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I bought this on a whim - I've heard some good things about Berry and I have to say, his writing style did not disappoint. And yes, it's entirely fair to say this is, er, "inspired" by Dan Brown.

But I think it goes a little far to call it an outright knockoff. Cotton Malone makes for an intriguing protagonist, and the story moves along within his characterization.

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By that I mean I don't have to suspend a whole lot of disbelief to accept startling leaps of insight and intuition from the characters. The story itself is, well, I'm not sure it matters. I mean, the plot for thrillers doesn't have to be documentary-quality. Suffice it to say that facts cited aren't inaccurate, the story itself is plausible and works with its own internal logic, and it's not something that makes me roll my eyes. There are certain sequences in the book that had me turning pages In short, it's an enjoyable read It's a good book.

Mass Market Paperback Verified download. At the end of the book Berry describes what was fact, what was fiction and what was gray area between the two. My only quibble is that he sometimes frames what is fairly commonly known Biblical history and tries to make it sound like scholarly knowledge known only to a few.

But, then again, he wrote this for mass consumption and most people probably would not know those common facts. Overall a fun read combining the Knights Templar, a smattering of alternative theology and a spy novel. This author puts the story up front, as real feeling as it gets.

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Your going to love this. Easy read, fast paced, with great characters that almost grab you by the hand and drag you along for the greatest adventure imaginable. If edge of your seat adventure is on your list then beside it will be this book. All the way to the end you are going to be part of each thrill and move the characters make. This author put his all into making this story one of the very best ever written about the Templars.

The only one thing I didn't like, characters names. Give everybody simple names, I don't want my mind pronouncing some of these names, it slows me down.

So, get your glasses, and don't miss a single word. Cotton Malone has retired from the Service, but a visit from his ex-boss, Stephanie, almost immediately gets him involved in the action when a thief steals her purse. Malone chases the thief who, when cornered, throws himself off the top of the tower. Stephanie retrieves the stolen purse which contains her late husband's diary filled with notes of his research on the possible reemergence of the Templars and clues to the location of their lost treasure.

Thus begins the convoluted search by several parties with good or bad intent to recover the wealth of the Templars. Lots of action, puzzles solved, and just a good romp. Fun to read, if a bit long. This is a great thriller in the tradition of Dan Brown.

A clever narrative that interweaves religious history and dramatic fiction. It is a thriller with chases, shootouts, and plot intrigue. For those who enjoy theorizing alternatives to traditional religious beliefs this will challenge or at least stretch your beliefs. While I wish there was more character development, I am sure Steve Berry wetted appetites for more stories of Cotton Malone and possibly more characters from the Templar Legacy.

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I am on my way to reading the Alexandria Link next. Fascinating story with obvious attention-to-detail research done to provide accurate background.

All of that in-depth background - - while often adding credibility to the story line - - tended to slow the story down a bit too much for me.

I like mysteries, and unexpected twists and turns, but I like more action mixed in with them than "Legacy" provided. More pace to the story and I would have rated it 5 stars. Even so, I recommend it - - particularly for the detail-oriented reader of historically-themed thrillers. One person found this helpful. Like Dan Brown on steroids. Great novel. So rich and full of detail.

I read this book after I read book no. This is book 1 It didn't matter. Was any of it ever found?

Philip looked in vain, but to this day no remnant of either has been discovered. There have been countless theories as to what the treasure and the knowledge entailed and where they might have ended up, everything from the European continent, to Scotland, to even America where the Templars supposedly sailed in the 13th century. But nothing has ever been proven.

What better fodder for a novelist? How did you become interested in The Templars? It was important that they be presented as they were, not some Hollywood stereotype, though a few liberties had to be taken to make sure the story remained a thriller. Their Rules, though, are a fascinating read. Obedience was paramount. Contrary to Sir Walter Scott and Ivanhoe , they were forbidden from participating in tournaments; they spoke sparingly without laughter; they did not bathe; they slept with the lights on and dressed; and they were not allowed to gamble or hunt, play games, or grow their hair, though their beards could be unkept.

By papal order the knights were allowed to wear a white mantle with a red cross, while the remainder of the Order wore differing colored mantles. That was quite an elaborate event.

The hierarchy was simple: The master was in absolute charge, aided by seneschals, who commanded the knights all of noble heritage and the sergeants warriors of non-noble background.

Chaplains were the clerics and the rest of the Order were comprised of artisans, farmers, craftsmen, and administrators.

Tens of thousands joined. Tens of thousands died fighting. Quite an organization. What makes this place so mysterious?

Rennes is located in the Languedoc, an unspoiled region of southern France. This story, published in the local newspaper, caught national attention. Has anything ever been found? Not a thing, but the myths and legends live on. It is indeed a place of contradiction and perhaps sublime messages.

A unique one. He was outspoken, an antirepublican, possessed of a glass eye, and often played the lottery. He also maintained an amorous relationship with Marie Denarnaud, who lived with him as his housekeeper.

During his life, he openly spent huge amounts of money building and entertaining. Then he defied the Church and refused to account for his expenditures. Ultimately, he was relieved as a priest.

His appeal went all the way to the Vatican but remained unresolved at the time of his death in Even in death, though, strange things happened.

His body was laid out for viewing, covered by a cloth edged with red pom-poms. As the locals walked by to pay their respects, inexplicably they each plucked the pom-poms off one at a time. In another contradiction, he died absolutely penniless, as all of his assets had been transferred to Marie beforehand.

I had a lot of fun bringing him back to life and re-living his exploits. Quite a spectacular part of the world. Puzzles play a part in the quest for the Templar treasure, are the cryptograms that appear throughout the story real or something from your imagination?

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No, they were a common form of encryption in the 18th and 19th centuries. They would have been nearly impossible to decipher without knowing the mathematical key. It was a simple, but effective, means of keeping a secret. Some gravestones also play a pivotal role in the quest, were they real or more fiction?

No one has ever seen the actual stones, but there are drawings of what they may have looked like. Problem is, the drawings differ. These gravestones figure prominently in the Rennes legend so they had to be included. Cotton's former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, is in Europe on a personal mission: But she's not alone. Someone else is competing for the historic prize - and they are prepared to kill to win.

Cotton is soon involved in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Templars, the more he realizes that not only lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game rife with intrigue, treachery and lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world - and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees.

Not to be missed. Anagrams and complicated symbology abound, and comparisons to The Da Vinci Code are inevitable, but Berry distinguishes himself with a complex, well-written, and extremely readable story. Cotton Malone Audience: General Format: English Number Of Pages: Digital original.

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Be the first to write a review.I'm not sure how good a sequel will be, but I'll give one a shot some day. Apparently I can't get enough! Hard to believe this book was a best seller. Sort order. 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.

This is the first book of the Cotton Malone series, and thus far, the best one I have read.