The Templar Legacy: A Novel

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Steve Berry

Narrated By: Brian Corrigan

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2006

Duration: 7 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

New York Times BESTSELLER -- 'Exciting... hard to put down without reading one more page.' - The Florida Times-Union

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.

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  • Anonymous

    I must be out of step on this one. All of the other reviews were positive. The only compliment I can put in the plus column is creativity. However, there were plenty of negatives. The plot was convoluted and contrived; the dialogue ridiculous. Can anyone imagine a cloistered monk saying "Screw yourself !" to a fellow clergyman? The best part of all about this selection is that it was abridged.

  • Shellee Martin

    I enjoyed this book, and was only disappointed that it was the abrigded version - there were several unanswered questions at the end that left me a bit unsatisfied. But the story was engaging enough to keep me until the end. If you're a fan of Dan Brown, this is worth a listen.

  • Anonymous

    One of the best stories that I have had the pleasure of enjoying in a long time! VERY thought provoking! Enjoyed every minute and listened to it twice!

  • andy h

    I gave it 3 stars, because it was just interesting enough that I finished listening to it, and because the narration is good. The story itself is so cliche I don't feel as if that's a strong enough word. Is there a more cliche word for cliche? Dull characters, overdone story, average pacing. Not awful, but not on my recommended list.

  • Brian Wheeler

    I dont read many fiction books but this one was pretty good. It kept me want to read more and was interesting to the very end.

  • Leslie Speck

    Shades of Dan Brown! What a spellbinding story line. Great characters. Very exciting and compelling.

  • Anonymous

    The twists and turns were page turning. Following this story line was interesting. Learning more of the Knights Templar is facinating.

  • Tammy Henson

    I really enjoyed the history in the book. The story line contained some interesting twists and turns. Overall, kept my attention and entertained me on my daily commute.

  • Mandi Chestler

    Protagonist Cotton Malone is no Robert Langdon, and author Steve Berry is no Dan Brown. The Templar Legacy's plot twists seem a bit ham-fisted and the narrative pace is in slow-motion after the roller coaster ride of a read offered by The Da Vinci Code. Nevertheless, for those with Holy Blood, Holy Grail fever, this book qualifies as an entertaining listen.

  • Anonymous

    I really liked this book, it was a mystery and a very good story line and at the same time you learned a little bit of history.