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The Apocalypse Door

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Peter Crossman is a man with a mission . . . and his boss is literally out of this world.

His world is a dangerous place . . . and it’s Peter Crossman’s job to protect it. Men of the cloth can only do so much. Against ancient evils, you need the ancient strength of faith. That’s where Peter Crossman, Knight Templar in modern America, comes in. Crossman’s world is yours and
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 9th 2002 by Tor Books (first published November 1st 2002)
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Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of action adventure/espionage fiction
Paradoxically, although I've classified this novel as supernatural fiction, I've recommended it for fans of action-adventure/espionage fiction. That's because it actually reads much more like typical fare for the latter genre(s) than for the former. It was also a bit of a head-scratcher for me --as well as for the main characters!-- whether their adventure is actually in the realm of the supernatural or of science fiction. There are definitely elements that could be explained in terms of the lat ...more
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Dec 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Simon R. Green fans, Timothy Zahn fans
Fast paced, spy-stuff, religious figures that border blasphemy (guns, booze, lies) - all in all, my kind of book!

This story tells the story (sorry for the redundancy) of Peter Crossman, Warrior Priest with a past. He's on the hunt for missing UN hostages but somehow finds himself on the trail of trying to stop the end of the world.

This book is hard for me because I feel that anything may give it away so I'll do word association.

Fungi. Virgins. Shady underdealings in the world of espionage. Knigh
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this when it first came out, initially attracted by the gorgeously intriguing cover. I mean, just look at that thing. Sampling a few pages inside convinced me to buy, and I was not sorry.

Generally speaking, I can pigeonhole any work within a specific genre (that was going to be my doctoral thesis in college, before I dropped out. Twice.) but this book brilliantly rejects any attempt to do so. Is it Science Fiction of Fantasy? I find it impossible to say, because MacDonald presents evidenc
Kathleen Dixon
Apr 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathleen by: Rupert Gilliand
I really enjoyed this book. It's fast and punchy - a fun mixture of cops-and-robbers, or rather American-detective, and fantasy, with the Knights Templar in the modern-day, and the eternal battle between good and evil. I really liked the way that the sub-story was worked in with the main plot, and the dead-pan narration is great.
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this, since the short stories featuring the same protagonist are quite enjoyable. However, this novel sadly wasn't as good. Peter Crossman and his companion, Mary Magdalene, are still pretty fun, and the idea of adding an apprentice Templar was a nice one, even if not very much was actual made of the fact that the new guy is, well, new. There's an attempt to delve in Peter's backstory, largely through a short spy story interspersed with the chapters of the main story. The ...more
Lis Carey
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-sf, mystery, christian
Peter Crossman is a Templar, a Knight of the Inner Temple, defending modern America against ancient evil. You thought the Templars were wiped out by Philip the Fair in the fourteenth century? No, they just went underground, and continued the good work. They now mainly handle threats to world safety of a kind that more mundane intelligence agencies can't touch. On a routine mission to find some kidnapped UN peacekeepers, a mission he expects to be mainly a training exercise for a new Temple recru ...more
Barbara Gordon
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
In contrast to some of the thick fantasies I've read recently, this moves at a dead run, with black humour gasped out here and there. Not what you'd read for lyrical description or introspective character development--the main character does have a crisis of faith, but he has to keep running while he has it. It's great fun, but I wouldn't describe it as a romp, because there's an edge of seriousness throughout, not so much because of the threatened apocalypse (which is almost a staple of urban f ...more
Barbara Gordon
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Urban fantasy with a bit of a twist - the narrator, Peter Crossman, is a Templar (the Knights of the Temple having gone underground to become a secret organisation rather like U.N.C.L.E.) and he partners up with Sister Mary Magdalene of the Poor Clares, leather-clad assassin and Virgin Bride of Christ, to rescue a group of UN peacekeepers. The Head of Baphomet makes its appearance about halfway through, giving Father Peter a crisis of faith about the accusations made against the Templars.

This wa
Fuzzy Gerdes
Jul 01, 2010 rated it liked it
The Apocalypse Door is a full-length novel featuring Peter Crossman, a hard-boiled detective type who happens to be a Knight Templar, one of 'thirty and three' warrior-priests of the secret Inner Circle of that already secret society. I loved the collection of short stories called The Confessions of Peter Crossman. But I'm sad to say that I think the character might be better suited to punchy short stories. In particular, there are periodic flashbacks that introduce us to a pre-conversion Crossm ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books popular in the 80's, where depending on your choice the book might veer randomly into UFOs or time travel or swashbuckling or attack of the slime etc. with no cohesive thread to the whole thing? This book seems like taking one of those random paths. It careens from supernatural to espionage to religious thriller to action to time travel, never figuring out what it wants to be.

And randomly in the midst of the book, it devotes five sentences to the mo
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an action packed book with an uncommon theme- continuation of the Knights Templar organization- warrier priests fighting evil. Nuns are assassins, and there is an offshoot of the Templars that turned to the dark side. Throw in a little "transmatter"- moving from place to place/time to time, and two threads tie together near the end with a flair. I liked the characters and the story. Note: should anyone be concerned about this being a preachy religious book- that is not so. The hero is a ...more
Jennifer Connolly
I picked this book several months ago and it took me forever to actually get around to finishing it. It's a shame really because it had some potential. Catholic Nun assassins and modern day Knights Templars are right up my alley, but this book just wasn't all that interesting. I only finished it out of guilt :)

I suppose I should maybe give it a one star, but I prefer to save that for books I truly loathed. This one was merely uninteresting.
Nov 19, 2013 rated it liked it
The first word that comes to mind with this novel is lightweight.

200 pages. Shallow characters. By the numbers plot.

Oh, it’s enjoyable enough for an easy carefree read. But still, by the end the whole endeavor seems so rushed and disposable.

If you want something in this same vein but a little more substantial, then I’d suggest “Sandman Slim.”
Keith Davis
Fun high concept adventure about secret agents working for the Catholic Church to save the world from fungus creatures from another dimension. In places it reads like parody and it may be intended as such, but it goes to show how hard it is to write a parody of a genre that borders on self-parody all the time.
Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this, good ideas.

Ending spoilt a little with the time travel and the alien invasion from another dimension that never was. eh?

Any way a good read and would read more of father Peter.
Matt Piechocinski
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Was actually page turningly good for about 3/4s of the book, at which point the book suffered from an identity crisis (sci-fi v spy thriller v templer legend), and a morass of unresolved plot threads.
Jan 08, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
I only wish I could give this thing less than one star. So far beyond incredibly bad that it made incredibly bad look AWESOME.
Peter Tillman
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it
B, pretty good but slight, disappointing after the 3 raves I saw. This is the "fun nun with a gun” book, the one thing I remember now.
Jeremy Preacher
May 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
Apparently the Knights Templar make excellent secret agents. Who knew? Fluffy but fun.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Fun. A priestly version of James Bond.
Lots of action and mayhem. The ecclesiastical bent to noir is amusing, but I don't think you can actually drink that much alcohol and still shoot straight.
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James D. Macdonald was born in White Plains, New York in 1954, and raised in Bedford, New York, the son of a chemical engineer and an artist. His last significant formal education took place at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, though he passed through the University of Rochester where he learned that a degree in Medieval Studies wouldn't fit him for anything. He went off to sea "to ...more

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