Released in 2005, The Last Templar was Raymond Khoury’s first novel and spent 22 months at the top of New York Time’s Bestseller list. The book is powered by original thoughts and will take you all over the globe.
The story opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Treasures from the Vatican are on display when four masked horsemen wearing the medieval attire of the Templar Knights ride out of Central Park into into the centre of the gala.
As the tuxedo crowd run for safety, astounded archaeologist Tess Chaykin, who is one of the central characters, watches as one of the horsemen utters a phrase in Latin before snatching one of the objects and fleeing into darkness.
Khoury takes you back to 1291 Acre, where the Muslim assault overwhelmed the guards of Jerusalem. Grand Master of the Knights of Templar William of Beaujeu escapes and is nearing death.
He knows they have lost this battle and orders Aimard of Villiers and his Martin of Carmaux to escape with a chest on the only vessel left in the nearby harbour, which is the The Falcon Temple.
The Last Templar is a fantastical read, which intertwines two worlds. The plot is smartly delivered with most of the action taking place in the present.
The book also spawned a sequel, The Templar Salvation, which was published in 2010. – By Aden Miles