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The Lost Temple

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,595 ratings  ·  117 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 writi
Paperback, 457 pages
Published October 18th 2007 by Arrow (first published 2007)
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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
Natalie M
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 :(
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.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Very thin plot. Ending is far to easy ... like the author got tired of writing and just tossed the story way.
Better than expected, but honestly I also had very low expectations. 2.5 starts maybe? Honestly books like these are a perfect example of why I mostly don't read male authors.
There is literally one woman in it, she is very much "not like other women", because she's a badass, who fought the Nazis, and she's definitely only in the book to look pretty, make Grant vulnerable because they're sleeping together, and to be the one everyone else can agree is suspicious.
Everything remotely related to wo
Shreela Sen
History/Mythology-based adventure. The Lost Temple has Ex Special Ops mercenary for Hero, working with TWO archaeologists ( actually one more, who was killed before the novel starts) the main archeologist being a "mad scientist" prototype, & the female in the life of the hero being the "amateur" archaeologist.
Yes, just as the reviews here say, the novel is pedestrian, it's difficult to relate with the hero, &, may I add, for a novel written in 2007 (even thought SET right after the WWI) the AUTH
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
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Hilary. Mccarthy
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
A good exciting novel in the Da Vinci Code genre.
Sam Grant is caught up in events that lead him all over the world in a mad dash to keep a map out of the oppositions hands .
Unfortunately one doesn't always know who the opposition is?
The main characters are rather interesting and a strange mix but it works well .
The book held my attention and some of the twists were most unexpected .
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.
Andy Young
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read, hidden treasure, great hero, pretty girl , loads of baddies and a bit of a predictable plot twist - what more do you need. Good story that seemed to entwine itself quite well to other books I’ve read about war time Crete. Will look at other Tom Harper books
Andrea Králová
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
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.
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.
Philip Redford
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great first read, look forward to reading more in this series.
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!!
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very slow paced
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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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
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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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