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The Last Templar (Thorndike Americana) Hardcover – Large Print, 5 Jul 2006

3.5 out of 5 stars 183 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 645 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (5 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786287187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786287185
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 15.1 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,646,820 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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With an incredible start with a raid on a museum with knights on horseback and decapitations, secret encoders and a villain you can actually relate to,gorey murders and a plot that Da Vinci Code could do well to consider. I loved every page right up until the everso slightly weak ending, not to say it is terrible as some people would have you believe but I think it was quite an easy get out from an intriguing and exceptionally thought provoking book. One of the best of the year so far and will definitely be grabbing his next novel when it hits the shelf.
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By Charles Green TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Aug. 2005
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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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(Pope Leo X, 19th century)

Since the Da Vinci Code was first printed six years ago, publishers have been in search of their own "Holy Grail" of books i.e. a similarly successful religious conspiracy thriller. I've tried a few (The Righteous Men, Rule of Four - don't bother) but nothing has come close until now IMO. This book is an obvious DVC copy/contemporary/competitor but once you have got past this fact it is not a bad read at all and in many ways it's an improvement but you will find yourself treading over quite a lot of familiar ground.

It begins quite dramatically with four horsemen riding into New York's Metropolitan museum and relieving the exhibition of many artefacts (on loan from the Vatican) from under the noses of the assembled academics and security. A police officer loses his head after some swanky swordplay in the melee. Archaeologist Tess Chaykin notes one of the raiders pays particular attention to one of the exhibits, a kind of codex machine and becomes intrigued by his actions.

As we all know from watching Raiders of the Lost Ark etc, today's archaeologists are a fearsome breed and with curiosity getting the better of her she goes in hot pursuit of the item, leaving Christian FBI agent Sean Reilly trailing in her wake. Meanwhile, the four horsemen find themselves permanently silenced one by one in grisly deaths around NY and the plot develops thick and fast. Vatican aide de Angelis is brought in to assist the case but proves to be not so helpful. Bill Vance, family friend and Templar expert, has his own agenda and leads them to Turkey where the treasure hunting really hots up.

During the book, we are told the story of the legendary Knights Templar and their achievements and ambitions (and the importance of the machine becomes clear).
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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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