Heretic: The Templar Chronicles

Heretic: The Templar Chronicles

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by Joseph Nassise
     
 

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At the end of the First Crusade, the church

created a monastic military order known

as the Knights Templar. Now, rising up from

the ashes of history, they are the Vatican's last

defense in the war between good and evil...

AN ANCIENT ARMY REBORN

Cade Williams is no ordinary man. His ability

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At the end of the First Crusade, the church

created a monastic military order known

as the Knights Templar. Now, rising up from

the ashes of history, they are the Vatican's last

defense in the war between good and evil...

AN ANCIENT ARMY REBORN

Cade Williams is no ordinary man. His ability to cross over to the other side makes him uniquely qualified to command the Church's special operations division. As a modern-day Knight, Cade can use the curse that has scarred his soul as a weapon against the forces of darkness. But a new kind of unholy war is brewing -- and soon Cade may be the last man standing...between the living and the dead.

AN ANCIENT MYSTERY RESURRECTED

The desecration of Templar cemeteries has sparked a full-scale investigation. Cade and his team suspect that a cabal of necromancers is behind it all. Their purpose: to claim the legendary powers of a lost holy relic for their own ungodly campaign. For Cade, there's only one way to stop them -- by tracking the dead himself...crossing the most sacred of battle lines...and facing his own terrifying demons.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743470957
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
09/27/2005
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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Heretic

The Templar Chronicles
By Joseph Nassise

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Copyright © 2005 Joseph Nassise
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ISBN: 0743470958

Prologue

Niall O'Connor watched those around him intently. It was early evening, and the Vienna streets were still crowded, which meant spotting a tail could be difficult. He was a veteran of this kind of operation, however, and took his time, carefully examining all that he could see. When he was certain he had not been followed from the museum, he stepped into the phone booth on the corner and shut the Plexiglas door behind him. Ignoring the mounted public telephone, he removed a satellite phone from his pocket and dialed an overseas number from memory.

The phone rang several times before it was picked up. O'Connor could sense someone's presence at the other end, could hear the sound of breathing, but nothing was said, not even hello.

Into that silence, O'Connor said, "It's done."

"And?" The voice was deep and liquid, like water running over gravel.

"The Hofberg object is a fake."

Another long moment of silence. Then, "And the other?"

O'Connor thought back to the long hours he'd spent in the Vatican Basilica the previous day; the endless lines, the quiet hope of the faithful, the majestic beauty of the cathedral itself. He'd walked beneath Michelangelo's Dome and examined the pilasters, the four square columns that supported it, paying particular attention to the great statues of the saints -- Andrew, Helena, Veronica, and Longinus -- that rested in niches within them.

There was power in the cathedral, great power. He'd sensed its ebb and flow as it reacted to the faith of those inside; in some fashion almost every object within the building had glowed with traces of it. Even the statue of St. Peter, its right foot worn smooth after generations of caresses by the faithful, had glistened with the faintest of auras though it wasn't known to be anything more than an ordinary sculpture.

The greatest concentration of power had clearly been beneath the Dome. Three of the four statues that he'd examined had blazed with it, a result of the True Relics each of them contained, relics that were easily discernible to a man of his particular talents.

But the statue of Saint Longinus, the one supposedly containing the remnant of the Holy Lance, had not. It was barren, bereft of the spark of Divinity that so encased the other statutes and their contents.

"That's a fake, too," he said.

"You're certain?"

"Yes. I'd stake my reputation on it."

"Very well. Return to us, and we will begin the next phase of the operation."

"As you wish."

O'Connor closed his satellite phone, put it back in his pocket, and stepped out of the phone booth. Night had come, the Vienna air grown cold and still. He pulled the collar of his greatcoat closer about his neck, glancing around again as he did so. When he was satisfied that he was still alone, he walked to the end of the street, gazing in contempt at the closed iron gates of the Hofberg palace as he passed. Reaching the intersection, he paused for a moment to light a cigarette, waiting for the traffic signal to change. When it had, he stepped out into the street, confident in the performance of his mission and already dreaming of the ways in which he would spend his exorbitant fee.

The smile of expectation still on his face, he didn't see the city bus surge through the intersection against the light, didn't see the wide front grill bearing down on him until it was far too late.

O'Connor's body bounced off the unyielding surface of the speeding vehicle, flipped high into the air, and came crashing back down several yards away. From where he lay broken and twisted in the gutter, his sightless eyes stared through the windshield of the vehicle and at the empty driver's seat just beyond.

Across the Atlantic, in a darkened room, a grey hand reached out in the half-light and finally replaced the phone, severing the connection.

Copyright 2005 by Joseph Nassise



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Heretic 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
chilepepper99 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. The plot was very interesting and the characters had a lot of depth. Worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are a multitude of novels out there that use gods and magic as a plot device - and most of them follow the same path in how these supernatural concepts are used. Thankfully, this novel is different. The Knights Templar are modernized, and their duties and purpose are made current as well. The way the powers of both benevolent and malevolent forces are used is entertaining, as is the way these powers are obtained and used by those with them. This novel is short and sweet, and is a very entertaining read. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
niah More than 1 year ago
it was alright to read but the editing or whatever you do to put it into e-book format needs some looking at.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story. Fast paced from start to end. Worth your time
Hosanna More than 1 year ago
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*
jlgc More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to reading more. Templars, creatures, modern day setting, fast action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story line. Going enjoy reading the next two.
Anonymous 8 days ago
A good read. Kept you going. I didn't think I would like it with military and supernatural together, BUT I was wrong. I look forward to reading the series!!
Anonymous 7 months ago
While many people believe in the after life,in God ,in good and evil. This book gives a suspenseful way of seeing what hides in the dark.Good read
bbb57 More than 1 year ago
I would give this entire series a 5-star rating were it not for the egregious grammatical and incorrect word usage or additions THROUGHOUT all six (6) books. It is disappointing and should be addressed by the Publisher and Barnes & Noble alike. I hated having to figure out contextually what the author was trying to say, literally 75-100 times in the six books. Otherwise, the story line is absolutely awesome with great characters. I am looking forward to book #7, Darkness Reigns, which is supposedly coming out this Spring (2016). I must admit, however, that I do hope the series doesn't run on like the TV series "Lost". Please Mr. Nassise, let Cade get his revenge and make up your frigging mind what to do about Gabrielle!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly did not get very far before realizing it was not a book for me to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my normal reading material but really enjoyed this book! Looking forward to reading the others in this series. Great story with likeable characters.
DLH47 More than 1 year ago
Well written and moves quickly. Anyone who likes Science fiction and adventure will enjoy this book.
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