With rights already sold in heated auctions in twenty-one
countries, "The Last Templar," Raymond Khoury''s epic debut novel,
is ready to thrill readers on these shores.
?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
Jerusalem 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