But it was the book that introduced two characters with whom I've lived for the last twenty years or so. This book is not quite as well written as the rest of the series, but it is essential to give you the background of how the two men meet, and of Sir Baldwin's previous life. The Last Templar tells us of how the two meet and how they become embroiled in their first case. And moreover has even its own international airport,a museum of underwater archeology, and a lovely Castle of The Knights of St. I also appreciated the character of Sir Baldwin, though unfortunately he ends up being absent for a large section of the novel. It also introduces Bailiff Simon Puttock and his wife and daughter, which serves to give us an intimate picture of life in the Middle Ages. Paired together these two must discover why men dressed as medieval knights have stolen a ancient decoder.
The son of an Actuary, and the youngest of four brothers, he worked in the computer industry before becoming a novelist full time in 1994 He is the author of the internationally popular Templar series, perhaps the longest crime series written by a living author. But then a couple of weeks ago I saw The Last Templar at the store and so I used my free coupon and snatched it up. Sir Baldwin, a Knights Templar who has returned to England after the destruction of his Order, teams with his new friend, Simon Puttock, a bailiff, to solve mysterious deaths. That and his own admission that his first book lacked something that subsequent books in the series do not. He is of Catholic beliefs. So I'm glad I finally began this series and am looking forward to the next entry.
The characterisation is quite good and is believable. However, the plot is slow and at times predictable. Maybe that was my mistake, but it stuck with me throughout the book. It is hard to be objective as a writer. The writing is often awkward, and the author seems to struggle with presenting his characters' personalities coherently.
Some Americans really like to show Turkey like a 3rd. I did give it three stars and, if I am going to be honest, it was mostly the long run on sentences that got in the way of me liking this book. The son of an Actuary, and the youngest of four brothers, he worked in the computer industry before becoming a novelist full time in 1994 He is the author of the internationally popular Templar series, perhaps the longest crime series written by a living author. He charges the remainder of the ship's company to deliver an encoded letter to the Head of the Templars. The fate of the papal envoy is particularly gruesome and well deserved. I've read quite a deal of Templar history, so I was very curious to see how it would fit into the historical mystery genre.
But, my stars, the writing is terrible! And the plots are ingenious, never hackneyed. It's efficient at presenting dialogue, sound effects, and the score - all mixed fairly evenly. Had that been the case I probably would not have gone back to another Jecks novel again. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. One of the Knights is mortally wounded and dies after hiding a small leather pouch under a gravestone. Next up is — an 80s fantasy thriller where two medieval lovers have difficulty consummating their love as one habitually transforms in to a wolf and the other in to a hawk.
The novel is all third person and about 90% is from one of the two main character's viewpoint. I enjoyed the book, although the thinking that meant that a man went unpunished for a crime left me wondering, would our press let that happen now in the interest of the community? In fact, I read several other books in-between before finally finishing this. Making the Last Templar 21:12 feels more promotional than informational at times. Sir Baldwin Furnshill was out of town when the king arrested the Templars and the beginning of the book details their demise. He meets Simon Puttock, the new Bailiff of ther area who is drawn into a series of murders.
I will probably check out the second book in the series and see how the characters and series developed. Michael Jecks has explained on Goodreads all the problems he encountered while writing this, the first book of his Templar series. I really wanted to like this book much more than I did, but the writing was so bad it was distracting me. As it turns out, the series is set in 13th century England, and the protagonist is a former Templar. That said, it was at least engaging enough to carry on reading until the end, and there were some dramatic moments at which the pace temporarily picked up a bit.
I am always cautious of debut novels. The background and events are grim, but it's a quick, light read; the plot is interesting, and the characters have potential. A well-researched, historical page-turner contains about 30 books charting the lives of our heros. This end sequence slows the movie to a grinding halt and it stops being anything remotely resembling an adventure film. This is the first Michael Jecks book that I've read, and it's the start of the Knights Templar series.
Yep, this is the masterplan that sets the miniseries's plot in motion. A roller coaster ride from beginning to end and some laugh out loud humour and romantic interest nicely worked into the script. Still, though I don't think the novel was as good as it could have been, I found it became more involving as it went on. Last Templar had a dreadful beginning. I also like the fact that the author himself has earned a reputation for helping new authors to get published, perhaps having learned some lessons himself along the way. In any case, Sorvino plays Tess, the daughter of an archeologist who exists in a dream world, in this miniseries. Michael Jecks is a popular speaker at literary festivals and historical meetings.
Perhaps I should have persevered from the beginning — too late now. No daggers out of four, and I'm pretty sure Jecks owes me a dagger for actually finishing the book. No neat sword fights but heaps of mud and piled up corpses. The miniseries is produced by. To view it, I usually love medieval mysteries, but this was a bit of a disappointment. I enjoyed this book alot as I found the story easier to follow than later novels,probably because there were fewer characters.