I do love a great mystery, which means I am well aware of the Knights Templar and their lost treasure. I read and watch anything I find on the topic. Of course, when I saw The Lost Treasure of the Templars by James Becker I just knew I needed to give it a read.
From the back of the book:
The national bestselling author of The Lost Testament returns with the first novel in a thrilling new series about the powerful secrets of the Knights Templar—and a conspiracy too shocking to believe.
In a quiet English seaside town, antiquarian bookseller Robin Jessop has acquired an odd medieval volume. What appears to be a book isn’t a book at all, but a cleverly disguised safe, in which she finds a single rolled parchment, written in code.
For encryption expert David Mallory, the text is impenetrable. Until an invaluable clue opens the door to a mystery, and a conspiracy, stretching back seven centuries, when the most powerful man in Europe declared war on the most powerful clan, the Knights Templar.
Now, Jessop and Mallory find themselves on a global hunt for an unsurpassed treasure and this much closer to the keys to secrets that could change history, topple an empire, and bury them both alive. Because they’re not only the hunters. They’re also the hunted.
I absolutely loved that the history was respected while still making for a very exciting action thriller. The characters, most especially Robin and David, were so easy to like and that made the bad guys easy to dislike, even though I must admit I did like Toscanelli. Feeling that bond with the main characters made the action parts breathtaking. At a few points I was white knuckled with worry for their safety.
It was so much fun to be able to join them as they followed each new clue on their quest to solve the mystery. The settings changed, of course, as they followed the clues and the writing was so seamless that I was able to envision each new place as if I had traveled there myself.
If you are looking for a fabulous action, thriller, mystery based on an intriguing historical mystery you won't want to miss this. I will be waiting eagerly for the next part.
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