The Templar Salvation (Templar, #2)
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At last, the book more than a million fans are waiting for: the sequel to The Last Templar.

With its iconic title and unmistakable cover, Raymond Khoury's million-copy- selling The Last Templar remains one of the most memorable thriller publications of the last decade. Finally, after four long years, Khoury returns to the world of the Templars with The Templar Salvation,...more
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Dutton Adult (first published January 1st 2010)
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Rossrn Nunamaker
It was the book that wouldn't end. Had someone edited about 100 pages out of this book, mostly taking out the lectures, it would have moved along more swiftly and made it an enjoyable suspense quest novel.

Not sure if the reference to Berry's Cotton Malone was indicating some future collaboration or simply acknowledging a similar readership and of course the very similarly titled prior efforts by both authors which were released very close to one another (The Templar Legacy by Berry, and The Last...more
Larry
Decent, for a standard Templars-have-a-secret-that-will-destroy-Christianity thriller. I usually enjoy these, because I have a different interest in the Knights Templar, but the "secrets" for each tale, from Knight & Lomas's "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" through Mr. Dan Brown's best-selling, but woefully fanciful, tomes, and all his imitators, evince a terrible dearth of real scholarship into church history, the formation of the canon, the Council of Nicaea, etc. I mention this only because so ma...more
Bekah Porter-Sandy
Question: Has Raymond Khoury ever been introduced to an editor?
Answer: Apparently not, as evidenced by his latest novel, "The Templar Salvation."
Overall, the book was a fun read, if you're looking for something to fit into your "beach/plane ride fodder" category. But it could have EASILY been chopped down by 100 pages or so. I don't mind long books. Not at all. But I mind them when they become mind-numbingly boring and force me to skim. I don't want to skim. I want to read. That's the whole poin...more
Richard Gazala
That author Raymond Khoury is an excellent storyteller is no surprise. He has demonstrated his skills in this regard amply over the course of the three novels he released prior to his latest one, "The Templar Salvation." What surprises about "The Templar Salvation" is that it's even better than the immensely enjoyable novel to which it's a sequel, "The Last Templar."

"The Templar Salvation" mesmerizes for a variety of reasons, but it's difficult to list any of them above the intricate historical,...more
Kathryn
I love Raymond Khoury's books - they are definitely page turners! This book was a quick and easy read. The action was fast-paced and there was never a lull in the story. The locations around the Mediterrean countries made for a very interesting story, and the history added in was icing on the cake.
Cori Sherman North
Not good. The only redeeming factor is the history summaries were clear and accurate, but as for the narrative...painful to read, with no character development. Kept wanting to give up but thought i might as well slog it out to the unsurprising end before returning to library asap.
Claire
I think that this book and its predecessor, The Last Templar, should really be called How Many Priceless Historical Artifacts and Documents Can We Irresponsibly Destroy?. Seriously, this is ridiculous.
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
This is the sequel to The Last Templar which I gave five stars to. I liked this one a lot but not as much as the first one simply because it was so tense. I am kind of off my usual type of books here anyway, but still would highly recommend these two books. I guess I don't like being so worried about the characters as I was in this one, but that shows that the author made me care about them.

I love the way this author in both books is writing about characters in the 13th century but is also writi...more
Markm
Wow I loved this book. I love a good Templar yarn and I was not disappointed by that of Conrad and Maysoon. The back drop story was just as exciting as the present day story. Rielly and Tess worked well as a couple for me. The protagonist Zahed was very believable. You can almost see his point. We as a country (USA) kind of did create the beast that is our current day Moslem Extremism. So in point of factual history are displyed and brought out. Even Reilly can understand Zahed's anger. In closi...more
James
Not the best but OK for a summer read. At one point I said to myself "self...if the hero goes through the same scenario one more time I will toss this thrift store purchase". Luckily for Sean Reilly the author chose to skip one more re-run. About the Author! Why would he write a paragraph into his Templar novel with a tale of one of Steve Berry's characters (Malone)unless Raymond Khoury is indeed Steve Berry??? More conspiracy theory. Khoury is supposedly from Lebanon whereas the gist of the Tem...more
Tim
OK, I read "The Last Templar" which was fun and OK (despite a stinker of a TV movie) and "The Sanctuary," which was in the same vein but somewhat disappointing. So here I am with "The Templar Salvation." I consider this to be a better work than "The Last Templar," even though the plotline is almost identical (The Vatican has a line on some documents, namely the very diverse writings about Christ that puts into doubt the "divine revelation" of the New Testament as presented) to the previous one....more
Kelly
Jan 02, 2011 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Khoury, Brown, Berry, etc
This sequel to The Last Templar finds us catching up with Tess Chaykin and Sean Reilly - and discovering that their happily ever after wasn't quite so happy, or ever after.

Following the formula he established in The Last Templar, The Templar Salvation starts off with a historical prologue before bringing us to the current day, when we are dropped down mid-mission with Reilly in Vatican City. Reilly's doing the unthinkable, and using his connections to get into the Vatican Archives, where he can...more
Michael Johnston
Khoury's books are always a good read. Like many of the genre, it has the cliched villain who repeatedly survives near death experiences ("he's alive? I thought I killed him 50 pages ago"). However, it also has a few entertaining twists and turns and an interesting dual story line. The book switches back and forth between the story of a Templar knight's adventures protecting and hiding a collection of ancient early Christian religious texts and the modern (and violent) search for the same texts....more
Carl
I enjoyed reading Raymond Khoury's popular book “The Last Templar,” and I enjoyed “The Templar Salvation,” a sequel that's every bit as exciting as the first, perhaps even more so. In the style of “The Last Templar,” Khoury’s “The Templar Salvation” begins with a bang in flashback and then moves to modern times. As the armies of the Fourth Crusade lay siege to Constantinople in 1203, a small group of Templar Knights sneak into the imperial library. They escape with three heavy chests, filled wit...more
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
I got this book for free.
Article first published as Book Review: The Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury on Blogcritics.

“The Templar Salvation” by Raymond Khoury is the long awaited fictional sequel to “The Last Templar“. The Knights Templar existed for more than two hundred years doing the bidding of the Roman Catholic Church. At some point the knights have fallen out of favor with the Pope, were hunted down and took their secrets (and some say artifacts) to the grave.

Conrad, one of the last of...more
Dan Thompson
I've always enjoyed Historical Thriller novels, and I'm not ashamed to admit that Dan Brown introduced me to them. This eventually led me to Raymond Khoury and notably the prequel to 'The Templar Salvation' his 2006 novel 'The Last Templar'.

Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin return for this sequel and are up against an Iranian Extremist who plans to follow the actions of a documented Templar from the 13th Century to discover the ultimate lode that can turn Christianity on its head.

The good points her...more
Kathrin
„The Templar Salvation“ liest sich an manchen Stellen wie ein rasanter Thriller. Man kann sich die Verfolgungsjagen nur zu gut auf der Leinwand vorstellen. Etwas, was dem Autor in seiner Profession als Drehbuchautor sicherlich auch zu Gute kommt. Zwar sind die Szenen an manchen Stellen so übertrieben, dass sie kaum realistisch nachvollziehbar sind, steigern aber damit doch den Charakter des Thrillers. Wir treffen Reilly und Tess in einer mehr als unangenehmen Situation. Eigentlich gerade getrenn...more
Kris
I wish I had read the prequel to this book first but this book was loaned to me. This book can be read as a stand alone but there are references throughout the book to events that happened in the prequel. It didn't detract from the story but tantalized me to want to read the first book.

This is a cut above the usual airport, adventure novel. It reads like a Dan Brown but without the self-serving presence of the protagonist professor in those books. The main character appears to work for the FBI b...more
Valeria P
I read the book The Templar Salvation, by Raymond Khoury. This is a sequel of the New York Times best seller The Last Templar. A book that incorporates ancient history in a 21st century setting. A book with suspense and action as well as information about the Templar Knights and their down fall. Sean Reilly an FBI agent meets Tess Chaykin an archeologist who specializes in the Templar Knights. The book starts with Reilly and an undercover terrorist in the Vatican they infiltrate the Vatican Secr...more
Roy
I love Knights Templar related historical fiction and enjoyed Raymond Khoury's prequel to this book. The Templar Salvation was entertaining as well, but I can't quite give it a ringing endorsement. It reads fast enough as the narrative is essentially one long chase scene. Technically it's two long chase scene, one taking place in the present and the other in the distant past. The smaller portion of this novel that takes place hundreds and hundreds of years ago is the "hide" portion of the plot....more
Malcolm
Raymond Khoury's The Templar Salvation (2010) sequel to The Last Templar (2006) is better than the original. Like the original, The Templar Salvation presents a story of lost/hidden church secrets with dual time lines, a lot of historical detail, and plenty of action.

In the present day, Khoury brings back FBI agent Sean Reilly and archeologist Tess Chaykin in a race with terrorist Mansoor Zahed to find a cache of early Christian documents. In 1203, while the Fourth Crusade siege of Constantinopl...more
Themistokeles
Inhalt: 1203 rettet ein Trupp Templer einen unsagbaren Schatz aus dem durch die Kreuzzüge belagerten Konstantinopel. Doch die Templer kommen nicht weit. In einem kleinen, versteckt in den Bergen der heutigen Türkei gelegenen Kloster, werden sie von den dortigen Mönchen umgebracht, denn diese haben die Gefahr durch den Schatz der Templer erkannt.

Zur heutigen Zeit werden drei Archäologen von einem unbekannten als Geisel genommen, das Ziel des unbekannten ist es, den Schatz der Templer zu ergattern...more
Eric Wright
I give this book 4 of 5 for the story, but 2 of 5 for the hidden agenda. The Templar Salvation by Raymond displays a biased agenda that does not become clear until page 448. That in itself should not discourage one from reading what is an entertaining story with considerable interesting historical material. Most books have an agenda, however, Khoury’s book is disappointing in that it is one of the cloud of books recently written to cast doubt on the Christian faith by twisting historical facts a...more
Chris
I actually really wanted to enjoy this. I thought it was the kind of book I would be interested in, after all I enjoy things about mythical treasures in video games such as Uncharted, so this was supposed to be right up my street.

A two star review may actually be slightly generous if I'm honest. It was been there, done that, got the T-shirt, cliche, predictable and tedious.

Some people recommend Raymond Khoury to fans of Dan Brown as he has a better writing style, if I'm honest, I didn't notice t...more
Anica
Oh book, what am I going to do with you?
Honestly, I am torn when it comes to rating this book. On the one hand I find the whole plot very entertaining and the book turned out to be a pageturner, at least the first 2/3 are. But then I literally had to force myself to continue reading because the end nearly consists of fights. Fights that are maybe like 20-40 pages long. And seriously? This bores me to tears! Especially since it's clear that the hero will be alive (book 3 anybody?). *sigh*
Plus, t...more
Shane
"The Templar Salvation" was solid, but nothing special.
The action scenes were spot-on, as one would want in a book like this. Also, I really enjoyed the historical flashback chapters; in fact, I could have used more of them.
One sorta issue is I didn't particularly feel anything--positive or negative--for the main characters, Reilly and Tess. Nothing unique about them, in my opinion. Ironically, I cared more about Conrad and Maysoon in the 14th century.
Not necessarily part of the review, but I th...more
Harvey Burgess
Raymond Khoury's right up there with Dan Brown when it comes to convincingly-crafted, religious artifact-debunking tales of action, evil and adventure. Probably the biggest difference between the two is that Khoury tends toward more exotic locales and his hero, Sean Reilly, is an FBI agent rather than a professorial type. "The Templar Salvation" plunges Reilly into a tense hunt for ancient manuscripts believed spirited to a Turkish burial by rogue Templar knights in the 13th century. Reilly at f...more
Peter
The Sequel to The Last Templar, now who would have thought there could be a sequel to a novel with the word Last in the title, by Raymond Khoury. It is a nice twist on the Templar genre...an Iranian agent is intent on destroy the basis of Western Civilization and decides that a Templar Hoard of gnostic gospels which would fracture the underpinings of Christianity is just the trick. The Iranian is a vicious cruel man with an agenda that encompasses bombings, murders, torture and a willingness to...more
itpdx
This is an action suspense thriller which could make a decent movie. The premise is interesting but stretched a little thin. The little pieces of Templar history are tantalizing but the modern bad guy's plot isn't very believable. The setting in Turkey is fun but the writing is hackneyed(i.e. he put on his "inner cowboy"). The dialog is mostly lecture or lame jokes. The action is almost unrelenting, which for fans of this genre is probably good, but for the rest of us, it is wearying. The only c...more
Todd
This was a good read. I enjoyed the first book a year or two ago and this was a gift from Paige who knew I read the first one. It kept me up late a few nights until I finished it. I enjoyed the story, the history as well as the action/drama. The end was really good - edge of my seat, must push all else aside until I'm done kind of ending.

As a follow-up, I plan on looking at the First Council of Nicaea - very interesting topic.
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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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