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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
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by A Signet Book (first published 2009)
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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
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Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
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لطالما كان فرسان الهيكل من اكبر اسرار التاريخ الاوروبي و اكثرها اثارة للحيرة و الدهشة، فنشاة الجماعة و اهدافها و حتى اندثارها و مصيرها الغامض اثار حولها عدة تساؤلات و استفسارات و فتح المجال لعدة نظريات و اقتراحات..النورانيون..الماسونية..الوصول الى امريكا قبل كولومبوس و العديد العديد

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تدور احداث هذه الرواية، و هي اول حلقة في سلسلة حول هذه الجماعة، حول سيف يرثه استاذ دراسات تاريخية في البحرية الامريكية و قريبته.. ما ان يقع بين يديهما حتى تبدا لعبة مطاردة اشبه بتوم و جيري، لكنها لا تخلو من المتعة ا
Feb 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: history-fiction
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.
Highly entertaining and intriguing.....

“The mattress looked as though someone had gone at it with a butcher knife; there were feathers and shreds of ticking everywhere. The drawers in the bureau hung open like lolling tongues, and clothes were scattered all around the room . . . His heart hammered in his chest; the smart thing would be to turn around and run.”

Action . . . Adventure . . . Mystery . . . Suspense: The Sword of the Templars. A captivating story weaving through conspiracies, legends,
Oct 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s not the best, though it’s a long way from the worst of its type. I think maybe it could have done with being a bit longer. Of having more time to fold out the characters and the situations. It wasn’t written in the note-form seemingly favoured by Lee Child (in the first 'Jack Reacher' I’ve read anyway), but things do seem to fall a little too easily in place and I missed some further development. The action comes thick and fast and I think it could have done with a few ‘breathers,' a couple ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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
Abigail Grove
Oct 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
I could not recommend this book any less. There are perhaps a few historical lessons to be learned but with the way it is presented you would be much better off (and i'm sure better informed) with a work of non fiction. The plot itself is very patchy and far too fast paced as the characters skip through countries in the blink of an eye, the authors lectures on the historical context make up a very large portion of the book and an equally large portion to dull descriptions of both people and envi ...more
Scott Brook
Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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
M.J. Webb
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
An entertaining read which never really hit the heights I expected it to. I'm not quite sure why. I think 'Liked it' is fair.
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, it's a good kickoff to a pretty good series. Holliday is a compelling character, and the storyline is good. If you liked The Last Templar, you'll like this one.
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Templar (9 books)
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