The Heretic: A Templar Chronicles Novel

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Looking for an urban fantasy series in the tradition of Jim Butcher, Richard Kadrey, and Kevin Hearne? Check out the high-octane thrills and supernatural chills of the Templar Chronicles!

Cade Williams was just an ordinary cop until the night he came face to face with a fallen angel known as the Adversary and nearly died. Now he commands the Echo Team, a special ops squad of modern Templar knights, and the things they hunt are far darker and ...

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Overview

Looking for an urban fantasy series in the tradition of Jim Butcher, Richard Kadrey, and Kevin Hearne? Check out the high-octane thrills and supernatural chills of the Templar Chronicles!

Cade Williams was just an ordinary cop until the night he came face to face with a fallen angel known as the Adversary and nearly died. Now he commands the Echo Team, a special ops squad of modern Templar knights, and the things they hunt are far darker and much more deadly than your average criminals.

When Templar bases are attacked by unknown foes, Cade and his team are called out to investigate. They discover a cabal of necromancers allied with the Adversary and are forced to take the battle to the enemy to keep them from stealing the power of an ancient relic for their own nefarious ends.

Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord, but Cade's been known to bend a rule or two and right now he's got a score to settle...

Praise for THE HERETIC - book one of the internationally bestselling urban fantasy series by the author of EYES TO SEE and BY THE BLOOD OF HEROES.

"First-rate, stylish work from Mr. Nassise, with a steady escalation of the story's speed that makes it almost literally breath-taking." -- Clive Barker

"A breakneck-paced thriller that delivers on the thrills and tosses in more than a few more chills." -- Kelley Armstrong

"THE HERETIC is a genre-bending thrill ride that heralds the debut of a urban fantasy series to watch...and enjoy." -- Cemetery Dance Magazine

File in your ebook library under supernatural thrillers, urban fantasy series, templar, dark fantasy, top fantasy novels, supernatural creatures, action adventure books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615515670
  • Publisher: Harbinger Books
  • Publication date: 2/29/2012
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 747,243
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Nassise
Joseph Nassise is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the internationally bestselling TEMPLAR CHRONICLES series, the JEREMIAH HUNT trilogy, and the GREAT UNDEAD WAR series. He has also written several books in the popular Rogue Angel action-adventure series.

His work has been nominated for both the Bram Stoker Award and the International Horror Guild Award and has been translated into half a dozen languages to date. He has written for both the comic and role-playing game industries and also served two terms as president of the Horror Writers Association, the world's largest organization of professional horror and dark fantasy writers.

For more information about Joe's work, visit him on the web at josephnassise.com.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

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    Loved It!

    This book sucked me in right from the beginning and held me there until the very end. The only thing I didn't like about this book was putting it down.

    While The Heretic is about the Knights of Templar, a religious order, it is not preachy and does not force any particular belief on readers. The Heretic is nonstop action, a paranormal thriller filled with the intricacies of relationships, struggles with faith, love, vengeance and duty. The writing is vivid, the characters made me care and the plot kept me on edge. I can't wait to read the second book in this trilogy!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2011

    Great action sequences

    The Heretic was a very fast paced book with fantastic action sequences. Mr. Nassise describes the action in the book so vividly that you can truly picture what is happening with the characters. Although I love fantasy books, I also really love a series in which you learn a lot about the characters. The protangist and his allies have so much potential, but I wish they had been developed a little more. You get a great taste for their backgrounds, but not until the middle of the book and I wish I knew more about them. I haven't read the sequels yet, so I own that I don't know if he has more surprises for us.
    It's an exciting book and worth reading.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Excellent!

    While this book is labelled as "Urban Fantasy", it deserves a special category of its own. Magic and mystery play a large role in the story without the romance that so often overwhelms many other urban fantasy books.

    We meet the Templars in this book: a large army broken into many small units, all under the command of the Vatican. Cade Williams leads an elite faction with special talents that come to light throughout the story. Nassise does an incredible job of weaving the past with the present, giving enough background to flesh out characters without bogging down with unneeded detail.

    Nassise's ability to create scenes is masterful, giving vivid descriptions of natural and supernatural settings and beings alike. The story is fast-paced without feeling like pieces are missing. This story will draw you in from the start and will compel you to finish it as quickly as possible, simply to see what happens next.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    AWESOME!

    Good versus evil, the timeless battle, is part of what makes a superb urban fantasy. Good are the Knights Templar that everyone has assumed was annihilated in the 14th century when the Order had been accused of witchcraft. The Order of the Knights Templar had just gone underground, then "reborn as a secret military arm of the Vatican with the mission to defend mankind from supernatural threats and enemies."


    The main character is William Cade, The Heretic. He is the leader of Echo Team, members of the Templars, but with permission to work independently from the rest of the Knights. When things get so hinky that the Order can't get it done, Echo Team is called in.


    Cade has powers of his own, using them and the Knights to fight evil in all forms and what appears to be revenge on what he calls The Adversary, the entity that killed his wife.


    Ther is an enemy, The Other, with power beyond what's been witnessed before and it is attacking the Templars' bases in search of an artifact and it's up to Cade and his team to find this powerful being and annihilate it before it can succeed its mission.

    This story moves supremely fast, holding the reader in its grasp, until the very amazing end. I cannot wait to read the next in the series, A SCREAM OF ANGELS and A TEAR IN THE SKY.


    Five amazing more Cade and Echo Team please sparkly diamonds...

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Great debut!!!!!

    A very good book , with a great story, a page turner at its finest

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Recommend

    A Novel of the Templar Chronicles. A cult of nine do the adversaries bidding to steal a powerful relic by using arcane powers given them by the "adversary". They have succeeded in raising demons and worse, in-order to destroy the Knights Templar of the church who guard and protect the requiem. Cade "The Heretic" has strange powers at his disposal to fight this demonic adversary in a world not known by the others. His crew can only guess at them, but others have labeled him because of his strange behavior. He has added a team member with healing powers only he can observe yet that member refuses to use them. The Author knows how to describe a fight by these special forces of the Church. Plenty of action, monsters, demons and worst "a trader".

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2008

    Fun if you're in the mood, otherwise barely okay

    So the Templars are full of Stallone, Willis, Van Damme types. Tough guys that work for the church. Cade Williams is just another tormented action hero (or anti-hero, more like it) who's bent on revenge. I guess this will sound all too familiar: his wife's been taken by a powerful, evil enemy, and Cade's life has been marked by this. Same old story but the heroes here do not belong to the the marines, the police force... but templars. If you're in the mood for some mindless action, this book will be fun.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Mw

    Well, so much for reading this. Harriet klausner and her cliff note book report ruined it. Bn, you need to do somerhing to this poster. She ruins every book she supposedly reviews. She tells everything that happens. Ban her already!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    Entertaining, if predictable. Good characterization.

    I enjoyed "The Heretic" - lots of suspense, liked the characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    great start to series

    This book is start of a series I waited to read them until thought was all finished. Now am waiting for one #5 to be finished. I hate to start reading then not be able to read all. The first 4 are very short so you may want to just get all at one time if you are a fast read fast. The books are very good and keep you interested until end. Just too short.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Recommended

    Good book, I found it engrossing and plan to read the rest of the series. If you like military Sci Fi this is woryh a look.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Great story

    If you dont mind minor profanity and the mix of magic and religion this is something you might like. The story will suck you in doesn't slow down till the end. Its a free book pick it up and i bet you will buy the rest. I did

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Excellent book

    Very well written. The plot was very interesting and the characters had a lot of depth. Worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Good story

    I liked the book theory and a lot of action.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    good read

    Good read. The "heretic" character fell a little flat. Yes, he's angry wants revenge etc... But there doesn't seem to be much else to him. Overall, it was good. Will read the next in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    Great Read!!

    A bad-ass modern day Templar Knight who fights evil and monsters.....What's not to like? Get this book; you won't be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Teriffic horror thriller

    When their organization was outlawed, the Knights Templar went underground until the Vatican recognized them again and they became an arm of the church fighting the supernatural enemies of humanity. One Knight Commander Cade Williams, in charge of Echo Command, joined the order when as a policeman he encountered a supernatural entity he calls the Adversary that killed his wife. He fully intends to avenge his wife¿s death but for now he fights the cases of the order whenever he is called to do so. Someone or something is attacking commanderies (various headquarters of the Knights Templar), killing the Templars and raising them from the dead as revenants. The group of nine led by Simon Hamilton Logan, the head Necromancer is looking for the Spear of Destiny for it is believed whoever possesses it could rule the world. The battle becomes personal for Cade when he realizes the Necromancer is in league with his enemy the Adversary. Before he can ever think of taking vengeance on his foe, he must keep the spear out of the enemy¿s hands, a difficult thing to accomplish when there is a traitor within his organization. --- Horror fans will be delighted to discover the works of Joseph Nassise a relatively new writer who can hold his own with such masters as Douglas Clegg, Bentley Little, and Stephen King. Heretic is a dark work, gothic in tone with scary scenes that will frighten even those who don¿t get scared by reading a horror novel. The protagonist fights on the side of the light even though he has his own agenda. Like this reviewer, fans will look forward to more adventures starring Cade and the Knights Templar. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    Engrossing and twisted. Dancing on the edge of apocalyptic disas

    Engrossing and twisted. Dancing on the edge of apocalyptic disaster, Cade and his knights templar fight to keep the world from falling into ruin. Loaded Catholic symbolism, this dark urban fantasy series should draw a following. 4.5 Stars *I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Decent

    A decent book. I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't blown away either

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

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    Not a bad urban fantasy, but kind of shallow

    I finally picked this book up as it had been on my wish list for a couple years, and because the combination of religion and violence is an interesting topic for me, also I like urban fantasies. So I started reading this book with high hopes, and it didn't disappoint for the most part. There was plenty of supernatural violence, creatures and "magic", the problem was, by the end you still didn't care about the characters, or at least I didn't. The main character is kind of a jerk, and his new rookie team member is so befuddled most of the time, he's of little use, other than as a tool for the author to explain to the reader what this team does and who they are, as it's being explained to the character in the book.

    The reason for putting the word "Magic" in quotes above is because I have a few problems with how the this works in regards to the story. Some people I guess, are just born with abilities to do things, like heal others gain their powers by having battled the as yet unseen big baddie. The problem is there is no real explanation of how this magic works or where it comes from. So you're left with just going along with it.

    Anyhow it's a quick read, with very little depth to the characters. You'll walk away from the book most likely neither impressed or disappointed. But you also will most likely not be racing to pick up the next in the series either.

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