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The Lost Temple

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,334 ratings  ·  107 reviews
For three thousand years, the world's most dangerous treasure has been lost. Now the code that reveals its hiding place is about to be broken ...

Sam Grant is a disgraced ex-SOE soldier and an adventurer by trade. But he has a secret: six years ago, a dying archaeologist entrusted him with his life's work - transcripts of mysterious writing found in a hidden cave on Crete.
Paperback, 457 pages
Published October 18th 2007 by Arrow (first published 2007)
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Natalie Mullan
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
An Indiana Jones/Da Vinci Code style novel. At times the Iliad/Homer references are relevant and intriguing, others just time consuming. This would be a great read for anyone with an interest in Greek mythology, and without that background knowledge a lot of the information is overwhelming. All the expected characters: the professor, the renegade, the beautiful intelligent woman and a bucket load of bad guys. A little long winded but enjoyable.
Jan 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
About 50-60 pages into the book, I stopped reading it. I selected it based on the summary on the dust jacket, thinking it would be something like The Da Vinci Code. It was, sort of, but it was so full of explosions and shootings, the puzzle and mystery became secondary to the plot.
At the beginning of the novel, 1941, I learn that Sam Grant is a British special forces sort of soldier who was bodyguarding the king of Greece. He meets an archeologist during the German invasion of Crete. The archeol
Melissa Cuevas
Cheese that would make the master cheesemakers in my area proud. The unashamed illegitimate love child of Dan Brown/WEB Griffin/Indiana Jones. It's got the cliche cast of: disgraced mercenary special forces type. Gorgeous dark voluptuous Greek resistance fighter that must be, of course, the male protagonist's EX lover. The usual over thinking academic type. The usual bad German 'archaeologist' described in porcine terminology. The usual Soviet baddies. The usual spy baddies. The end of the world ...more
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it

I was rather wary of reading this after seeing the reviews on here, but I am glad I stuck it out and got into it. It is rather slow in the beginning even though it jumps into a lot of action from the beginning. You never develop an attachment to the characters, but it does not detract from the story. Rather, you watch the events from a detached perspective. I will say that most of the twists and turns were not very surprising, but what sold this book to me is the Homeric connection and quest fo
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book tremendously and hoped that the author would come out with another book I really liked, but he hasn't. I found this book intriguing.
Svjetlana Tesla
Apr 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
blijedi pokusaj da se kopira den braun, ni izbliza dramticno,dosadno,jedino je kraj donekle ok...
Η ασπίδα του Αχιλλέα δωρίζεται στον Οδυσσέα μετά το τέλος του Τρωϊκού πολέμου ο οποίος την καταθέτει στο τάφο του Αχιλλέα στη Μαύρη θάλασσα στη Λευκή Νήσο. Έξυπνη περιπέτεια
Ariadne Elle
I loved the premise of this, Achilles armour and shield. That was what grabbed my attention in the first place. I was sad to say I never connected with the characters. For me to enjoy a book, I have to have that connection.

Grant, the main character was lackadaisical in my eyes, he never quite got the whole hero of the story down pat. Reed, the archaeologist...there were parts I wanted to shoot him, myself. The rest of the characters where so bland if I chose to mention them here, I would have to
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
So this book is a slow start, so slow in fact I was thinking of putting it in the giveaway pile once I finished it. The author doesn't bother describing the main character and you don't find out he's British till about 100 pages into it. Perhaps the author being British assumes we would guess the hero would have to be British.

But still in my mind I cast the characters as certain people and I was becoming more and more attached to Sam and Marina. I was hoping eventually they would kiss or admit f
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
"The palace of Knossos was no longer the labyrinth it had been in legend, but there were still ways to lose yourself in it, and Pemberton knew the layout better than any man alive." Sadly, a pedestrian read but with enough gems of brilliance to keep me reading. Born in 1977, Harper studied History at Oxford and published this book in 2007. Harper commented on this book as follows "1.6.07 - The Bookseller claims that the novel is 'an unashamed Da Vinci Code rip-off'. That's mostly untrue - it's a ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
The main issue with this book was that I just couldn't give a flying f**k about the plot or the characters. The whole thing seemed like a massive McGuffin for some rather dull, off the shelf characters.
A tiny bit of kudos for use of the Iliad, but really it was wading through mud to get to the end.
Andronicus Kok
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Finished reading Tom Harper's - The Lost Temple. An ex special ops soldier is entrusted with a leather notebook filled with an archaeologist life work which contains a deadly secret. He sets out to find why he has died protecting it and what's it worth behind the secret even though its in ancient Greek and mysterious symbols. A so so read disappointed with the story flow. Sigh :(
Maria Giannopoulou
Πολύ καλό μυθιστόρημα. Ενδιαφέρον, περιπετειώδες. Έχει όλα τα συστατικά για να διαβαστεί εύκολα και να αφήσει ένα πολύ καλό κατακάθι.
Το βιβλίο του Tom Harper “ο Τάφος του Αχιλλέα” είναι ένα ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα, η αφήγηση του οποίου τοποθετείται στην αρχή του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου και συγκεκριμένα στην εισβολή των Γερμανών στην Κρήτη.


Η ιστορία ξεκινάει μ’ έναν Άγγλο αρχαιολόγο, τον Πέμπερτον, που εργάζεται στο ανάκτορο της Κνωσού. Ο Πέμπερτον έχει στην κατοχή του μια πήλινη πινακίδα με κάποιες ακατανόητες εγχαράξεις την οποία προσπαθεί να διασώσει από τους επικείμενους εισβολείς. Τελικά όμως, τραυματίζεται και λίγο πριν
Daniel Rudge
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A slam-bang action thriller set just after World War II, Harper's "The Lost Temple" will remind you of action stories by Cussler and his ilk. Well plotted and paced, the cardboard antagonists can be excused for the foils they are intended to be. Just sit back and enjoy the twists and turns of this high octane thriller that mixes large doses of Greek mythology with cold war spy intrigue. For three thousand years, the world's most dangerous treasure has been lost. Now the code that reveals its hid ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I enjoyed this one. Not sure why it gets so so reviews . I’m guessing this is down to it got a little laboured with the details occasionally but I guess that’s down to the author being a historian and judging by this book a Homer nut! Still an interesting story and a yarn spun well.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you don’t appreciate professors pontificating, this is probably not the book for you.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A superb if fast romp around classical greek sites in the Med and beyond. Magnificent ending!!
May 24, 2017 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miriam by: Michael
James Bond meets Indiana Jones. Commies instead of Nazis. Achilles' shield instead of the Ark.
Larry Lange
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked many parts of the story but I felt I was in history (or mythology) class throughput. I did not like the characters which made it hard to like the book. I will try another of his books.
Philip Redford
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great first read, look forward to reading more in this series.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This book took me a little time to finally get into it. The story kinda drags along for 100+ pages before it starts to get interesting.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in Homeric myths and archaeological mysteries
Shelves: thrillers
#Review of Lost Temple: #Thriller #readers, in Tom Harper's novel, Lost Temple, the main story takes place in 1947 with the primary objective of recovering Achilles's shield. The shield is supposedly made of a rare metal, Element 61, Prometheum, which the Brits, the Yanks, and the Russians all want. The main objective of the author appears to be to share insights into archaelogical facts and mysteries. The former being the translation of Linear B from an ancient tablet, which occurred in 1952. T ...more
John Parker
The Lost Temple is an energetic romp around the Mediterranean for historical adventurers. If the island of Crete, Minoans, Greek gods, Linear B, Nazis, Turks and Soviet operatives are your thing, then you will enjoy the book. If not, then you will find it to be worth the three stars that I gave it.

For me, I lived on Crete, visited Knossos, and know of the Nazi airborne invasion and a lot of the archaeological references. I enjoyed the book, but I am not sure that I am overly excited about it. A
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
It ain't Shakespeare, but if you happen to be a Classics nerd, I definitely recommend this: post-World War II hunt for a lost substance that the Minoans found on a meteor, which is the basis of Homer's story of Achilles' shield. My favorite scene (somewhat spoiler-ish, so I'll hide it), which, if you're a Classicist, should help you understand what the attraction of this book is:

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Mar 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thrillers
Uneven pacing and an ending that seemed rushed detract a bit from what is otherwise a solid thriller with an interesting historical perspective. In this one, which is mostly set in 1947, the good guys are on the hunt for the shield of Achilles. Yes, that Achilles. Seems there was more truth to the Iliad than many would have believed. In any case, it seems that one of the shield's components has some less savory uses in 1947, and both the Soviets and Americans are after it. All in all, a fun outi ...more
Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel takes place in post-war Europe in 1947. A number of years ago Sam Grant is given a leather notebook by a dying archaeologist. When the KGB starts looking for this notebook, Grant decides to go on his own expedition to find the shield made for Achilles. He is helped by an Oxford professor, Arthur Reed, and a beautiful Greek archaeologist, Marina.

This was a fun adventure novel with the Russians on their tail, they travel all around Europe following clues that will take them to the templ
James F.
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This recent publication was my first read of a book written by Tom Harper. I was impressed by the attention to detail regarding the most recent understanding of the events of pre-Classical Greece by historical authorities in this field of study. However, for the general reader, this very attention to detail might well be a deal-breaker. The explanations of the history of archaeology regarding pre-Classical Greece and how these explanatory details are interwoven into what really is a Cold War spy ...more
Tory Wagner
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: aventure
This was a fun archeology based story that took place in various areas around Greece. This takes place after WW II and involves British, American, Greek, and Soviet spies/military agents. The premise of the story is that various countries are searching for the shield of Achilles because it is thought to be made from a legendary medal that can be used to create a military weapon. There are lots of quotes from Homer that the archeologists use to try and determine where Achilles final resting place ...more
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Tom Harper was born in West Germany in 1977 and grew up in Germany, Belgium and America; he now lives in England. He is chair of the Crime Writers' Association and also a member of the Historical Novels Society and the Society of Authors.

Tom Harper also writes historical adventures as Edwin Thomas.

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“How much longer?"he asked, trying to be casual.
"For ever, if you keep interrupting.”
“So much history buried underneath. We spend our lives to try to dig it out, but always the present buries it again.” 1 likes
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