The Templar Legacy

The Templar Legacy

A Novel

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2006
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780345476159
0345476158
Branch Call Number: FIC Berry 3558
Characteristics: 480 p. :,ill., maps

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A_Lagerwey
Jul 21, 2017

Book 1 of 12 in the Cotton Malone Series

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Bellinghamspence
Feb 06, 2017

First book of Mr. Berry I've read. Lots of details into history and Templars. Used google maps to look at the locations detailed in the book. Moving on to his The Amber Room.

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storywizard
Oct 19, 2016

really great read, not too much violence and just enough plot and characterization to be interesting...

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BlueHippo
Dec 27, 2014

Another fun read. I did not enjoy this as much as "The Amber Room" or the "The Third Secret", but it was still good. This one seemed to have tomalley people, especially the historical figures, to keep track of.

kmcinto Aug 19, 2014

First appearance of the Cotton Malone. Not a bad character. A little more believable in an adventure story unlike Dan Brown's Professor Landon. Yet in this story the seneschal and antagonist were the characters I thought were most interesting by far each having the most to lose or gain something. I like Berry's style of breaking up the thought bubbles each character was going through during the shooting/chasing scenes compared to Dan Brown. In the end, the great device is interesting and has great conclusion.

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Shelley51
Jun 24, 2014

I liked this book & yes, it did remind me of Dan Brown. I thought it was a little long but I liked the way everything came together in the end. I like the character Cotton Malone.

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omahagtgrad
Jun 05, 2014

Excellent adventure novel. Steve Berry knows how to blend action with hitorical fiction.

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billmacrotarian
May 18, 2014

The Templar Legacy is the first of Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone novels and tells of the hunt for lost Templar treasure. The Templar’s were wiped out in 14th century France but their vast wealth was never recovered. Malone and an expanding team search to uncover clues while two opposing factions within the secret modern-day Templars battle for control of the lost knowledge- The Great Devise. The novel is entertaining and fast paced with good historical research. There's a similarity to Dan Brown in this novel but without the non-sequiturs.

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ADWithrow
Dec 18, 2013

This was a good book. I was interested enough to read through it fairly quickly and liked the plot. The Templar's appear in a number of books and it is always interesting to me to see how each author changes the tales and creates new endings. I liked the surprises throughout the book that kept the pace moving and introduced new characters. I did think the big mystery was a little typical though I liked that the Templar power was ascribed to something other than pure wealth.

Overall a solid read. So far this author has not disappointed and each book I read seems to be an improvement over the last. I will definitely continue reading his work.

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rahmmie
Oct 16, 2011

Quite entertaining with a mostly-good plot. Berry is not even near to the level of Dan Brown, but his attempts at creating religious and historical thrillers are not bad

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