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The Heretic (Templar Chronicles Book 1) by [Nassise, Joseph]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in Templar Chronicles (6 Book Series)

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""Heretic" keep[s] us off-guard and entertained with its every surprising move."

-- Peter Straub

"One part religious horror, one part military thriller, 100% fast-paced action."

-- The Horror Channel

"A breakneck-paced thriller that delivers on the thrills and tosses in more than a few chills."

-- Kelley Armstrong, author of "Stolen" and "Industrial Magic"

""Heretic" has it all -- action, suspense, terror, sharp dialogue, a dynamite central concept, and richly drawn characterization. Don't try pigeonholing this book, because Nassise -- like his Templar Knights -- doesn't stand still long enough for you to take aim. This is cross-genre fiction at its absolute best. I, for one, cannot wait for the next book in what promises to be a long and rewarding series."

-- Gary Braunbeck, author of "In Silent Graves" and "Graveyard People"

About the Author

Joseph Nassise is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a thirty novels, including the internationally acclaimed TEMPLAR CHRONICLES series, the JEREMIAH HUNT trilogy, and the GREAT UNDEAD WAR series. He also writes epic fantasy under the pseudonym Matthew Caine. His work has been nominated for both the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award and has been translated into half a dozen languages to date. He also served two terms as president of the Horror Writers Association, the world's largest organization of professional horror and dark fantasy writers. For more information about Joe's work, visit him on the web at josephnassise.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1614 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harbinger Books (30 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CT39PE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 111 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Heretic is book #1 of The Templar Chronicles, a paranormal urban fantasy series.

The Knights Templar have long been documented throughout history and many stories woven about their survival in the modern world.

In this book, a Templar stronghold in Connecticut is mysteriously attacked. There are no visible signs of; entry, skirmish or attack, but all the Knights are killed.

Cade Williams and his elite team are called in; a Templar Knight known as the “Heretic”, Cade has the power of sight which he has used on many occasions during military operations. To his trusted team he adds Sean Duncan.

More Templar strongholds are attacked. Cade can read spiritually from recent people or places, but his team find few clues until Cade visits the “beyond”, a place where spirits dwell. He asks the shade of a Knight for help.

Duncan’s eyes are opened to a whole new form of combat—this new enemy employs paranormal entities as soldiers. Cade has been fighting these beings for some time; his wife was taken from him during a violent attack by a supernatural being. Cade was left with deep permanent scars, his psychic powers woken and revenge driving him forward.

Cade’s team discover that a secret group of Knights are protectors of precious relics owned by the Vatican. The Necromancer leading these attacks is after a spear renowned for the power it gives to its master. With the target known, an exciting battle unfolds for the reader.

I’m always interested in stories involving the Knights Templar; throw in a good paranormal mix of ghosts, demons and psychometry to the thriller storyline and it works for me. The military battle scenes were of less interest to me, but I can see their use in opening the book to a wider audience. There are plenty of loose ends for the series to continue, and I shall look forward to more visits to the “beyond” and more adventures against The Adversary.
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This frustrated me more than it should.

It's fairly pedestrian and unoriginal in it's plot and characters, but the writing and editing is competent enough. This is the sort of book my dad takes on vacation, a pool-side / beach book for blokes, and as such it's a fair example of the genre.

But what really irritated me is the ending - it's as if the author suddenly realised he had reached his contracted word-count (before he got to the end), so wrapped it up as quickly as he could. You're all gearing up for this big final battle, and suddenly it's : "oh, the bad guys screwed up and ran, so I chased 'em and got 'em. The end." Huh??

It left me with a bad taste in my mouth, I'm afraid.
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yawnsome drivel
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Brilliant and gripping. Loved it, could not put it down, all done in 2 days. Now to get the rest of the set.
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Not a book for the faint hearted or the squeamish, but for the rest a brilliant, fast flowing book. Would highly recommend this book and the author
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A pacy and adventurous story, left me wanting more.
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Absolutely brilliant book. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait to read book two. If you like fantasy and intrigue this is a book for you.
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The Heretic is easily one of the best books I've read all year. If you read and enjoyed The Adept Series by Katherine Kurtz and miss that series now that it has ended, this one is for you.

There are several POVs, but the characterization is outstanding enough that I ended up caring about several characters--a rare feat by an author indeed. The paranormal elements and world building are consistent and well-done. The pacing is fantastic.

This book managed to be action-packed and deal with military and Templar issues without being the least bit dry or preachy. It's got tough guy AND heart. The best news for me was to find that the entire trilogy is already available. I've already downloaded the second book.

If you liked Da Vinci code, this one is notches and notches above--everything Da Vinci could have been and wasn't. If you didn't like Da Vinci code and never got the excitement over the themes, give this a shot. It did everything right.
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