By Steve Berry

The traditional order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute strength over kings and popes . . . till the Inquisition, once 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 isn't in any respect what they suggestion it was–and its precise nature may switch the fashionable world.

Cotton Malone, one-time most sensible operative for the U.S. Justice division, is having fun with his quiet new existence as an antiquarian booklet broker in Copenhagen whilst an unforeseen name to motion reawakens his hair-trigger instincts–and plunges him again into the cloak-and-dagger global he suggestion 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 project 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 ability to crack a secret that has tantalized students and fortune-hunters during the a while by way of discovering the mythical cache of wealth and forbidden wisdom concept to were misplaced ceaselessly while the order of the Knights Templar was once exterminated within the fourteenth century. yet she’s now not on my own. Competing for the old prize–and determined for the an important details Stephanie possesses–is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with a military of assassins at his command.

Welcome or no longer, Cotton seeks to even the percentages within the perilous race. however the extra he learns in regards to 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 video game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for energy, lies a shattering discovery which can rock the civilized world–and, within the fallacious arms, carry it to its knees.

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The Crusades have been our campaign. ” He hesitated a second for impression. “Which is what makes Friday, October thirteen, 1307—a day so notorious, so despicable, that Western civilization keeps to label it with undesirable luck—so tough to just accept. hundreds of thousands of our brothers have been wrongfully arrested. in the future they have been the bad Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, the epitome of every little thing sturdy, keen to die for his or her Church, their pope, their God. the next day to come they have been accused heretics. And to what cost? That they spat upon the go, exchanged obscene kisses, held mystery conferences, cherished a cat, practiced sodomy, honored a few bearded male head. ” He paused. “Not a observe of fact to any of it, but our brothers have been tortured and plenty of succumbed, confessing to falsehoods. 100 and twenty burned on the stake. ” He paused back. “Our legacy is considered one of disgrace, and we're recorded in background with not anything yet suspicion. ” “And what might you inform the area? ” the seneschal requested in a relaxed tone. “The fact. ” “And why may they suspect you? ” “They could have no choice,” he acknowledged. “And why is that? ” “I can have facts. ” “Have you situated our nice Devise? ” The seneschal was once urgent his one weakness, yet he couldn't exhibit any weak point. “It’s inside my grab. ” Gasps got here from the gallery. The seneschal’s face remained inflexible. “You’re asserting that you've came upon our misplaced data after seven centuries. have you ever additionally discovered our treasury that eluded Philip the reasonable? ” “That, too, is inside my clutch. ” “Bold phrases, Marshal. ” He stared out on the brothers. “I’ve been trying to find a decade. The clues are tough, yet I’ll quickly own evidence the area can't deny. even if any minds switch is beside the point. fairly, the victory is won via proving that our brothers weren't heretics. as a substitute, each certainly one of them was once a saint. ” Applause erupted from the gang. De Roquefort seized the instant. “The Roman Church disbanded us, claimed we have been idol worshipers, however the Church itself venerates its personal idols with nice pageantry. ” He paused, then in a noisy voice he stated, “I will take again the shroud. ” extra applause. Louder. Sustained. a contravention of Rule, yet nobody looked as if it would care. “The Church has no correct to our shroud,” de Roquefort yelled over the clapping. “Our grasp, Jacques de Molay, was once tortured, brutalized, then burned on the stake. And his crime? Being a devoted servant to his God and his pope. His legacy isn't really their legacy. It’s our legacy. we've the skill to complete that aim. So shall or not it's, lower than my tenure. ” The seneschal passed the beauseant to the fellow beside him, stepped as regards to de Roquefort, and waited for the applause to subside. “What of these who don't believe as you do? ” “Whoever seeks will locate, whoever knocks should be enable in. ” “And if you select to not? ” “The Gospel is obvious on that, too. Woe to you on whom the evil demons act. ” “You are a perilous guy. ” “No, Seneschal, you're the threat. You got here to us overdue and with a susceptible middle. you haven't any belief of our wishes, in simple terms what you and your grasp considered our wishes.

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