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Not so Templar related as the title would make you believe
on 31 March 2013
Three stars overall...it's well researched and documentation included but I'd give it 0 stars based on the title of the book and its description as it has VERY LITTLE to do with Templars. The author did a fantastic job in his research and documentation in an attempt to prove biblical passages as factual vs metaphorical. So if you've got an interest in learning more about biblical fact from fiction, this book is for you. If you're a Templar researcher/fanatic etc, don't count on this book giving you any revelations about them or ah-ha moments about their "lost treasure" or reason for being an order etc. The Templars are mentioned on page 1 then briefly again during the authors journies and only 1 chapter is devoted to the Templars, or more specially, one man who was a Templar, and this chapter leaves me wondering how vaild the "evidence" is becauase, if you know much about Templars, if they left the organization, they were supposedly to retire to a monestary and devote their lives to prayer etc. This particular Templar left the order (or that's what's inferred....to me anyway) and was exceedingly wealthy (following his time in the Crusades), bought land, built a magnificient home, got married etc. Very un-Templar-like. So I'm not even convinced that what little bit about "the Templars" actually in the book is valid.
Graham Philips, in my opinion, is an excellent writer and researcher and I will probably read more of his books. However, the title of this book to me is extremely misleading and should have been something a lot more simple like "The Search for the Ark of the Covenant" with a different, more appropriate to the content of the book, description.