Review of “The Templar Archive”

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“The Templar Archive” eBook was published in 2016 (September) and was written by James Becker (http://www.james-becker.com/  a terrible web site as it requires Flash to operate). Mr. Becker has published 11 novels.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is mostly set in France and Switzerland. The primary characters are antiquarian bookseller Robin Jessop and computer expert David Mallory.

This is the second volume of the “Lost Treasure of the Templars” series and picks up a short time after that novel ends. Using clues discovered in the first book, Jessop and Mallory travel to France to pursue their findings. What they find in Notre Dame Cathedral sends them to Switzerland.

Following them are members of the Dominican Order from whom they barely escaped from in the first book of the series. Not only are they faced with these killers, but another group has become interested in them as well.

The problem solving skills of Jessop and Mallory are stretched by the puzzles they are faced with. They must also avoid the Dominicans sent to kill them.

This was an enjoyable 7+ hour read of this 478 page Thriller. This was not the best book of the problem solving adventure genre that I have read, but it was decent. I think that one problem that I had was that most of the villains were not very evil. The author did keep the pace moving along well. The cover is OK though I am not sure what aspect of the story it is supposed to convey since Jessop and Mallory were in caves not stone tunnels. I give this novel a 7 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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