The adventure in "The Templar Legacy" by Steve Berry is a little James Bond-ish. Our hero is Cotton Malone, who once worked in the Navy office of the Judge Advocate General. He now owns a bookshop in Denmark, which gives him access to rare manuscripts. The plot begins with a frantic attempt by several people to obtain one of those rare manuscripts - by whatever means necessary. What are these people really looking for? Eventually we find out that the Knights Templar knew something about Jesus, a secret they called "the Great Devise." And the clues to what and where it is are hidden in the manuscript.
The action takes us from a crowded city to a quiet French monastery. Meanwhile, as in the Da Vinci Code, there are puzzles, anagrams and cryptograms to be solved about biblical history and interesting questions about Jesus. People may not be who we think they are, and they may not even be as dead as we think they are.
Although a little slow at first, the book became fascinating and impossible to put down. The ending is somewhat satisfying, but I wasn't happy about it.
Compared to "The Last Templar," which is more of a fast-paced DVC-type thriller, "Legacy" is more like the DVC intellectually, and for that reason I enjoyed it more. Both have more than enough brutal violence. And both have conclusions that I found pretty hard to believe, archaeologically speaking - not in what was sought, but what was done as a result.