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Title:
The last Templar
ISBN:
9780525949411
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Dutton, 2006.
Physical Description:
406 pages ; 24 cm.
Number in series:
1.
Summary:
When a Vatican exhibit attended by archaeologist Tess Chaykin is stormed by four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights who steal a particular artifact, FBI anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly teams up with Tess for an investigation.
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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.” —Pope Leo X, 16th CenturyIn a hail of fire and flashing sword, as the burning city of Jerusalem falls from the hands of the West in 1291, The Last Templaropens 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.


Author Notes

Raymond Khoury was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1960. His family moved to Rye, New York when fighting broke out in Lebanon in 1975. He returned to Lebanon to study architecture at the American University in Beirut. A few weeks after he graduated, civil war erupted and he was evacuated from Beirut. He ended up in London where he joined a small architecture practice. He also earned his MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and joined an investment bank, which he stayed at for three years. Though unintended, he became an acclaimed screenwriter both in London and Los Angeles. He is the author of the bestselling novel, The Last Templar.

Khoury lives in London, with his wife and two young daughters.

(Publisher Provided) completed his degree just as the civil war erupted again, and was evacuated out from the city in February, 1984.

In the years since Khoury has worked in architecture, banking, and as screenwriter. Hic screen writing credits include the adaptation of Melvyn Bragg's novel, The Maid of Buttermere, and an original screenplay, The Last Templar.

Raymond has been working both in London and in Los Angeles, where his work includes the hit BBC television series Spooks, known as MI:5 in the US, and the Emmy-award winning series Waking The Dead. He also turned his original screenplay for The Last Templar into his first novel which became an instant New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Kirkus Review

Keep the code, scratch da Vinci. It's 1291, and in Jerusalem, the Knights of the Templar--long allied to the established church--are taking a pasting from the Saracens. The Grand Master Templar, seeing the handwriting on the wall, summons trusted aides, and places in their care an unassuming little item containing metaphoric dynamite. Flash forward 700-plus years to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It's the fancy opening of a special exhibit: Treasures of the Vatican. Crashing the event are four marauders on horseback, wearing iron clothing and masquerading as Knights of the Templar. They gallop up the steps of the Met clearly intent on larceny--of a particular kind, it turns out, when they ignore the sumptuous array of glittering prizes in favor of a gadget described in the catalogue as a "multigeared rotor encoder." Lovely, feisty Tess Chaykin, an archaeologist, is witness to the curious events. Her interest changes from mild to near-obsessive as she continues to ponder implications: If an encoder is so urgently sought, she reasons, it follows that somewhere there's a really big-time code in need of breaking. Enter stalwart, semi-hunk FBI counter-terrorism expert Sean Reilly, who is equally struck. And more than a little struck by Tess as well. Now enter the bad guys--chief among them a rogue archaeologist with an unquenchable hate for organized religion, and his opposite number, a Catholic priest with ninja-type moves. The game's afoot, a humongous mystery needs to be solved, and at the center of it is a certain Jeshua of Nazareth, carpenter, who kept a meticulously detailed personal journal, and who may or may not have been "just a man." A mostly implausible first novel. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

\deflang1033\viewkind4\uc1d\f0\fs24 The Knights Templar, a small monastic military order formed in the early 1100s to protect travelers to the Holy Land, eventually grew and became wealthy beyond imagination. In 1307, the French king, feeling jealous and greedy, killed off the Templars, and by 1311, the last master, Jacques de Molay, was burned at the stake. The whereabouts of the Templars' treasure--and their secrets--have been the subject of legend ever since. Now, a new thriller tries to follow in the steps of The Da Vinci Code0 . There's no doubt that Khoury's Last Templar 0 has one of the most gripping opening scenes among recent thrillers. Four horsemen, dressed as Templars, ride their steeds up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, crashing into a show of Vatican artifacts and stealing a coding device that can unlock the Templars' secrets about the early days of Christianity. Archaeologist Tess Chaykin is a witness to the theft, and her professional juices kick in, prompting her to join forces with FBI investigator Sean Reilly. The action moves back and forth in time between the Templars' last battle and the present-day search for the missing device and the message it will decode. Khoury is a screenwriter, and his story is nothing if not cinematic, as it skips across three continents and climaxes with a storm at sea of biblical proportions. A nice twist at the end spins the Christian history everyone's been chasing. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2005 Booklist


Library Journal Review

During a "Treasures of the Vatican" exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, four masked horsemen dressed as Templars trot straight up the museum stairs and steal a valuable object. Screenwriter Khoury's first novel has sparked hot auctions in 21 countries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.