Published by a small press in trade paperback, THE LAST TEMPLAR was THE sleeper hit of 2005. From small beginnings, it went on to sell over 30,000 copies and to fly-out of wherever it was stocked. This was done almost entirely on brilliant word-of-mouth... This is a terrific, gripping adventure reaching from the dark history of the crusading Knights through the sewers of modern-day New York to the highest point of command at the Vatican. Raymond Khoury is one of the main writers of SPOOKS - a show that has already provided two previous bestselling authors, David Wolstencroft and Ben Richards. The Templars is a subject of never-ending fascination and this blockbuster of a novel uses its background material brilliantly. It also has excellent historical detail, which never detracts from the fast-paced, non-stop narrative. Rights have now been sold in 33 countries.
Raymond Khoury is a screenwriter of international renown, whose current credits include the BBC's highly successful spy drama, SPOOKS and WAKING THE DEAD.
During a "Treasures of the Vatican" exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, four masked horsemen dressed as Templars trot straight up the museum stairs and steal a valuable object. Screenwriter Khoury's first novel has sparked hot auctions in 21 countries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
'All the makings of a blockbuster here, in the book charts and on the screen.' SUNDAY SPORT 'fascinating... vivid and poignant' REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE 'brilliant plotting... fast-paced fascinating... thought provoking, and the journey, both physical and emotional, undertaken by the main protagonists in discovering it is truly page-turning stuff. CRIMESQUAD 'a good fast read that will make an afternoon in front of the fire fly by' DEADLY PLEASURES
The war between the Catholic Church and the Gnostic insurgency drags on in this ponderous Da Vinci Code knockoff. The latest skirmish erupts when horsemen dressed as knights raid New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, lopping off heads and firing Uzis as they go. Their trail leads FBI agent Sean Ryan and fetching archeologist Tess Chaykin to the medieval crusading order of the Knights Templars. Anachronistic Gnostic champions of feminism and tolerance against Roman hierarchy and obscurantism, the Templars, they learn, discovered proof that Catholic dogma is a "hoax" and were planning to use it to unite all religions under a rationalist creed that would usher in world peace. Screenwriter and first-time novelist Khoury spices up the doctrinal revisionism with Da Vinci-style thriller flourishes, including secret codes, gratuitous but workmanlike action scenes and a priest-hit man sent out by the Vatican to kill anyone who knows anything. The narrative pauses periodically for believers-vs.-agnostics debates and tutorials on everything from the Gospel of Thomas to alchemy. Though long-winded and sophomoric, these seminars are a relief from Tess and Sean's tedious romance, which proceeds from awkward flirtations as they listen to Sean's mix CD to hackneyed intimacies about childhood traumas. The novel's religious history is as dubious as its conspiracy plot, but anti-clericalists-and Catholics taking a break from the church's real headaches-could unwind with it. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.