The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone Series #1)

The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone Series #1)

by Steve Berry
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The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone Series #1) by Steve Berry

New York Times BESTSELLER — "Exciting... hard to put down without reading one more page." - The Florida Times-Union

The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes . . . until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was–and its true nature could change the modern world.

Cotton Malone, one-time top operative for the U.S. Justice Department, is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen when an unexpected call to action reawakens his hair-trigger instincts–and plunges him back into the cloak-and-dagger world he thought he’d left behind.

It begins with a violent robbery attempt on Cotton’s former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, who’ s far from home on a mission that has nothing to do with national security. Armed with vital clues to a series of centuries-old puzzles scattered across Europe, she means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and fortune-hunters through the ages by finding the legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to have been lost forever when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the fourteenth century. But she’s not alone. Competing for the historic prize– and desperate for the crucial information Stephanie possesses–is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with an army of assassins at his command.

Welcome or not, Cotton seeks to even the odds in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the more he realizes that even more than lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world–and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345504418
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2007
Series: Cotton Malone Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 50,137
Product dimensions: 7.46(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.29(d)

About the Author

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Lincoln Myth, The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with more than 18,000,000 copies in 51 countries.
History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s this passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, that led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have traveled across the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners, and their popular writers’ workshops. To date, nearly 2,500 students have attended those workshops. In 2012 their work was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve the first spokesman for National Preservation Week. He was also appointed by the Smithsonian Board of Regents to serve on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board to help promote and support the libraries in their mission to provide information in all forms to scientists, curators, scholars, students, and the public at large. He has received the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award and the 2013 Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers. His novel The Columbus Affair earned him the Anne Frank Human Writes Award, and his historic preservation work merited the 2013 Silver Bullet from International Thriller Writers.
Steve Berry was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of more than 2,600 thriller writers from around the world—and served three years as its co-president.
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The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 423 reviews.
CoCo-in-Wonderland More than 1 year ago
Very good book for a summer beach read. If you liked Davinci Code, youll like this. This is my 1st Steve Berry book- it probably wont be my last. For those whom complained about historical accuracy try to remember this is FICTION so its not about accuracy- its about storyline, plot development & ENJOYMENT. The only thing that I didnt like about the book was that longer conversations between the characters should have had a few "he said, she saids" thrown in so the reader doesnt get lost because the tone of many of the characters are the same since they are all after the same thing. I had to go back a page a few times so I could get who was saying what.
Rip_Walker More than 1 year ago
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! I'm Rip Walker, thanks for watching! Author of: Rip's Book of Common Sense
DCHightower More than 1 year ago
This novel starts out a little slow, at least as far as the way I felt mentally getting involved with the plot, but it picks up steam. At the end it's like a runnaway train. It left me with a smile and a feeling that I was well entertained. The ending is a huge suprise. But you'll have to read it to discover it. If you like books with ancient secrets and big discoveries and archaeological mysteries, then I also recommend Devil's Verse below
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its not meant to be taken seriously. Just another story thats meant to be enjoyed. Hes not trying to discredit christianity.
Pat_Sokolova More than 1 year ago
Templar takes the reader on quite an adventure ride! There are lots of ups and downs and spins and twirls, ultimately leading up up up to the final climactic ending that is absolutely unexpected and unbelievable!
CymLowell More than 1 year ago
This wonderful thriller is a combination of many elements, all of which are combined in a combustible crucible to make an engrossing read. Its background is the legacy of the Templars, a religious order formed in Acre, Palestine during the Crusades largely by Frenchmen. What became of their treasure when they were eradicated by the French king in 1307? What about their discovery of the apparent story of the resurrection of Jesus, as well as elements of the Gnostic Gospels? These are mysteries of the ages as well as the religious heritage of the West. Steve Berry elucidates these questions in a far different manner than used by Dan Brown in the da Vinci Code. The answers are pursued in the context of the origins of the Templars, in Provence, France, including elements of the Papal escape to Avignon in the aftermath of the collapse of the Christian efforts to free the Holy Lands from the supposed infidels. The Templar Legacy is not a history book. It is a thriller. A genre of suspense and intrigue, which are in ample supply in this captivating story. A possessed pursuer of ancient artifacts, his disbelieving wife an intelligence operative, a son lost in an avalanche seeking the same ends as his apparently suicidal father, and a variety of other fascinating characters all combine to set the stage for a different search for a historic grail. The perilous antiquities that so dominate the Indiana Jones sagas are plainly in evidence in the denouement. In the end, there are the strains of romance that could blossom in a sequel in a far different vein than James Bond and his girls. A former intelligence operative and a wealthy, stealthy follower of Islam? Thank you Steve. Your readers look forward to the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Steve Berry's books, and I always have the same issue. There is a great there somewhere. I usually read a book this length in about 2-3 days. But his books, while interesting, read almost too much like a textbook, with action thrown in as an afterthought. History buffs will really enjoy this book, but it's not a breezy read. He's a capable writer, but a bit scholastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first Steve Berry novel, so I was not quite sure what to expect. I thought the book was a little slow especially the first 100 pages. I almost gave up and moved on to another book, but decided to keep reading. The overall story line was good; however, Berry spent too much time describing every detail about every abby, church, and building. It was almost a history lesson. I realize that you need the historical background to create the story, but sometimes enough is enough. The book had a lot of potential, but just didn't quite deliver. I give it 2 1/2 stars.
Driver More than 1 year ago
Read this book than read others including DiVinci code they all tie together. Could not stop reading.
TrueStories More than 1 year ago
I enjoy discoveries about the past, even fictional ones. There is far more to history than we were ever taught in school. And speculation makes the teaching even more interesting. Movies like "National Treasure" and the "DaVinci Code" tie into this historical potboiler about the survival of religious empires and world spanning secret societies. Some of the plot twists are too convenient, but a mystery doesn't have to tie perfectly into all the historical facts. So if you are looking to find an exciting twist in history that might just have some threads of truth sewn into its fabric, read on. I was entertained for hours listening to this book while I drove through three states on the way to a new job. It erased the boredome and made the time exciting. I hated to stop each night to find a motel. There is a bit of moralizing in the lead characters, both of which are blind to the other's philosophy. So if you want to find something to pass the time till the end of the world party starts, you must read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like history and mystery, your should be happy with this book. Character development is solid but somewhat predictable. Barry sticks to the facts with his historical treatment of the church but adds his own take on what happened at the beginning and the end of the Templars reign. I have read several other Templar books and this one carves its own niche.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have come as far as reading this comment then this book is for you. You will not be able to put this book down once you start. Very enjoyable and a thriller than comes to match and even beat 'the Da vinci Code'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Berry creates a fast-moving story populated with engaging characters. While at times he seems to fall back on a recognizable formula or two, the fast pace compensates for this minor drawback. Best of all, he has taken the time to incorporate REAL historical research and not just repetition of sensational myths. It's a thoughtful, entertaining book.
Anonymous 10 days ago
Great brach reading, a series worth investing oneself in.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is entertaining and educational. Not that you'd want to put it down it's easy to pick up where you left off. Great charecters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Templar Legacy is a masterfully told adventure. The writing is very smooth and intrigue builds throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed the basis for the story, though I am certain it will be a bit disquieting for many Christians. I look forward to reading the rest of this series in hopes that its unique plotlines will continue. Stephanie Clanahan
IReadWhatYouWrite More than 1 year ago
The Templar Legacy is a novel about Cotton Malone, an intriguing person. He is a lawyer/super spy/former US Government agent now retired in Copenhagen, selling books. As the story opens he about to meet his former boss for a visit over lunch as she ‘just happens’ to be in the city. Plans change immediately as a cut purse grabs her bag and runs. Cotton gives chase. Yet rather than be caught the thief leaps to his death. Obviously, this is more than a typical purse snatching. The story, centering on two books; a dead man’s journal and an antique book many don’t believe even exists, moves from Denmark to France where Malone and his group follow the clues laid down by long dead clergymen and the more recently departed husband of Malone’s former boss. They are in race with the leader of a clandestine organization who has already shown that he will take out anyone who gets in the way of his plan for vengeance. The Templar legend just makes good story. Lost in the depths of history it is like literary tofu, picking up whichever flavors of intrigue and thrill a good storyteller chooses to season it with. It was used expertly in book and I have to admit there was a lot to this story that I had never run across before. It was impeccably laid out to the point that I am dying to take a day and just research the background on Rennes. I adore character driven stories, yet so often one has to choose between great characters that leap off a page and become real in the mind of the reader or a larger than life tale that transports the readers to other places. No such choice here. There were so many mysteries within the mystery and no one was who they seemed to be. Just when you think you have every one figured out they to make an abrupt turn about and you find yourself reeling to keep up. Though, this is about the good guys and the bad guys, no one was totally innocent and even the bad could be justified in a certain light. Superbly done! I have to admit that I love history at gunpoint, probably a left over from my days of crushing on Indiana Jones, and this book had plenty of action to keep it moving at breakneck space even with the ton of exposition that is required to keep up with the story. Foot chases, car chases, death defying heights and creepy underground chambers, mixed with state of the art surveillance and some cunning good old fashioned know how keep up the heart pounding ride through this story. The back story is seamlessly woven into the modern day action, so that the reader is well able to move through time easily, from the inception of the brotherhood, through the inquisition and even the deaths of Mark and Lars Nelle and back to present day. I suppose it is no surprise that I enjoyed this book. There are several more Steve Berry books sitting on the shelf, staring at me, waiting for me to find an excuse to read them. 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Black tuxedo cat. Slim lean and alpha. <p> Loyal, smart and extremely brave.<p> Will not tell history, dont ask.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A awesome Audio book I enjoyed the tale the information I learned. I love when a author researches his book before writing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters and locations. Page turner at the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like Dan Broun!!!
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