Time is running out for the Templars and new enemies are circling. At the height of their power, with vast possessions across Europe, the Templars begin their preparations for the greatest threat their Order has faced. Under the command of the knight known as "The Masoin", Salvatore di Radda is tasked with carving out the beginnings of a last Templar redoubt in the Alpine strongholds in what is now modern Switzerland. His greatest danger, and the greatest enemy the Order faces is his own brother, Father Missimo, a leading member of the Inquisition.
In a parallel story line, Peter Sparke and Professor Tilly Pink find themselves embroiled in the pursuit of a long last document which could establish the truth behind the legend of the Templars in Switzerland. Sparke, now wealthy from his famous discovery of the Templar treasury in the Scottish Highlands, looks forward to a quiet life of amateur research, but finds that a harder thing to attain than he imagines.
Praise for other Peter Sparke books:
"A mix of history, technology and adventure without all the unnecessary violence found in many of these types of stories. Enjoyed the parallelism of events taking place in different time periods that came together in the end. Well written, very interesting twist on history and I hope to read more about the future of Mr Sparke." Amazon five star review.
"Another great book by Scott chapman which in my opinion was one that I found hard to put down. Try it and I'm sure that you will like it." Amazon five star review.
"I have always been fascinated by the Templar Knights and have read several books about their history, Scott Chapman's story grabbed my interest right from the very beginning." Amazon five star review.
"I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for more in the series. I have read other books about the knights Templar but this one was by far the best. I especially enjoyed that the author employs two times--two worlds really--that can't be easy to do. When I put it down I couldn't wait to get back to it--thanks for a great read." Amazon five star review.
"Chapman has a solid structure, an interesting plot development, and writes in far better English than almost all current novels.Interesting characters, both past and current. Great story line that gets better through book 4. I am hoping for book 5 soon. One of the most enjoyable reads that I have had lately -- a fun and captivating read." Amazon five star review.
"I’ve now read all four books in this series, and I really liked them and their premise; far more believable and far less hokey and sensationalized than in many books dealing with the subject of the Templars, their violent dissolution, and what happened to their massive wealth. I liked the characters Chapmen created and particularly liked the fact that the protagonist is not a super hero but a very fallible human being, a very talented man, but still just a man.I was also impressed with the facility with which Chapman switched back and forth from medieval times to the current day, a technique that other authors I have read have tried to employ but usually with much less satisfactory results. Finally, I liked his spare writing style, and I found the pace of his unfolding stories to be just right, not too fast, not too slow." Amazon five star review.
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