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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,471 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Raymond Khoury Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin Series Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9781429586696
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“It has served us well, this myth of Christ.” —Pope Leo X, sixteenth century 

In a hail of fire and flashing swords, as the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, The Last Templar opens 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 black-tie 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 antiterrorist 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.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/19/2014

    " this book had a lot of hype surrounding it, and i have to be honest, i wasn't that crazy about it... i liked the plot, the way the story was set, and most of the main characters... i really thought the ending sucked bigtime though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginny | 2/15/2014

    " I had to force myself to finish the book. It's like the Da Vinci Code without the thrilling suspense. If you are into different theories about religion it would be an ok read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hillary | 2/15/2014

    " I explained this to people as like a Dan Brown novel, but not quite as good. I read it for a book club and wasn't a big fan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista | 2/13/2014

    " The whole story was pretty unsuspensful and the ending was very disappointing. Had the premise for a great story but the author did not quite deliver. There were only a few chapters that really drew me in and they didn't come until later in the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 2/12/2014

    " Four men on horse back dressed as Templar Knights stage a bloody raid on the Metropolitan Museum of Art during an exhibit of lost Vatican Treasures. An FBI agent, Sean, and archeologist, Tess, work closely to find why these men took a strange geared device. As the investigation continues so do the killings, lies, and mysteries. In a desperate attempt to discover the archeological find of a lifetime the investigation moves to Turkey where Tess and Sean learn who really is friend and foe. Could things not be what meets the eye? Could they uncover the greatest hoax the Vatican has ever pulled off? It is a race between time and near certain death to find the answers to hundreds of questions. I thought this book was very interesting. It definitely made me think. There were lots of twists and turns in this fast passed story. This would be a great book for anyone looking for an adventure book set in present day with some interesting history mixed in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Wallace | 2/11/2014

    " While not the best book I have read this year, once I got past a slow beginning it did keep my interest, but more because I just hate to quit a book more than I just couldn't put it down. I don't plan to seek out other works by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan Yvette Barrett | 1/16/2014

    " Crappy book, just reading it now because I'm near the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam L | 1/5/2014

    " The book, as is the case many times, has an ending that is more satisfying than the movie. Action, mystery ... it has it all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindasueanne | 12/7/2013

    " I really loved this book until about 2/3's of the way through when it really died off. It picked up again, but the ending really fell flat. I don't recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 11/18/2013

    " I find these types of books fasinating "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryley | 11/15/2013

    " If you have read Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons, this is only a shade of those two. Entertaining to a point but follows the same old outline of trying to disprove religion. In my opinion, was not written at a high level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjana | 11/2/2013

    " Very good story....you could almost believe its true....I like the plot... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/30/2013

    " Reminded me of the Da Vinci Code. I liked it enough to keep reading, but I won't be rereading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 8/4/2013

    " Really like this book. Am reading another one of his now. I would recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 april | 5/19/2013

    " In a similar vein to The Da Vinci Code, this search for an ancient document hidden by the Templars is about as engrossing. At least, I enjoyed it, and it was interesting to see how long the author held out on telling you what the search was actually for. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Diane | 2/5/2013

    " Really formulaic and obvious. The characters were just ridiculously shallow, and anyone who has read anything about the Crusades or the Middle Ages (or seen an Indiana Jones movie, for that matter) will just yawn and hand it on. Or throw it out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert | 1/24/2013

    " verkligen urusel bok. inte vart tiden det tog att lasa den.......... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tlnorz | 11/13/2012

    " I think of this book kind of like, "The DaVinci Code" just from a different angle. Man, there are a lot of people out there with an ax to grind with the Catholic church!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcel Dekker | 10/19/2012

    " Dan Brown clone. Still entertaining read though... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chatterbox | 4/14/2012

    " It was really good and so much better than the tv version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Poindextra | 3/31/2012

    " Not a great book, but an enjoyable read nonetheless. Khoury's style makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 1/10/2012

    " Reread for second time. Good fast paced action. Coincidence stretches plausibility several times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzie Quint | 12/29/2011

    " While the story is alright, the writing annoyed me to the point where I almost stopped reading. Too much telling, not enough showing. I won't be reading any more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Winnie | 10/30/2011

    " Just loved this adventure. Another great author hits the book shelves - a thoroughly enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremey | 8/10/2011

    " very good and has you on the edge of you seat through out the book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.P. Powers | 6/22/2011

    " This is a faster-paced, somewhat more interesting Davinci Code. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Dan Brown's writing but finds it a little plodding. Well-written, fun and adventerous. It's really a wild ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andre | 6/1/2011

    " A nice entertainment for those who like Adventure and Ancient History :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie | 5/10/2011

    " This book is very interesting. I enjoyed reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 5/1/2011

    " An exciting regular fiction story. Not too bad, but I wanted lots more knights. Ah well. =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 4/23/2011

    " Really great first half, which was difficult to put down. It was very similar in structure and plot to The Da Vinci Code. The ending was a bit of a let-down in the way it was handled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominique | 4/18/2011

    " It was a good story - very similar to Dan Brown's style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruby | 4/18/2011

    " if you liked the Da Vinci Code (or even if you didn't!), you will LOVE this book. i will not spoil it but what i will say is this: the ending will blow you away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 4/11/2011

    " It is an excellent book with an engaging story but is somewhat predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 4/11/2011

    " If I could have given this book a 3.5 I would have. I liked the story it was interested and different then say a Dan Brown book. It felt somewhat far-fetched, but it's a work of fiction it's allowed to be! I will be reading the sequel “The Templar Salvation” next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 4/3/2011

    " Recommended by Candi Prizer. I enjoyed this book as I did his other book titled "The Sign". The second book in this series was disappointing (Templar Salavation). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 3/31/2011

    " Started out nice, then boring until half way through. Interesting plot. Romance interest a bit forced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/23/2011

    " Great history of the Knights Templar, geography, Early Christian church history.....crime, murder, suspense, recommend it as a change of pace. It actually dovetails nicely with the other book I am reading.

    Finished this one while waiting for a helicopter flight for work.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 3/23/2011

    " I wanted to rate this higher, but it really started to drag towards the end. Also, the secret of the templars isn't anything new or surprising. Maybe i was expecting too much. Or maybe I've just read too many similar stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 3/19/2011

    " Anyone interested in Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code" would enjoy this book. Full of adventure and history. "

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About the Author
Author Raymond KhouryRaymond Khoury is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of four Reilly adventures, as well as two standalone thrillers. His debut novel, The Last Templar, spent twenty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was adapted for television by NBC. His books have been translated into over forty languages and sold over ten million copies.
About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone, an Audie Award winner, has consistently received high praise from critics and fans alike for his audiobook performances for over twenty years. He has performed on and off Broadway and in regional theaters. His television appearances include Law & Order, Against the Law, Guiding Light, and One Life to Live.