Get Your Free Audiobook

The Templar Legacy

A Novel
Narrated by: Paul Michael
Series: Cotton Malone, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

Non-member price: $58.49

After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was, and its true nature could change the modern world.

Cotton Malone, one-time top operative for the U.S. Justice Department, is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen when an unexpected call to action reawakens his hair-trigger instincts and plunges him back into the cloak-and-dagger world he thought he'd left behind.

It begins with a violent robbery attempt on Cotton's former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, who's far from home on a mission that has nothing to do with national security. Armed with vital clues to a series of centuries-old puzzles scattered across Europe, she means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and fortune-hunters through the ages by finding the legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to have been lost forever when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the 14th century. But she's not alone. Competing for the historic prize, and desperate for the crucial information Stephanie possesses, is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with an army of assassins at his command.

Welcome or not, Cotton seeks to even the odds in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the more he realizes that even more than lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees.

©2006 Steve Berry (P)2006 Books on Tape

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    19
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    25
  • 4 Stars
    10
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    19
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Not for the faint-hearted.

1st - Paul Michael is an xcellent narrator. His accents are excellent and his pronunciation of French words is spot on.

This is a very thought provoking story extremely well researched and delivered with panache. I look forward to many more by Steve Berry.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Gripping plot

Great adventure story with some interesting questions to ponder. Gripping plot. Make a great movie.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

my new favourite duo

steve berry and paul michael..what a team! thoroughly enjoyable story read by a voice i could listen to forever.

EDIT....why? Why in the second book is there a different narrator...Scott Brick is destroying it :( im only three chapters in and i want to cut off my ears :(

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • JD
  • 17-07-2018

Enthralling!

The story which has been built upon embellished accounts of the knights of the templar, is enthralling. There is truth and there is fiction and thus is a combination of both keeping you guessing as to whether what you're hearing could be true or not.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Gavin
  • Gavin
  • 14-04-2013

Can't wait for the new Dan Brown?

I was looking to see when the next installment in the Robert Lagdon series was due and discovered Steve Berry and his Cotton Mallone series. Cotton is a Robert Langdon meets Jason Bourne type of character so you can expect a lot more action than you find in Dan Browns novels but with the same mix of puzzles based on a mix of fact and fiction to keep the consparacy theorists entertained. The book contains a great cast of supporting characters some of whom you can expect to meet again later in the series and they are excellently portrayed by Paul Michael who has also narrated on the Dan Brown novels. Really enjoyed this book and have gone straight on to book 2!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Salter
  • Salter
  • 11-03-2015

Simply fantastic!

Fantastic story. If you like Dan Brown then this is for you.
Paul Michael delivers another perfect performance too.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Yury
  • Yury
  • 07-04-2014

decent story, disappointing performance

Is there anything you would change about this book?

change the narrator

Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Michael’s performances?

I have always been disappointed by Paul Michael's narration - even since Dan Brown's books. I just don't understand why the production companies choose him to read those books.
All his characters always speak in the same phlegmatic tone - both on the death bed and in the heat of a fight. His attempts at French accent are awful. And the whole narrative is monotonous and unengaging .

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes, I think that could be interesting

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Bendik
  • Bendik
  • 09-04-2013

Worth the time

I bought this audiobook after searching for authors similar to Dan Brown, and i really have to say i enjoy his style of writing. It differs from Dan Brown in the way that his stories are more down to earth. This makes everything more easy to relate to. I definitely gonna buy his next book in the Cotton Malone series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for SuzeC
  • SuzeC
  • 26-11-2015

Great story that makes you think and learn

I have flirted with the Christian faith over the years and struggled with it. Listening to this well narrated book, with some fiction and some truths, has made me understand my struggle. Great book

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Bushcraft For Kids
  • Bushcraft For Kids
  • 23-12-2012

great Read

This is a great book. Steve Berry is a great author and I have found all his books excellent and this is no exception.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for michael
  • michael
  • 26-02-2018

OK, but not as good as I expected.

Would you try another book written by Steve Berry or narrated by Paul Michael?

I liked the idea of the story, but got bored in places and drifted off.
It was a dissappintment in the end for me.
Sorry.
Will not try another rof his books.

Would you be willing to try another book from Steve Berry? Why or why not?

No, I believe there are better story tellers out there for the money.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Liked the idea of the plot, a bit like Dan Brown.

Do you think The Templar Legacy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

Any additional comments?

Sorry, just not for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for steven
  • steven
  • 02-06-2015

An excellent story well told

A very well researched and executed novel, bringing new life to the Templar legacy. The story is written in such a way as to make all quite plausible, without any of the Hollywood nonsense.
I particularly enjoyed the way the life of Christ and the resurrection are portrayed. The writers note at the end was a good addition, as it specified the facts, the inspiration, and the artistic license.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for A. Swithinbank
  • A. Swithinbank
  • 31-03-2019

excellent and gripping story

Excellent and gripping story.
aesy listening and well read. Leaves you curious to find out more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Koshk
  • Koshk
  • 29-12-2018

Not quite the Da Vinci code.

Lots of overlap with Dan Brown but the central character is more action based. I've already bought some more in the series but would recommend you try before you you buy.......

1 of 1 people found this review helpful