident and I'm glad I did. This isn't another so-so conspiracy story written in the Da Vinci Code vein. This is an intelligent, well researched book with strong characterisations and is actually centred on the enigma surrounding Berenger Sauniere. The story takes place in and around Rennes le Chateau. It's a good yarn that won't disappoint and in my opinion outshines Dan Brown's book.
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    27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average da Vinci Code copy 24 Mar. 2006
    Format:Paperback
    I was fortunate enough to be able to read an advance reader's copy of this. I expected a da Vinci clone but I was wrong. This is a story that stands on its own and is very exciting. The action is continuous but not over done. The connection between scholars researching Rennes-le-Chateau and the remaining members of the order of the Templars is lots of fun and keeps the pages turning well into the night. The story starts in Copenhagen then travels to the Languedoc region in France. I found it entirely satisfying and intend to buy a copy for myself when it comes out.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Jun. 2007
    Format:Paperback
    This was simply excellent. The author has done exhaustive research on this topic, and has merged historical fact and contemporary fiction in a way that makes for easy and enjoyable reading, unlike many other writers in this genre. His characters are real, three-dimensional human beings; his dialogue sparkles and the plot makes pretty good sense. I very much look forward to reading his other books. Highly recommended.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Read 17 Mar. 2007
    By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Hardcover
    Having just finished Steve Berry's The Third Secret and being really impressed with it I decided to read this one straight away. It is a thing I normally never do, read two books by the same author straight after one another, because I am constantly comparing the two books in my mind and it takes away some of the freshness of the novel.

    The Templar Legacy is in the same mould as The Third Secret, but there the comparison ends. The book is a gutsy suspense story and makes no apologies for being so. The writing is I feel better than Dan Brown's, although that is not a criticism of Mr. Brown. I enjoyed the Da Vinci Code and Digital Fortress enormously.

    Whenever a book is said to contain mysterious codes or people having to trace back to ancient cults and religions, as with the Templars, readers tend to lump them with the Da Vinci Code, but this book stands tall on its own plot and the writing expertise of Steve Berry. I can only recommend it. I am sure you will enjoy it.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Feeling brain dead? Then this is for you.
    Oh dear. Every cliche of the adventure novel lined up here, badly written and over-dramatised, with Really Good good guys and Really Bad bad ones. Read more
    Published 28 days ago by johnh
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good read
    Published 1 month ago by Sandy Mair
    4.0 out of 5 stars what can i say, its a cotton malone bok ...
    what can i say,its a cotton malone bok.ideal for holidays etc
    Published 1 month ago by Anthony G.
    3.0 out of 5 stars The story beeing nothing special, I might just advise ...
    The story beeing nothing special, I might just advise Steve Berry for the next time he writes a book set in France : if you wanna include sentences/conversations in french, maybe... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by PL504
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    not my thing
    Published 2 months ago by donna
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great tale of truth and fiction regarding the templars
    Published 4 months ago by taffc
    5.0 out of 5 stars what a fantastic read would recommend
    What a fantastic author, keeps you on the edge of your seat, just did not want to put this book down, would recommend. Better than Dan Brown
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    A really good story!
    Published 6 months ago by Richard Killen
    4.0 out of 5 stars good compelling read
    Part fact part fiction and a very good read that could not be put down until the end was reached.
    Published 6 months ago by Gary Duncan
    4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read on a much written subject in fiction
    My favorite Cotton Malone book, looks as tho its well researched(not being a Templar history expert how can we really know, but it looks that way). Read more
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