The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes . . . until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was-and its true nature could change the modern world.
Cotton Malone, one-time top operative for the U.S. Justice Department, is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen when an unexpected call to action reawakens his hair-trigger instincts?and plunges him back into the cloak-and-dagger world he thought he'd left behind.
It begins with a violent robbery attempt on Cotton's former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, who's far from home on a mission that has nothing to do with national security. Armed with vital clues to a series of centuries-old puzzles scattered across Europe, she means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and fortune-hunters through the ages by finding the legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to have been lost forever when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the fourteenth century. But she's not alone. Competing for the historic prize-and desperate for the crucial information Stephanie possesses-is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with an army of assassins at his command.
Welcome or not, Cotton seeks to even the odds in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the more he realizes that even more than lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world-and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees.
Part of the "Page Turners for Travelers" Collection
There are times when Corrigan attempts the French accent of this book's arch-villain, Raymond de Roquefort, that he sounds like nothing so much as Peter Sellers's Inspector Clouseau with a bad head cold. Corrigan gamely tackles what so many other readers tiptoe around, imitating each of the voices in Berry's international array of shadowy operators. While the results are occasionally, unintentionally comic, Corrigan is to be commended: his multivoiced, one-man-band reading makes for a wildly enjoyable listen. Berry's novel follows in the tradition of The Da Vinci Code, mingling medieval Christian secrecy and contemporary intelligence-agency intrigue. Corrigan contains multitudes, and his able array of voices show a man who greatly enjoys the opportunity to have the stage of Berry's book all to himself. Having fun with his reading, Corrigan masterfully conveys the entertainment value of Berry's convoluted story. Simultaneous release with the Ballantine hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 19, 2005). (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . Incredible
Posted November 24, 2010 by Model125 , Moreno ValleyI am normally a vampire novel person, but this title caught my eye and i decided to give it a chance. I am SOOOOOO glad i did. I was caught up from the very beginning. The characters were complex, exciting, and worth every bit of my reading. I look forward to more from these characters
2 . I enjoyed contrasting contempory story with the templar history.
Posted October 07, 2010 by Cheryl Wartman , Cornwall, PEThis was the first book I read on my Sony Reader. I enjoyed the pace of the book and connected with the charaters who had real flaws endearing them to me. Cotton Malone, a former special ops agent, must rescue his former boss from assassins who are trying to get her estranged late husband's notes because they may hold the key to the secret of the templar treasure.
3 . excellent read
Posted May 11, 2010 by Rikki , El CajonOne of the first books I downloaded for my Sony reader. Loved it.
4 . super
Posted May 03, 2010 by Tomasz , Warsawvery interesting
5 . Convoluted Yawner
Posted December 12, 2009 by Steve , Fort MeyersThis book drags through pages of description of Templar ceremonies, and the action, when it finally arrives, is over in 2 paragraphs. Not enough to savor. The author expects the reader to believe in too many coincidences, too many connections, too many spy skills, and just plain unbelievable, boring story. This author is in love with his own prose. I gave up after halfway.
6 . Cotton is an Excellent Protagonist!
Posted December 06, 2009 by Auric , Alton, ILMy first Steve Berry book - and I liked it a lot! Good action, complex story, quite long but never boring. Keeps you thinking and wondering through a lot of it - I liked it!
7 . good book
Posted November 24, 2009 by Nic , Las VegasGood read
8 . one of the best books i have read in a long time
Posted November 23, 2009 by dale c , clinton twp.this has been one of the best books i have read in a long time
the story plot is clear and flows like water the writing is clear and concise
and does not muddy the story line or leave you hanging with doubts
9 . Like the others have said: Awesome book
Posted November 21, 2009 by Paul Bates , Dearborn MiI got my Sony ebook reader in mid October. Partially it was for work books, partially for pleasure reading. I started and stopped 4 other fiction books before landing on this one. I could not put it down. I found the entire reading experience more compelling than the da Vinci Code.
An awesome first free book for your sony ebook reader.
10 . Interesting
Posted November 18, 2009 by A Reader , Las VegasIt was slow at the beginning for me but once grabbed it was a great read. Very thought provoking but an easy to read style. Liked the characters and was not disappointed by the plot or ending. If you like the genre you will like this book.
January 30, 2007
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Excerpt from The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
Thursday, June 22, The Present
Cotton Malone spotted the knife at the same time he saw Stephanie Nelle. He was sitting at a table outside the Cafe Nikolaj, comfortable in a white lattice chair. The sunny afternoon was pleasant and Hojbro Plads, the popular Danish square that spanned out before him, bristled with people. The cafe was doing its usual brisk business--the mood feverish--and for the past half hour he-d been waiting for Stephanie.
She was a petite woman, in her sixties, though she never confirmed her age and the Justice Department personnel records that Malone once saw contained only a winking n/a in the space reserved for date of birth. Her dark hair was streaked with waves of silver, and her brown eyes offered both the compassionate look of a liberal and the fiery glint of a prosecutor. Two presidents had tried to make her attorney general, but she'd turned both offers down. One attorney general had lobbied hard to fire her--especially after she was enlisted by the FBI to investigate him--but the White House nixed the idea since, among other things, Stephanie Nelle was scrupulously honest.
In contrast, the man with the knife was short and stout, with narrow features and brush-cut hair. Something haunted loomed on his East European face--a forlornness that worried Malone more than the glistening blade--and he was dressed casually in denim pants and a blood-red jacket.