The Templar Brotherhood by James Becker

The Templar Brotherhood

James Becker

Jessop and Mallory uncover their most thrilling and dangerous secret yet in the latest adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of The Templar Archive.

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James Becker, New York Times bestselling author of The Templar Archive, returns with a breakneck thriller whisking readers into the shadowy secret chambers of the Knights Templar.

Having barely escaping the crosshairs of a deadly cult, Robin Jessop and David Mallory crisscross Europe, seeking to unlock the truth behind a conspiracy unresolved for seven hundred years—the mystery of what has given the enigmatic Templars their unwavering power. 

Infiltrating the group’s vast archives, Jessop and Mallory make a startling find. An ancient Templar passport hints at a sacred mission: the transportation of a priceless treasure, an artifact of incomprehensible value. Delving through centuries of clues and deception, the two come face-to-face with a secret that could shake Christendom to its core—and cost their own lives along the way.

Advance Galley Reviews

This is the third book of a trilogy (The Lost Treasure of the Templars), and I wish I had known that before reading it, because I would have preferred to read the books in order. However, I did enjoy the book, and after reading this, I did read the first two books of the trilogy. This is one of those books that mixes actual historical fact with what-ifs and with imagined answers to some of history’s great unknowns. The subject of this trilogy is the Knights Templar, which was once a wealthy and powerful order, especially during the Crusades, but which was disbanded and purged of its membership 14th century France. Because virtually all the members of the Knights Templar were tortured and executed without having revealed the secrets of the order, certain questions remain unanswered even today. What became of the valuable treasure the Templars had reportedly amassed? Does the term “treasure” perhaps refer to non-monetary treasure, such as the Holy Grail? Or could the lost treasure of the Templars even be knowledge, secrets, answers to ancient mysteries? This is all great fodder for a novel, and Becker’s is well researched, and his theories sound plausible. Throw in a couple of intelligent and likeable main characters (Robin Jessup and David Mallory), a powerful and determined adversary, some codes to break, medieval weapons to avoid, guns and car chases, and you have an entertaining and interesting historical mystery/thriller. Thank you to Penguin Random House and the First to Read program for the opportunity to read and review this book in return for an honest review.

I didn’t realize this book was a series. I found the book interesting, but kind of felt like I was missing something. Overall, good read.

This book was a good read. It's very different from what I usually read. I do feel if I had read the previous books, I would have enjoyed this more. I'm the reader that I have to read the previous books in the series to really enjoy the later books. Since this was a good read I will be reading the earlier books in order. Thank you to first to read for my advanced readers copy.

Penguin First to Read ARC. Rating : 3 of 5 stars Doesn't work well as a stand alone, it's hard for me to get into the story without the previous books. Interesting, but truly would have gotten into the story more if I had read the first two books. I've read some non-fiction boks about the subject matter, so I don't know if that was part of the problem too.

This book was excellent in my opinion. It is not necessary to read the others in the series to follow or enjoy it. Exciting from beginning, full of adventure, mystery, intrigue, danger, history, and even a car chase. The plot follows some amateur archeologist/ book enthusiast Robin Jessop and David Mallory across Europe looking for a mystery left by the Knights Templar while being chased by a sect from the church pushes the story line at an exciting pace. Will they find it and find out why the others want it so bad or will they be killed for their efforts? This book was well written, fun and exciting. It was very fast paced and hard to put down. James Becker does a great job with description and action baiting the reader as the mystery unfolds. I recommend this book for anyone interested in historical fiction, action, or mystery. If you enjoy reading about the mysteries of the past and conspiracies you will enjoy this book. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

I received a free ARC of The Templar Brotherhood by James Becker. The story held my attention fairly well as the characters, Robin Jessop and David Mallory, traveled across Europe in an attempt to crack a centuries old code leading to a treasure hidden by the Knights Templar. At first I was a little confused about the dynamics of the relationships between the characters, especially when there were many prior events referenced in this book that occurred in previous books. I think I would have appreciated this book more if I could have read the previous two books first. I enjoyed the cat and mouse game between Jessop and Mallory and the Dominicans that were trying to beat them to the ancient treasure. However, there were too many details of the attempts and methods to decipher the historic code. Those parts could have been pared down without detracting from the story. Overall, I enjoyed this story and am interested in reading the first two novels. Thankyou for the ARC.

I received a free e-reader ARC of this book through Random First to Read program. I did not realize when I received this book that it was the third book in a series. Having known that I would have waited until I read the other two because most of this simply did not make sense to me. I felt disconnected from the characters and lost even though there was some back story to fill in the holes. However, it was interesting enough that I would go back and read the series and then even read this one again.

First of all, I highly recommend going back to the first two books of the trilogy and start there. Although it's not absolutely necessary, it really does enhance the reading experience. While the story may be a bit 'same old, same old', the pace is good and there is just enough surprise in the story to keep you going. Not the very best book I've ever read in the genre, but entertaining none the less and I've absolutely loved all the background details about the templars and early decryption methods. All in all a fun read. Thank you for the ARC! I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

So the author does a good job of explaining things such that it isn't 100% necessary to have read the other books in order to understand what is going on. However, I would still say that this novel is best enjoyed as part of the series so that you can really get into the plot and feel a good connection with the characters. It was something that I had difficulty with because I didn't really understand the interaction between Robin and David. There were also some other characters that were part of this story that kind of confused me; their actions and feelings didn't make sense to me given their role in this story. However, I chalked it up to the fact that I don't have the necessary background. It is clear when reading this novel that the author has done a great deal of research and really knows his Templar material! While this information is intriguing, at times it was overwhelming and unnecessary. It's also not the most action-packed story I have ever read; the first 50+ pages were them simply trying to decode a document and it took a loooong time. While this may be accurate in its portrayal of the process, it makes for slow reading. The story does pick up after a while, and it was pretty interesting, but again, there were so many details thrown at you that it can be hard to keep it all straight. Overall, this was an interesting story but it is best enjoyed if you have read the previous books in the series. It had a bit too much detail and not enough character work for my liking, so for that reason, I'm giving this a 2/5 stars.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review of this book. I have to say, I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn’t. There is too much that is tied to the previous books in the series. There is too much description about deciphering Latin and other older languages. I was over 100 pages into the book and very little had happened. They hadn’t deciphered anything, they hadn’t figured anything out. You knew very little about the story. I was very disappointed.

Tried numerous times but had a hard time getting into The Templar Brotherhood. Thank you for the opportunity!

This was not a book for me. Maybe it was because it was the third in the series, but I had a hard time getting into the story. Sadly, I did not finish this one.

In James Becker's The Templar Brotherhood, the third installment in the Lost Treasure of the Templars thriller series, this would take you on a wild ride from start to finish. For British couple David Mallory and Robin Jessop, they travel across the country to find the deepest and darkest secrets of the Knights Templar. Robin, an antiquarian, and David, a historian, match wits and discover hidden truths. It all started with a secret passport from one of the former Knights that was remained a treasure chest. From there, they had to decode the mystery and go on a scavenger kind of some kind to find some clues. Hot on their heels is the Domicians who want to stop them and kill them dead for a priceless momento for their benefactor. They also hire Gary Marsh to spy on them, who later switched sides to give them the heads-up on their enemies. As they piece together the puzzles of this historical enigma, they unearthed the story behind the head on the painting and the religious overtones that lead to Jesus. Right between them, it's a battle of wits and brawns to get to the dark tunnels and dig up the greatest treasure trove of them all, even if it's a matter of life and death in the end. Four stars!

by Karen Toole, Texas I received an ARC from First to Read in exchange for volunteering to provide my honest review of this book. I am a pathological reader and have been so for thirty five through forty years or so. I have probably at one point in my time read every genre including Business/Management books. Overall, I do like historical mysteries but this was more a class lesson than a read that I could experience. If I had read Books one and two my viewpoint may be different, but based on what I read it is not a page turner.

3.5* Since this book was the 3rd in a series, I went back and read the first two before reading this one. I thought these books were fun, entertaining, and easy to read. The author gave great history on the Templars throughout the books which gave a good connection between what is known and the fictional story. He also gives additional historical information in the author's notes which was fun to read after the fact. I can see this book series being turned into movies. The thing that annoyed me about the book was some of the character detail and how convenient it was for the story. You have a former policeman turned IT professional (so knows about police procedure and workings, how to hide internet searches, and monitoring devices) working with an antique bookseller/professional driver/pilot, both of whom work well under pressure and know how to shoot guns. They were easily able to foil all of the Templar's booby traps and outwit the bad guys but somehow didn't remember to check their car for tracking devices even though they knew they were being followed and had a tracker on their car before. The series ends with a nice bow - the couple falls in love, the bad guys are thwarted, and the treasure is saved. It got to be pretty predictable throughout. Overall, it was good and is one I would recommend to others!

While this is the third book in The Lost Treasure of the Templars series, James Becker offers enough backstory to give the reader an idea of the path that has led Robin Jessop and David Mallory on their search for the treasure. While James Becker offers high octane chases and close escapes, the pace slows considerably and occasionally drags as clues must be deciphered and details are given on the methods used to decode these clues. There is a good deal of historical background on the Templars that is well incorporated into the story and is quite interesting. As a fan of historical mysteries, this is a book that I enjoyed and would recommend to those readers interested in this subject matter.

Good read although predictable the 3rd in a series/trilogy you don't have to read the preceding books but they would be helpful as slight references are made to prior events that I am guessing were related in one of the two other tales in the series. Ending kind of limp as if trying to set up for additional books or leaving as the end of a trilogy.

I received an ARC of 'The Templar Brotherhood' by James Becker from the First to Read program for free in exchange for my review. This is the first James Becker book that I have read but it will not be the last. The amount of historical research that he has done for this book is excellent and brought to life in his writing. The characters are believable and the story has a very fast pace. This is one of the most enjoyable books that I have read through the First to Read program. I would give it five our of five stars.

This was a great adventure!!! The history is wonderful and well presented, but it is the same old story not much new here. It is like the Devinci code but more fast paced!!! I enjoyed the read. The images are breathtaking!! A good solid read.

I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This is one of the best i have read this year! Full of historical facts, action, and a very entertaining storyline with believable characters! I could not put it down! Very good book!

I love Templar stories and this story was no exception. The plot, the Dominican characters and John I really liked. While I had a little trouble with was the banter back and forth of the main characters Robin and David it did not take away from the story...Maybe reading the prior books would have helped me here. The premise is the same in many of these books but I am still intrigued about what happened to the Templar treasure. The only thing I thought was the author thought too much about wrapping up the ending the way he did. A little too coincidental for me on how the ownership of the treasure was explained. It just went to far I felt. Overall a good read for me and 3.5 stars

There are many famous mysteries from history that still grab ahold of people's curiousity and urge to understand. The Templars are one of these ongoing mysteries. In The Templar Brotherhood, Robin Jessop and David Mallory investigate the 700-year old conspiracy of the Templar power. The clues they find point to a sacred mission and a secret, one that will turn the Christian world upside down. The plot, action and suspense in this book is amazing! The story kept me engrossed the entire time! Great pacing, interesting characters and awesome subject. I didn't realize this book was part of a series...definitely going back and reading the first two books!!

I a mature reader, with experience in many genres, the explicit nature of grueling, graphic torture put me off this book from the beginning and spoiledmthe,rest of the read.

I enjoyed this book. It had a lot of detail and you could tell the author did a lot of research. It wasn't a quick read, but it did grab your attention and made you keep reading.

It is obvious that the author has spent a lot of time researching the Knight Templars. The book itself, though it contains a lot of action, at time acts as a textbook to teach the reader about the various Templar sites through the conversations of its characters, Robin Jessop and David Mallory. While I found it interesting, it also slowed down the pace of the story. Also, the characters are supposed to be experts in the field so I don't think they would be explaining this stuff to each other. Several of their long conversations were purely for the benefit of the reader. The book mentioned previous run-ins that Jessop and Mallory had with the Dominicans so I'm pretty sure this book is part of a series (I haven't looked it up to confirm this). This may also explain why I didn't quite bond with the characters. The author may have developed the characters in the previous books and hadn't felt it necessary to do so in this book. I didn't feel that there was anything special about these characters. Some of the highlights of the book included the historical bits about the Templars and the puzzles that Jessop and Mallory have to solve. My favorite part of the book was the author's notes at the end about how the some of the settings in the book were real places related to the Templars. This is a decent book and while the book was a fun read, I am not motivated to read the other books in the series. This book will be published October 3, 2017. I received an ARC from First to Read in exchange for my honest review.

I liked learning more about the Templar Brotherhood (I didn't really expect to learn much, so that was nice) and the fast pace was fun and kept me engaged. I haven't read the earlier books in the series (I didn't realize this was part of a series when I requested the book) but I may have to check them out. I think I would have enjoyed the book a little more had I read the earlier ones in the series, but it worked out as a stand alone. If you're a fan of The Da Vinci Code, you'll probably enjoy this book.

The Templar Brotherhood is a very good book, if you can get past how long winded it is. I think the only thing left out about the Templars was what they had for breakfast. There are times when it's almost inappropriate how they go on about the Templars. These are experts and yet they have long conversations about stuff they should already know. Also there is a scene near the end that makes absolutely no sense. They are being pursued by a ruthless organization that has no problem killing people. They have almost been killed themselves and yet 1) they never think of ditching the bright red Cayman, 2) they are going into a long dark dark tunnel and they leave their only weapons behind? Your being chased by ruthless killers... take the gun with you. But other than that it's an interesting story.

I didn't realize this was part of a series when I got it, but there was enough back story for me to fill in the blanks of jumping into a continuing story. This book seemed like it was already written as a movie. It was fast-paced with lots of action, some violence, some encryption like a National Treasure type mystery involving the Templar Brotherhood. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that Mallory and Jesse seemed to get more clueless as time went on. I think a normal person wouldn't leave their gun in the car when they've already been shot at multiple times by assassins. I recommend this book (and the others in the series if they are as well written as this one) for anyone that likes a good thrilling read. I do have to say to Random House, that the last 3 books I got from First to Read were all later books in series and I would prefer to know that up front before I start reading or request a book. It would be great if you could mark that when they are offered.

The historical fiction is a fascinating genre that often reveals the historical facts not widely known to the public. This novel does this wonderfully by taking the reader through a treasure hunt of the Templars' hidden wealth through the countryside of Europe and its wonderful old churches. An adventure filled novel is exciting and fun at times, but a little too predictable and simplistic in its plot. While the main characters Jessop and Mallory were portrayed as knowledgeable about the Templars Brotherhood and the code language systems, their decisions when chasing the treasure were naive. At times, the plot and the simplistic language reminded me of a teen fiction. Overall, not a bad read. If there was a five-star rating, I would give it three stars.

A race to find the treasure of the Templars comes to an end. Very fast-paced thriller that has you wondering what is going to happen next. I have always been intrigued by stories about the Knights Templar and this is a worthy addition to that genre. Jessop and Mallory are searching for the treasure, but they are not the only ones. And the others searching don't really care who get in the way. I suppose this could be read as a standalone, but I think reading the previous two books in the series will give needed background, and that is what I am going to do. I loved the Authors Notes at the end of the book. It makes the book that much more interesting and brings places to life. I received an advance reading copy from First To Read.

I enjoyed this book. It reminded me a lot of The Da Vinci Code, and I love stories like this that include real historical mysteries. One of my favorite parts was actually the Author's Note at the end, because it added even more historical context to the events in the book. I didn't love the relationship between the two main characters; I actually thought Robin was quite mean to David most of the time. This is not the first book in the series, though, and it's definitely possible that the dynamic between them is explained in an earlier book. Regardless, I think the Knights Templar are fascinating and the plot rather than the characters is what really made this book for me. The Templar Brotherhood is a fast-paced story with a thrilling mystery at the center, and if you like The Da Vinci Code or similar stories, you should absolutely give this one a try.

Unfortunately this is the first book by James Becker that I have read. The Templar Brotherhood can stand on its own but I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read the earlier books. That being said, this was a fast paced adventure. I also enjoyed the Author's Notes. The notes further explained places and events in the book. I read the advance copy through First to Read.

I just couldn't get into it. I really wanted to love it, but it was just too much sometimes. I felt like there was too much information about every character and every situation. Some things don't need to be explained out to the nth degree, the implication is easily grasped.


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