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Do you need to read all the books in the series to understand what is going on, or are they pretty much stand alones with a common thread?

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Paul Some in the series (I have all of them as well as other works by Jecks), e.g. the prequel recently released, can be read as stand alone. That said, it is, in my opinion, best to savor the flow by reading them in sequence, I first read one title by accident some years back and was so impressed that I hunted down the first one as a 'used' book' (which doesn't benefit the author; there are some vendors who buy books new and then sell them later on at profit to themselves while the author tries to keep food on the table). The great thing about Jeck's series is that his new publisher, Simon & Schuster UK bought up rights and began republishing earlier titles and his former publisher has done the same. You can get paper or e-books of the entire series now, not getting ripped off by a 'used vendor,' and helping keep the author writing (food on the table). IMHO, you would want to keep Michael Jecks writing. He has a number of short stories published, has contributed to multi-author series, has a new series which relate to the 100 Year War (planned as a trilogy with one in print and one soon to be), an e-book format modern 'spy thriller' (Act of Vengeance), etc. No, I don't work for Michael. I just love his writing and therefore want to be supportive. You can find him on Facebook, he has some really interesting videos on You Tube, and great web site (I mention Twitter for those who like it) and a blog called writerlywitterings. Here is his web site URL - http://www.michaeljecks.co.uk/ This is one Facebook site - https://www.facebook.com/Michael.Jeck... and this is the blog - http://writerlywitterings.com/ Thought I might as well add a link to You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... BTW, the one thing about Jecks is that his historical research is done in 'primary sources' not second or third. He is meticulous in that and then, as has been said, "weaves a plausible story in the historical matrix."
Amber Martingale Yes you need to read them all and you must read them all in the same order as the events which are portrayed in them take place. In other words, read TEMPLAR'S ACRE FIRST since it is set in 1291.

I didn't have the luxury of starting with TEMPLAR'S ACRE since it hadn't yet been published when I started the series, so I actually started with THE LAST TEMPLAR and have just finished THE BUTCHER OF ST. PETER'S (#19 of the series).
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