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The Templar's Code [Kindle Edition]

C.M. Palov
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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An ancient secret worth killing for . . .

During the Middle Ages, rumours about an ancient Egyptian text spread like wildfire among alchemists. Known as the Emerald Tablet, this sacred text was said to contain the secret of creation. Some claimed it was crafted by the Egyptian god Thoth. Others claimed it was written by the Greek god Hermes. But there were a few who believed its true author was none other than Moses himself.

Shock waves ripple across the world when an archaeologist is viciously murdered moments after he claims to have found ancient Templar symbols marking the way to a hidden treasure vault. And the discovery of a Maltese cross etched into the bloodied hilt of the dagger in his back makes his claims ring alarmingly true. Caedmon Aisquith, Templar expert and hero of Stones of Fire, sets off on a hunt for the vault, only to uncover a far more intriguing puzzle - is the Templar code in fact the key to the long lost, mystical Emerald Tablet?

Caedmon's quest to decipher the symbols rapidly becomes a desperate struggle against a covert and terrifying enemy, who will stop at nothing to use the Emerald Tablet's power to bring about apocalypse. Can anyone halt their deadly mission before all hell is unleashed?

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About the Author

CM Palov graduated from George Mason University with a degree in art history. The author's résumé includes working as a museum guide, teaching English in Seoul, Korea and managing a bookshop. Twin interests in art and arcana inspired the author to write esoteric thrillers. C M Palov lives in West Virginia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3050 KB
  • Print Length: 546 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425237737
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047ZGTSQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I love a good treasure hunt story... 20 April 2011
But unfortunately this isn't one of them. I bought this book as I have an interest in the Knights Templars roughly equal to the main protagonist in the story and find myself buying anything which contains references to them, however vague. This means I've read many a rubbish, and some not so rubbish, Templar-related 'fiction' book over the years, but this has got to be the worst one by far. Badly constructed and written, with unbelievable characters which vie with a mediocre plot, it leaves the reader both underwhelmed and somewhat frustrated.

I had never heard of the writer before and was surprised to find there is a previous novel containing the same characters. This is because the main male character (obviously English because of his ludicrous name) is supposed to be an ex-spy or something, yet he doesn't seem to even have common sense, let alone any spy-like tendencies. He routinely assumes they won't be followed, when they're leaving a trail obvious enough that a deaf, dumb and blind person could follow! And how can he be so surprised when their adversary catches up with them every time? The female character is a strange mix of overwrought woman and steely nerves, sometimes within a sentence of each other and it doesn't really work. And where does she get all those notebook computers? Forever leaving them behind all over the place, but always has another one available to use when they need crank up the next plot device.

I read the entire book only because I hate to not finish any book, but it didn't get any better as it went on and by the time I'd finished I felt a sense of disappointment at a wasted opportunity. It is possible that there is an okay story in there somewhere, but the author, unfortunately, has no idea how to tell it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Written by someone who cannnot write 16 Feb. 2013
I picked up this book from a charity shop. I have a weakness for codswallop so wasn't expecting literature of the highest order, but it was so much worse than I'd imagined that I found myself groaning and laughing sentence by sentence. It's worse than Dan Brown. Hell, it's worse than Patricia Cornwell. This author CANNOT WRITE. S/he may have a story to tell, but is hampered by having no talent for English on the page. Her/his English ex-spy character uses phrases nobody has uttered except in jest for about 100 years, and only then if they were very pompous or aiming to induce raised eyebrows. Cliche, cliche, cliche and all the mixed metaphor and non sequitur you could hope to find in the work of an illiterate teenager's first attempt at fiction.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WELL, CONTRARY TO MOST I QUITE LIKED IT!! 20 April 2011
The Templar's Code

Not having ever read the 'da Vinci Code', I cannot compare it with this book, however, as far as a treasure hunting, mystery story goes, I thought that this one is quite good.

The writing is not of the best and rather 'quirky, for want of a better word but I soon became used to the style and read all of the book.

The characters could have done with a little more 'fleshing out' and I think that some of the Latin quotations are a bit iffy BUT, as I have previously said, I DID like this book.

Perhaps, as he matures as a writer, Palov will go one to write more novels with depth to them. In any event, I, for one, will buy his other books and no doubt comment on them.

I DO RECOMMEND this book and hope that others will feel as I do, that this is a good story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Great Secret Worth Killing For. 23 Oct. 2011
By Master1
I finished reading this book yesterday after taking me several months to read it.
C.M. Palov the author has tried to write it in the same fashion as Dan Brown's DaVinci Code, but the pace is much slower and at over 500 pages long it was not one of the best books that I have read.
The story is based around the connection between Moses, the Templars and Atlantis. The story puts this together in a good way with suggestions that the Templars took their treasure to the United States of America. It also suggests the three of the founding fathers of the U.S.A. knew of the secret through the Freemasons and hid the treasure some where in the new world.
This story follows Templar expert Caedmon Aisquith and his American companion as they travel to various locations on both sides of the Atlantic with a murderer following their every move as they try to unlock the secrets of the Templar code and unearth the treasure.

Note: This book does contain some languague unsuitable for children!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good yarn, if less than perfect 9 May 2013
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Quite a few reviews of this book have been quite scathing, but I enjoyed it enormously. I'll agree that J D Salinger and John le Carre's statuses aren't under any immediate threat from C M Palov, but as a thrilling adventure/treasure hunt tale, for me it served its purpose admirably (and having paid only £1.99 for the Kindle edition was felt it was decent value for the price).

My only real nit-pick was in the dialogue given to the main protagonist: for me, he spoke a little too formally for an adventure hero - he "sounded" a bit more like Prince Charles than a British Indiana Jones, but it's a minor quibble really, since the story itself compensated for his rather stilted conversational style, and to be fair, his background seems to be more as an academic than as treasure-hunter, so perhaps he would speak like someone born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

That aside, as I say, it's an enjoyable tale, and I'm glad I found it.
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Published 3 months ago by gregory john
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very impressed with this author
Published 7 months ago by Bloke From Hull
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Published 9 months ago by Mr R H Jarman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Probably the best of the 3 'Templars books' .... OK for holiday read.
Published 9 months ago by Rick Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Templars code
Good plot held interest enjoyed read
I would recommend this book to associates.
Will certainly look at the authors other novels
Published 15 months ago by julie nixon
4.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure for me
I know that others rubbish these books and pooh pooh them for the 2d characters, the ridiculous plot lines and so on... but you know what - I really like these books. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Shaun
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyed the read. I wouls recommend this to any one who likes murder mystery adventure stories that seem to have a glimmer of possibility woven in to the story.
Published 19 months ago by Mr. Paul Radforth
3.0 out of 5 stars Bookworm
I have enjoyed the previous Palov books about the Templars but this one was hard going. Too much information and detail about background and not enough action.
Published 21 months ago by Tigergirl50
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I found this a difficult book to read because I like the characters. I didn't want them have the harrowing experience but enjoyed the puzzle and liked the ending
Published 22 months ago by s
5.0 out of 5 stars great characters
Love the characters and the book has many twists and turns to keep you interested . One of a series that I have read and enjoyed them all.
Published 22 months ago by norfolkboy
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