Order in Chaos

Order in Chaos

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by Jack Whyte
     
 

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The new Templar novel from the USA Today bestselling author

On the morning of October 13, 1307, every Templar knight in France is arrested by the order of King Philip IV, who then seizes all the Order's assets and set the Inquisition against them. Warned of the plot, Sir William St. Clair flees from France with the Temple's treasure, several

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The new Templar novel from the USA Today bestselling author

On the morning of October 13, 1307, every Templar knight in France is arrested by the order of King Philip IV, who then seizes all the Order's assets and set the Inquisition against them. Warned of the plot, Sir William St. Clair flees from France with the Temple's treasure, several hundred knights, and the widow Lady Jessica Randolph to seek sanctuary in Scotland. There, with his men deprived of everything they valued and held dear at home, he will lead them into battle as Templar Knights one last time in defiant support of a king who is not their own, but who has earned their trust.

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Publishers Weekly

Whyte puts the Knights Templar to rest in the uninspired final volume of his Templar trilogy (after Knights of the Black and White and Standard of Honor), a lengthy and pedantic history of the Knights and their 200-year-old tradition of service to the pope and Christianity, loaded with historical detail, but offering little suspense and even less action. When the Knights are declared outlaws by King Philip IV of France in an effort to crush their influence and seize their treasure, the Knights are arrested and tortured or driven into hiding. Templar knight Sir William Sinclair leads the survivors to temporary sanctuary in Scotland, where they team up with Robert Bruce, king of the Scots, who is embroiled in civil war and war with the English. After a promising opening, the story downshifts into a narrative bog of plots, schemes, court intrigues and hand-wringing over the Templars' future, but very little actually happens. This tale has great potential for a rousing, sword-swinging adventure, but instead is just a plodding medieval history without any zip. (Aug.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515148268
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
07/27/2010
Series:
A Templar Novel Series
Pages:
928
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Jack Whyte was born and raised in Scotland. He is the author of nine Arthurian novels set in Roman Britain, the Camulod series. Whyte's novels are also published in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Brazil, and Russia.

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Order in Chaos (Templar Trilogy Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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BilliamNH More than 1 year ago
I fully agree with the Publisher's Weekly review. There is a lot of potential in this story, but the author drops the ball. If he intended to write a dry historical account of the Knights Templar, he should have dropped the premise of a "historical novel" and done just that. At every turn where one would expect battles and intrigue, he dives deeper into uninteresting background dialogue. A real sleeper.
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DCon More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Jack Whyte's historical novels, including the first 2 books of the Templar trilogy which I found to be extremely well written and highly entertaining. Whyte has an amazing ability to develop plots and characters while simultaneously describing historical events. Unfortunately, I do not think the final Templar novel, Order in Chaos, lives up to the lofty standards of Whyte's previous attempts. This is not to say that it is poorly written. In fact, it is a good story but not quite as good as the first 2 books of the series. Primarily, I have issues with the overall story line. Whyte does a masterful job describing the Templar's fall from grace as a result of a greedy French king and a weak Pope. He continues at the same high level with the establishment of a Templar colony in Scotland. However, it is at this point where the story begins to weaken and concludes with an ending that seems rushed and somewhat contrived. Despite this, it is still an enjoyable read.
c0093k More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book
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Esarhaddon More than 1 year ago
I first started reading Jack Whyte by chance when I ran across one of his Camulod Series books. I quickly became enthralled by his story telling and finished the whole series and moved to his Templar books. This last book finishes off the trilogy and completes his saga. Jack is a wonderful Historical novelist. His attention to detail and vast knowledge of the subject matter helps him provide a rich tapestry as the back drop of his story. His characters are wonderfully chosen and the reader starts identifying with them as the story progresses. I can't wait to see what he will work on next!