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The Templar Salvation (Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin Series #2)

The Templar Salvation (Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin Series #2)

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by Raymond Khoury

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When Tess Chaykin is taken hostage, FBI Agent Sean Reilly is forced to do the unthinkable. He must infiltrate the Vatican Secret Archives of the Inquisition and steal a legendary document known as the Fondo Templari--the secret history of the infamous Templars...


When Tess Chaykin is taken hostage, FBI Agent Sean Reilly is forced to do the unthinkable. He must infiltrate the Vatican Secret Archives of the Inquisition and steal a legendary document known as the Fondo Templari--the secret history of the infamous Templars...

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Publishers Weekly
Khoury's entertaining sequel to The Last Templar (2006) offers characters and plot lines that hew closely to the conventions of the religious thriller subgenre. In 1310, Templar knight Conrad of Tripoli stumbled on a trove of writings documenting the early days and divisions of Christianity. The Catholic Church has kept this material hidden since the fall of Constantinople in 1453, fearful that its release would undermine the church's authority and rock the foundations of Christian belief. In the present, Mansoor Zahed, an Iranian motivated by revenge for the CIA killing of his family in the 1950s, is bent on finding the trove and releasing it to undermine Western religion and stability. Meanwhile, FBI special agent Sean Reilly visits the Vatican on a quest to find a document that may help in his effort to rescue his love interest, Tess Chaykin, who's been kidnapped. The constant suspense, ever-mounting body count, and interesting historical lore will keep readers turning the pages. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Four years have elapsed since Khoury (The Sanctuary; The Sign) introduced us to archaeologist-turned-author Tess Chaykin. In this sequel to The Last Templar, Tess and FBI Agent Sean Reilly are once again on the trail of Templar-related documents that will change the course of history and Judeo-Christian ideology, if revealed. Here, Turkey is the battleground for a cache of extant gospels concealed by heirs of a Knight Templar. From the earliest pages, when we learn of Tess's abduction at the hands of an Iranian zealot to the climax 400 pages later, the action and intrigue never cease. As with most artifact novels, there must be equal suspension of disbelief and acknowledgment of possibility; after all, the Dead Sea Scrolls do exist. Khoury's choice of language and tone seems credible for each character, time, and place; his ample modern cultural references should withstand the test of time. The language and violence are graphic but appropriate and proportional to the story. VERDICT At times Khoury's style is more geopolitics lecture as he cites real events to intensify the plot, but his preachiness is offset by his sublime narrative. The result is a full-throttle action-adventure thriller wrapped in a political cautionary tale with a gratifyingly eloquent center. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/10.]—Laura A.B. Cifelli, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL
Kirkus Reviews

From Khoury (The Sign, 2009, etc.), a sluggish sequel to his runaway biblical bestseller, The Last Templar (2005).

Revisited are beautiful, brainy Tess Chaykin and tougher-than-most Sean Reilly, whose adventures rocketedTemplar to bestseller-dom. Three years have passed since last we saw them, but novelist Tess and FBI agent Sean remain undiminished superstars in their respective fields. Undiminished, too, is their love for each other though they've been apart for awhile. Having parked her 13-year-old daughter with relativesTess's approach to parenting has always been casualshe is now on a desert dig, gathering material for her next blockbuster. It's a plan interrupted by a mysterious Iranian, evil and unregenerate, who kidnaps her for reasons some readers may find unpersuasive. He wants her to lure Reilly to Rome where his famous resourcefulness will enable him to penetrate "the bowels of the Vatican," emerging at length with certain long-hidden documents. In turn, this will lead to certain pre–New Testament texts, the dissemination of which will unsettle, even undermine Christianity throughout the world. The villainous Iranian sees that as a good thing. From contemporary Rome, flash back to 13th-century Constantinople, where the Templars, too, will be revisited. The Knights Templar (think specials-forces units with a religious bent) have been decimated by powerful enemies, but there are a handful of survivors. Among these is the righteous Conrad, who, aided by his lover, the brave and adorable Maysoon, enlists in the struggle against malicious obscurantism. Thus, as it is with Tess and Reilly, so it is with Maysoon and Conrad, all warring on the side of the angels, the devil take the hindmost.

Probably irresistible to faithfulTemplarfans.But it's too talky, underimagined and much too heavy-gaited for mass conversions among the rest.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin Series , #2
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Raymond Khoury is the bestselling author of The Last Templar and The Sanctuary. An acclaimed screenwriter and producer for both television and film, he lives in London with his family.

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The Templar Salvation 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 231 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1310, Templar knight Conrad of Tripoli accidentally finds a treasure of ancient writings from Christian early days. Following the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the Church hid the material out of fear that what it contains could destroy the faith especially in the Church. In the 1950s, a CIA hit team killed the family of Iranian Mansoor Zahed. The only survivor of the massacre he has patiently prayed for the day he can enact vengeance on the west. He knows the avenue would be to find the Conrad documents and release it to destroy one of the pillars of western religious thought. When his lover Tess Chaykin is kidnapped, FBI special agent Sean Reilly follows clues that take him to the Vatican where he believes a document exists that might prove the key to bringing home safely his beloved. This is an exhilarating thriller with a strong historical core setting up the present day saga. The story line is action-packed from the opening fourteenth century find and never misses a beat as the centuries go by. Readers will fully appreciate the powerful fast-paced Templar Salvation as a worthy sequel to Reilly starring in the terrific Last Templar. Harriet Klausner
Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com More than 1 year ago
I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: The Templar Salvation by Raymond Khoury on Blogcritics. "The Templar Salvation" by Raymond Khoury is the long awaited fictional sequel to "The Last Templar". The Knights Templar existed for more than two hundred years doing the bidding of the Roman Catholic Church. At some point the knights have fallen out of favor with the Pope, were hunted down and took their secrets (and some say artifacts) to the grave. Conrad, one of the last of the Templars, is on a mission - he must save several crates and ensure their safety. Archeologist Tess Chaykin is forced by a mysterious Iranian man to solve Conrad's mystery 700 years later while her boyfriend, FBI agent Sean Reilly, tries to save her from certain death. Their adventure takes them to Europe & Turkey, meeting strange and wonderful people while their lives are being constantly threatened. Part of the mystery is what's in the trunks - the other part is what would they do if they find it. "The Templar Salvation" is a fast, imaginative page turner which brings back archaeologist Tess Chaykin and her boyfriend FBI special agent Sean Reilly. This is an enthralling book and I could not find any glaring historical inaccuracies in it, quite the opposite, I thought learned a few things along he way. The book jumps back and forth in time, switching between the story of one of the last Templars and our contemporary heroes. While the knight is trying to hide the objects of desire, central to the plot, Tess and Sean are following his footsteps trying to find them. I did find some of Agent Reilly's luck and actions to be a bit too implausible - it seems as if the man cannot die and if he gets hurt he just shakes it off. Reilly also did things I thought were out of character. As a former solider I know that for a time I felt naked without my gun, it is hard for me to believe that Reilly would make the mistake of putting his gun in a backpack. "The Templar Salvation" is filled with chases and fights (which I thought were overdrawn and could have been shortened - but that's nitpicking), but I truly enjoyed the historical perspectives which were mesmerizing. The reference to other characters in Templar books not written by Mr. Khoury certainly got a chuckle out of me. Overall this is an enjoyable book which was fast paced, likable characters and when it was all said and done, left me with some things to think about. For more book reviews please visit ManOfLaBook dot com
The-Scotsman More than 1 year ago
Once again, Mr. Khoury has included some of his personal opinions toward the government policies and leadership of the United States. Personally, this does not seem to be an issue with me, but may be with other readers. Not to the extent as in The Sign, however. I found the book to be rather mundane, compared to "The Last Templar", until well into the reading. Not until well after 250 pages (hardback edition) did the story begin to really peak my interest. After that, the storyline became a fast paced, action filled thriller to the final page. Of course, the ending leaves this tale wide open for the final edition of this evolving trilogy. All in all, a fun read with good historical reference.
DrakeBullet More than 1 year ago
Great action story and new Templars revelations, but disappointment hit about 75 pages before the end when I realized that yet another great secret will be lost to the world. It would be fun to read a story of a discovery that made it to the front pages of the world news. Let the imagination wander to what would change.
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This book was a mixture of Indiana Jones adventure, religion and history. I enjoyed this book very much although there were places that were a little slow(the historical pieces especially). I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in any of these types of fiction as I am sure they would enjoy it
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Jgypsy More than 1 year ago
Action packed and loaded with intrigue. Not quite as good as the first one but darn close.
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Johnny3 More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a pretty good story. It ended pretty abruptly, but enjoyed the historical mystery aspect of the tale. Reilly and Tess seem invulnerable........
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