- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (July 26 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780451234278
- ISBN-13: 978-0451234278
- ASIN: 0451234278
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.8 x 19 cm
- Shipping Weight: 340 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Templar Salvation
“[A] sublime narrative. The result is a full-throttle action-adventure thriller wrapped in a political cautionary tale with a gratifyingly eloquent center.”—Library Journal
“[A] very well-constructed blend of historical mystery and present-day thriller....There’s no denying he’s got the storytelling chops.”—Booklist
“The constant suspense, ever-mounting body count, and interesting historical lore will keep readers turning the pages.”—Publishers Weekly
“Irresistible to faithful Temple fans.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Raymond Khoury is the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Templar, The Sanctuary, The Sign, The Templar Salvation, The Devil’s Elixir, Rasputin's Shadow, and The End Game. His novels have been translated into more than forty languages and, in the case of The Last Templar, adapted into a comic book and an NBC television miniseries. An acclaimed screenwriter and producer for both television and film, he has also penned several scripts for BBC series such as Spooks and Waking the Dead.
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In flashback, we learn that in 1310, Templar knight Conrad of Tripoli stumbled on a trove of writings documenting the early days and divisions of Christianity. The story is a chase to rescue Tess, to find these secret writings, and to apprehend the terrorist. The plot is full of action, and the plot, although somewhat predictable in spots, still offers some clever twists and surprises. The story offers a "super" terrorist villain; this mysterious stranger is Mansoor Zahed, an Iranian militant who is motivated by revenge for the CIA's killing of his family in the 1950s. Zahed is bent on finding the Templars' secretive early church writings and releasing it to undermine Western religion and thus stability.
I enjoy the historical thriller genre, especially those dealing with past artifacts a la the style of Indiana Jones or Dan Brown. However, "The Templar Salvation" is a bit "overly preachy" at times regarding past Christian or Templar issues, and certainly the text could be tightened up a bit as the 600 pages are a bit ponderous. However, some of the information in this "historical work of fiction" was interesting, especially that regarding the Council of Nicene convened by the Roman Emperor Constantine, and its spiritual impact on the evolution of Christianity. The characters were human and believable, unlike the cardboard cutout "superhero" types in some works; Khoury's characters make mistakes, get angry, and show some intellect - they are human. The ending was exciting, albeit a bit predictable. Still, regardless of my minor complaints, I enjoyed this book with its characters, and I will certainly explore more works by Khoury such as "The Devil's Elixir."
I thought it was as entertaining and
well written as khoury's other novels
that I have read. I will continue
reading whatever david khoury writes.