The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
A Novel (Cotton Malone)

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Steve Berry’s The King's Deception and a Cotton Malone dossier.

The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes . . . until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was–and its true nature could change the modern world.

Cotton Malone, one-time top operative for the U.S. Justice Department, is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen when an unexpected call to action reawakens his hair-trigger instincts–and plunges him back into the cloak-and-dagger world he thought he’d left behind.

It begins with a violent robbery attempt on Cotton’s former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, who’ s far from home on a mission that has nothing to do with national security. Armed with vital clues to a series of centuries-old puzzles scattered across Europe, she means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and fortune-hunters through the ages by finding the legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to have been lost forever when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the fourteenth century. But she’s not alone. Competing for the historic prize– and desperate for the crucial information Stephanie possesses–is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with an army of assassins at his command.

Welcome or not, Cotton seeks to even the odds in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the more he realizes that even more than lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world–and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees.
 

About Steve Berry

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Steve and Phil were founder members of the TV Cream nostalgia website and have written several books on popular culture. They know lots about stuff from the 70s and 80s.
 
Published February 21, 2006 by Ballantine Books. 528 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, History, Horror, Education & Reference, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Fiction

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This is just the first of many encounters between the good Americans and the evil Templar Raymond de Roquefort, all of which lead to stunning secrets about the central Christian mystery.

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There are times when Corrigan attempts the French accent of this book's arch-villain, Raymond de Roquefort, that he sounds like nothing so much as Peter Sellers's Inspector Clouseau with a bad head cold.

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Berry goes gnostic in this well-tooled Da Vinci Code -knockoff, his fourth novel (The Romanov Prophecy ). Ex-U.S. Justice Depar

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A former government operative finds himself in a desperate race to uncover the ancient secret of the Templar knights.

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With suspense, a little bloodshed, and an unbreakable code, another storyteller takes a swing at the Templar legend — and whiffs.

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Written in 2006, The Templar Legacy joined a growing glut of Templar stories.

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Steve Berry's The Templar Legacy spins the medieval destruction of the Knights Templar into a contemporary conspiracy of daunting proportions.

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The Knights Templar, a Crusades-era group of Christian monks turned soldiers, have inspired a trio of current best-selling books. Alex Chadwick discusses the literary fascination with the Knights Templar with Laura Miller, book critic for Salon.com.

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Examiner

The Knights Templar was an ancient order that possessed untold wealth and power over Europe, which was until they were wiped out during the Inquisition.

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Book Reporter

As they draw closer to unearthing the treasure, however, Malone finds that the number of people whom he can fully trust becomes fewer and fewer, even as the path to the treasure, and the Templar legacy, grows more dangerous.

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Reviewing the Evidence

She wants to try to find the rest of it to prove that he was not a charlatan and that he was murdered by a group trying to preserve the identity of Christ, whom Lars believed was a construct and never really did exist.

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Deseret News

We also learn that there are two factions vying for these riches — one led by Malone and Nelle, the other by latter-day Templar Master Raymond de Roquefort.

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In Copenhagen, Cotton Malone observes "Red Jacket" knock down and steal the purse of his former boss at the U.S. Justice Department Stephanie Nelle.

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