The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone, Book 1) by Steve Berry
By Steve Berry
BONUS: This version comprises an excerpt from Steve Berry’s The King's Deception and a Cotton Malone dossier.
The historic order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute energy over kings and popes . . . until eventually the Inquisition, after they have been wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches misplaced. yet now forces vying for the treasure have discovered that it's not in any respect what they idea it was–and its precise nature may perhaps swap the fashionable world.
Cotton Malone, one-time most sensible operative for the U.S. Justice division, is having fun with his quiet new lifestyles as an antiquarian publication broker in Copenhagen while an unforeseen name to motion reawakens his hair-trigger instincts–and plunges him again into the cloak-and-dagger international he notion he’d left behind.
It starts off with a violent theft try on Cotton’s former manager, Stephanie Nelle, who’ s faraway from domestic on a venture that has not anything to do with nationwide safety. Armed with very important clues to a sequence of centuries-old puzzles scattered throughout Europe, she skill to crack a secret that has tantalized students and fortune-hunters in the course of the a while by way of discovering the mythical cache of wealth and forbidden wisdom concept to were misplaced endlessly whilst the order of the Knights Templar was once exterminated within the fourteenth century. yet she’s no longer on my own. Competing for the old prize– and determined for the the most important details Stephanie possesses–is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with a military of assassins at his command.
Welcome or now not, Cotton seeks to even the chances within the perilous race. however the extra he learns concerning the old conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the extra he realizes that much more than lives are at stake. on the finish of a deadly online game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for energy, lies a shattering discovery that can rock the civilized world–and, within the unsuitable palms, deliver it to its knees.
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