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The Templar Legacy: A Novel

by Steve Berry

Random House Publishing Group | November 27, 2007 | Trade Paperback

The Templar Legacy: A Novel is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 12.
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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 pages, 7.6 × 4.2 × 1.3 in

Published: November 27, 2007

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345504410

ISBN - 13: 9780345504418

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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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read!!! This novel was extremely well written with a suspenseful story line. I had an extremely difficult time putting it down. I enjoyed the fact that this book offered some true facts, as well as some of the myths surrounding the Templars. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Date published: 2007-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Treasure of a Read! Another great book from Steve Berry that takes another look at the Templars and the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau in the French Languedoc. Couldn't put the book down as I was fascinated by the characters and their search for the real Jesus and the Templar Secret. Good stuff especially the revelation of the Gospel of Simon. Definitely a page turner.
Date published: 2007-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best book since the Da Vinci Code I just finished reading this book less than a week ago. It was an extremely well written book with a great storyline. The one fact that I loved the most regarding this book is the question of God's existence. It offered facts that were true and some that were embellised, but overall I couldn't bring myself to put it down. Best writing of novel that I have read it a long time!
Date published: 2007-03-20

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The Templar Legacy: A Novel

The Templar Legacy: A Novel

by Steve Berry

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 544 pages, 7.6 × 4.2 × 1.3 in

Published: November 27, 2007

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345504410

ISBN - 13: 9780345504418

About the Book

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. Now two forces vying for the treasure learn that the Knights' true nature could change the modern world in this "New York Times" bestseller.

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ONE Copenhagen, Denmark Thursday, June 22, The Present 2:50 pm Cotton Malone spotted the knife at the same time he saw Stephanie Nelle. He was sitting at a table outside the Café Nikolaj, comfortable in a white lattice chair. The sunny afternoon was pleasant and Højbro Plads, the popular Danish square that spanned out before him, bristled with people. The café was doing its usual brisk business—the mood feverish—and for the past half hour he’d been waiting for Stephanie. She was a petite woman, in her sixties, though she never confirmed her age and the Justice Department personnel records that Malone once saw contained only a winking n/a in the space reserved for date of birth. Her dark hair was streaked with waves of silver, and her brown eyes offered both the compassionate look of a liberal and the fiery glint of a prosecutor. Two presidents had tried to make her attorney general, but she’d turned both offers down. One attorney general had lobbied hard to fire her—especially after she was enlisted by the FBI to investigate him—but the White House nixed the idea since, among other things, Stephanie Nelle was scrupulously honest. In contrast, the man with the knife was short and stout, with narrow features and brush-cut hair. Something haunted loomed on his East European face—a forlornness that worried Malone more than the glistening blade—and he was dressed casually in denim pants and a blood-red jacket. Malone rose from his seat but kept his e
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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.


From the Hardcover edition.

From the Jacket

Praise for Steve Berry

The Amber Room

“Sexy, illuminating . . . my kind of thriller.”
–Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code

“Magnificently engrossing, with wonderful characters and a plot that speeds, twists, and turns. Pure intrigue, pure fun.”
–Clive Cussler, author of Sacred Stone

The Romanov Prophecy

“Perfect for thriller fans and history buffs alike. Fabulous plot twists.”
–David Morrell, author of The Protector


“Compelling . . . adventure-filled . . . a fast-moving, globe-hopping tale of long-lost treasure and shadowy bad guys.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

The Third Secret

“Controversial, shocking, explosive . . . rich in a wealth of Vatican insider knowledge and two thousand years of Virgin Mary visitations. The Third Secret will change our view of the relationship between religion and wisdom.”
–Katherine Neville, author of The Eight


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth, The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 18,000,000 copies in 51 countries.   History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s this passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, that led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have traveled across the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners, and their popular writers’ workshops. To date, nearly 2,500 students have attended those workshops. In 2012 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve the first spokesman for National Preservation Week. He was also appointed by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to serve on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board to help promote and support the libraries in their mission to provide information in all forms to scientists, curators, scholars, students, and the public at large. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award and the 2013 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers. His novel The Columbus Affair earned
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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Steve Berry

The Amber Room

“Sexy, illuminating . . . my kind of thriller.”
–Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code

“Magnificently engrossing, with wonderful characters and a plot that speeds, twists, and turns. Pure intrigue, pure fun.”
–Clive Cussler, author of Sacred Stone

The Romanov Prophecy

“Perfect for thriller fans and history buffs alike. Fabulous plot twists.”
–David Morrell, author of The Protector


“Compelling . . . adventure-filled . . . a fast-moving, globe-hopping tale of long-lost treasure and shadowy bad guys.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

The Third Secret

“Controversial, shocking, explosive . . . rich in a wealth of Vatican insider knowledge and two thousand years of Virgin Mary visitations. The Third Secret will change our view of the relationship between religion and wisdom.”
–Katherine Neville, author of The Eight


From the Hardcover edition.