The Last Templar (Templar, #1)
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The Last Templar is Raymond Khoury's epic debut novel. When four horsemen dressed as Knights Templar storm the Metropolitan Museum and steal a medieval artifact, an FBI agent and an archaeologist are plunged into a race across three continents in search of the relic and its hidden secrets.

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Published November 23rd 2006 by Penguin Audio (first published January 1st 2005)
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Nick
Jun 23, 2008 Nick rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are dumb
Recommended to Nick by: the internet
Are you tired of reading books that you have to think too much about? Do you like obvious details being overtly and continuously pounded into your head? If you answered yes to these question then I recommend The Last Templar.

Raymond Khoury thrusts the plot of this book upon the reader in much the same way the creepy guy on the crowded subway car thrusts his junk against your ass every time the car shakes.
You're not positive that he's doing it on purpose but you still feel violated and used.
Zeek
Initially, I found The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury to be surprisingly engaging, despite the less than stellar reviews on Amazon. By the time I turned the last page I understood why it doesn’t quite work for many people.

Doesn’t work for men- Because the writer attempted to throw in a romance between the FBI agent called in to solve the case of the mystery horseman dressed as Templar knights who raided NY Met committing gruesome murder along the way and the archeologist Tess, who just happened...more
Scot
Ultimately, I didn't like this book, but I hate failing any work with just one star, and parts of the plot were exciting, so I'll be magnaminous and give this two stars. I do enjoy historical studies, and have long been interested in the Knights Templar. When the opening few pages of this book were described to me by someone who had just started it, I mistakenly thought the book would involve time travel, and that intriguing overlay led me to eventually check it out for myself.

Those opening few...more
Billy
Great Book! Don't believe the naysayers...,

This book was excellent and enthralling. The plot twists and characters were laid out wonderfully and I finished the book in just under a week because I could not put it down. Would have read it quicker if I hadn't gone to work each day.

Khoury has offered a piece of historical fiction (acurate up to the destruction of the Knights by Phillip the Fair of France) revolving around the mystery of the last days of the Knights Templar and the final resting pla...more
Samantha
The book started off really strong and fast. I was really interested in the concept that Jesus wrote a book in the Bible stating that he was human not Son of God and the Vatican wanted to destroy it. However, the book in the middle somehow got lost. It got bogged down in some very farfetched plot devices that won't even make sense in a movie. This book was written first as a screenplay then turned into a book when the author decided it would be better to market the book that way. I didn't like t...more
Matt
I hardly ever buy a book and not finish it. But put this book in that category.

It never got rolling. The characters were hard for me to keep straight... not a good sign. The idea is good but I don't think I got deep enough into it (only about 65 pages) to appreciate it.

I can't recommend this book... okay I can... to someone on a long plane or train ride. It will get you from sitting there mindlessly reading and turn it into a peaceful slumber.

Sorry--- but does anyone want to buy it from me? pap...more
Charly
Nov 18, 2010 Charly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I found this to be a most interesting read. As a well written suspense piece should, it contains twists right to the very end. Khoury does a very nice job with this and the entire Templar speculation. I enjoyed this quite a bit. to say any more might require a spoiler notation.
Marc
"The Last Templar" was a pretty good book - standard adventure/suspense fare. It was pretty well written, although the second half of the book wasn't as enjoyable as the first. The crime drama part in the beginning was relatively exciting and enjoyable, but once the story leaves New York for Turkey, it loses some of its suspense, and doesn't have as many twists and turns as one would wish. It also has several chapters of boring historical/religious background (right in the middle of the second h...more
Daniella
Feb 28, 2010 Daniella rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who actually liked The Da Vinci Code.
Recommended to Daniella by: Angela
Blah, blah, whatever. This seems like The Da Vinci Code all over again, except the writing is marginally better. That's not saying much, though, considering just how hard that book sucked. The Last Templar doesn't quite meet DVC levels of suckery; it had potential, I thought, but the writing turned out to be too technical, for lack of a better way to put it. Basically, Khoury seems to labor under the notion that his readers won't be able to understand the story unless his writing is absolutely,...more
Patrick Gibson
It seems like most reviewers here picked up this book out of desperation at an airport. Haven’t we all done that? In my case, the book was left behind at the house by a friend (who didn’t warn me). I was in the mood for a ‘DaVinci Code’ clone—so why not? I’ll tell you why not: it’s crap. I would give it to a thrift shop, but then I’d be afraid someone might pick it up for a quarter and read it. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone (well, maybe one person I have in mind), so I will use the pages for pa...more
Richard Gazala
I enjoyed this book very much. The story is well-paced, the plot twists and turns engagingly, and the characters are sufficiently motivated to propel the action to its conclusion. I appreciated how Khoury allowed the two principal characters to examine their religious and spiritual beliefs during the course of the story, questioning and scrutinizing their respective belief structures. That the belief system in question in "The Last Templar" is Christianity generally, and Roman Catholicism specif...more
Michelle
I read this book a few years ago. I suppose it was close on the heels of Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code. Everyone was jumping on the relics/mysterious ancient social orders bandwagon. And I'm sort of a sucker for thrillers that deal with the aforementioned. I know, I know...cliche. Whatever. I like escapist lit once in a while. So sue me.

I think I might have really enjoyed this one (i.e., given in three stars because let's be honest, most thrillers are guilty pleasures, not destined for...more
Armin Hennig
Hatte mir viel von dem Buch versprochen und mich im Vorfeld über eher flaue Bewertungen auf der Krimi-Couch gewundert. Muss aber zugeben, dass es sich dabei eher schon um eine eher günstige Bewertung handelt.
Zwar liest sich der rätselhafte Überfal lauf die Ausstellung zwar ganz gut, aber leider kann der Autor seine Geheimnisse nicht für sich behalten und verschenkt damit das Spannungspotenzial seines Plots.
Kaum ist der geheimnissvolle Raubzug über die Bühne, da wechselt er schon die Perspektive,...more
Wicaksono Wicaksono
Bukan main, dalam buku setebal 668 halaman ini, Raymond berhasil menyajikan ramuan yang padu antara sejarah, logika, dan tentu saja imajinasi yang kreatif untuk mempertanyakan kebenaran sebuah kitab suci, yaitu Injil.
Buku ini juga menambah panjang guncangan polemik kepercayaan yang terjadi saat ini. Pengungkapan akan adanya Injil Kristus yang merupakan tulisan tangan asli Yesus dan isi yang sangat berbeda dari Injil yang sekarang, melengkapi polemik teori kontroversial Dan Brown serta perdebata...more
Kathy
Obviously, I have a thing for this topic. But I did not like the criticism of believers in the "Christian myth". The author spent too much time giving voice to the characters who felt they needed to tear down everyone who demonstrated faith. There were also too many gratuitous killings and too many "amazing" recoveries and reappearances.
Roy
I'm a sucker for any knights templar related fiction. This one fit the bill nicely without shattering the earth or taxing my brain too heavily. A pleasant light read for those who gobbled up all of Dan Brown's books and are hungry for more of basically the same meal, give or take a couple appetizers.
Rika Safrina
Jul 12, 2008 Rika Safrina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Davinci Code's fans
There isn't any contradiction between Davinci Code's Dan Brown and this book, especially about the inheritance of Jesus. So far, it's a nice book for telling us the story from 1300 M, but from the writing style, Dan Brown has more nice plot to be followed than Khoury.
Valeria
In the wake of Dan Brown’s mega-blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code” there were more than a dozen knock-off books on the Templar Knights, or a variety of related subjects, published at a feverish pace, but don’t be fooled. While Khuory’s book alludes to a similar underlying “Jesus was just a man” theory (sort of), his mode of getting to that point had nothing to do with bloodlines, living descendants, or Mary Magdalene.

We start off with a young Templar Knight fleeing the decimation of battle in the a...more
Collin
The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury is a book that none other can match. Even though many would say that Khoury's writing is comparable to Dan Browns, I beg to differ. This book is not only a hunt for long last treasure, but people who are trying to make their mark on society.

Tess Chaykin is an archaelogist who lives in the outskirts of New York City. She experiences something many people do not ever see. She is present at a museum during a mass murder that begins her non stop adventure across t...more
Anbu
A murder in the museum, theft of an antique, vatican, secret of Jesus, Templars, ring any bell? Yes, it is a mystery thriller of Dan Brown type. But so what, as long as it is good I don’t have any complaints and it is a good read indeed.

While many historians and archaeologists still trying to figure out what made the Templars so powerful and also why did they were eradicated so cruelly on the friday, the thirteenth. Dan Brown took one assumption of Holy Grail and Mary Magdalene. Here Raymond Kho...more
Trudy
I think I read this book shortly after it was first published because the first 50 - 60 pages create quite an impression and they felt very familiar to me. I'm sure I picked up the book the first time because of the title, the second time as well. The Templars fascinate me, however, the book did not.

This was yet another book about some "secret" that could destroy the Catholic church, and the faith of more than 1 billion people around the world. If the rest of the book had lived up to the drama o...more
Christian
The Last Templar was an alright book. It was very intruiging and action-packed, but I thought it lacked certain wrting techniques that really attaches a reader to a book. Had it not been so action-packed, I would have rated this book 1 star. To me, Raymond Khoury seems like an author that knows how to write an action book, but when it comes to writing about relationships and feelings and emotions of characters, he just doesn't get the job done. In The Last Templar, Agent O'Reilly has to deal wit...more
Malcolm
Raymond Khoury's "The Last Templar" (2006) is part of a deluge of novels and nonfiction to step outside mainstream history to explore the real, prospective and imagined secrets about alchemy, the Knights Templar, and the origins of Christianity.

One cannot help but think of Katherine Neville's "The Eight" (1997) which focused on present-day people fighting over and/or guarding the secrets of the Philosopher's Stone and Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" (2003) which speculated about the true meaning...more
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Feb 19, 2012 Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: My son Scott
This is probably a 4.5 but rounding it up to 5 because I read it almost without putting it down in a day and a half - because I literally had to find out just what was happening. It is historical, modern, a detective story, a romance, a mystery for sure...all wrapped up into one intriguing story. The Prologue begins in the year 1291 and this is where we meet Martin of Carmaux in a battle to save the Holy Land from the Muslim onslaught. Martin is one of the Knights Templar and preparing to fight...more
Ethan
The Last Templar starts out at a biblical artifacts showing in New York city. Everything is normal when a group of men on horses ride in and ransack the whole place but only take one item, a very old and complicating coding machine that the Knight's Templar used to encrypt messages. Agent Sean Riley is assigned to the case along with the vatican. Sean being a very devot catholic himself he must deal with the personal moral issues that the case brings up. Sean later is helped by Tess Chaykin, a...more
Lori McD
3.5 stars

Somewhat commercial... somewhat predictable... but fun and full of surprises along the way. The pairing of archeologist Tess Chaykin and FBI Special Agent Sam Reilly is clever: she's Science and he's Faith. And both are needed to solve the mystery of a Vatican artifact that even the Vatican didn't ever want to reveal.

Fast-paced until the end, where it all slows down to an almost unbearable crawl before picking up the action again.

The premise of the book? Well, IMO, it felt a lot like Kh...more
Sandi
May 21, 2009 Sandi rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bored people who like to read long books
Recommended to Sandi by: my bff justin, omg
if there was a 2 1/2 rating, i'd give it that because it's well written and there are sooooo many poor writers out there it's ridiculous! the minus side is it's just too similar in premise to devinci code; not so much that you're reading the same content, but let's get real here. how many books do you want to read about how jesus might not really be the jesus u thunk he was?
also, it was rather anti-climactic; afterwards, i was sitting there with the book, thinking "uh, so that's IT? well, um, o...more
Randal
Jun 22, 2014 Randal rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People trapped on a desert island with only this to read.
Shelves: crime
I bought it for 50 cents at the library book sale and feel cheated ...
Terrifically derivative of Dan Brown and Brown was derivative of Umberto Eco and Holy Blood, Holy Grail, so this really is old hat by now (although unlike Brown, Khoury at least tipped his hat toward Foucault's Pendulum, which almost earned a second star.)
The action scenes read like bad movie scripts, and I understand they made a bad movie of this book, so there you go. The "plot" relies on one-half of the male/female double p...more
Marlaina
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Ellen
Originally posted on The Canon! {http://canireadeverything.blogspot.co...}

I'm a Templar junkie. Years ago, I fell in love with Dan Brown's Robert Langdon and The Da Vinci Code (although I thought his latest book was a bit of a dud) and it's been a strong love affair ever since.

Raymond Khoury's The Last Templar came by complete chance. I was breaking the snack bar and had forgotten my book, so I was poking around the realms of the downstairs pit (there's the most random things down there...) and...more
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Raymond moved to Rye, New York, from his native Lebanon at the outbreak of the civil war there in 1975. After graduating from Rye Country Day School, he returned to Lebanon to study architecture at the American University of Beirut. During his years there, in between repeated flare-ups of fighting, he illustrated several children's books for Oxford University Press's Middle East office. Raymond co...more
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