The Last Templar is the first novel written by author Raymond Khoury. It is a novel about the fall of Acre in 1291 AD and a secret document the Knights Templar had been trying to protect from the catholic church, a document that proves that Jesus was just a man and that the bible is just a myth.
Cross to modern-day New York, Tess Chaykin is an archeologist who witnesses a robbery and murder at a function at the Metropolitan Museum. Four horsemen dressed as Knights Templar storm the opening of a Vatican exhibition stealing many treasures. One Knight, however, seems intent on one treasure: a multigeared rotor encoder.
Tess becomes obsessed with finding out what this encoder actually does and finding the document it is set to decipher. Along with agent Sean Reilly from the FBI, Tess race against the Vatican and the so called “Knights” to find this document first. A document that has the potential to change the world as we know it.
1291 AD, Acre. As the city burns under the onslaught of the Sultan’s men, the Falcon Temple sets sail, carrying a small band of knights and a mysterious chest entrusted to them by the Order’s Grand Master. The ship vanishes without a trace..
Present-day New York. At the Metropolitan Museum, four horsemen dressed as Knights Templar storm the gala opening of an exhibition of Vatican treasures and, in a brutal and bloody attack, steal an arcane medieval decoder.
For FBI agent Sean Reilly and archeologist Tess Chaykin, this is just the start of a deadly game of cat and mouse as they race across three continents, trying to stay one step ahead of ruthless killers while chasing down a centuries-old mystery…
I quite enjoyed this novel. I decided to read this book because I had read Khoury’s second novel, Sanctuary, and really enjoyed it. His novels are fast-paced, action-packed and keep you interested. This novel was similar to The Da Vinci Code in the whole “myth of christ” storyline but different enough to make it seem like something new.
Apparently this has also been made into a tele-movie. I would love to see it! I think this novel would translate perfectly into film.