The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury

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"It has served us well, this myth of Christ."
Pope Leo X, 16th Century

In a hail of fire and flashing sword, as the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, The Last Templar opens with a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escaping to the sea carrying a mysterious chest entrusted to them by the Order's dying Grand Master. The ship vanishes without a trace.

In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights emerge from Central Park and ride up the Fifth Avenue steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the blacktie opening of a Treasures of the Vatican exhibit. Storming through the crowds, the horsemen brutally attack anyone standing between them and their prize. Attending the gala, archaeologist Tess Chaykin watches in silent terror as the leader of the horsemen hones in on one piece in particular, a strange geared device. He utters a few cryptic Latin words as he takes hold of it with reverence before leading the horsemen out and disappearing into the night.

In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and Tess are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading Knights, plunging them into a deadly game of cat and mouse with ruthless killers as they race across three continents to recover the lost secret of the Templars.


 

About Raymond Khoury

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Raymond Khoury is the bestselling author of The Last Templar and The Sanctuary. An acclaimed screenwriter and producer for both television and film, he lives in London with his family.
 
Published January 19, 2006 by Signet. 550 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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Revisited are beautiful, brainy Tess Chaykin and tougher-than-most Sean Reilly, whose adventures rocketed Templar to bestseller-dom.

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They gallop up the steps of the Met clearly intent on larceny—of a particular kind, it turns out, when they ignore the sumptuous array of glittering prizes in favor of a gadget described in the catalogue as a “multigeared rotor encoder.” Lovely, feisty Tess Chaykin, an archaeologist, is witness t...

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The war between the Catholic Church and the Gnostic insurgency drags on in this ponderous Da Vinci Code knockoff. The latest skirmish erupts when horsemen dresse

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BC Books

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The Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury is the long awaited fictional sequel to The Last Templar.

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Book Reporter

Where THE LAST TEMPLAR focused more on the work of Tess and her uncovering of the location of ancient Templar buried treasures, THE TEMPLAR SALVATION belongs more to Reilly as he is in a life-and-death struggle to recover sacred texts hidden by a Templar Knight named Conrad during the Fourth Crus...

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Book Reporter

Scratch deeply enough under the veneer of a conspiracy theory, and you inevitably will find the Knights Templar at or near the source.

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Gather Books

Tess, the other main character, is also so willing to believe the scroll she finds is authentic and accurate, and yet she has less proof of its validity then anyone else has in their religions.

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Historical Novel Society

For FBI agent, Sean Reilly, and archaeologist, Tess Chaykin, this is the beginning of an adventure which will take them to three continents as well as the heart of their own beliefs and loyalties as they attempt to track down the secret of the Falcon Temple.

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Zimbio

The greatest fault with “The Eight,” “The Da Vinci Code,” and “The Last Templar,” is the fact that some characters must provide other characters with long-winded and unrealistic diversions into history, philosophy and theology because general readers are not likely to know the facts and the lates...

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