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on 5 November 2013
'The Templar Vault' is not a startlingly original work. Think 'Da Vinci Code' meets 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'. Our hero, Sparke, is a risk manager for a multi-national corporation. A workaholic, he is forced to take some leave (quite possibly the least credible bit of the whole story) and starts to investigate what happened to the Knights Templar. In the book, his 21st-century investigations alternate with an account of what was actually happening in the 14th century when the Templar's organisation was destroyed.
It's pacy and well-written and enormous fun. I found myself learning some stuff about the Templars, which was a bonus. I'm not sure how reliable it all was. A quick check in Wikipedia suggests that the annihilation of their organisation was not as complete as it suggests in book, but Scott Chapman is not the first person to mythologise their demise and make a good conspiracy thriller out of it.
Chapman does a good job of generating tension and excitement out of situations that are not intrinsically thrilling. The characters are well drawn and convincing, although there is a love interest which doesn't seem to go anywhere. That, combined with a tantalising closing line suggests that a sequel might be on its way. 'The Templar Vault' holds up well enough on its own anyway.
The first pages ('Introduction') are supposed to suggest that the book will be very exciting by putting the climax at the beginning. (The same words are used when you actually get the climax in its proper place at the end.) For me, it was such an irritating device that I nearly gave up. I'm glad I didn't, but you could sensibly skip the introduction and start at Chapter One. It will make it a better book.
Some people say reviewers should not comment on editing and formatting issues, but the way books look and read is important. 'The Templar Vault' shows a lack of editing which is, unfortunately, all too typical of self published work. The minor typos do not get in the way of enjoying the novel, but there's too many to pass without notice. Time and money spent on proper proofing would have been a sensible investment. The book was put out through PublishNation, who are responsible for formatting. Somebody should tell them that professionally published books don't usually leave a blank line between paragraphs.