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3.0 out of 5 stars Encyclopaedia entries and half-remembered schoolboy facts, 2 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Pirates & the Lost Templar Fleet: The Secret Naval War Between the Knights Templar and the Vatican: The Secret Naval War Between the Knights Templars and the Vatican (Paperback)
I bought this book expecting some new insights into the battle of Lepanto (depicted on the cover) and the undisputed acts of piracy committed by the Holy Orders in the east Mediterranean after the fall of the Crusader States (suggested by the title). These are not even mentioned in the book.

The book is actually a mishmash of poorly written biographies (e.g. William Sinclair, Columbus, Captain Kidd, etc.). The author has strained himself and credulity to link them together using conspiracy theories borrowed from other authors. The veracity of these is hard to judge because superficial summaries means facts are extremely light. To give just one example, which forms the lynch pin of his "Templars discovered America" theory, he gives no explanation as to why he is linking William Sinclair, ancestor of the builders of Rosslyn Chapel, to the unidentified prince in the voyages of Zeno (themselves considered bogus by the majority of scholars). The author clearly displays his ignorance of seafaring and has a rather sketchy grasp of historical context.

I could forgive all this if the book was a well written page turner. After all, most conspiracy theories are a little suspect (they can't all be true!). But it just isn't well written. The whole thing smacks of an amateur cobbling a book together from encyclopaedia entries and half-remembered schoolboy facts.
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