Top positive review
SOme niggles, but mostly good
on 21 March 2015
Having read some ghastly rubbish recently, I had few expectations of the firt in the series, The Heretic, but I found it enjoyable enough to download the omnibus, and I'll be seeking out the rest of the series too.
Much better than the usual fare, this has an interesting take on what happened to the Knights Templar. The stories are well-written, the characters sympathetic, and the various arcs nicely handled, there were three things that didn't work for me. Firstly, I did find it rather difficult to suspend disbelief that the Templars would return to the bosom of Mother Church after what was done to them, and none of the books really justified what the Templars had done, or how they'd survved 'underground' for all those centuries before their excommunication had been repealed. Secondly it seemed strange that they were using guns, grenades and C4 on supernatural threats, whilst eschewing any supernatural weapons or protection except the blessed swords each of them carries as a last resort (the eponymous Heretic has, and uses such powers, hence the damning soubriquet).
Thirdly is the character Duncan. I feel that Duncan is worthy of a book of his own, mostly to explain how the home-schooled faith-healing son of a Southern Baptist hellfire-and-brimstone preacher wound up going to a Catholic high school, followed by a Jesuit university, and thence into the secret army of the Roman Catholic Church. It's a bit like a son of Osama bin Laden becoming an Orthodox rabbi. Probably not impossible, but it would be one hella story.
Apart from these niggles, a very promising series, and I look forward to reading the rest.