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The Last Templar Paperback – 7 Jul 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (7 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715634410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715634417
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.4 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,752,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All the makings of a blockbuster here, in the book charts and on the screen. (SUNDAY SPORT)

fascinating... vivid and poignant (REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE)

'brilliant plotting... fast-paced fascinating... thought provoking, and the journey, both physical and emotional, undertaken by the main protagonists in discovering it is truly page-turning stuff. (CRIMESQUAD)

a good fast read that will make an afternoon in front of the fire fly by (DEADLY PLEASURES) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A secret lost for a thousand years. A deadly race to keep it buried... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Charles Green TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
The Last Templar is the latest book, since the Da Vinci code, to use as its hook the Order of the Knights Templar and the secrets about the life of Christ they may or may not have discovered back during the Crusades.
As such it is highly derivative and lacks real orginality. Yes, the secret that is eventually revealed may differ from the other books riding on Dan Brown's coat tails, but the expected elements are all present and correct. There is the academic who uncovers the central plot and is placed in danger as a result. There are the duplicitous elements within the Vatican who will go to any length to keep the secret. There is the globe-trotting and the discovery of hidden artefacts and there is the obligatory quantity of dicing with death and miraculous escape. Oh, and a romantic sub-plot is thrown if for good measure.
In other words The Last Templar offers nothing new. Accepting that the question remains however, is it any good? The answer is, yes. As far as this sort of genre novel goes its not a bad effort. Its fast paced, the plot is sound, with no gaping holes, and the characters are just about rounded enough to make the reader believe in and where appropriate care about them. The suspension of disbelief is required in places, especially the opening scene where knights charge out of Central Park and into a New York museum, but isn't hard to achieve with the way the book is written. The whole thing is also short and tight, with no flab to distract or bore the reader.
Overall then The Last Templar is a perfectly servicable disposable read. It will not win any awards for originality or style, but in a market flooded with Da Vinci code-style adventures it is does have the distinction of being both readable and entertaining.
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This book starts off with a robbery of a museum show as a cover to smoething else. At first the robbery is viewed as just that until a witness who is an archaeologist mentions her obersavtions in passing to the FBI agent in charge. The search for help uncovers the villain of the piece and sets in train a race to Turkey for something which threatens all religion via targetting of the Vatican and the catholic faith. There are fill-ins from notes of a Templar to help understand the race.
The end is quite good but a bit hollywood sweet and is in ways a neat tidying up. Saying anymore could ruin the plot.
There is a lot here a reader might recognise from the Da Vinci Code and similar books. It is a solid read which runs well. Pay attention and you won't be let down. A worthy read.
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Another author I have not read before. I know that the author is a screenwriter, whose current credits include the BBC spy thriller, Spooks. I am not sure if this is his first novel, but anyway thank goodness for new authors, particularly when they can write books as good as this one.

The year is 1291, a lonely ship sets sail from the harbour of Acre. On board is a small party of Templar Knights and a bound chest that has been entrusted to them by the Order's Grand Master. They are leaving a city in flames, and under the onslaught of the Sultan's men. The ship vanishes from the face of the earth . . .

The time moves swiftly forward to present day America. At the Metropolitan Museum in New York, four mounted men dressed in the old fashioned garb of Knights Templars make a savage attack at an exhibition of Vatican treasures and escape with a medieval decoder.

This is the beginning of the story that will take an FBI agent and a female archaeologist half way round the world in an attempt to solve a centuries old mystery, while at the same time trying to stay alive . . .

If you like this type of book and there are a few about, not to mention the Da Vinci Code. This is one of the better ones. An entertaining and enjoyable read.
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The brief description of the book sounded fascinating - four templar knights perform an audacious robbery and put into motion a dangerous treasure hunt.
I bought this book after seeing being recommended it because I had read the Da Vinci Code.
The stlye is similar to Dan Brown's book. This means small frequent chapters, and a Catholic church storyline. There the similarity ends however as this book has better character development and a stronger, better thought through storyline.
Yes, some areas of the book do require you to suspend your disbelief, but as the book is meant to be fiction, surely the author is allowed some artistic licence!
The book style, which switched from current day to the 13th century was perfect for this story, and was one of the things I liked most about the book, although I would have preferred to have had more of the old sections. The author fits them in very well together and the older sections explain how and why the modern day people are doing what they are doing.
My one criticism would be that for me the book ended somewhat prematurely (it's hard to say why without giving the plot away), and I thought the last section would be filler, however despite my disappointment the last section of the book still kept me captivated.
For me this book gets 4 stars. It lost out on the five stars due to the premature ending, and the fact I would have liked more of the 13th century storyline. No great problems however, which is why I now await Mr Khoudry's next book with great interest.
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