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The Last Templar: A Novelby Raymond Khoury
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With rights already sold in heated auctions in twenty-one countries, The Last Templar, Raymond Khoury's epic debut novel, is ready to thrill readers on these shores.
"It has served us well, this myth of Christ."
In a hail of fire and flashing sword, as the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, The Last Templar opens with a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escaping to the sea carrying a mysterious chest entrusted to them by the Order's dying Grand Master. The ship vanishes without a trace.
In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights emerge from Central Park and ride up the Fifth Avenue steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the blacktie opening of a Treasures of the Vatican exhibit. Storming through the crowds, the horsemen brutally attack anyone standing between them and their prize. Attending the gala, archaeologist Tess Chaykin watches in silent terror as the leader of the horsemen hones in on one piece in particular, a strange geared device. He utters a few cryptic Latin words as he takes hold of it with reverence before leading the horsemen out and disappearing into the night.
In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and Tess are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading Knights, plunging them into a deadly game of cat and mouse with ruthless killers as they race across three continents to recover the lost secret of the Templars.
"The war between the Catholic Church and the Gnostic insurgency drags on in this ponderous Da Vinci Code knockoff. The latest skirmish erupts when horsemen dressed as knights raid New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, lopping off heads and firing Uzis as they go. Their trail leads FBI agent Sean Ryan and fetching archeologist Tess Chaykin to the medieval crusading order of the Knights Templars. Anachronistic Gnostic champions of feminism and tolerance against Roman hierarchy and obscurantism, the Templars, they learn, discovered proof that Catholic dogma is a 'hoax' and were planning to use it to unite all religions under a rationalist creed that would usher in world peace. Screenwriter and first-time novelist Khoury spices up the doctrinal revisionism with Da Vinci?style thriller flourishes, including secret codes, gratuitous but workmanlike action scenes, and a priest?hit man sent out by the Vatican to kill anyone who knows anything. The narrative pauses periodically for believers-vs.-agnostics debates and tutorials on everything from the Gospel of Thomas to alchemy. Though long-winded and sophomoric, these seminars are a relief from Tess and Sean's tedious romance, which proceeds from awkward flirtations as they listen to Sean's mix CD to hackneyed intimacies about childhood traumas. The novel's religious history is as dubious as its conspiracy plot, but anti-clericalists — and Catholics taking a break from the church's real headaches — could unwind with it." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[O]ne of the most gripping opening scenes among recent thrillers....Khoury is a screenwriter, and his story is nothing if not cinematic....A nice twist at the end spins the Christian history everyone's been chasing." Booklist
"Fast-paced, highly cinematic...The Last Templar is perfect for those for whom Dan Brown was the start but not the finish." The Sunday Express (U.K.)
"What's the next Da Vinci Code? To satisfy your historical-thriller cravings...read The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury." Glamour Magazine
"Khoury proffers a unique Templar secret and a subsequent Vatican cover-up that, if revealed, would change Christendom forever. For those fatigued by the recent spate of Mary Magdalene/Holy Grail books, this novel will come as a welcome relief." Library Journal
An antiterrorist specialist and an archeologist are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading Knights of Templar--a deadly game of cat and mouse with ruthless killers as they race across three continents to recover a lost secret.
Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin, the heroes of Raymond Khoury's New York Times bestselling Templar novels, return in an edge-of-your-seat thriller that reaches from the present day back to 1700s Mexico—and beyond…
What if there was a drug, previously lost to history in the jungles of Central America, capable of inducing an experience so momentous—and so shocking—that it might shake the very foundations of Western civilization?
What if powerful forces on both sides of the law launched a ruthless, no-holds-barred pursuit to get their hands on it?
What if FBI agent Sean Reilly and archaeologist Tess Chaykin were the only ones who could stop the unthinkable from happening?
And what if they’re already too late?
The Last Templar is Raymond Khoury's epic debut novel. When four horsemen dressed as Knights Templar storm the Metropolitan Museum and steal a medieval artifact, an FBI agent and an archaeologist are plunged into a race across three continents in search of the relic and its hidden secrets.
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About the Author
Raymond Khoury is an acclaimed screenwriter and producer for both television and film. Educated in France and the United States, Khoury now lives in London with his wife and two children. This is his first novel.
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