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The Templar Concordat by [OBrien, Terrence]
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The idea for the book began to grow a few years ago as news reports revealed more and more about Al Qaeda. What struck me was the fact that it had no national allegiance. It operated outside the established nation state system. Al Qaeda didn't care what the government of Saudi Arabia, Syria, Pakistan, or Iran thought. It did whatever it wanted, and claimed to be doing it to further world-wide Islam.

So, I wondered what things would be like if there was an organization in the West that was also free from the governments of the West. How would they combat Al Qaeda? What kind of scene would play out across the world if that kind of group challenged Al Qaeda without worrying about media, Congressional hearings, appeals courts, public opinion, or the next election cycle?

Then I remembered there once was such a Western organization when the Knights Templars were active from 1120 to 1307. They answered to nobody, had the strongest military of the day, crossed borders at will, amassed a huge fortune, engaged in trade and commerce, and financed many of the monarchies.

So, why not bring the Templars forward in time, and let some escape the ambush by the King of France and the pope that destroyed them in 1307? And since the Templars were a creation of the Crusades and the Church, let those players come into the present day, too. And the Hashashin, a secretive branch of Islaimi Shiite Islam that excelled in covert operations? Let them escape their destruction by the Mongols in 1275, and come forward to the present day.

I also noticed news stories about the discovery of the Chinon Parchment from 1308 dealing with the Templar trials. The document had been misfiled in 1628 and was lost to history until an Italian researcher found it buried in the stacks of the Vatican Library in 2001. So the notion that things could get lost for hundreds of years in a library was definitely reasonable.

The result is The Templar Concordat. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
 
Terrence O'Brien

About the Author

After leaving the Marine Corps, I began a career in mine and oil field development. So, I have followed the oil fields spanning Alaska, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia, and now live with my wife in Kansas City where I became a floor trader at the Kansas City Board of Trade. I'm currently working on Avram's Cross, the second book in the series.

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  • File Size: 1117 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Ardgroom Circle; 1 edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00433TBUU
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I am torn about how many stars to give this excellent novel. It is definitely of the caliber of the DaVinci Code and its progeny. I have really enjoyed reading it.

However, it is filled with typos, misspellings, grammar errors, punctuation mistakes, and even a few formatting errors. Clearly no one read it after it was formatted for the kindle. You can even see where spell-check let down the proofreader (assuming there was one), by substituting words that are close to the correct word, but have no place in the sentence. I have found as many as 3 mistakes on a page -- but the average is about one every three or four pages. For me this distracts enormously from the book.

I'm going (spelled "gong" in the book, twice) with 5 stars for content since it really is quite good, but please, folks, let's clean up this mess.
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The Knights Templar established in 1122 as a protector and instrument of the Church, after less than 200 years found itself progressively under attack by both the Church and Monarchy and appeared to retreat and disappear by early 14th century. Covertly the K T continued to grow stronger, position itself in world finances and influence directly and indirectly the welfare of the Church and Western values. In 1385, Pope Urban VI signed a concordat with the K T to secretly, mutually support each other; renewed at the pleasure of each succeeding Pope. We enter the story in present day with the current Pope opting out of the concordat, the K T fully operative but restricted in offering direct help to the Church and a full cast of radical Muslim terrorists. A document dated 1189, the Treaty of Tuscany, is found which declares a papal and major monarchy agreement intent on eradicating Islam. If authentic, it would become a rallying point for the Muslim world and a disaster for the Church and the West. The story explodes early on and the action and intrigue never lets up. Continuously entertains, educates and keeps one guessing. Well drawn, interesting and varied characters; crisp dialog. The most interesting character enters after the half way point, the new Pope from Mexico, Pedro Sanchez; he is unaffected by his new status, blunt, clever, insightful and fully willing to challenge papal doctrine for the truth. Could hardly put it down for 2 days. Highly recommended.
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Overall I enjoyed this book. Good story, sound characters etc.

I did think it labored in some of the first half of the story though as the pace of the story seemed to get bogged down with explanations of people/places/things that could have been brought out better as the story moved forward.

Oh, and watch out for those 'speed-bumps', the spelling and grammar errors etc. At one point I found myself going back a few pages to check if I had missed a character as at one place the character Santini was spelt as Santani. Best to proof read the Kindle version before publishing. I found that out when I published my 2 novels and found that the Kindle version had changed from the printed form.

Overall though, well done and I hope you bring out a followup soon as I would like to see what Callahan, Marie and Jean do next.

Cheers
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I took a gamble on this unknown author, I've gotten many free books in the same genre that have been a disappointment, so $2.99 was actually a bit of a risk. I'm glad I did, since it was one of the most enjoyable novels I've read in a long time.

If you enjoyed the DaVinci Code, this has a lot of the same elements - but it's a bit more believable, so it's easier to suspend disbelief and just go along with the story. As other reviewers have pointed out, an ancient treaty is discovered that could have huge ramifications for the modern world, the Catholic church, and Christianity in general. I really liked the fact that the author revealed what was in the treaty early on rather than stringing out the mystery - when the only thing that keeps you reading is the desire to find out 'what was the big deal over what they found?' - I find that tactic often goes along with a weak story. Instead, the contents of the treaty are revealed early on but the story is so good that you want to find out what happens next rather than being disappointed by the end of the mystery.

The only problem I had with the book was that it ended and I couldn't get anything else from the author! I did check Amazon to see if he had any other novels, but sadly that was not the case. Bummer, because I definitely would have liked to read more.
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Terrance O'Brien can really, really write! If you like Vince Flynn, Jack DuBrul, Brad Thor, Dan Brown and similar authors you are going to love this new author. I started reading this book on a Saturday morning and couldn't stop reading until I finished it. The book is nonstop action with exciting plots, intrigue where the stakes are high, a driven hero named Callahan, who is my new favorite character, and an ending that will leave you begging for his next book. This is an exciting and satisfying read and I highly recommend it.
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I am again surprised to see the quality of books that Amazon is selling for $2.99. This is a great one. Much has been made recently on the Templars, I think there was a TV program about them and I have thought what happened to their fleet when it sailed off before the King of France and the Pope could get their hands on it now we know. That the Order went underground seems to make sense, many different groups have done the same thing in modern times, why not them. I enjoyed the plot and the men and women that made it up it flowed very well although I thought there was to much put on the TV interviews. I too really liked the new Mexican Pope and his assistant, they made the plot even better by showing that all the trappings of the Office of the Pope were less important to them than saving the Church. Well done and I strongly recommend the book.
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