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The Sword of the Templars (2009)

by Paul Christopher

Series: Templar (1)

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After a lifetime on the front lines, Army Ranger John Holliday has resigned himself to ending his career teaching at West Point. But when his uncle passes away, Holliday discovers a mysterious medieval sword--wrapped in Adolf Hitler's personal battle standard. Then someone burns down his uncle's house in an attempt to retrieve the sword, and Holliday realizes that he's being drawn into a war that has been fought for centuries. Accompanied by his adventurous niece Peggy, Holliday must delve into the past and piece together the puzzle that was his uncle's life and his involvement with the enigmatic warriors known as the Knights Templar. But his search for answers soon becomes a race against ruthless, cunning opponents willing to die for their cause...and to kill Holliday for daring to uncover their past.… (more)
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An ok story, but the constant barrage of (often unneeded) facts and pop culture references became a bit tedious after a while. Also, the book was published in 2009 and set in 'present day', but whilst in Britain the author makes a couple of references to British Rail - which ceased to exist in the mid 1990's. And, a full English breakfast does not consist of egg and chips, just for the record. ( )
  Princessprudence | Jan 13, 2021 |
The Deadliest Weapon is the Truth
  eblomstedt | Jul 11, 2020 |
A fairly standard modern-day-thriller-chasing-ancient-treasures story. It's done competently, if not overly compelling. It's no Dan Brown novel for sure, but it's short and fast-paced enough to be interesting. ( )
  adam.currey | May 30, 2018 |
pretty good - a little confusing at times though ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
It was an entertaining read. Not earth-shattering brilliant literature, but it was packed with action and adventure and to be honest the end left me wanting more. I won't be disappointed as there are a string of these novels that I assume follows the characters introduced in this one. Another novel or two in and I might rethink this opinion- it might leave me singing higher praises or bemoaning the fact I got sucked into more.

I'm a sucker for anything 'templar'- be it based in historical fact or tales that delve more into the realm of alternate history. I would say this one comes out with a mix of historical fact and the fantasy inspired by Dan Brown's books on the templars. If you are willing to tolerate these things side by side, you will enjoy this. ( )
  autumnturner76 | Sep 22, 2014 |
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After a lifetime on the front lines, Army Ranger John Holliday has resigned himself to ending his career teaching at West Point. But when his uncle passes away, Holliday discovers a mysterious medieval sword--wrapped in Adolf Hitler's personal battle standard. Then someone burns down his uncle's house in an attempt to retrieve the sword, and Holliday realizes that he's being drawn into a war that has been fought for centuries. Accompanied by his adventurous niece Peggy, Holliday must delve into the past and piece together the puzzle that was his uncle's life and his involvement with the enigmatic warriors known as the Knights Templar. But his search for answers soon becomes a race against ruthless, cunning opponents willing to die for their cause...and to kill Holliday for daring to uncover their past.

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