Wednesday, 30 March 2011

HISTORICAL FICTION REVIEW: The Sword of the Templars - Paul Christopher

Release Date: 07/07/09


The deadliest weapon is the truth. After a life on the front lines, Army Ranger John Holliday is now teaching at West Point Military Academy. But when his uncle passes away, Holliday discovers a medieval sword among his things - sinisterly wrapped in Adolf Hitler's personal battle standard. Then someone viciously burns down his uncle's house and Holliday's secret fears about the mysterious sword ring alarmingly true. Holliday must delve into the past and piece together the puzzle that was his uncle's life - his involvement with the enigmatic warriors known as the Knight's Templar. But his search for answers soon becomes a race against a ruthless and cunning opponent, willing to die for their cause. Can Holliday live long enough to reveal the treacherous but critical truth?


I love a good mystery and when it brings an old mysterious order to the fore its usually a good way to being a series. What unfurls within the pages is sadly lacking and whilst the intrigue is there, the principle male character doesn’t fit in too well. He’s brash; he’s a lecturer at West Point and to be honest with you too blasé as well as unorganised to really be ideal material for the reader to latch onto. Add to this one point early on when the characters elderly relatives bequest is all thrown back and tossed aside as if a millions of dollars are inconsequential.

Whilst I did struggle through to the end of this title I would sadly advise others to avoid it, the tale is predictable, the lead characters detestable and perhaps worst of all its not very clean with the characters being forced into situations that they clearly didn’t want to be in or suited to sort on their own. A sad affair all round.

1 comment:

michellemuto said...

The cover alone makes you want to see the jacket copy.

Michelle Muto
The Book of Lost Souls