"Fast-paced conspiracy thriller involving the Knights Templar"
Reviewed by Debbie Wiley
Posted November 20, 2015
Robin Jessop didn't expect to find much of value in the
old library she was asked to assess. An unusual volume
called Ipse Dixit catches the eye of the antiquarian
bookseller and she can't resist further exploring the
mystery. The volume turns out to be a safe rather than an
actual book, and the parchment inside only leads to
further mysteries. Robin asks one of her customers, David
Mallory, to aid her with the encryption on the parchment
and their collaboration soon sends them headlong into a
conspiracy that stretches back to the early 1300s and the
Knights Templar. Can Robin and David outwit the forces
opposing them and solve the mystery of the parchment?
Who doesn't love a good thriller involving a bookseller
as the heroine, particularly when it's coupled with a
good conspiracy and mystery? THE LOST TREASURE OF THE
TEMPLARS is the first book in an exciting new series that
delves into the mysteries of the Knights Templar as our
characters lead us on a thrilling chase across countries.
I love the fast pace and the action, as there are very
few slow points in the first half of the story. In
fact, the only slow points tend to be later in the book
when we receive quick history lessons, or the main
characters voice a bit of their own political opinions.
James Becker does a thorough job developing his main
characters as we are able to see why Robin and David have
the knowledge and skills they display in THE LOST
TREASURE OF THE TEMPLARS. I like that James Becker
doesn't simply make them experts but gives a reason as to
why they have certain abilities, even if some of the
reasons are a bit deus ex-machina. The shadowy figures
from Rome are a bit less developed as their
motivation and funding still remains quite secretive. I
hope we get to delve more into their world because I would
like to see and understand more of what is driving this
Conspiracies involving the church and the Knights Templar
are always fascinating reads, and James Becker sets off on
a spectacular start to the series with THE LOST TREASURE
OF THE TEMPLARS. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger and
I'm curious to see what adventures Robin and David will
have in the next book. If you love action-packed stories
with conspiracies that weave back and forth into history,
then look no further than THE LOST TREASURE OF THE
The national bestselling author of The Lost
Testament returns in a thrilling new novel that
the powerful secrets of the Knight Templar—and a
too shocking to believe.
In a quiet English seaside town, antiquarian bookseller
Robin Jessop has acquired an odd medieval volume. What
appears to be a book isn’t a book at all, but a cleverly
disguised safe, in which she finds a single rolled
parchment, written in code.
For encryption expert David Mallory, the text is
impenetrable. Until an invaluable clue opens the door to
mystery, and a conspiracy, stretching back seven
when the most powerful man in Europe declared war on the
most powerful clan, the Knights Templar.
Now, Jessop and Mallory find themselves on a global hunt
an unsurpassed treasure and this much closer to the keys
secrets that could change history, topple an empire, and
bury them both alive. Because they’re not only the
They’re also the hunted.
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