The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone, #1)
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The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  21,156 ratings  ·  1,131 reviews
Book by Berry, Steve
Paperback, 554 pages
Published November 30th 2006 by Hodder Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2006)
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Nancy Oakes
Okay. Here's the deal. If you go to, you're going to see this book picked apart by people who judge it because it doesn't conform to their ideas about Christianity, and because it offers a new way to look at the Catholic Church, etc., etc., etc. So my advice: if you're a devout Christian and you can't pick up a book that puts forth ideas you can't agree with, don't pick this one up because you'll hate it. On the other hand, if you can get past that, and realize that the author is writ...more
Jeffrey Keeten
The Knights Templars were founded in Jerusalem in 1118 to protect the pilgrims visiting Palestine at the end of the First Crusade of 1096. The full, original name was "The Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple which is in Jerusalem", but the for the sake of this review I will just refer to them as The Templars.


By papal decree only The Templars were allowed to wear the cross patee. The red cross is probably the most famous identifying symbol for the order.

The Templars because of their austere...more
Jul 21, 2008 Todd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Jill, Karen, Bridget
Steve Berry is the thinking man's Dan Brown. I was immediately impressed after reading The Romanov Prophecy, and The Third Secret. The Templar Legacy does not disappoint. If you enjoyed The DaVinci Code you will appreciate this novel all the more.

Berry mixes a decent understanding of folkore and history in this fast paced quest for the real Templar Treasure." He even takes a decent pot shot at all the conspiratroialists and others who have made fortunes off a well-documented hoax.

The book's ide...more
I enjoyed this tale; I have just recently 'discovered' Berry (I read "The Third Secret" in August), but the mister has been enjoying him for some time now..

In a sort of Cliff Janeway–meets–The DaVinci Code story (although, much better told, in my opinion), we follow “Cotton” Malone, one-time federal agent with an eidetic memory and now a Copenhagen-based bookseller, as he becomes unwittingly involved in a search for the Great Devise, an ancient Templar archive that supposedly disproves the Resur...more
once again i'm longing for half stars (2 vs. 3). i'm settling on this just being ok/2 stars, though, because:

- the dialogue is not afraid to spell things out. as in, explaining the obvious, in a predictable, simplistic manner
- the actual storyline meanders a little too much, at least for my taste in historical thrillers. i'd like these books to be, i don't know, thrilling.
- there were a couple of spelling/grammar errors. true, it could happen to anyone. true, it's an enormous pet peeve of mine i...more
Its safe to assume you enjoyed a book if you can remember it fondly enough to discuss it nearly ten years after you read it only once.

Introducing Cotton Malone, government agent extraordinaire turned antique bookshop owner. Now residing in Copenhagen, the last thing he expects in his now-quiet life after retiring from action is to be plunged right back in it. But this is exactly what occurs when he becomes embroiled in a race to find the lost wealth of the Knights Templar, a race that takes him...more
Sep 08, 2012 Jen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Da Vinci Code fans looking to further fuel their arsenal of anti-Jesus "facts"
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It has served us well, this myth of Christ. — POPE LEO X

The above appears on the back dust jacket of The Last Templar and as an epigraph for The Templar Legacy. Fascinating, isn't it? My initial reaction upon seeing it for the second time, having just brought home The Templar Legacy, was, oh no, it's the SAME BOOK! Really, though, aside from both dealing with lost Templar treasure and the possible non-divinity of Christ, they're quiet different novels. (I may have even enjoyed this one more than...more
John Yelverton
Total load of garbage from the beginning of the book until the end. This book was not even worth the paper it was written on.
Benjamin Thomas
This is the first of the Cotton Malone series. The author, Steve Berry, has been described as "the thinking man's Dan Brown" and I can see why. I am certainly no biblical scholar but the book seemed to be well researched and real world mysteries are dealt with in a plausible way. I do wish, though, that readers who are offended by anything that challenges their religious views would just avoid those novels in the first place rather than read them and then trash the book's viewpoint.

I enjoyed lea...more
This was an enjoyable read. I liked it, I thought it was well written, it kept me in suspense, there were twists and turns, and it was interesting. (Although if you don't like fictional books that question the Bible or faith then this book is NOT for you!) It's a very Dan Brown kind of book (that I think is a bit...only a bit...more realistic.) I wavered between 3 and 4 stars for this one and settled on three.

I settled on three because
-At times the books gets very preachy/too lecture like.
I saw that someone called Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone series as a thinking man’s Dan Brown; then I think about Umberto Eco’s Foucault's Pendulum. While I did find The Templar Legacy far more enjoyable than expected, it was still very much in the style of Dan Brown. The pacing and characters were decently written and the story would be controversial for someone that would get offended by Religious themes in fiction.

I wouldn’t compare it to Dan Brown anymore more than the fact its set around a co...more
Ben Chenoweth
I should have known: this is, after all, an attempt to muscle in on Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code territory. Lots of anti-New Testament material here! Oh, how I wish authors who want to write books in this "genre" would do wider research. Berry refers to Bishop Spong, for crying out loud! In my opinion, one book by N. T. Wright (Resurrection And The Son of God) would have been enough to alter the ending of Berry's book for the better. If you are looking for an escapist page-turner, then this book ma...more
US ex-spy searches for the key to the Templar's power through the centuries. Da Vinci Code-y but actually a chapter book and with more fully fleshed out characters. Another series of puzzle-like hoops for the characters to jump through in place of an actual plot.

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Jun 26, 2007 Pamela rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people who liked The Da Vinci Code and want to read something worse
I'm kind of relieved I finished this book because now I can have my life back. The trouble with these historical thrillers is that I CAN'T PUT THEM DOWN. And at the same time I'M HORRIBLY EMBARRASSED to be reading them. So it can be tricky to always be reading a book you want to keep secret.

The Templar Legacy taps into the legend of the Knights of Templars' lost treasure. It's a good premise (I mean, hello, lost treasure), but the puzzles were kind of lame, and the background characters were too...more
Jeanette (Most of My Favorite Authors Are Dead)
I always enjoy Berry's stories, but he tends to be a bit wordy and heavier on detail than is necessary in some parts of this book. However, it's a good read, and this author always adds fascinating little historical tidbits.
Mark O'Neill
This is the first book starring Cotton Malone and Steve Berry kicks off with Malone getting tangled up with the Knights Templar, long thought dead in their skirmishes with Kings and other enemies, but are actually alive, well and very wealthy in Europe. Their master has just died and they have just elected a new master, who is much more aggressive, more assertive and who wants to claim back the Templars' heritage from those he believes stole it from them. The stage is set for a violent showdown...more
I found this book after reading The Da Vinci Code. I was enthralled from cover to cover and have found through this book, The Da Vinci Code and 1 other book that I am now a closet Templar conspiracy theorist.

Well written with good plot twists and suspense. Steve Berry is a gifted author with a special talent for suspense and history.

Historical fiction lovers will get plenty from this book. Suspense lovers will not be disappointed. There is even some blood for the horror fans. I guess the only pe...more
Last night we watched the original 1950's version of The Blob. I mention this on the grounds that the way the Blob oozed around the film rather does remind me of the pacing of Steve Berry's The Templar Legacy: turgid, shapeless, and prone to swallow hapless characters until they melt into indistinguishable piles of boneless goo.

And I mean, really. I don't expect much out of books I get on impulse at the supermarket--all I ask is an entertaining read. I ain't lookin' for high literature here. But...more
Karen Wickham
This is another author riding on the back of the success of the Da Vinci Code, and not very well in my opinion.

It took me ages to get through this book. More than once I considered abandoning it but I don't like doing that however bad it is. I was still over three quarters of the way through the book before I felt I was getting into it.

Right from the beginning I felt like I'd missed something somewhere along the way. I kept coming across a character or a situation and wondering whether we'd alre...more
I liked it until almost the end. The beginning was great, most of the middle was ok... the end good. But the couple chapters before it ended were... well pretty fantastical. Not at all like his usual well researched and thought out plots. Not as bad as his Third Secret mind you (which was all around just a badly researched and written book all around)

I won't say more for fear of spoiling it. But I do hope that Cotton's other adventures (Alexandria Link, Venetian Betrayal and The Charlemagne Purs...more
Katherine Coble
I got this for free on Amazon Kindle.

It's worth what I paid for it. I couldn't make it past the first 80 pages, which were an obvious attempt to not only ride the coattails of The DaVinci Code but to also build a franchise around the main character. The fact that I came here to update my review and see that the goodreads title lists it as "Cotton Malone #1" pretty much seals the deal on that.

I grow very weary of these action franchises, and more than one speculative fiction author (James Rolli...more
Randy Christopher
This was the first Cotton Malone book and it really got me entirely hooked on him. It is about the Knights Templar and digs deep into its history. Cotton gets coaxed into the helping after someone tries robbing his antique bookstore. The historical aspect of the books is what really intrigued me, but as is always the case with books such as this, you can't get too overboard in believing everything that's put out there about it. It really helps give you an image of the Templars and I absolutely l...more
I took this from my dad hoping for a mindless read. Instead I somehow forced myself to finish the book. The entire point of which could be distilled into one paragraph.

Oh man, the characters were lame the narrative was all over the place (seriously, do we get to read everyone's mind?). The religious and historical information was TOO much for mass market fiction. If I wanted a true history of the Templars I wouldn't be reading fiction pal. You're either history or Indiana Jones, you can't have...more
Allie Schembra
While not as "DaVinci Code" as I expected it to be, it was quite interesting. This book really got me thinking about the things I learned in Catholic school and by going to mass every Sunday for most of my life. It kind of gives a person perspective about how stories evolve over the many years/centuries.

In addition to the above, the story was interesting... sort of a cross between Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider and DaVinci Code.

Overall, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more about the advent...more
I appreciate the obvious research Berry conducted to be able to write a book of this scope, but I found the writing at times confusing and difficult to follow. I wasn't invested enough in the characters to really care what happened to them, and the plot wasn't really compelling enough to carry the story. All the same, I forced myself to finish it and found a few twists and turns I wasn't expecting.

I don't think I'll read another book by Berry, but this wasn't a complete waste of time.
The second straight addition to the unfinished (perhaps forever) shelf. My second "Templar" novel in the recent past. Sorry, Copenhagen is not your basic setting for international espionage. I know, I've been there and the people are just too nice and the city is not that cosmopolitan. After about 10 shootouts/suicides/people thrown out of windows in first 20 pages, I was rolling my eyes at the action. Just too out of place. bye bye.
This is a fun romp through a version of the legend of the Knights Templar. Not quite believable in many instances, but it's not intended to be great literature or a true history. I find some of the dialoge to be stilted, and sometimes the character development is a bit heavy handed and awkward. But that's what you expect from this genre, generally. It was fun diversion from more serious stuff, which was what I needed.
Tamara Call
Very nearly done with this book. I found it to be a page turner. But then again, I love a good action/spy tale inundated with intellectual musing and philosophical theories. Very thought provoking as well as entertaining.

Why some people may not like this book is because it would challenge a Christian's core belief system. Mainly, the idea that Jesus was not "of God" in a very literal sense. I found this story to be intellectually and philosophically engaging. Being agnostic myself, I enjoyed how...more
Steven Z.
THE TEMPLAR LEGACY begins Steve Berry's succession of historical novels featuring his character, Cotton Malone. The story seems at times like a poor man's Dan Brown story as it evolves with its religious symbolism and nasty characters. It is a well written story beginning in Copenhagen and progressing to the religious sites in France. Malone, a former U.S. Justice Department agent, now a retired bookseller becomes involved in a quest by his former boss and the plot evolves from there. It include...more
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Steve Berry is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cotton Malone series featuring The Jefferson Key, The Emperor's Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, and The Templar Legacy. He also has three stand-alone thrillers: The Third Secret, The Romano...more
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