By Steve Berry
The traditional order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute energy over kings and popes . . . till the Inquisition, after 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's not in any respect what they suggestion it was–and its actual nature may well swap the fashionable world.
Cotton Malone, one-time best operative for the U.S. Justice division, is having fun with his quiet new existence as an antiquarian booklet broker in Copenhagen while an unforeseen name to motion reawakens his hair-trigger instincts–and plunges him again into the cloak-and-dagger international he notion he’d left behind.
It starts with a violent theft try on Cotton’s former manager, Stephanie Nelle, who’s faraway from domestic on a venture that has not anything to do with nationwide safety. Armed with important clues to a chain of centuries-old puzzles scattered throughout Europe, she potential to crack a secret that has tantalized students and fortune-hunters during the a while via discovering the mythical cache of wealth and forbidden wisdom suggestion to were misplaced endlessly whilst the order of the Knights Templar was once exterminated within the fourteenth century. yet she’s no longer on my own. Competing for the historical prize–and determined for the the most important info 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 historic conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the extra he realizes that much more than lives are at stake. on the finish of a deadly online game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for strength, lies a shattering discovery which could rock the civilized world–and, within the unsuitable fingers, convey it to its knees.
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I've got studied the contents of this chest. It encompasses a human cranium, thighbones, and a white burial shroud. Curious, no? ” He was once now not approximately to assert something. as a substitute, he considered the phrases each postulant had uttered while welcomed into the Order. i'm going to undergo all that's unique to God. “Many of your brothers have informed us how these things have been used. ” Imbert shook his head. “So disgusting has your Order turn into. ” He’d had sufficient. “We solution purely to our pope, as servants to the servant of God. He on my own judges us. ” “Your pope is topic to my liege lord. he'll no longer prevent. ” It used to be real. The pope’s emissaries had made transparent they might express de Molay’s recanting of his confession, yet they doubted it'll make a lot distinction as to the Templar’s destiny. “Strip him,” Imbert ordered. The smock he’d worn because the day after his arrest used to be torn from his physique. He wasn’t unavoidably unhappy to determine it cross, because the filthy textile smelled of feces and urine. yet Rule forbid any brother from displaying his physique. He knew the Inquisition most well-liked its sufferers naked—without pride—so he instructed himself to not lessen from Imbert’s insulting act. His fifty-six-year-old body nonetheless possessed nice stature. like several brother knights, he’d handled himself. He stood tall, clung to his dignity, and evenly requested, “Why needs to I be humiliated? ” “Whatever do you suggest? ” The query carried an air of incredulousness. “This room used to be a spot of worship, but you strip me and stare at my nakedness, realizing that the brothers frown on such monitors. ” Imbert reached down, hinged open the chest, and got rid of an extended twill textile. “Ten fees were leveled opposed to your necessary Order. ” De Molay knew all of them. They ranged from ignoring the sacraments, to worshiping idols, to benefiting from immoral acts, to condoning homosexuality. “The one who is of so much problem to me,” Imbert acknowledged, “is your requirement that every brother deny that Christ is our Lord and that he spit and trample at the actual pass. considered one of your brothers has even advised us of the way a few might piss on a picture of our Lord Jesus at the pass. Is that real? ” “Ask that brother. ” “Unfortunately, he was once overmatched through his ordeal. ” De Molay acknowledged not anything. “My king and His Holiness have been extra disturbed through this one cost than all others. absolutely, as a guy born into the Church, one can find how they might be angered over your denial of Christ as our Savior? ” “I wish to communicate in basic terms to my pope. ” Imbert motioned, and the 2 guards clamped shackles onto either one of de Molay’s wrists, then stepped again and stretched out his palms with little regard for his tattered muscle mass. Imbert produced a multi-tailed whip from underneath his gown. The ends clinked and de Molay observed that every was once tipped with bone. Imbert lashed the whip underneath the outstretched hands and onto de Molay’s naked again. The discomfort surged via him then receded, abandoning a sharpness that didn't boring. earlier than the flesh had time to get better, one other blow got here, then one other. De Molay didn't want to provide Imbert any idea of delight, however the ache overcame him and he shrieked in pain.