The Templar Legacy: A Novel by Steve Berry

The Templar Legacy: A Novel

bySteve Berry

Kobo ebook | February 21, 2006

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**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.

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

Title:The Templar Legacy: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 21, 2006Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:034549377X

ISBN - 13:9780345493774

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOAH I love the intricate history that was woven into this!
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but somewhat predictable I have recently found the Steve Berry Novels and really enjoy listening to them while driving. The story was interesting but the ending was predictable! But because the rest of the intertwining stories were interesting I still enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still one of my favs Steve Berry has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and Cotton Malone one of my favorite characters. I've read this book 3 times at least and it is just as good each time i pick it up.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing An excellent page turning thriller and action packed plot.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! Great plot, action packed thriller! Difficult to put down once you start!
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good A great plot, making me to read til the end.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! The first Steve Berry novel I read was The Jefferson Key and then decided to go back and start from the beginning of the Cotton Malone series. The Templar Legacy does not disappoint. If you enjoyed The DaVinci Code you will appreciate this novel all the more.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The templar legacy Really entertaining reading and the back ground history is really good
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The templar legacy Good read
Date published: 2013-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good page turner This book is tagged as being as good as "The DaVinci Code", but I won't go that far. It is good, and the plot hurtles along as a very good pace. The main character, Cotton Malone, is a special agent turned bookkeeper who finds himself embroiled in a hunt to discover the lost treasure of the Templars. What I thought really added to the action, was the occasional turncoat/backstabber who you didn't see coming. I say "occasional" because I hate it when a writer tries to twist every single minor character into a good guy / bad guy chimera, but Berry doesn't do that. The mysterious clues are sometimes far reaching and at other times too simple to believe nobody had yet to figure them out. Still, while it isn't "DaVinci", I really enjoyed myself as I tore through the pages to get to the satisfying ending.
Date published: 2013-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected more Cotton Malone used to be a US operative before quitting because he disliked getting shot at and opening a bookstore in Copenhagen. His old boss, Stephanie Nelle is visiting town and wants to get together with Malone. On his way to meet her, he notices someone stealing her bag and gives chase. The man kills himself before jumping off a tower which leaves Malone confused. He follows Stephanie to a book auction where more trouble occurs. Malone tells Stephanie he's now involved in her troubles and learns that she has taken on her deceased husband's quest to find the Knights Templar's hidden treasure. The problem is she's not the only one trying to find it. This quest takes them to France and puts them right in the crosshairs of the Templars that are still around. There are a lot of clues pointing in the direction of the treasure and the "Great Divise" but the code is tough to break. I've enjoyed Steve Berry books in the past and expected to enjoy this one but found there was one major problem with it. Every 40 pages or so, Berry would go on for 3-4 pages about the Bible which I thought broke the flow of the story. I was mostly reading this book on the train and whenever he did this, I started falling asleep. I much preferred Berry's The Amber Room to this. That aside, the mystery was still interesting.
Date published: 2012-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a great thriller Cotton Malone, a retired US undercover operative is now a bookseller in Denmark. He goes to a coffee shop expecting to enjoy a coffee with his ex-supervisor, Stephanie Nelle when he sees a purse snatcher take her purse. He pursues and retrieves the purse and follows the man up a tower, only to have the man jump off the tower and slit his throat on the way down. A bit drastic for a purse snatcher! This sets Cotton off on a mystery to find the secret and treasure of the Templars who were thought to be exterminated in the fourteenth century. Cryptograms, headstones with wrong data and ancient ruins all figure into Berry's mystery. Throw in some really bad guys in the form of rogue Templars who have no problem eliminating people in the way and you have a thriller that is hard to put down. I could see some people getting upset about the questions about Christianity that are posed but I found they made me think about the issues. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2012-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent read For a while now I have been searching for an author that I enjoyed as much as Dan Brown, I need search no more. This book is an excellent novel that has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader interested and guessing. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction, or just a good read.
Date published: 2010-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast-paced Plot Book1 in the Cotton Malone series This novel can join the many growing stories surrounding the legendary Knights and the secrets they withhold and have guarded with their lives for so many years. It opens with Cotton Malone a former covert agent for the department of U.S. Justice visiting his former boss, Stephanie Nelle. He learns that she has been on a quest to find the Templar's “Great Devise”, intrigued, Cotton decides to join her. Action starts when Stephanie is accosted by a purse snatcher and a subsequent wild foot chase causes the perpetrator when cornered to commit suicide. Action increases even more when Stephanie realizes the notebook she received under mysterious circumstances is the real target of the thieves and possibly holds the key to the Templar’s fortune. Tensions are raised another notch when a modern day Templar and his followers make Cotton and Stephanie their prime targets, each have their own objectives. Danger lurks at everyone corner as their paths cross….The suspense prevails till the end.… M. Berry created a likable modern day sleuth in Malone but unfortunately Stephanie is a bit too naive to be credible considering the job she has, the characterization could have been better developed. I liked the plot, it is fast-paced, exciting and has its fair share of twists and turns. The narration is great and the addition of humor to the dialogue is a plus. This is a gripping tale that could be quite controversial for some. It gives a modern day twist to a clandestine society, The Templar’s, a group that controlled kings and popes and possessed a staggering amount of power and wealth. The writer comments on the historical accuracy in his notes at the end.
Date published: 2009-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Wonderful thriller! The puzzle is difficult to understand, at least for me, but the book was great!
Date published: 2008-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent !!! Written in such a way that might even leave you saying........hey, could be eh ? Fast-paced and will pique your interest right up to the very end. And for once on the subject of the Templars - a satisfactory and believable ending. It takes place in modern times, with clues suggesting that the order still exists, as does its secrets and treasures. A connection with the clues from Rennes-le Chateau. On the basis of this book alone I know I'm going to have to read the other novels by this author.
Date published: 2008-10-20

From the Author

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