The Sword Of The Templars (Templar, #1)
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The Sword Of The Templars (Templar #1)

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From the USA Today bestselling author of The Aztec Heresy

A mystery that spans the past

A conspiracy that lives on in the heart of an ancient order...


Army Ranger Lt. Col. John Holliday had resigned himself to ending his career teaching at West Point. When his uncle passes away, Holliday discovers a medieval sword-wrapped in Adolf Hitler's personal battle standard. But whe...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Signet (first published May 4th 2009)
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Larry
I enjoy the occasional thriller, and I have an abiding interest in the medieval order called The Poor Fellow-soldiers of Jesus Christ and Solomon's Temple, or Knights Templar, for short. Since Dan Brown's silly little fairy tale, there have been many offerings in the thriller genre dealing with these Crusader-monks and their putative hidden purpose and succession down into the present. I enjoy these tales, as far-fetched and obviously ridiculous as most of them are, because they make for a pleas...more
Matt
I quite enjoyed the first book in Christopher's Templar series, but was left wondering a few things:



1) Where was this great writing in the Finn Ryan series?

2) Where was Cotton Malone (book reminded me a lot of Steve Berry)?

3) What does he have in store?



I liked the fast-paced nature of the book and the plots that came to the forefront. Holiday sped all around the world, meeting numerous other characters and the reader was able to learn a great deal about so many countries and cultures. Christophe...more
Scott Brook
This was a different reading venture than what I usually attempt. I wanted to delve into some of the history of the Templars, started with this book and realized it was going to be a quick read. It was and, unfortunately, so was the story. I felt as though too much backstory was being pushed into a very fast-paced storyline and it felt rather cluttered. The characters were accomplishing goal after goal at an extremely high rate. If only I could be this lucky while treasure hunting!!!

Overall, it...more
Supraja
Paul Christopher's a quick paced, mythological thriller, The Sword of the Templars is an first book in the series by him on the Templar myth. The story begins with the death of, John Holliday's, uncle Henry Granger and him inheriting a sword, along with his niece, Peggy Blackstock. The sword is found to be one of the most coveted artifact of Templar history and contains a ancient coded message that could possibly lead to long lost Templar treasures.

Soon it comes to their attention that the sword...more
Leslie
This book was cliched and really skimpy on research and style. The plot was unbelievable with little characterization. I only finished it so I could legitimately write this review. It was like reading the outline for a book instead of a book. Even my writing has been affected by this book.If you want to read about Templars, try the Raymond Khoury book.
Sue Gill
its not bad but has little to recomend it iver others if its genre. The set up is flimsy. The characters underdeveloped and rather stereotypical. The older male with bith academic and martial skills the perky young female who needs to have things explained to her when not being saved but still manages to be plucky and eager.
These people gave up thier normal schedules to run round the globe with never a concern about missed appointments or commitments and a seemingly endless amount of funds.
I fou...more
Gary Martin
This book was a random pick from the shelf as I wanted something different to read other than sci-fi or fantasy which I really enjoy reading but need a break from, and I really enjoyed reading it.

The plot was good and I like the historic back ground that was used as well. The one thing that I would of liked to have was the suspense of not knowing what was going to happen to characters next, that can't be helped as the plot concentrates on the main two characters only other characters come and g...more
Gils
I randomly found this in the store when I was looking for fiction on the Templars and the Freemasons. This sort of magically appeared in front of me. So naturally I looked up some reviews on goodreads. I should have heeded their advice because this was seriously disappointing.

There was so much detail on one tiny thing in every paragraph that I was constantly skimming or falling asleep. I didn't like the direction the story was taking and I felt like a lot of it was filler. So, I flounce. It didn...more
Alexi
I went into this book expecting to enjoy it, but ended up pitching it across the room in indignation by the end of the first chapter. Why?
First off, the book starts out in a classroom setting, with a teacher lecturing at his students. Not exactly a gripping start to a story to begin with, but worse was the heavily opinionated tone of the lecture. Christopher was presenting us with the necessary historical "information" about the Knights Templar that we needed to understand his story...but with...more
Dark-Draco
Lieutenant Colonel John Holliday is happy teaching history at West Point. When his Uncle Henry dies, he discovers a medieval sword hidden in a secret drawer and is almost immediately approached by Henry's lawyer, claiming that Henry stole it. When the house is burned down and the sword almost stolen, Holliday, and his neice Peggy, are determined to find out the truth. They are drawn on a treasure hunt that takes them to England, Israel, France and Portugal, persued by both the Catholic church an...more
James Lyon
This was a barely literate stinker. I want my money back! I picked this up thinking it would be a decent adventure romp that would help me kill time on the plane. But it was so bad that I actually threw it away in disgust after the first 100 pages. And when I say "threw", I was so upset that I spent money on this piece of trash that I hurled the book across the room. The writing was amateurish: long, detailed descriptions of ornate interiors and exteriors that have nothing whatsoever to do with...more
Geoffrey Makstutis
I've always had a thing for the Templars and the Crusades, both in history and fiction. While this book fits neatly into the historical quest genre (ala Dan Brown), it has some redeeming features. The fact that it treats the Templars not as heroes, but as money-grabbing thugs during the Crusades, is rather refreshing.

The plotting of the story won't surprise anyone, but the historical asides are diverting and add some interest. The one thing that I did find absurd was the James Bond-esque habit...more
David Jones
Book three of the year was Sword of the Templars by Paul Christopher. I haven't really read more then a couple Templar related books but I've always been fascinated by Medieval era things.

The first you'll notice is the author uses tons of details for everything. He comes across as an obvious history buff and weapons buff in general. I myself, can't say I'm thoroughly knowledge on those subjects so I have to take them at face value. I found that the details were pretty easy to brush over to avoid...more
Radi Radev
Още в първите редове на тази книга срещаме името на Дан Браун и е споменат филма „Индиана Джоунс и последният кръстоносен поход“. Логично е "Мечът на тамплиерите" да е свързан с мистерии, опасности, археология и криптограми.
Лично за мен този роман се чете доста по-леко от "Шифърът на Леонардо". Пол Кристофър е майстор на диалозите и е способен само в една реплика мъдро да обобщи мнението си за здравето и смъртта:

http://radiradev.blogspot.com/2013/11...
Peter
I have been reading a fair number of books with the Knights Templar as the common theme. I am really beginning to recognize the historical names and places that can be correctly accounted for. This was another take on the mythology that has sprung up around the whole "Templar Treasure" that has never been found.
It was a good read. I did find the action a bit hard to swallow given that the main character is a professor at West Point. Sure he had military training and such, but after a few years...more
Autumn
It was an entertaining read. Not earth-shattering brilliant literature, but it was packed with action and adventure and to be honest the end left me wanting more. I won't be disappointed as there are a string of these novels that I assume follows the characters introduced in this one. Another novel or two in and I might rethink this opinion- it might leave me singing higher praises or bemoaning the fact I got sucked into more.

I'm a sucker for anything 'templar'- be it based in historical fact or...more
Scott Nichols
A story written in the vein of people thrown into the ancient archeological and mystic world of the Templar Lore. The main characters are drawn somewhat simply and do not really move outside of their 2-dimensional structure.

Overall, its a decent enough thriller written in this niche.
Rita McDowell
Very Good Read!

If you enjoy excitement with a touch of history then this read is the answer! Excellent entertainment and will leave you wanting more! Enjoy!
Anita
Medieval mystery, hidden symbols and codes, so I was rather surprised at my inability to get into the plot. I tried, I really did. But even till the end, it didn't do it for me. By my standard, there was quite a bit of historical information (which I've encountered in books of similar genre), which for whatever reason, I found to be dry and boring this time around. That aside, the plot had its fair share of cat-and-mouse, but to me, I found that the protagonists were mostly mouse, and for three-...more
Alissa
I absolutely loved this book. I stumbled upon it, and it sounded intriguing, so I started reading. I wasn't sure what to expect, never having really read a book of this type before, but I could not stop reading it.

The action was intense, and virtually non-stop. It was hard to put down for that simple fact alone because I HAD to know what happened next. The mixture of real historical facts with fictionalized accounts was fascinating. I'm always a sucker for an interesting conspiracy theory, even...more
Jen Juenke
This is the poor man's Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code! it was okay, but not the seat of your pants thriller like Dan Brown.
Jukka Jumisko
Slow story. Different topic than I usually read. I did not get hooked. Make is shorter and remove some killing and it would make a good pre - teen adventure.
Harry Molloy
Have read the entire series up to 8

Good easy compulsive reading
Fernanda Martins
It's a thriller with an interesting plot, but the writer abuses comparing facts and moments with books and films. It's really irritating . Other thing that has disappointed me is the wrong use of the Portuguese phrases and words. A little bit of research or double check with a native speaker would be advised.
And then last but not least, the niece of the main character is not exactly believable. She's an experimented photographer and has travelled and seen many things to act like someone who doe...more
Janine Graham
Really 3.5 stars; fun and quick read
Brian Lombard
I found this book to follow a storyline similar to the “Da Vinci code”. An artifact is found and an adventure outbreaks in the mission to uncover the mysteries encompassing it. There are good action scenes which I might think to reference again to gain guidance in how to successfully put together an action sequence in some of my own writing. While at times I found the book to be a little on the predictable side, I found that Paul Christopher did a great job putting his own twist on a common stor...more
Chris Jackson
Other than gratuitous physical descriptions of every rock, tree, bush, piece of furniture and stitch of clothing, a pretty good "treasure hunt" story. There were no huge surprises, and I got a feeling that I was watching "National Treasure", but there were no major flaws that I could see. Paul Christopher is obviously very proud of his research, which seems accurate. His characters are a little two-dimensional, but his banter is good, and he comes up with some very good quips.
Natalie McClelland
Really did not get on well with this book, despite the premise of it sounding so intriguing. Obviously such stories are not necessarily believable, but there just seemed to be too many happy coincidences aiding the lead characters in their quest which made me roll me eyes at the developing plot on more than one occasion. Very slow, overly descriptive in the wrong places and just generally not one of the better novels of this genre that I have read.
Laurence
This is one of the only books i've not managed to finish as it was quite poor. There were so many grammar and spelling mistakes it made the story very difficult to focus on. Even after ignoring the numerous mistakes the storyline was very limited with virtually no story progression. I only managed to get about 150 pages in before I finally gave up. I advise nobody picks this book up as it is a complete waste of time and effort
Angie
This was a pretty standard Templar type book, but what dropped it down a star was the obtuse stupidity of the sidekick/cousin. She was used as a vehicle to explain to the readers, perhaps, but it's a trick that was unnecessary and really just made her seem useless and annoying. And really, besides a few nitpicky things here and there, that's about all the feedback I've got.
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Paul Christopher is a pseudonym used by the author Christopher Hyde.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.
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