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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

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