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the Templar Legacy. Read more · the Templar Legacy · Read more · The Templar Legacy The Templar Legacy A Novel · Read more · The Templar Legacy: A. BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Steve Berry's The Emperor's Tomb and a Cotton Malone dossier. The ancient order of the Knights Templar. The Templar legacy: a novel (Cotton Malone). by Berry, Steve, eBook The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute .

May 20, Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was ok. The Knights Templars were founded in Jerusalem in to protect the pilgrims visiting Palestine at the end of the First Crusade of The full, original name was "The Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple which is in Jerusalem", but the for the sake of this review I will just refer to them as The Templars.

By papal decree only The Templars were allowed to wear the cross patee. The red cross is probably the most famous identifying symbol for the order. The Templars because of their austere The Knights Templars were founded in Jerusalem in to protect the pilgrims visiting Palestine at the end of the First Crusade of The Templars because of their austere living conditions and their shrewd lending policies became very wealthy and powerful.

Philip the IV of France, a man with ambitions that exceeded his pocketbook borrowed large sums of money from The Templars. To facilitate this end Phillip went so far as to attempt to kidnap the Pope. The Pope survived long enough to excommunicate the king, but then died from wounds received in the attempt. The new Pope decided it was in his best interest to lift the excommunication order, but it was his successor Clement the V who gave Phillip what he wanted.

On Friday the 13th The Templars are rounded up. They are charged with satanism and unnatural practices. Inquisition tactics are used to illicit confessions. It always amazes me the creativity the human species can bring to bear in finding new and malicious ways to torture another human being.

Wouldn't you think you'd find a tried and true method and stick with it? The sick perversion of the amount of time spent thinking about and testing new ways to elicit pain from a helpless individual is beyond my comprehension. Jacques De Molay is the head of the order, the grand master, when the purges begin.

He receives special attention from the inquisition, but once they acquire his confession they continue to inflict pain on him. He at one point is nailed to a door and then the door is swung back and forth to put the utmost pressure on the bones grating against the nails in his flesh.

In they burn him at the stake and finally his ordeal is over. Templars did survive the purges and they reformed, but kept themselves hidden and out of the public eye. Legend has it that De Molay hid a great treasure before his incarceration and with it an item only referred to as The Great Device.

Steve Berry weaves his story around the rise to prominence of a Grand Master Templar who wishes to restore the order to their place of respect and honor. The hero of the story is Cotton Malone, a retired CIA operative who decided to move to Copenhagen to open a bookstore.

His old boss comes to visit him in Copenhagen and before they can even meet Malone finds himself in a desperate chase across Copenhagen. As Malone moves around Europe interpreting clues and in the process thwarting the aims of the Grand Master Templar, the plot unfolds in spectacular fashion. There is blackmail, murder, betrayal, mayhem, secret doors, inventive escapes, and not a single sexual situation or even a hint of romantic entanglement.

Steve Berry kept all his characters too busy to even pause for a moment of sexual gratification. This is a plot driven novel, characterization is actually very weak, and is the main reason why I bumped this down to three stars.

I really wanted to know more about Cotton Malone's life in Copenhagen, but before we are able to see "a day in the life of a Copenhagen bookseller" we are blasted into this complicated, elaborate plot that keeps the pages turning. A misstep is only an opportunity for him to concoct a dazzling display of unequivocally awesomeness.

He does receive some good advice from his boss. I've got a few people I know that I might forward that bit of wisdom to. I can only hope that with further entries in the series Steve Berry will actually convince me that Cotton Malone has any real interest in the book trade. Further development of Malone and adding more time spent in the book world could place this series at the top of my guilty pleasures list.

I thought the plot may have tilted too heavy a nod to Dan Brown, but the primary purpose of a thriller is to be a page turner; a book that takes the reader away from their own mundane existence, and this book fulfills that stipulation admirably.

View all 6 comments. Jul 21, Todd rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jill, Karen, Bridget. Steve Berry is the thinking man's Dan Brown. The Templar Legacy does not disappoint. If you enjoyed The DaVinci Code you will appreciate this novel all the more. Berry mixes a decent understanding of folkore and history in this fast paced quest for the real Templar Treasure. The book's ide Steve Berry is the thinking man's Dan Brown. The book's idea of "The Great Device," and what it was is based on speculation that has goes back at least 2 or more centuries, and it has nothing to do with Mary Magdelene or the supposed Holy Grail, which was nothing more that Christianized versions of pre-Christian European Myths - the nonsense about san graal meaning royal bloodline not withstanding.

Great Fiction writing!!!!!! If you're not familiar with some of it, as I wasn't I looked up more online. It was certainly a twisty mystery, somewhat overdone. Most of the characters were very well done. I didn't care for Cassiopeia, though.

Felt tacked on in a lot of ways. Overall, quite good. I'm not sure how good a sequel will be, but I'll give one a shot some day. View all 4 comments. So fascinated by the amount of research that went into this. Really cool book, and I'm excited to follow Cotton on more adventures! I suppose this is what might be called a "thriller" however I have hesitated to put it on that shelf.

I hesitate because there are very, very few thrills in the book. I've hit a string of mediocre books lately. These are all books I've been looking forward to but once I got into them they were at best, "yawn-worthy". This one is that way. We start out on what has become well trodden ground since The Da Vinci Code. Again we're off on an adventure to track down the "real history" of things, in this I suppose this is what might be called a "thriller" however I have hesitated to put it on that shelf.

Again we're off on an adventure to track down the "real history" of things, in this case the Templars and their legacy treasure, books, writings, scrolls etc.

It's synopsis leads a reader to believe he'll find a thrill ride. Instead about a quarter of the way into the book the text bogs down into a lot of dry conversations. There's a second point of view where we get another really interesting setup, a fast moving escape and so on.

But the story quickly slides back into explanations and so on. The ending goes about where you think it will. This is the second book by this author I've picked up. I don't want to do a blanket assumption here but neither of the books has been overly burdened by original thinking. I forged through it, but I can't really recommend it.

Too bad. Their is a question many of you probably want answered.

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I'll answer it here under a spoiler warning. Peter left a book telling that all in the Gospels is a lie. How many more times will this ending be copied?

Christianity is based on a lie. Jesus died and was not resurrected. Okay there it is. Now I need a bath. View all 7 comments. Feb 29, Maurean rated it liked it. I enjoyed this tale; I have just recently 'discovered' Berry I read "The Third Secret" in August , but the mister has been enjoying him for some time now.. I enjoyed the story. Mystery, historical information, plenty of twist and turns, all added up to an entertaining read.

View 2 comments. Jul 17, Josen rated it really liked it Shelves: Yes this type of storyline and pace is reminiscent of The DaVinci Code but again, I really like these kinds of books. One part of the story is disputing the belief that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and the thought-provoking line: I, myself, was brought up Catholic so the thing about these types of stories is that you have to go into it with an open mind.

Obviously the author does his research and a lot of the book is based on historical references. But you also have to realize that a lot is fiction……. It takes you all over the world. Leave it at that.

Jun 29, Jesse A rated it liked it Shelves: Dan Brown esque. Interesting thriller with the seemingly sole intent of challenging pre conceived historical beliefs. Long spots of historical info dumps, which I found interesting but could bore some.

Entertaining at least. The Templar Legacy 1 Star This is my third attempt at reading this book and its time to call it quits. The main character is interesting enough and the plot has potential, but it moves along at a snails pace with excessive descriptions of the scenery villages, buildings, forests, gardens, etc.

Enough is enough! View all 3 comments. Piatto e noioso. Aug 05, John Yelverton rated it did not like it. Total load of garbage from the beginning of the book until the end. This book was not even worth the paper it was written on. View 1 comment. Our hero, Cotton, a special ops kind of guy, must come to the rescue of his former boss from the Justice Dept who seems to be in over her head.

Before committing suicide, her husband had left notes on how to decipher an antique codex, the purpose of which is unclear. However, she discovers she's not the only one participating i "Say it, preach it, shout it, but never, absolutely never, believe your own bullshit! However, she discovers she's not the only one participating in this treasure hunt, and the other folks like to play with guns. The story drifts back in time and we learn that the treasure has something to do with the vast financial resources of the ancient Templar Knights.

This treasure is not just a matter of wealth, but also it's a powerful secret, and one that some folks will stop at nothing to protect. If you're thinking the story sounds a bit like Da Vinci Code, you'd be correct.

I'm cool with that. I liked Da Vinci Code. Ok, yes like Da Vinci Code Templar Legacy grates against my religious sensitivities, but it's a "fiction" book so who cares. Get over it. But what I really didn't like is how the author takes an otherwise great storyline and over complicates it to the point where reading becomes tedious. I'm not into having to take notes while I'm reading an action novel, so that I can keep track of all the side stories.

My little annoyances subsided toward the end of the book when the action began to pick up. And I've enjoyed some of other books in the series, so hopefully this just wasn't one of Mr. Berry's best. Sep 12, Jenny rated it really liked it.

It has served us well, this myth of Christ. Fascinating, isn't it?

Really, though, aside from both dealing with lost Templar treasure and the possible non-divinity of Christ, they're quiet different novels. I may have even enjoyed this one more than It has served us well, this myth of Christ.

Berry tells the story cleanly with few unnecessary distractions, and the pacing is excellent. The twists and turns of plot were only predictable in that they were legion; Berry kept me guessing almost all of the time, and I was always intrigued.

All in all, a good read. What's really interesting for me, though, in all of these novels, is how much I find myself reflecting of my own religious beliefs. I think I enjoy them even more because they do challenge established Christianity, and, consequently, my beliefs.

They make me think about things I often take for granted. I think that's partly why I'm drawn to them, and have read them all, despite their undeniable similarities. There is a fourth, a just-released novel called Labyrinth that I think I'll be checking out within the next few weeks. Apparently I can't get enough! Challenge away! Mar 14, Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the first of the Cotton Malone series. I am certainly no biblical scholar but the book seemed to be well researched and real world mysteries are dealt with in a plausible way.

I do wish, though, that readers who are offended by anything that challenges their religious views would just avoid those novels in the first place rather than read them and then trash the book's viewpoint.

I enjoyed lea This is the first of the Cotton Malone series. I enjoyed learning much more about the Templars and how they evolved through history.

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I also liked the settings in Copenhagen and France, and having been to most of the locales described in the novel, found myself transported back to those places. The plot was intriguing and while I thought the overall mystery to be sufficiently compelling and well paced, I felt the dialogue was a bit stilted.

I've noticed this with other Steve Berry novels as well. The one thing that I appreciated the most was that Cotton Malone, our protagonist, served as a great foil for the reader.

Just when I felt like saying, "That doesn't make sense," Cotton says, "That doesn't make sense. It was almost uncanny. So, yes, I will definitely be reading more of the Cotton Malone series. This was an enjoyable read. I liked it, I thought it was well written, it kept me in suspense, there were twists and turns, and it was interesting. Although if you don't like fictional books that question the Bible or faith then this book is NOT for you! It's a very Dan Brown kind of book that I think is a bit I wavered between 3 and 4 stars for this one and settled on three.

The book rehashes the same information over and over and over again.

Philip looked in vain, but to this day no remnant of either has been discovered. There have been countless theories as to what the treasure and the knowledge entailed and where they might have ended up, everything from the European continent, to Scotland, to even America where the Templars supposedly sailed in the 13th century. But nothing has ever been proven.

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What better fodder for a novelist? How did you become interested in The Templars? It was important that they be presented as they were, not some Hollywood stereotype, though a few liberties had to be taken to make sure the story remained a thriller. Their Rules, though, are a fascinating read. Obedience was paramount. Contrary to Sir Walter Scott and Ivanhoe , they were forbidden from participating in tournaments; they spoke sparingly without laughter; they did not bathe; they slept with the lights on and dressed; and they were not allowed to gamble or hunt, play games, or grow their hair, though their beards could be unkept.

By papal order the knights were allowed to wear a white mantle with a red cross, while the remainder of the Order wore differing colored mantles.

That was quite an elaborate event. The hierarchy was simple: The master was in absolute charge, aided by seneschals, who commanded the knights all of noble heritage and the sergeants warriors of non-noble background. Chaplains were the clerics and the rest of the Order were comprised of artisans, farmers, craftsmen, and administrators. Tens of thousands joined. Tens of thousands died fighting.

Quite an organization. What makes this place so mysterious? Rennes is located in the Languedoc, an unspoiled region of southern France. This story, published in the local newspaper, caught national attention. Has anything ever been found? Not a thing, but the myths and legends live on.

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It is indeed a place of contradiction and perhaps sublime messages. A unique one. He was outspoken, an antirepublican, possessed of a glass eye, and often played the lottery. He also maintained an amorous relationship with Marie Denarnaud, who lived with him as his housekeeper.

During his life, he openly spent huge amounts of money building and entertaining. Then he defied the Church and refused to account for his expenditures. Ultimately, he was relieved as a priest. His appeal went all the way to the Vatican but remained unresolved at the time of his death in Even in death, though, strange things happened. His body was laid out for viewing, covered by a cloth edged with red pom-poms.

As the locals walked by to pay their respects, inexplicably they each plucked the pom-poms off one at a time. In another contradiction, he died absolutely penniless, as all of his assets had been transferred to Marie beforehand. I had a lot of fun bringing him back to life and re-living his exploits.

Quite a spectacular part of the world. Puzzles play a part in the quest for the Templar treasure, are the cryptograms that appear throughout the story real or something from your imagination? No, they were a common form of encryption in the 18th and 19th centuries. They would have been nearly impossible to decipher without knowing the mathematical key. It was a simple, but effective, means of keeping a secret. Some gravestones also play a pivotal role in the quest, were they real or more fiction?

No one has ever seen the actual stones, but there are drawings of what they may have looked like.

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Problem is, the drawings differ. These gravestones figure prominently in the Rennes legend so they had to be included. Lots of symbolism and subliminal messages here, so many that great liberties could be taken in their use. The Templar Legacy introduces a new protagonist, Cotton Malone, where did he come from? He was born in Copenhagen. I love that city and that square, so I decided Cotton would own a bookshop right there. I wanted a character with government ties and a background that made him a formidable opponent, but I also wanted him to be a person possessed of freedom.

Since I personally love rare books, it was natural that Cotton would too, so he became a Justice Department operative turned bookseller who manages, from time to time, to find himself immersed in trouble.

At the same time, Cotton is clearly a man in conflict. Yet that past keeps haunting him, calling him back, forcing him to make tough choices.

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Also the dialog was often inane, especially in Stephanie's case. The sick perversion of the amount of time spent thinking about and testing new ways to elicit pain from a helpless individual is beyond my comprehension.