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The Last Templar

by Raymond Khoury

November 1, 2007 | Trade Paperback

The Last Templar is rated 2.4286 out of 5 by 7.
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 Templars.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.35 × 6.4 × 1.35 in

Published: November 1, 2007

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525949410

ISBN - 13: 9780525949411

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from What a Disappointment. Any comparison to Dan Brown or the Da Vinci Code is a total insult to them. But I guess it sells books. When I start a book I make a commitment to finish that book and this one was an effort.. Did not capture my attention until I was about 2/3 finished. And I had to force myself to pick it up Now I am reading the sequel, The Templar Salvation. Sure hope it is better... .
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Veritas Vos Liberabit! The truth will set you free! Thats the big underlying message through out this first novel by Richard Khoury. A story that takes you through a modern day debate between science and religion, while also giving the tale of Martin, a Knight Templar from the 13th Century. The modern day tale follows Tess, a retired archiologist and firm believer in only what you can see. Only retired to raise her 9 year old daughter, she still craves the thrill and excitement of the discovery. She happens to be present at an opening exhibit of Vatican secret treasures, never before seen, when four men, dressed as cruisaders and riding horses, enter the MET in New York and steal some of the priceless artifacts. Enter Sean, FBI Agent and practicing Catholic, honoured to be aiding the Vatican retreive their relics and help restore order. Tess decides she needs to work this out and goes hunting for old collegues and friends of her fathers. Sean investigates the strange deaths of the horsemen. Working seperately, while growing closer personally, Sean and Tess as they embark on an adventure to uncover Martins trail from the Holy Land to France. To retrace his steps and discover the hidden secret of the Templars. If you are not much of a reader, I highly recommend the TV Mini Series of the same name, staring Mira Sorvino and Scott Foley. The show follows the book closely and is definately worth watching. Personally I enjoyed both book and show and recommend them to anyone who enjoys Adventure Fiction, with a twist of fictional history.
Date published: 2009-08-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Could be better I agree with most of the reviews already written. The Templars Knights' history is so rich it should provide the background necessary for a more substantial book.
Date published: 2009-06-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from But it started off with so much promise It started off great, fast-paced like the Da Vinci Code...... then it went all downhill. It turned into a bad detective story with a totally disappointing ending, especially given the premise at the beginning.
Date published: 2008-03-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from don't waste your money the book started out with great potential...it had me captivated after the first chapter but goes downhill quickly...so bad in fact that I couldnt even force myself to read the last few pages. The plot just becomes so farfetched its disapointing and what started out as an intriguing mystery turns into a series of outrages adventures following highly unrealistic clues. Save your money. borrow the book
Date published: 2008-02-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the time. You have to wonder if books like this would have been published if not for the Da Vinci Code. The set up at the beginning is intriguing but the melodrama that follows is so far fetched. Not the least is that the protagonist Tess conveniently forgets she has a 9 year old daughter back home 90% of the time. Nor the search for the treasure using a diary describing the landscape over 600 years ago without making one wrong turn. The last battle on the hilltop between two convalescing 40+ men had me laugh out loud. At least it's a fast read
Date published: 2007-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Historical Thriller The Last Templar is a historical thriller set in common day New York City. It follows the story of Tess Chaykin, a former in the field archaeologist that traded in the tools of the trade for a desk job, who one night is caught in the midst of a bloody battle at the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan. The archaeologist is then caught up in a tangled web of deception and lies that involves the Vatican, the FBI, and the identity of a man that is at the centre of one of the largest religions in the world. The novel, however lengthy it might seem (526 pages), it is definitely an excellent read with subtopics of religion and history intertwined throughout. Unlike most historical thrillers, the Last Templar will grip you in a cocoon of intensity and will never let up. It weaves the present day story line with recounters in the past that helps the reader better understand the history behind the story. As the title hints, the novel relies heavily on the Templar Knights, who, for those that aren't history buffs, were a religious army that was at the centre of the last crusade to the holy land in 1291. It's a great read, and very interesting. Although the story line questions the dignity of the Catholic Church, it's just fiction, which is important to keep in mind. I highly recommend it for those interested in historical thrillers, similar to that of the Da Vinci Code.
Date published: 2007-04-01

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The Last Templar

by Raymond Khoury

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.35 × 6.4 × 1.35 in

Published: November 1, 2007

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0525949410

ISBN - 13: 9780525949411

About the Book

An antiterrorist specialist and an archeologist are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading Knights of Templar--a deadly game of cat and mouse with ruthless killers as they race across three continents to recover a lost secret.

From the Publisher

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 Templars.

About the Author

Raymond Khoury was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1960. His family moved to Rye, New York when fighting broke out in Lebanon in 1975. He returned to Lebanon to study architecture at the American University in Beirut. A few weeks after he graduated, civil war erupted and he was evacuated from Beirut. He ended up in London where he joined a small architecture practice. He also earned his MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and joined an investment bank, which he stayed at for three years. Though unintended, he became an acclaimed screenwriter both in London and Los Angeles. He is the author of the bestselling novel, The Last Templar. Khoury lives in London, with his wife and two young daughters.
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