By Steve Berry

The traditional order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute energy over kings and popes . . . until eventually the Inquisition, once they have been wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches misplaced. yet now forces vying for the treasure have discovered that it isn't in any respect what they inspiration it was–and its real nature might swap the trendy world.

Cotton Malone, one-time best operative for the U.S. Justice division, is having fun with his quiet new existence as an antiquarian publication broker in Copenhagen while an unforeseen name to motion reawakens his hair-trigger instincts–and plunges him again into the cloak-and-dagger global he proposal he’d left behind.

It starts off with a violent theft try out on Cotton’s former manager, Stephanie Nelle, who’s faraway from domestic on a challenge that has not anything to do with nationwide safety. Armed with very important clues to a sequence of centuries-old puzzles scattered throughout Europe, she skill to crack a secret that has tantalized students and fortune-hunters in the course of the a while through discovering the mythical cache of wealth and forbidden wisdom idea to were misplaced endlessly while the order of the Knights Templar was once exterminated within the fourteenth century. yet she’s now not by myself. Competing for the historical prize–and determined for the an important details Stephanie possesses–is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with a military of assassins at his command.

Welcome or no longer, Cotton seeks to even the percentages within the perilous race. however the extra he learns concerning the historical conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the extra he realizes that much more than lives are at stake. on the finish of a deadly video game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for energy, lies a shattering discovery which can rock the civilized world–and, within the flawed fingers, carry it to its knees.

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The pedestrians-only road out entrance used to be abandoned. lots of the district’s many cafés and eating places have been blocks away—this a part of the Strøget closed for the evening. After tending to his ultimate chores, he deliberate to go away Denmark. His actual description, besides these of his compatriots, had now probably been bought from witnesses within the cathedral. So it was once vital that they linger now not than beneficial. He’d introduced all 4 of his subordinates from Roskilde with him and deliberate to oversee each aspect in their motion. There’d been sufficient improvising for at some point, a few of which had expense the lifetime of one in every of his males past on the around Tower. He didn't want to lose a person else. of his males have been already scouting the rear of the book place. the opposite stood prepared at his facet. lighting fixtures burned at the building’s best ground. sturdy. He and the landlord had to speak. Malone grabbed a vitamin Pepsi from the fridge and walked down 4 flights of stairs to the floor ground. His store stuffed the complete construction, the 1st flooring for books and clients, the following for garage, the fourth a small condo that he known as domestic. He’d grown acquainted with the cramped residing area, having fun with it much better than the two-thousand-square-foot apartment he’d as soon as owned in north Atlanta. Its sale final 12 months, for a bit over 300 thousand funds, had netted him sixty thousand money to speculate into his new lifestyles, one provided to him by means of, as Stephanie had early chided, his new Danish benefactor, a wierd little guy named Henrik Thorvaldsen. A stranger fourteen months in the past, now his closest pal. They’d attached from the start, the older guy seeing within the more youthful something—what, Malone used to be by no means yes, yet something—and their first assembly in Atlanta one wet Thursday night had sealed either one of their futures. Stephanie had insisted he take a month off after the trial of 3 defendants in Mexico City—which concerned overseas drug smuggling and the execution-style homicide of a DEA manager who occurred to be a private buddy of the president of the United States—had ended in carnage. jogging again to court docket in the course of a lunch holiday, Malone were stuck within the crossfire of an assassination, an act absolutely unrelated to the trial, yet whatever he’d attempted to prevent. He’d come domestic with a bullet wound to his left shoulder. the ultimate tally from the shooting—seven lifeless, 9 injured, one of many lifeless a tender Danish diplomat named Cai Thorvaldsen. “I got here to talk with you in person,” Henrik Thorvaldsen had acknowledged. They have been sitting in Malone’s den. His shoulder damage like hell. He didn’t hassle to invite how Thorvaldsen had situated him, or how the older guy knew that he understood Danish. “My son was once worthwhile to me,” Thorvaldsen stated. “When he joined our diplomatic corps i used to be extremely joyful. He requested for the project to Mexico urban. He used to be a scholar of the Aztecs. He might have made a helpful member of our Parliament in the future. A statesman. ” A swirl of first impressions raced via Malone’s brain.

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