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The Templar Chronicles 1 The Heretic Audio CD – February 1, 2012

4.1 out of 5 stars 307 customer reviews
Book 1 of 7 in the Templar Chronicles Series

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""Heretic" keep[s] us off-guard and entertained with its every surprising move."

-- Peter Straub

"One part religious horror, one part military thriller, 100% fast-paced action."

-- The Horror Channel

"A breakneck-paced thriller that delivers on the thrills and tosses in more than a few chills."

-- Kelley Armstrong, author of "Stolen" and "Industrial Magic"

""Heretic" has it all -- action, suspense, terror, sharp dialogue, a dynamite central concept, and richly drawn characterization. Don't try pigeonholing this book, because Nassise -- like his Templar Knights -- doesn't stand still long enough for you to take aim. This is cross-genre fiction at its absolute best. I, for one, cannot wait for the next book in what promises to be a long and rewarding series."

-- Gary Braunbeck, author of "In Silent Graves" and "Graveyard People" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Author

This dark and gritty urban fantasy novel is 66,000 words in length and is the first book in The Templar Chronicles series in which modern Templar knights defend mankind from supernatural threats and enemies. Think "Constantine meets SWAT" and you'll get the idea. :)

Due to subject matter, this series is recommended for mature readers.
 
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Praise for the Templar Chronicles

"First-rate, stylish work from Mr. Nassise, with a steady escalation of the story's speed that makes it almost literally breath-taking." -- Clive Barker

"A breakneck-paced thriller that delivers on the thrills and tosses in more than a few more chills." -- Kelley Armstrong

"THE HERETIC is a genre-bending thrill ride that heralds the debut of a urban fantasy series to watch...and enjoy." -- Cemetery Dance Magazine


"With HERETIC, Joseph Nassise kicks off his TEMPLAR CHRONICLES in fine, swaggering style. This book bobs and weaves like the young Muhammed Ali, keeping us off-guard and entertained with its every surprising move." -- Peter Straub

"Nassise offers readers a tightly plotted terse military horror thriller in 'Heretic'. There's not a whiff of pretension and not an ounce of fat here. Just the good old muscles, gore and the terror of a soul in danger." -- The Agony Column

"Hellraiser meets Delta Force by way of George Romero." -- The Trades Entertainment Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Templar Chronicles
  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: GraphicAudio (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599508362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599508368
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,265,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joseph Nassise is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a twenty-five novels, including the Templar Chronicles series, the Jeremiah Hunt trilogy, and the Great Undead War series. He has also written several books in the Rogue Angel action/adventure series from Gold Eagle. He is a former president of the Horror Writers Association, the world's largest organization of professional horror writers, and a multiple Bram Stoker Award and International Horror Guild Award nominee.



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Joseph Nassise's Templar Chronicles series features a modern-day Knights Templar organization that battles the supernatural bad guys of the world. Its hero, Cade Williams, is a member of the Templars but has an uncanny reputation among the order for his psychic abilities. The Heretic is the first in the series and revolves around a cabal of sorcerers who is attacking Templar commanderies, slaughtering the members, and desecrating the cemeteries in search of a holy relic. Cade and his unit are assigned to the problem. The Heretic could be described as urban fantasy by way of a paramilitary/religious thriller.

As is apropos for a thriller, The Heretic includes a lot of action and tough-guy heroics. There's also a great deal of gore, so the weak of stomach need not apply.

Unfortunately, character development is sparse. There are only two women in the book; one of them is horribly murdered before the plot begins and the other is horribly murdered early in the book. Perhaps a Templar-focused novel was destined to be a sausage fest, but I can't say the men fare much better. There are more of them, but they're not well developed. Cade is given a touch of humanity by his grief for his late wife, but this is mentioned only in a few key scenes. The rest of the time he seems like a machine. The narrative is rarely introspective, instead simply giving the blow-by-blow of his outward actions as he orders and shoots and enhanced-interrogates his way through the plot. The other characters are less developed than Cade is. Perhaps the absence I felt most keenly was that of humor; no one ever cracks a joke. I didn't realize until reading The Heretic how much I've come to count on a pinch of sarcasm and a dash of gallows humor in my urban fantasy.
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Like many of you, I've been waiting for the entire trilogy of Joseph Nassise's "The Templar Chronicles" to come out. Over the last few years, these were all translated into German and released in Germany, but not in English. That was really frustrating. Full Moon Press was going to release them, but then they closed shop. That was mind numbingly hard to deal with. Now, thanks to Harbinger Books they are in English and available right here on Amazon!

For your information, the books in this series are:

Book One: The Heretic

Book Two: A Scream of Angels

Book Three: A Tear in the Sky

The basic plot: The Templar order has been resurrected by the Vatican to fight the supernatural dark forces that surround us all. I don't want to give ANYTHING away here though.

These books are a thrill ride of fun!

Also, for those not into the digital side of things, the first book is also available as a paperback (from 2005, here: Heretic: The Templar Chronicles). There is also the physical The Templar Chronicles Omnibus from Bad Moon Books that has all THREE of the books!
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The Heretic is easily one of the best books I've read all year. If you read and enjoyed The Adept Series by Katherine Kurtz and miss that series now that it has ended, this one is for you.

There are several POVs, but the characterization is outstanding enough that I ended up caring about several characters--a rare feat by an author indeed. The paranormal elements and world building are consistent and well-done. The pacing is fantastic.

This book managed to be action-packed and deal with military and Templar issues without being the least bit dry or preachy. It's got tough guy AND heart. The best news for me was to find that the entire trilogy is already available. I've already downloaded the second book.

If you liked Da Vinci code, this one is notches and notches above--everything Da Vinci could have been and wasn't. If you didn't like Da Vinci code and never got the excitement over the themes, give this a shot. It did everything right.
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I bought this book because it was compared favorably to the work of Katherine Kurtz. In fact, both are in English and reference the Knights Templar but that is where the similarity ends. The characters in Katherine Kurtz's novels have a deep spirituality which imbues them with certain abilities and that leads them to oppose forces that will harm the world and mankind. The characters in this book have a religious conviction that they feel entitles them to go out and whup butt. Fighting ghosts, spirits and demons with machine guns? Really? The characters are shallow, the plot unbelievable (if the Knights have been fighting the supernatural for several hundred years wouldn't they be aware that something more than standard issue military ammo is needed?) and overall I was very disappointed in this book. If you enjoy the idea of a Christian militia going out to kick butts and take names, you might be impressed. If you are looking for a good fantasy novel with a system of magic, spirituality, good and evil, pick up another book instead.
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