The Templar Succession: A Novel

The Templar Succession: A Novel

by K. R. Eckert


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In 1972 a disgraced college professor and a retired FBI agent set out to discover, once and for all, the final resting place of the legendary Treasure of the Knights Templar. Days later, both men disappear without a trace. Forty years later, spurred on by the discovery of a long lost manuscript, the Professor's son hires historians Paul Davenport and Sara Walsh to pick up where his father left off. Their adventure leads them from Benjamin Franklin's Freemasons to the early days of the Civil War, from World War II Paris to the corrupt world of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. But Davenport and Walsh aren't alone in their search. A fanatical group of Neo-Knights have infiltrated the Freemasons in an attempt to reignite the Crusades. And watching them all from the shadows is a mysterious figure known as The Bookkeeper. From the Capitols of old world Europe to a remote estate on the coast of Canada, to a small town in Pennsylvania, Davenport and Walsh discover kidnapping and murder, and go from hunters to prey as they get closer and closer to the secrets of The Templar Succession.

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ISBN-13: 9781514784990
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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The Templar Succession: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
Two secret societies share a big secret and an intertwining history. Can historians and estranged lovers Paul Davenport and Sara Walsh succeed in solving a mystery where others have not only failed, but had their reputations and livelihoods ruined? Can they help Alan Kramer, Jr., clear his father’s name before meeting the same tragic end? Follow a journey that starts with Benjamin Franklin as they crisscross the globe seeking answers they have no business finding. Both the Templars and the Masons have long been objects of scrutiny and legend, and they continue to fascinate. I loved the weaving of history throughout this novel, but found the writing a bit clunky. The dialogue was solid, but I felt the narration could probably use more editing, particularly as there were some obvious typos and grammar. Still, the story itself is interesting, and the author makes no secret of weaving together real history and fiction, which is nice. Following the National Treasure and Da Vinci Code footsteps, The Templar Succession takes treasure hunting to historical proportions.
Shannon_Luster More than 1 year ago
A book with twists, turns, and suspense awaiting on each page. The Templar Succession, by author K.R. Eckert, covers over two centuries of historical events, starting with the American Revolution and ending in this contemporary period. The story starts with a professor and a FBI agent who first work together and then vanish. The mystery is then explored by a man who hires a pair of historians to unearth what happened years ago. And along the way, the historians also unearth plenty of secrets – potentially dangerous if not deadly secrets. But at risk of revealing too much about this book, I will say no more about the plot. The storyline moves quickly, but in a good way. As a reader, I found myself wanting to turn the next page to discover what surprise was in store next. The characters are also well rounded and therefore compelling. The format of the book that I read was also easy to follow with spacing between lines and paragraphs being consistent. Eckert’s note at the end of the book added a personal touch; and I personally enjoyed hearing from the author. These points mentioned above are some of this book’s strengths. The plot, especially towards the beginning of this book, however, jumped a lot. And that made it difficult for me to follow along at points. At times, the author included information – like the location, day, and time and so on – that I would flip back to and help orient myself in the story. With well over 100 chapters, it also seemed that the story was also broken up into small segments that may have been combined together at places, resulting in less chapters. Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only disappointment I found with this book is that it ended. The story starts with Benjamin Franklin and goes to the present. This historical fiction is an exciting adventure to try and solve the mystery of the Templar's treasure. Alan Kramer believed in the lost treasure and at 70 years of age Alan Kramer JR continues the search. He wants to solve his fathers disappearance and restore his name. The author does a wonderful job of weaving the lives of those involved through the decades. You will keep turning the pages until every part of the mystery is solved. Included at the end is a section to explain what are some historical facts. This book is interesting, keeps you reading and is never dull.