- File Size: 945 KB
- Print Length: 394 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Kiffin Randall Eckert; 3 edition (July 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZGPNSG2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Templar Succession: A Novel (The History Hunters Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The book begins with Benjamin Franklin as an old man ensuring that a secret trunk containing a portion of the gems, coins, and artifacts along with a leather-bound ledger ends up in the hands of fellow Freemason, Thomas Fennimore. The story then briefly follows that specific trunk, one of eight, through time until it disappears during the Civil War in a Washington warehouse. But clues about the Templars' riches coming to America have leaked out, putting into motion a race to find the chests by private individuals, the FBI, and a powerful, secret society with an agenda they are willing to kill for.
Eckert's book sees its protagonists travelling the globe and facing various dangers along the way in their quest for answers. And, like with so many books in the genre, the ending may come as a surprise to many readers. The author has done a good job of blending action, suspense, and historical speculation in a thought-provoking package. Fast-paced and enjoyable, Eckert's novel is a fresh look at an old legend."
-John E. Roper, U.S. Review Of Books
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-Stacie Williams, Goodreads
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In 1972 a disgraced college professor and a retired FBI agent set out to discover, once and for all, the final resting place of the legendary Treasure of the Knights Templar. Days later, both men disappear without a trace.
Forty years later, spurred on by the discovery of a long lost manuscript, the Professor’s son hires historians Paul Davenport and Sara Walsh to pick up where his father left off.
Their adventure leads them from Benjamin Franklin’s Freemasons to the early days of the Civil War, from World War II Paris to the corrupt world of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI.
But Davenport and Walsh aren’t alone in their search. A fanatical group of Neo-Knights have infiltrated the Freemasons in an attempt to reignite the Crusades. And watching them all from the shadows is a mysterious figure known as The Bookkeeper.
From the Capitols of old world Europe to a remote estate on the coast of Canada, to a small town in Pennsylvania, Davenport and Walsh discover kidnapping and murder, and go from hunters to prey as they get closer and closer to the secrets of The Templar Succession.
Freemasons and the knights' templars have always been fascinating topics for fiction novels. Usually the contention is where all that treasure was finally hidden, but THE TEMPLAR SUCCESSION brings into the picture a very tight plotline laced with intrigues. A plan hatched in the minds of a certain group of men is poised to take the world by storm if not uncovered and routed, and what better duo is there to do this than our heroes?
Book Cover and Interior Formatting:
The cover image is good, but the red used for the title fonts as well as the font itself don't just add up. I'm of the opinion that a brighter color would have better enhanced the fonts, which should have been bolder, thicker or more solid. The interior design is okay. No problems there.
It's never easy to bring a book to life right from the planning stage to the actual writing and completion of the book. At this I must commend Author Eckert for doggedly pursuing his ambition to completion, even though some typos make the work a bit difficult to read. Also this reviewer feels that the chapters should be condensed two or three at once into one full chapter. I think this will enhance the reading pleasure of the book, but a great story here. I also liked the way Author Eckert builds suspense in the story. It's like watching a movie and I must contend him for this.
Highly recommended for your reading pleasure.
George Shadow is the author of THE BLACK BOOK.
The story is set today as we follow Paul Davenport and Sara Walsh who have been hired to investigate the 40 year old manuscript that has just surfaced by a college professor and retired FBI agent. They had suddenly disappeared after looking into what actually happened to the Knights Templar while trying to find their treasure. The son wants to know what happened to his father and this pair fall into an impossible mystery that as they get closer to solving could cost them their very lives.
While I quite enjoyed the novel I did say that the chapters were a bit too short and broken up for my taste (124 chapters!) while many of the sentences were broken the same way with far too much comma usage. Also there was quite a bit of jumping around in the novel at the offset. The flow did even out but it was a bit much right at the start. Minor complaints aside the plot and writing were strong. I really did enjoy the book and am looking forward to the sequel.
For those of you who enjoyed the book as much as I have you'll be happy to know that both a short story prequel and full length sequel are currently in development.
K. R. Eckert's writing was strong and with good likeable characters. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who loves exciting fast moving thrillers!
The story starts with a professor and a FBI agent who first work together and then vanish. The mystery is then explored by a man who hires a pair of historians to unearth what happened years ago. And along the way, the historians also unearth plenty of secrets – potentially dangerous if not deadly secrets. But at risk of revealing too much about this book, I will say no more about the plot.
The storyline moves quickly, but in a good way. As a reader, I found myself wanting to turn the next page to discover what surprise was in store next. The characters are also well rounded and therefore compelling.
The format of the book that I read was also easy to follow with spacing between lines and paragraphs being consistent. Eckert’s note at the end of the book added a personal touch; and I personally enjoyed hearing from the author. These points mentioned above are some of this book’s strengths.
The plot, especially towards the beginning of this book, however, jumped a lot. And that made it difficult for me to follow along at points. At times, the author included information – like the location, day, and time and so on – that I would flip back to and help orient myself in the story.
With well over 100 chapters, it also seemed that the story was also broken up into small segments that may have been combined together at places, resulting in less chapters. Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.