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The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Great story and characters!

Book Review: The Templar Legacy - Steve Barry
My disclaimer: As with any opinion, it is only my opinion and these reviews will vary depending on who reads the book and what the reader is looking for. I look for ways to improve businesses, sales, and life. I also like...
Book Review: The Templar Legacy - Steve Barry
My disclaimer: As with any opinion, it is only my opinion and these reviews will vary depending on who reads the book and what the reader is looking for. I look for ways to improve businesses, sales, and life. I also like to feed my need for just plain fiction. In fiction, I'll look at readability, suspension of believe, and over all enjoyment of the material, and value.

On a 1 to 5 scale, 5 being the best:

Readability: 5
It's 497 pages in paperback, and it took me about a week the book. I usually read it a few chapters at a time, and it's what I expected. It flowed well and for the most part, was exciting to read. On few occasions it slowed, but that was expected as well. That's because some things just have to be explained and clarified. However, a great read and it won't disappoint you.
Suspension of belief: 5
The plot and story are very believable. There is no magic or arrival of the cavalry at the last moment to save the everyone. Many things are realistic, for example, some clues for our characters are carved in stone, but some of the information has been destroyed by natural wear of the environment. Or, some people who might have helped our heroes, have died of natural causes over time. It's not a like an Indiana Jones movie where ancient artifacts are all perfectly intact. This just makes the story more believable.
Enjoyment of the Material and Value: 5
At about ten dollars it was well worth the value.
This is an awesome religious thriller, and it is packed with great information. The information is somewhat controversial to the church, but it's not overly done and does not bash the church. A great read, a great story, and very interesting. Too bad they didn't teach history this way.
Thank you Steve Barry for providing a great story!

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posted by Rip_Walker on January 31, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Disappointed in poor research

I enjoy entertainment fiction, so I disagree with the complaints about lack of character development, shallow plot, etc. I found Templar Legacy to be a generally entertaining mystery/adventure tale. However, as a Christian, I was disappointed and angered by the unrel...
I enjoy entertainment fiction, so I disagree with the complaints about lack of character development, shallow plot, etc. I found Templar Legacy to be a generally entertaining mystery/adventure tale. However, as a Christian, I was disappointed and angered by the unrelenting attack on Christianity that Berry pursues. Of course, everyone has the right to voice his opinion, but the information presented in the persistent attack on the New Testament, Christ's divinity, the apostles' character, and the historicity of the resurrection, was inaccurate. Unfortunately,especially in a book whose author seems to want to impress us with his research, many who read the book will take these inaccuracies concerning historical evidence as historical fact or at least probability. For any who would like to read a well-researched book on the New Testament Gospel accounts, try adding Paul L. Maier's book, 'First Easter', to your reading list. This book is also found in a compendium of Maier's books called 'In the Fullness of Time'. This Western Michigan University professor emeritus of history will give you the well-researched and documented 'other side' that is so lacking in Berry's book.

posted by Anonymous on November 17, 2006

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    Posted March 14, 2012

    this just gets old

    The whole "Christ wasn't really Christ, the whole Christianity thing is a sham and big cover-up" thing, a really good book ruined by the ongoing Christian bashing. It could have been a really good book, a great story, except that Mr. Berry had to make it what he did.

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