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Romanul a fost tradus in peste 30 de limbi si declarat de catre New York Times #1 Bestseller.Bestseller New York Times pentru aproape doi ani, romanul lui Raymond Khoury impleteste magistral fictiunea cu istoria. Ultimul templier, o carte ce se citeste cu sufletul la gura, a fost ecranizat de NBC, intr-o serie de succes.1291, Regatul Latin al Ierusalimului. Secolul XXI, MaRomanul a fost tradus in peste 30 de limbi si declarat de catre New York Times #1 Bestseller.Bestseller New York Times pentru aproape doi ani, romanul lui Raymond Khoury impleteste magistral fictiunea cu istoria. Ultimul templier, o carte ce se citeste cu sufletul la gura, a fost ecranizat de NBC, intr-o serie de succes.1291, Regatul Latin al Ierusalimului. Secolul XXI, Manhattan.Ce legatura exista intre cele doua momente si ce cauta un agent FBI in tenebrele istoriei?Ultimul mare mister, ultima speranta a umanitatii si secretul ultimilor cavaleri.Tezaurul cavalerilor templieri... un secret pe care Raymond Khoury il dezvaluie intr-un thriller palpitant.O cheie pentru portile ferecate ale istoriei, o calatorie fara tihna inapoi, de-a lungul secolelor, o goana fara oprire dupa ultimul mare mister al omenirii, dupa cea mai mare taina a cavalerilor templieri.Cavalerii templieri, mister fascinant al istoriei, sunt protagonistii unui thriller fara egal, care a incantat milioane de cititori din lumea intreaga, fiind tradus in peste 30 de limbi.Un arheolog din Manhattan face o incursiune palpitanta in secretele unei epoci indepartate. Povestea incepe in 1291, in Regatul Latin al Ierusalimului, si ajunge in America secolului XXI. Ultimul templier este in actiune: trebuie sa salveze legenda Ordinului cu orice pret. Iar omul modern trebuie sa dezlege una dintre marile enigme neelucidate ale universului....

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The Last Templar Reviews

  • Nick
    2019-03-18 02:25

    Are you tired of reading books that you have to think too much about? Do you like obvious details being overtly and continuously pounded into your head? If you answered yes to these question then I recommend The Last Templar. Raymond Khoury thrusts the plot of this book upon the reader in much the same way the creepy guy on the crowded subway car thrusts his junk against your ass every time the car shakes. You're not positive that he's doing it on purpose but you still feel violated and used.

  • Zeek
    2019-02-28 07:38

    Initially, I found The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury to be surprisingly engaging, despite the less than stellar reviews on Amazon. By the time I turned the last page I understood why it doesn’t quite work for many people.Doesn’t work for men- Because the writer attempted to throw in a romance between the FBI agent called in to solve the case of the mystery horseman dressed as Templar knights who raided NY Met committing gruesome murder along the way and the archeologist Tess, who just happened to be right where the one significant thing was stolen. Khoury should have avoided the romance. It wasn’t needed. An early Scully and Mulder relationship would have worked much better.Doesn’t work for women- a man wrote the romance part. ‘Nuf said.Doesn’t work for most- Too much rip off of Dan Brown. Too much info. Dumping. And too many clichéd and “oh, THAT’S convenient” moments.Yet, for me anyway, the flaws didn’t bother me as much it should have. I happen to love The Gnostic vs The Church debate. It’s an old debate- since Christ ascended I would say- and it never fails to amuse me that people think they are being clever and “new” in their arguments. Still, I like to read about the history of it and the author threw in quite a bit of it. Now, the question is whether or not the author got it right from The Gnostic/Templar historical view. Personally I don’t care. It had enough in it to keep the pages turning- mostly because I wanted to figure out what the big secret was that the Catholic Church wanted to keep hidden. Thankfully, It wasn’t quite Dan Brown’s big “secret”, (*snort* secret), or I would have been done with it early on. But it’s unimaginative enough you might figure it out right away.I’m giving it a 3 out of 5. It’s mildly entertaining- you just have to deal with his style of delivering it.

  • Billy
    2019-03-13 03:43

    Great Book! Don't believe the naysayers...,This book was excellent and enthralling. The plot twists and characters were laid out wonderfully and I finished the book in just under a week because I could not put it down. Would have read it quicker if I hadn't gone to work each day.Khoury has offered a piece of historical fiction (acurate up to the destruction of the Knights by Phillip the Fair of France) revolving around the mystery of the last days of the Knights Templar and the final resting place of the Holy Grail.Apparently, suspense comes naturally to Khoury and he has the reader guessing until the final chapter. He uses the premise of an escaped Templar and a letter that he has left behind which points to the fate of the Templars and the decisions made during their final days. Present day finds the search renewed based on this letter. The result is a work of historical fiction which will thrill any Templar lover. Despite many claims that this is a "Da Vinci Code" knock-off, Khoury had this concept long before Dan Brown and his story is more historically based and plausible than the far-fetched "Da Vinci Code".The characters are believable, flawed but valiant, and the villains are underworld types who thrive on carnage, destruction and the accumulation of wealth. Very well done. Khoury should continue writing, and should he do so, his future works should be eagerly anticipated by thriller, mystery and historical fiction lovers.Some people out there are claiming that this book is too much like the work of Dan Brown; I disagree. I enjoyed all 4 of Dan Brown's books, but they are not nearly as well written as this book. Dan Brown uses the story to carry the book where Khoury uses the book to lay out a rich, layered and complex story of historical, epic proportions.Don't be misled by people who write this off too easily. Just consider what they have written, how they have written it and how intelligently they make their argument. I'm not sure why the book has generated such negative reviews, but they are largely undeserved. This book is well worth the read and is a surprisingly fluid novel for a first time novelist.The story is of historical value, so people that claim that it is poorly written or cliche are not true historical fiction afficianados. This is a difficult genre and people are apparently misunderstanding what Khoury has done with this tale. I am a huge fan of historical fiction and of Templar history and this is by far the best Knights Templar fiction that I have read. Steve Berry's The Templar Legacy: A Novel is a good contribution, but this is the best.So, if you want good historically based fiction, this is it. If you want outrageous, impossible or improbable stories based on one or two facts from history, you may want to look elsewhere. I thought this book was excellent and eagerly anticipate Khoury's next offering.

  • AnaVlădescu
    2019-03-01 08:35

    This was absolutely horrendous. Everything from the characters, to the writing, to the plot is lacking in substance. The only good part about this book is the little history it gives you on the Templars and the Church, and even that is done in broad strokes and without passion. I simply cannot believe that people choose to think this is good writing and story-telling. Even as a thriller, the only thing that qualifies it for it is the pace. There's plot holes in this story as big as my head, the main character is one of the dumbest women I've ever read of and the dialogue is at about the level of a third-grader. And, after 500+ pages of something that can be as pleasurable as dyalisis at its best, the ending makes you want to throw the book at a wall. Seriously, wtf? It's compared with The Da Vinci Code - I didn't even like that, and it is still eons better. I'm sorry, it's just not worth the time. Not that it took me a lot of that.

  • Scot
    2019-03-15 01:26

    Ultimately, I didn't like this book, but I hate failing any work with just one star, and parts of the plot were exciting, so I'll be magnaminous and give this two stars. I do enjoy historical studies, and have long been interested in the Knights Templar. When the opening few pages of this book were described to me by someone who had just started it, I mistakenly thought the book would involve time travel, and that intriguing overlay led me to eventually check it out for myself.Those opening few pages were exciting, indeed. However, I also quickly noticed that the writing style was sketchy, the chapters short and not so sweet, and rather than offering the reader well chosen details and telling facts as evidence to arrive at conclusions about what characters were feeling or thinking, the author simply summarized, and the exposition was worked into dialogues in a very amateur manner. I thought I was reading a screenplay rather than a novel, only I lacked the benefit of an actor's depth giving any nuance or ambiguity to cliche behaviors and descriptions.The obvious target audience is Da Vinci Code fans. This is a major rip-off of that novel in overall plot construction and flow, and it lacks even the less than stellar level of sophistication and adventure in the Dan Brown bestseller. (It does, however, take into account how post 9/11 security measures would affect conspiracy investigations, and it also pays homage to the popularity of "Finding Nemo.") The romantic thread between the hero and the heroine is sometimes hard to believe, as they both seem willing to change their entire code of behavior/belief system/worldview from time to time, rather abruptly, and illogically, because of the power of their mutual attraction. Most of "the Last Templar" turns on a debate over whether Christianity (as it is understood and practiced today) is a charade knowingly propagated by the Vatican. If you are interested in a literary work (beyond the Dan Brown books) that explores such a possibility in a more compelling, thoughtful, and aesthetically pleasing way, don't read this, look to the Golden Compass series by Pullman. The book lectures about Gnosticism as if no one ever heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls before, and explains overlays in the three Abrahamic religions as if connections between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam were a breaking news alert. Sure some of the adventure/action sequences in exotic locations kept me reading, but I think this story would definitely work better on the screen (and at that, probably as a TV movie on the Lifetime network). Do I plan to seek out more books by this author? No. But am I still open to the possibility of other novels addressing this topic area or these themes in a more engaging literary and philosophical fashion? Yes.

  • Gordana
    2019-03-20 03:42

    Odlicna knjiga, tematika kojoj nema kraja vec stoljecima i nikad ni nece biti. Jedina zamjerka..... E pa nadam se da se neki nece uvrijediti, al zasto bas uvijek crkva mora biti ta koja pobjecuje!

  • Fuad Al Fidah
    2019-03-08 08:41

    বেশ দ্রুত গতির একটা থ্রিলার। খুব আকর্ষনীয় প্লট না। ভিঞ্চি কোড এর প্লট এর সাথে আমার কাছে অনেক্টাই মিল আছে বলে মনে হয়েছে। কিন্তু ভিঞ্চি কোডের থ্রিল টা নাই। তারপরেও ছোট পরিসরে বেশ ভালভাবেই কাহিনী এগিয়ে গেছে।বইটাতে স্টোরি টেলিং টা শুরুর দিকে যত ভাল ছিল শেষের দিকে তত ভাল হয় নি। প্রায় সময় কাকতালীয় ঘটনার উপস্থাপনা প্লট কে মারাত্মক ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত করেছে। আর টিপিক্যাল থ্রিলার বই এর মত এত ছোট বইএও রোমান্স এর উপস্থিতি অপ্রয়োজনীয় মনে হইছে আমার। বই টাতে যে ফিলোসফি দেখান হইছে তাও আমার কাছে ভাল লাগে নাই। আমি রক্ষনশীল বলেই হয়ত। আসলে কেন শেষ পর্যন্ত মানুষ কেই বা মানুষের জ্ঞান কেই জয়ী দেখাতে হবে তা বুঝতে আমি অক্ষম। ভিলেন এর যুক্তির সামনে নায়কের সম্পুর্ণ রুপে পরাজিত হওয়াতে এবং এর পরের ঘটনাবলীর কারনে, ভিলেন শক্তিতে পরাস্ত হলেও, moral victory ভিলেনেরই।সব মিলিয়ে আমার উপলব্ধি ভিঞ্চি কোড আর ডিসেপশন পয়েন্ট এর কম্বিনেশন পড়লাম।

  • Samantha
    2019-03-14 05:32

    The book started off really strong and fast. I was really interested in the concept that Jesus wrote a book in the Bible stating that he was human not Son of God and the Vatican wanted to destroy it. However, the book in the middle somehow got lost. It got bogged down in some very farfetched plot devices that won't even make sense in a movie. This book was written first as a screenplay then turned into a book when the author decided it would be better to market the book that way. I didn't like the use of flashbacks to tell us the story of the Templars' letters. I would have rather just read them and been done with that. I was just let down with the whole last part of the book. You can seriously tell that this author wanted a movie out of it. It could have been an excellent book.

  • Matt
    2019-02-23 02:28

    I hardly ever buy a book and not finish it. But put this book in that category.It never got rolling. The characters were hard for me to keep straight... not a good sign. The idea is good but I don't think I got deep enough into it (only about 65 pages) to appreciate it. I can't recommend this book... okay I can... to someone on a long plane or train ride. It will get you from sitting there mindlessly reading and turn it into a peaceful slumber.Sorry--- but does anyone want to buy it from me? paperback.

  • K.B. Goddard
    2019-03-11 04:22

    Now, the last thing I want to do is insult someone else’s work so I don’t often do negative reviews but I also want to be honest. I didn’t really like this book and I’ll try to be fair as I explain why:The premise sounds good. Four horsemen dressed as knights Templar ride up to New York’s metropolitan museum during the opening of a Vatican treasures exhibition and launch a raid, one of the stolen items is a medieval decoder. FBI agent Sean Reilly and archaeologist Tess Chaykin set out to discover who is behind the elaborate attack and what they want with the decoder.Sounds good right? But the book completely fails to live up to the promising blurb. Looking back on the book now I’ve finished it I’m asking myself why I didn’t enjoy it. The storyline itself isn’t bad but the writing style meant I was willing myself to finish reading it. (I don't like abandoning books). I found it a bit uninspiring and boring.What went wrong?The main problem, I think, is the characters. They are two dimensional and dull. The female lead does something stupid and dangerous, tells herself off for being stupid and then goes and does something even more stupid. At the beginning of the book we are told she doesn’t know the effect she has on men, a few chapters later she’s commenting on how good she looks! The most irritating thing about Reilly? No matter how stupid Tess is he forgives her because he fancies her.The writer has decided that Reilly and Tess’s pasts are affecting the choices they make now. OK pretty standard; however, it isn’t dropped in here and there, subtly and woven in with skill, it’s just the opposite; there are times when you feel like he’s saying ‘Right, lets all take a break from the story while you read this character bio I prepared earlier detailing the characters entire back story. Have you finished? OK then let's carry on where we left off.’Also, there are times when I found myself wondering if I’d picked up a novel or a gun magazine (pun not intended). The only thing he did describe well and in detail were the guns, every last one of them, repeatedly.There is a scene, I won't mention which, that if cut out or edited could have made a later scene more surprising. Instead, in conjunction with other later scenes, it resulted in the obviousness of what was coming being laid on with a trowel. In fact, the only person it wasn’t obvious to was Tess. Unsurprising really; did I mention she was stupid?Good points?Well as I said the concept isn’t a bad one and the big secret is a bit different to the usual religious conspiracy novels. I think the book did improve a little towards the end. I realise this review has come across quite harsh but there really were some interesting ideas in this book and of course the things that didn't work for me might not be an issue for others; it's all subjective.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-10 02:39

    I read this book a few years ago. I suppose it was close on the heels of Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code. Everyone was jumping on the relics/mysterious ancient social orders bandwagon. And I'm sort of a sucker for thrillers that deal with the aforementioned. I know, I know...cliche. Whatever. I like escapist lit once in a while. So sue me.I think I might have really enjoyed this one (i.e., given in three stars because let's be honest, most thrillers are guilty pleasures, not destined for canonical reading lists handed out by high school English teachers or the BBC). I digress. What killed me is that he gave away the farm half way through the book. Bad form. I mean, the whole point of suspense lit is that it is suspenseful. So when you give away the bad guy half way through the book, instead of at the end, when the climax is supposed occur (again, referring to said genre), well, you sort of lose your audience's interest. And that isn't to say that the ending wasn't intense or climatic. It was...I suppose, in a rambling, messy sort of way. Our hero and heroine land on a Greek Island after a horrible storm at sea. And just when you think it is all over, the bad guy shows up and everything gets wrapped up with a neat little bow... world order is restored and crisis is averted. Schwew! Now we can go home and live happily ever after. Just once, I'd like it if the crisis weren't averted, if the bad guy didn't die or at minimum get his/her due. I suppose that is why I liked The Winner Stands Alone. But then again, I don't know why I expected something different from a commercially formulaic plot.Khoury may be a technically decent writer. Well, to be fair, he is a decent writer. But I must say, I think he should try out his own material instead of rewriting what so many have already done.

  • Daniella
    2019-03-19 03:41

    Blah, blah, whatever. This seems like The Da Vinci Code all over again, except the writing is marginally better. That's not saying much, though, considering just how hard that book sucked. The Last Templar doesn't quite meet DVC levels of suckery; it had potential, I thought, but the writing turned out to be too technical, for lack of a better way to put it. Basically, Khoury seems to labor under the notion that his readers won't be able to understand the story unless his writing is absolutely, perfectly textbook precise, which not only bogs down the flow with a lot of superfluous words, but ruins any attempt at style or character voices that might have been carried by the narrative. As a result, the book didn't hold my interest and I ended up abandoning it after the first couple chapters.

  • Patrick Gibson
    2019-03-20 03:29

    It seems like most reviewers here picked up this book out of desperation at an airport. Haven’t we all done that? In my case, the book was left behind at the house by a friend (who didn’t warn me). I was in the mood for a ‘DaVinci Code’ clone—so why not? I’ll tell you why not: it’s crap. I would give it to a thrift shop, but then I’d be afraid someone might pick it up for a quarter and read it. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone (well, maybe one person I have in mind), so I will use the pages for packaging material in the next box I have to mail.

  • Charly
    2019-02-26 05:28

    I found this to be a most interesting read. As a well written suspense piece should, it contains twists right to the very end. Khoury does a very nice job with this and the entire Templar speculation. I enjoyed this quite a bit. to say any more might require a spoiler notation.

  • Marc
    2019-03-19 00:28

    "The Last Templar" was a pretty good book - standard adventure/suspense fare. It was pretty well written, although the second half of the book wasn't as enjoyable as the first. The crime drama part in the beginning was relatively exciting and enjoyable, but once the story leaves New York for Turkey, it loses some of its suspense, and doesn't have as many twists and turns as one would wish. It also has several chapters of boring historical/religious background (right in the middle of the second half) that does not help in sustaining excitement, even if it is necessary for the plot. Granted, as someone who has studied history and religion, I knew all this background already (and could pick out inaccuracies and fallacies therein), so to someone unfamiliar with it, it might be more interesting. I will say that the end of the book is satisfying and not insulting to a Christian (as Dan Brown's writing can be). All in all, the book keeps your attention throughout most of its length, and is worth picking up at a used bookstore, if not at Barnes & Noble.

  • Liam
    2019-03-16 04:31

    Perhaps the worst novel I have ever read. It makes Dan Brown look like an elegant stylist and a profound historian.

  • Malcolm
    2019-02-28 02:25

    Raymond Khoury's "The Last Templar" (2006) is part of a deluge of novels and nonfiction to step outside mainstream history to explore the real, prospective and imagined secrets about alchemy, the Knights Templar, and the origins of Christianity.One cannot help but think of Katherine Neville's "The Eight" (1997) which focused on present-day people fighting over and/or guarding the secrets of the Philosopher's Stone and Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" (2003) which speculated about the true meaning of the Holy Grail and the bloodline of Christ. Many of Neville's, Brown's and Khoury's fans were also attracted to such nonfiction as "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" (Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln, 1982) and Lynn Picknett's "The Templar Revelation" (1997).It is difficult to read, much less discuss, Neville, Brown and Khoury without acknowledging the fact that fact that they are part of a rather unique genre of spiritual conspiracy fiction that seemed to fill a need in the public psyche for truths thought to be missing from the tenets of Catholic and Protestant theology.Neville's "The Eight" was, perhaps, the first to popularize this "genre's" style and focus: hidden wisdom, long-time conspiracies, compelling present-day mystery/thriller action, and numerous (and lengthy) history lessons. Since her focus was alchemy, Neville's "The Eight" didn't ignite the kind of controversy generated by Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" which, some might say, hit us where we lived if not where we worshipped.Like Neville, Khoury tells his story with a modern-day and a historical timeline. "The Last Templar" begins with what Booklist called "one of the most gripping opening scenes among recent thrillers." Four horsemen dressed in Knights Templar regalia steal artifacts from a Metropolitan Museum of Art show of Vatican treasures, including a "decoder." The other story line focuses on the last days of the Knights Templar as the Holy Land is "lost" with the fall of Acre in 1291 and the subsequent pilgrimage of a few surviving knights to safeguard the Templars' treasure.Publisher's Weekly was less kind than Booklist, saying that in the "war between the Catholic Church and the Gnostic insurgency drags on in this ponderous 'Da Vinci Code' knockoff." Many readers criticized Dan Brown in "The Da Vinci Code" for constantly stopping the otherwise full-speed action of the book while one character filled in another character about the secrets of Mary Magdalene, the Grail, the actions of the Catholic Church, and Jesus' bloodline.In my view, "The Last Templar" carries such backstory diversions to an extreme. Picture, if you will, whether it's plausible that FBI operatives investigating the raid on the museum, the stolen treasurers, and the continuing deaths would spend hours discussing Templar history in great detail.The greatest fault with "The Eight," "The Da Vinci Code," and "The Last Templar," is the fact that some characters must provide other characters with long-winded and unrealistic diversions into history, philosophy and theology because general readers are not likely to know the facts and the latest theories involved. The authors have felt that without these history lessons, the plots wouldn't make sense. I liked "The Last Templar" better than Publisher's Weekly, but not as much as Booklist. The history was interesting, though I'd seen it all before. The plot was imaginative and included some page-turner action scenes involving the church, the thieves, the FBI and protagonist Tess Chaykin, an archeologist who witnesses the raid. The ending, while not wholly unreasonable was, I think, unsatisfactory, especially for those readers who not only want to know what the Templars' secret but are angry that a real or a fictionalized church would deem it necessary to suppress the truth at all costs.The romantic feelings beweeen Tess and the head FBI agent add a variety of complications to the story, some of which lead into exciting action scenes even though the relationship within the book is rather forced and tedious.For readers who have enjoyed the fiction and nonfiction in this wave of spiritual conspiracy books, "The Last Templar" is interesting escapist reading even though those who have seen it all before may speed-read through some of the Templar history.

  • Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
    2019-02-27 03:29

    This is probably a 4.5 but rounding it up to 5 because I read it almost without putting it down in a day and a half - because I literally had to find out just what was happening. It is historical, modern, a detective story, a romance, a mystery for sure...all wrapped up into one intriguing story. The Prologue begins in the year 1291 and this is where we meet Martin of Carmaux in a battle to save the Holy Land from the Muslim onslaught. Martin is one of the Knights Templar and preparing to fight to his death which appears to be close at hand. He is drawn to a meeting of sorts where the Grand Master is dying and told by his guardian and mentor that they are to leave, taking a small ornate chest. He is shocked at even the thought of desertion and is told that their mission is crucial to the survival of the Order. Thus he embarks on a journey beginning with their escape out to sea on the galley, the Falcon Temple. From that escape we begin the first regular Chapter in present time as four horsemen dressed as Knights Templar emerge from Central Park in New York and proceed down the street to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A display of relics never seen before is advertised as "Treasures of the Vatican" and is having it's opening. At first people believe this is part of pageantry for the event even after the four ride up the front steps and straight into the building. We are at this point introduced to one of the main characters, Tess Chaykin, who has worked for some years as an archaeologist on digs around the world. Recently she has taken a job away from that with the Manoukian Institute. What happens next is total chaos as she is witness to the entrance of the four horsemen and watches as the guard approaches them...and then his beheading in front of a huge crowd there for the event. She also witnesses another significant action in the resulting wild actions of the four and the crowd. I won't give further details as I try not to do spoilers in my reviews.There are many characters in this book that I am not going to mention here, but the next significant one is Sean Reilly. Sean had studied to be a lawyer, but his life changed direction after the first bombing of the World Trade Center when he decided to join the FBI. Sean is to become one of the two main characters of this story as he takes over the case. Tess is drawn into the case because she witnessed something unusual, and then her innate detective instincts won't allow her to leave it alone. This mystery takes many turns and the farther the characters and the reader get into it the more questions there are. There are obviously several outside entities interested in one particular article that was stolen and also in WHY it was stolen. One of those entities is someone very high up in the Roman Catholic Church. And no, this is not a Da Vinci Code Story. It seems that way for awhile, but it is different. It leads you into speculations and even belief that it is one thing when it is quite another.One of the things I really liked about this story was the author's writing. He occasionally put in a chapter taking us back to the 13th century and Martin, who we met in the prologue. We follow the chest in it's journey and also two very important secret letters. And we experience the blind dedication of this man and those who share the secret they protect. We also see things from the viewpoint of those who are also hunting the answers at the same time Sean and the FBI.There is action, suspense, romance and what an amazing story. A really good read. I will get the sequel!

  • Κώστας
    2019-03-25 06:40

    Πολλοί εμπλεκόμενοι που κινούνται ανεξάρτητα.Ταυτόχρονη δράση σε πολλαπλά πεδία.Πολύ κατανοητή γραφή,ελάχιστες περιγραφές,διαρκής εστίαση στην ουσία, ξεκάθαρο στα νοήματα.Αρχικές εκτιμήσεις για πρόσωπα που υπερτερούν,γρήγορα ανατρέπονται.Εκκίνηση γρήγορη & σοκαριστική,ρεπρίζ τουρμπίνας!Το ακριβώς αντίθετο των βιβλίων-κοιλιά που βουλιάζουν και ψάχνουν ναυαγοσώστη,ο φρενήρης ρυθμός του θηλιά για τον αναγνώστη.Εξαιρετικό βιβλίο που εξελίσεται με κινηματογραφική ταχύτητα.Αποσπάσματα...μπορεί να έβρισκε τυχαία κάποια από τις πολλές καταπακτές διαφυγής σ'αυτό τον μπερδεμένο λαβύρινθο.Δεν μπορούσε να επιτρέψει να συμβεί αυτό....Ηταν μια στιγμή που θυμόταν πάντα με απόλαυση:να παρακολουθεί τον * να βιώνει εσωτερική σύγκρουση και να μένει άφωνος......μέχρι τώρα απλως αντιδρούσαν στα γεγονότα,δεν τα προκαλούσαν...Ο * ένιωσε ένα αργό,αυξανόμενο κύμα βαθιάς κούρασης να ρέει μέσα στο κεφάλι του και να κατεβαίνει στο σώμα του και μαζί του ήρθε η ανακούφιση ότι η δοκιμασία,ο πόνος είχαν τελειώσει.Έπειτα έκανε μια τρομακτική συνειδητοποίηση:ότι ο ύπνος στον οποίο έπεφτε ανίσχυρος ήταν αυτός από τον οποίο δε θα ξυπνούσε ποτέ.Απελπισμένος τώρα,πάσχισε να κινηθεί αλλά δεν μπορούσε και έπειτα από μια στιγμή ένιωσε σαν να μην ήθελε να κινηθεί.Χαλάρωσε.Όπου και να πήγαινε,σίγουρα θα ήταν ένα καλύτερο μέρος από τον υπόνομο όπου είχε περάσει ολόκληρη την μίζερη ζωή του.

  • Monique
    2019-03-22 06:43

    I really liked reading this (a few years back). Its historical background mixed with the mystery of the Templars - those bad assed warrior kind of read! I won't re-cap the story here, as one can read the synopsis. I will say that it is just as good, if not better, than The Da Vinci Code.

  • Dark-Draco
    2019-03-01 06:27

    In the first few pages, the author mentions the grey and chestnut horses tossing their black manes - and very nearly lost me there (I'm a horse nut - and chestnut and grey horses have chestnut or grey manes!). But I got over my annoyance and continued to read.I did quite like it, but I wish that the 'big reveal', the mystery waiting to be solved, the thing that it all hinged on ... I wish that had been something original. Instead, I ended up mildly disappointed with it being the same old, same old - maybe my fault for reading so much conspiracy theory stuff! However, I quite liked the characters and the story was mildly entertaining, even if the author's style sometimes grated a little.

  • Rex Fuller
    2019-03-08 01:43

    If you are not steeped in the Templar lore -- as I was not -- this is a rollicking good way to entertain yourself as you catch up on it. And you might get caught up in the whole tangle of theories about them that has apparently spawned a whole library of reading about them.

  • Wicaksono Wicaksono
    2019-03-22 05:18

    Bukan main, dalam buku setebal 668 halaman ini, Raymond berhasil menyajikan ramuan yang padu antara sejarah, logika, dan tentu saja imajinasi yang kreatif untuk mempertanyakan kebenaran sebuah kitab suci, yaitu Injil. Buku ini juga menambah panjang guncangan polemik kepercayaan yang terjadi saat ini. Pengungkapan akan adanya Injil Kristus yang merupakan tulisan tangan asli Yesus dan isi yang sangat berbeda dari Injil yang sekarang, melengkapi polemik teori kontroversial Dan Brown serta perdebatan mengenai Injil Gospel dan Injil Eskariot yang tak kunjung usai. Fakta sejarah ataukah imajinasi fiktif semata? Inilah pertanyaan yang mungkin muncul dibenak kita. Secara runut, argumentative, dan menyakinkan, “Messiah Conspiracy” membawa kita pada petualangan di wilayah abu-abu antara sejarah yang nyata dan dunia imajinatif yang fiktif.Dibuka latar sejarah jatuhnya Jerusalem ditangan pasukan Sultan Qalawun, cerita Raymond mengalir berbumbu sadisnya perang Salib sampai pada keputusan para ksatria Templar untuk melarikan diri dengan kapal “The Falcon Temple” guna menyelamatkan sebuah rahasia besar yang telah terpendam selama ribuan tahun.Bersama raibnya kapal di samudra, ksatria Templar menghilang dan setting cerita melesat ke masa kini. Tiba-tiba saja empat penunggang kuda mirip ksatria Templar muncul di keramaian kota Manhattan. Mereka merangsek masuk Metropolitan Museum of Art dan mengambil rotor pembuat sandi peninggalan abad ke-16.Tess Chaykin, seorang arkeolog yang terjebak pada peristiwa itu, justru terlarut dalam gairah keingintahuan yang membara. Akhirnya bersama dengan Sean Reilly, agen anti teroris dari FBI, mereka melakukan penyelidikan. Kolaborasi metode penelitian arkeolog dan teknik penyelidikan detektif, membawa kita pada petualangan langka yang mencekam. Mereka menemukan satu persatu penunggang kuda mati serta indikasi bahwa rotor yang dicuri berhubungan dengan kunci rahasia besar para Ksatria Templar yaitu Injil yang ditulis langsung oleh Yesus sendiri.Karena diprediksi bahwa Injil Kristus ini memiliki isi yang bertolak belakang dengan keyakinan masyarakat sekarang, maka banyak pihak mati-matian untuk mengenyahkannya. Mereka pun terperosok dalam pertempuran kekuatan-kekuatan politik warisan abad pertengahan yang mematikan. Sebuah konspirasi dunia yang rumit dan tak terduga mengancam nyawa mereka.Meski nyaris gagal, akhirnya Tess benar-benar mendapatkan Injil Kristus dan mempelajarinya. Lembar-lembar perkamen tulisan asli Yesus ini, isinya benar-benar sensitif dan berbeda dengan injil yang ada sekarang. Tess pun dihadapkan pada pilihan yang sulit. Mengumumkan penemuan tersebut dan didaulat sebagai arkeolog dengan penemuan paling fenomenal sejak penemuan Piramid di Mesir, ataukah menjadi pengkhianat profesi arkeolog dengan diam-diam justru menghancurkan penemuannya yang notabene isinya bakal mengguncang agama-agama mapan di dunia, mengubah peta kekuatan dunia, serta mempertaruhkan peradaban modern masyarakat sekarang ini.

  • Armin Hennig
    2019-03-15 06:37

    Hatte mir viel von dem Buch versprochen und mich im Vorfeld über eher flaue Bewertungen auf der Krimi-Couch gewundert. Muss aber zugeben, dass es sich dabei eher schon um eine eher günstige Bewertung handelt.Zwar liest sich der rätselhafte Überfal lauf die Ausstellung zwar ganz gut, aber leider kann der Autor seine Geheimnisse nicht für sich behalten und verschenkt damit das Spannungspotenzial seines Plots.Kaum ist der geheimnissvolle Raubzug über die Bühne, da wechselt er schon die Perspektive, zeigt einen der Täter beim Versuch die Beute zu verticken, es folgt eine Art Killing by Numbers unter den Tätern, das aber auch nicht lange für Schaudern sorgt, da Khoury erneut den Schleier lüftet, was ich hier unterlasse. Bis Seite 200 ist das Niveau allerdings eher unterdurchschnittlich, ehe Augenzeugin Tess unversehens dem Drahtzieher über den Weg läuft und gleich in seine Operationsbasis verschleppt wird, gleichbedeutend mit dem nächsten aufgedeckten Geheimnis Im Mittelpunkt des Geschehens stehen die Archäologin Tess, die das Massaker aus nächster Nähe mit ansehen muss und der F.B.I.-Agent Reilly, ein Pärchen, das sich einfach finden muss. Etwas nervig und erzähltechnisch unsauber sind die Templerkapitel. So finden Reilly und Tess zwar ein Dokument, doch anstelle des Originals folgt eines dieser ziemlich schwammigen Templerkapitel aus Sicht des Martin de Carmaux, der auch das letzte Wort bekommt. Ein geschickterer Erzähler hätte sicher was aus der Geschichte machen können, da mich die anderen Plots von Herrn Khoury nicht interessieren war das wohl das einzige, was ich mir von ihm angetan habe.

  • Lynne - The Book Squirrel
    2019-02-24 01:18

    Predicable! But ok.

  • Collin
    2019-03-15 01:22

    The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury is a book that none other can match. Even though many would say that Khoury's writing is comparable to Dan Browns, I beg to differ. This book is not only a hunt for long last treasure, but people who are trying to make their mark on society. Tess Chaykin is an archaelogist who lives in the outskirts of New York City. She experiences something many people do not ever see. She is present at a museum during a mass murder that begins her non stop adventure across the world. With the help of Agent Sean Reilly they try to discover the covered up history of the Knight Templars, while being chased by killers. William Vance is an old professor who loves treasure hunting even if he has to kill. Two different people trying to find one treasure to make their mark in the history books. It is a ride that will not stop until the last page. This book was one of the best I have read because of the non-stop thrill Khoury puts into it. I could never put myself in the position of Chaykin or Reilly, trying to find a treasure but being hunted down at the same time. In my mind, Khoury has made his mark in the world of books by creating such a wonderful story. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Dan Brown's novels, but want a little more in depth reading. This is a fictional book that got my heart racing.

  • Kevin
    2019-03-21 06:32

    I stumbled upon Raymond Khoury while searching sites on authors similar to Dan Brown. And I must say that i'm very grateful that his name was on one of those sites. Mr. Khoury seems like an all-around down to earth, amazing guy, and his books reflect that. Especially in his characters. Once I started reading The Last Templar, I could not put it down. The fact that there is a direct sequel to this book, is making it hard to not skip his other books in between, and start reading that one instead (The Templar Salvation). I do appreciate though that he jumps around a bit between series and stand alone novels, instead of just shoveling series books one after another like so many other authors. This book played out like a movie and i understand that it was originally supposed to be a screenplay for a film back around 1995 I think. The Knights Templar and The Vatican have a shrouded history to them as many know, and Mr. Khoury has fun with them in this novel. So in closing I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves Dan Brown, Steve Berry, James Rollins, and maybe even Indiana Jones. Mr. Khoury, you have a fan in me, sir!

  • Richard Gazala
    2019-03-21 08:24

    I enjoyed this book very much. The story is well-paced, the plot twists and turns engagingly, and the characters are sufficiently motivated to propel the action to its conclusion. I appreciated how Khoury allowed the two principal characters to examine their religious and spiritual beliefs during the course of the story, questioning and scrutinizing their respective belief structures. That the belief system in question in "The Last Templar" is Christianity generally, and Roman Catholicism specifically, I found irrelevant. The characters' scrutinization of their attitudes towards faith applies as well to any faith-based belief structure, whether religious, sociocultural, or political. The story urges reflection about any belief unquestioningly accepted or rejected.Regardless of its philosophical underpinnings, it's a great story, brimming with action and suspense, set in a variety of exotic locales, and it's a lot of fun to read. I understand it's being developed as a miniseries. If the producers and directors do it justice, it will be a lot of fun to watch, too.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-09 07:44

    Obviously, I have a thing for this topic. But I did not like the criticism of believers in the "Christian myth". The author spent too much time giving voice to the characters who felt they needed to tear down everyone who demonstrated faith. There were also too many gratuitous killings and too many "amazing" recoveries and reappearances.

  • Roy
    2019-03-21 08:44

    I'm a sucker for any knights templar related fiction. This one fit the bill nicely without shattering the earth or taxing my brain too heavily. A pleasant light read for those who gobbled up all of Dan Brown's books and are hungry for more of basically the same meal, give or take a couple appetizers.