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The Last Templar
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In present-day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights stage a bloody raid on the Metropolitan Museum of Art during an exhibit of Vatican treasures. Emerging with a strange geared device, they disappear into the night. What follows is an investigation that will draw an archaeologist and FBI agent into the dark, hidden history of the crusading Knights-and 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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Audio edition: thumbs down
    The narrator does just fine with the New Yawk types. His voice for the female lead seemed at tad annoying, but I figured that was in part the writing.

    Then we get to the French dealer in precious artifacts, and it becomes clear--this fellow just can't do accents. He even mispronounces words in ways that are absolutely clueless, e.g. pronouncing Louvre using two syllables. Other foreign words are similarly mispronounced, or the narrator strives just too hard to try to get the accent. A half-decent producer would have been a big, big help.

    The audiofile review says that "He's a master of emotion and accent, whether he's channeling an Italian cardinal or a Turkish thug." Maybe there's another secret edition of this that I missed? ...more info
  • Started Strong, Teribble Ending
    The review below expresses my exact opinion. I could not of said it any better myself.


    "The first chapter was great and imaginative. From there it goes downhill. I thought the ending was a cop-out. *SPOILER* If the author is willing to suggest that there really was no Son of God, then have the guts to finish the storyline."

    READER BEWARE !!!!!!



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  • The Truth Will Set You Free
    Raymond Khoury's novel is a pulse-pounding journey from the Crusades to modern New York and back again. I'm defending this work up to a point. It is fiction, a mass-market paperback, and this historical examination/hunt for clues genre is popular now. Its nothing more than that,and as others have stated, this is not War and Peace. Is this derivative? Perhaps, but not "hackneyed," as one reviewer claims. My advice, for what its worth, is not to interpret this novel with grave earnestness or seriousness as if the validity of the Christian Church depends on this. It is an action-packed screenplay.

    The action in this novel is improbable, if not inconceivable with respect to The DaVinci Code and other recent imitators. It is fast-paced and has a decent plot with several clich¨¦d twists. It is neither fresh nor innovative, but the character development is better than in most paperback novels, especially Tess Chaykin. Sean Reilly and William Vance are less realized. Also, I thought the love story was superfluous, but more could have been developed with the Christian believer vs. true scientist sub-plot. I enjoyed the historical interludes; it works as a literary device. This novel is good, not great. I give it 4 stars taking the genre and competition into consideration. This is not supposed to be Dostoevsky or Faulkner.

    A couple of comparisons with the movie: there's more action in the book and more takes place during the Crusades. The movie was fair; I liked National Treasure more.
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  • A Good Page Turner...
    With the worst ending ever. Don't bother with it. She pitches Jesus' journal into the ocean without reading it at the end, in the off chance it might offend Catholics? I turned all those pages for this ending? Beyond weak. Horrible....more info
  • Stick with Screenwriting
    Putting aside the basic premise of the book and the Templar mystery, this book is poorly written and annoying. I wanted my red pencil as I was reading it - poorly constructed sentences, large expository sections that seemed inserted solely to show the writer's research, characters so illogical they could never have had the careers assigned them. There are so many points in the book where the suspension of disbelief is simply impossible. Oh, the next piece of the puzzle is under this man-made lake? Let's just put on these handy wetsuits and retrieve it. Oh, it looks like we need to visit Turkey - no passport, no problem, just hop on the plane. The archeologist has some cognitive dissonance about the contents of her 2000 year old find - let's just get rid of it. Each of the final few chapters ends with a ridiculous cliff-hanger. Maybe it works for TV but it only had me guffawing. Absolutely not worth buying....more info
  • Stick with Screenwriting
    Putting aside the basic premise of the book and the Templar mystery, this book is poorly written and annoying. I wanted my red pencil as I was reading it - poorly constructed sentences, large expository sections that seemed inserted solely to show the writer's research, characters so illogical they could never have had the careers assigned them. There are so many points in the book where the suspension of disbelief is simply impossible. Oh, the next piece of the puzzle is under this man-made lake? Let's just put on these handy wetsuits and retrieve it. Oh, it looks like we need to visit Turkey - no passport, no problem, just hop on the plane. The archeologist has some cognitive dissonance about the contents of her 2000 year old find - let's just get rid of it. Each of the final few chapters ends with a ridiculous cliff-hanger. Maybe it works for TV but it only had me guffawing. Absolutely not worth buying....more info
  • Another Da Vinci wanabe
    When you read fiction you have to suspend your logic thinking a little. "Writers license". But to keep reading this book you have to throw it over board y go inland as fast and as far as you can. From the initial scene, that some of the comennts here find "riveting" is...unbelievable. That 4 horsemen dressed as medieval warriors, yelm, sword and metal coat and all assault de Met , kill and rob and then escape , still riding on horses, thru de Central Park! and...dissapear!..unbelievable. Buy another book. This is a waste of paper...more info
  • Best Left On the Shelf
    I would have never bought this book for myself, since I always scan the Amazon and other reviews before making a purchase, and the reviews are pretty accurately all bad for this book.

    However, I received the book as a gift from someone who I know would be very embarrassed if she knew the context of the book she had given me.

    The other reviewers have pretty much nailed the flaws of the book, hollow characters, unrealistic situations, historical inaccuracies, and his rant against all religions with Christianity particularly targeted.

    You can definitely tell this guy is used to writing for the movies. Some of the situations he puts the characters in might work on the big screen in a 90 minute movie, but you just can't pull off the same unbelievable stunts in a book without a lot more detail and explanation. The "Bruce Willis" scenes at least do keep the story moving in parts of the book, but there is a big lull near the middle of the book where most of the writing is used to bash organized religion, and blame it for all the worlds problems.........pretty boring.

    Even though the book is fiction it is based on historical events. The author re-writes history to fit his point of view and evidently to try to spice up the story. The problem is that each time you run across a historical discrepancy it stalls the whole story, and leaves the reader scratching their heads or researching to find the truth. Take for example in the book where James Irwin is said to have died on Mount Ararat in his second attempt to locate Noah's Arch. The author could have left this statement out and it would not have changed the story at all. This lie contributed nothing to the story, so why change history with a lie? James Irwin died in Colorado from a heart attack nearly 10 years after his last visit to Mount Ararat. The whole story is inundated with similar discrepancies that will drive an educated reader insane.

    The book is obviously trying to ride on the successful trail of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code", but falls way short of that goal.

    This book is like the manuscript that the characters so desperately seek.........best left on the shelf.
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  • I can't wait to read his next one!
    Wow! I just finished it. Great entertainment! I truly enjoyed this book - beginning - middle - ending. The plot may challenge a reader's well ingrained beliefs but it must be remembered that it is a work of fiction. What is real, what is not? Judge for yourself, but read it for the enjoyment. I have spoken with two others who read it and most thoroughly enjoyed it just as I enjoyed it. ...more info
  • Another Da Vinci wanabe
    When you read fiction you have to suspend your logic thinking a little. "Writers license". But to keep reading this book you have to throw it over board y go inland as fast and as far as you can. From the initial scene, that some of the comennts here find "riveting" is...unbelievable. That 4 horsemen dressed as medieval warriors, yelm, sword and metal coat and all assault de Met , kill and rob and then escape , still riding on horses, thru de Central Park! and...dissapear!..unbelievable. Buy another book. This is a waste of paper...more info
  • File this under 'guilty pleasure'
    THE LAST TEMPLAR is yet another in the seeminly endless line of DAVINCI CODE clones, a fantasy/historical/romance/thriller if your will. As is typical with this new genre, the story starts with a flashback, this time to 13th century Acre as the Crusaders lost control of Jerusalem, then returns to 'the present day' as indicated by a few references to current events. We met our heroine, Tess as she, accompanied inexplicably by her mother and daughter (more on that later), arrives at a New York museum to attend a reception for the opening of an exhibit of Vatican Treasures. A group of four horsemen, dressed as Templar knights, enters the museum and steals some of the treasures then escapes, killing a few people along the way. This sets Tess, who just happens to be an archeologist, on the trail of a long lost Templar treasure. Tess, who also just happens to be single and beautiful joins forces with Sean, an FBI agent, who also just happens to be single and handsome. These two alone are able to solve the mystery behind this daring robbery because Tess just happens to recognize one of the horsemen.

    By now a pattern is beginning to emerge - whenever the author finds that he has written himself into a corner yet another amazing coincidence takes place, the heroine just happens to be in the right place at the right time, just happens to know the right people, have just the right bits of information etc. In addition to those improbable items our heroes manage to find a precise location following an 800 year old set of directions despite the area being flooded, manage to get washed ashore.....and so on and so on. These sorts of improbable events are very common for this sort of novel, rather par for the course. What is more aggrevating is the author's tendancy to introduce pointless characters and events into the story. For example Tess's family are carefully introduced and then gotten rid after serving no real purpose. It was almost as though the author had been assigned a certain number of pages and needed some filler material.

    So why four stars? This was a lovely, mindless story. Just enough action/adventure/romance to hold the reader's interest for a few hours making this a wonderful way to while away a wet, dreary weekend (or a long boring plane trip or any other occasion where escape is needed). ...more info
  • Messy, but cool last page
    I agree with most of what the other two-star folks have written. Khoury lost me on the reproduction of the encoder from a security x-ray, but I stuck with it. But when just a few minutes after landing in Turkey, exhausted and terrified, Tess-girl and Sean-boy could hop in a rental car and find their way to the site described in a centuries-old journal (no landmark issues there!) - to the point of "wait, turn here!" type directions, I was pretty well finished. I stuck with it, but yes, the ending scenes were too soap opera. Bad Guy is dead. Got blown up on the ship you know. Poor bad, twisted, sad, misunderstood bad guy. But Wait - who is lurking outside our door? Bad Guy?! And now we are sure he is REALLY BAD?! Oh, hey, let's drop him and our stuff off the cliff. That was bad, irresponsible writing.

    Having said that, I think 99% of the reviewers have missed the point of the epilogue. I re-read it and second guessed myself about what I thought it was saying - until I read the author's comments about the last couple paragraphs. THAT was cool. Way too understated for those who want to see presumed dead bad guys pop up at the last minute; so Khoury, put that kind of sublety and intelligence into the other few hundred pages of your next book, and maybe we will meet again. ...more info
  • Found it interesting
    I read this book fast. It is an interesting book. A little different than the Divinci Code. It has action and mystery in it. Good book overall....more info
  • Found it interesting
    I read this book fast. It is an interesting book. A little different than the Divinci Code. It has action and mystery in it. Good book overall....more info
  • Don't bother
    I wish I could give negative stars to this dribble.I'm a crusade junkie so that's why I bought the book. I know it's fiction but at least get your facts straight before you write! Too may "truths" and "facts" are just the opposite and can be easily disproved by just a little investigation. The 4 gospels were false? PULEEEAZE! I'll not spoil it for the "Christian haters" but as far as I'm concerned, from my hand to the trashcan. Don't waste time or money on this claptrap....more info
  • Beyond Awful
    This may be the most unrealistic book you will ever read. It makes Angles and Demons seem totally plausible. What a nightmarish attempt to cash in on the momentum of the Da Vinci Code. A truly horrible book. ...more info
  • Lame start, picks up, wkes your curiousity, then crashes and burns.
    GOLD MINE EXPLOITED
    The authors of "Holy Grail, holy blood" (HGHB) have created a little goldmine for writers who seek a little "instant success" these days. I've so far read, in addition to HGHB, four templar/rosicrucians/jesus conspiracy novels and only 1 so far have passed the quality control and left me with a somewhat positive feeling about actually having read the book. The other ones? - Sorry.

    No, "Da Vinci Code" was not the one. But even how lightweight and over-predictable that book was. At least Dan Brown came up with a quite original plot and a lot of creative small details a long the journey. Yet his foundation, the references to HGHB were not well treated.

    Anyway, so where does that leave us with mr Khoury? The use of HGHB material and his general go at the Jesus/templar conspiracy goldmine falls not even short, but it is really embarrassing. As Khoury indirectly admits in his comments here on Amazon; This was a script made many years ago that didn't tempt anyone to either make a film nor anything else of it. Suddenly, in the midst of the times when Dan Brown has stirred up a conspiracy trend, someone picks up this manuscript and decides that "with a little touch-up, this may actually give us a little slice of that pie". This is exactly how this stands out to me.

    FAULTS FOLLOW FAULTS
    I don't really want to be perceived as prejudiced when I say that I find it a "little delicate" when a guy from Beirut throws into a conversation "Hey guys - Christianity is based on a flat out lie! - How about that!!" But let's look past that. The background plot is not that bad - it is just a little tiring. It is nothing original or even entertaining about harassing Christianity or the church or to suggest that Christianity is a lie. Thousands or millions have already made jokes and theories about this already.

    I would also think twice before I start writing a book that starts off by having knights in armour riding through New York killing people and robbing museums. - You'd better come up with something good after that to explain and follow up. The author didn't. In fact in the sense that this gave an undertone of templar conspiracies and possibilities of a dark secret society parallel plot - he totally abandones that path and turn over to a more traditional criminal novel.

    Again, if you do want to write stories that involve alternative theories about Jesus or anything else, you'd better do your homework and back it up. Khoury didn't bother. Facts or "suggested facts" where lightly just thrown into the story with little precision just to dress it up a little "Da Vinci Code'ish" but appears just as a 3rd generation photo copy in comparison.

    UNBELIEVABLE STORY - EVEN MORE UNBELIEVABLE CHARACTERS
    The sudden turn towards the James Bond genre in the end, with clear references to "For you eyes only" (diving i Greece part) and the typical "the bad guy always turn up over and over again no matter how many times you kill him" I could only smile, and I started speeding up the reading just to be finished with it (I hate leaving work or even a book unfinished)

    When it comes to the characters in the story, the word "cliche" is not sufficient. Is it really not possible to come up with anything other than the "inspector with a traumatic history and suppresses his emotions" stereotype?? And when it comes to the female part - why must the female always, always have to be smashingly beautiful, super-intelligent but still behaves like a 14-year old and falls in love with the troubled inspector and end up having sex with him later in the book... ? I only wonder.. Still, when it comes to one-dimensional, uninteresting personalities, the similar book "Brotherhood of the Shroud" is even worse...

    MY RATING
    Well. In the beginning of this review, I explained why I don't rate "Da Vinci Code" that high either. Try taking away the few things that was actually good about it and you land quite close to mr Khourys attempt.

    I give it a two for one reason: To leave room to rate "The Brotherhood of the Shroud" even lower.

    RELIGIOUS ASPECTS DUBIOUS
    When it comes to originality, why doesn't anyone write a novel based on the plot that Christianity actually is proven to be true? That would actually create a stir world-wide that goes far beyond both Dan Brown's and Khorys perspectives. (Just chew a little on that thought...) I don't really care - I've somewhat enjoyed reading these books, even Mr Khoury's in spite of all its faults, and I'll probably read some more.

    I need to make another comment on the religion part too:
    Khory mentions in his blog that he was encouraged to "skip" the religious crap and just make it a criminal novel. Well, as is stands out now, the book has not the "weight" to be taken as a religious discussion, but without the religous aura, it looses whatever little it has of nerve in the story. - So what was it originally??

    When I chew on it, I am left pondering over the religous questions he brings up. As stated before, the plot on the religous part is not that bad. In fact, it is so good that what Khoury really should do is un-publish this book (go door-to-door and buy the books back and pay people to forget the ever saw the book) and do this all over, but this time, demonstrate the courage, skill and effort to publish a really heavy-weight candidate of a religous bomb.

    What am I thinking about? - The fact that at some time in his book, Khoury suggest that what the templars really were doing was to create a fusion between the largest religions of this world; Islam, Christianity and Judaism. As all of these worship, in fact, the same God, this should not be so difficult, one should think. The means to do this was to produce some kind of evidence that remove the basis for the differences between the religions. - Now THAT thought is interesting. What kind of evidence would that be??? That's the question that at some point kept me reading.

    But then, suddenly it seems that either he withdraws from that line of thought OR that idea was just a cover up in the first place. Because what he ends up doing, is spend the entire book explaining how Christianity is a hoax - and in one -1- single sentence he praises Islam for it's simplicity and efficiency. (btw: Judaism is discussed in any fashion whatsoever). Now THAT does not establish any basis for any fusion. So what is it: Did you back out (were you silenced?) or is this book in fact just about another boring attempt to break down the Christian world...?

    Since we are on the conspiracy page anyway, I might wonder: What is the purpose of writing or publishing such a poorly written novel? - Is it in fact a deliberate attempt to plant a(nother) seeed of doubt in the Christian world?? - I doubt it works, but but by all means, have your go.
    Or is it in fact just some mock produced in all haste to cash in on the Dan Brown effect? (it could be that simple)


    Anyway, it seems so easy these days to cash in on the "Dan Brown effect" that I'm actually thinking, "Heck - I'll write one my self..."


    By the way: Which conspiracy book has scored highest so far on my scale? - A Norwegian one, called the "Organist"/ "The organ player" (or something like that) and is about Shakespeare. I don't think it has been translated yet. It is not written as a novel, but rather in the same format as HGHB. A lot of details. Most of them extremely well thought through. Great homework. A little "dry" reading. Very tempting to test the facts revealed. ...more info
  • Knights, Myths and Adventure
    Just because something is trendy or even deritive, doesn't mean it's bad. Take, for example, Khoury's 'The Last Templar': dealing with the same ideas authors such as Dan Brown have launched, Khoury brings out the now typical themes we've seen before, conspiracy, coverups, secret lives of famous religious people, etc. The paperback cover even mentions Brown in a review by the UK's Sunday Express. The plot contains all the elements necessary to engage the reader: besides the ideas above, add some romance, a man working for both the Vatican AND the CIA, flashbacks to the 13th-14th C, and a 'perfect storm'...that's an exciting combination. Khoury writes well and builds the suspense, taking the reader from NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art and a burglary of Vatican treasures, to Turkey, Greece and Rome, as the heroes try to unravel a conspiracy to hide the 'truth' about who Jesus really was. Within the action, Khoury poses some great questions about the nature of religion and faith (in the world of the book, not the same thing), and the two main characters, Tess and Sean, are nicely complex as they struggle with these ideas as well as ethical questions regarding revealing 'proof' that could possibly change how people view God. The Epilogue provides the answer to the central riddle of the story: did Jesus write a diary that revealed his 'true' self, or not? The flashbacks to the Middle Ages are fairly accurate about the Templars, their origin, their demise due to a jealous French king and a weak pope, and how historians view them today (the novel mentions that studying them is the kiss of death in the serious academic world). Khoury keeps you guessing until the end, which is exactly what a novel like this should do....more info
  • Lack of the Templar Mystique
    If you want to read similiar plot and premises copy-cat style from the Da Vinci Code, than this is the ONE! It way too uninspiring for historical semblances about the mystical enigma called the Templars.Plus the chopped up style of editing this novel causes me to fall asleep.

    Try reading the real thing concerning this fascinating era..such as Holy Blood Holy Grail instead. Sometimes truth is way more intriquing than this Last book about the Templars....more info
  • Good and Bad
    Had some good moments and was going at a fast pace but then it would trail off and get really boring. The story just sort of falls flat on itself at the end and all the lead up means nothing. Nothing new and nothing really that interesting that hasn't been tried by at least 500 other authors since The Da Vinci Code became so popular. For me there is nothing in this book that ever made me saw wow or I've never heard/thought of that. When you get to the end of the book and go "well that was pointless" then you know the book wasn't that good. Don't read unless the only books you can read is Templar books....more info
  • Beyond Awful
    This may be the most unrealistic book you will ever read. It makes Angles and Demons seem totally plausible. What a nightmarish attempt to cash in on the momentum of the Da Vinci Code. A truly horrible book. ...more info
  • The ending really makes me angry, I feel like I wasted my time.
    The beginning and the body of the story are riveting, but the ending left me extremely disappointed. After investing the time to read the entire book I was really let down by the actions of the main characters. The only way that the end could have been more disrespectful to the readers was if Tess and Sean had sex on top of a pile of science books. I was honestly wishing that Tess had thrown herself off of the cliff instead of the journal. She was an annoying character throughout the book, but especially so at the very end. She didn't have to present the document to the world, but she should not have destroyed it. What is the author's fascination with the glorification of empowered women who make poor decisions anyhow?...more info