By Steve Berry

The traditional order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute energy over kings and popes . . . until eventually 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 realized that it's not in any respect what they idea it was–and its real nature may perhaps swap the fashionable world.

Cotton Malone, one-time best operative for the U.S. Justice division, is having fun with his quiet new lifestyles as an antiquarian e-book 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 on Cotton’s former manager, Stephanie Nelle, who’s faraway from domestic on a challenge that has not anything to do with nationwide protection. Armed with important clues to a chain of centuries-old puzzles scattered throughout Europe, she skill to crack a secret that has tantalized students and fortune-hunters during the a while through discovering the mythical cache of wealth and forbidden wisdom idea to were misplaced eternally whilst the order of the Knights Templar used to be exterminated within the fourteenth century. yet she’s no longer on my own. Competing for the old prize–and determined for the an 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 historical 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 that can rock the civilized world–and, within the flawed palms, carry it to its knees.

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The guy whirled and leveled his gun. Malone dove towards a collection of steps that ended in one other room jutting from the cathedral and rolled down part a dozen stone risers. 3 bullets smacked off the partitions above him. Malone scampered again up, able to go back fireplace, yet leather-based Jacket used to be 100 ft away, working towards the rear vestibule, turning for the opposite part of the church. Malone got here to his ft and trotted ahead. “Stephanie,” he known as out. “Here, Cotton. ” He observed his outdated boss look on the some distance aspect of the chapel. She walked towards him, a stony expression unfold over her calm face. Sirens may be heard outdoor. “I recommend we get out of here,” he acknowledged. “There are going to be loads of questions and i've the sensation you’re not likely to wish to reply to any of them. ” “You obtained that correct. ” She brushed by way of him. He used to be almost about to signify that they use one of many different exits whilst the most doorways have been flung open and uniformed police swarmed within. He nonetheless held his gun and so they noticed it instantly. ft have been planted and automated guns raised. He and Stephanie iced over. “Hen til den landskab. Nu,” got here the command. To the floor. Now. “What do they need us to do? ” Stephanie requested. Malone dropped his gun and began right down to his knees. “Nothing reliable. ” SEVEN Raymond de Roquefort stood open air the cathedral, past the circle of onlookers, and watched the unfolding drama. He and his affiliates had dissolved into the net of shadows solid by way of the thick timber that rose throughout from the cathedral plaza. He’d controlled to slide out an aspect door and retreat simply because the police stormed the most front. not anyone looked as if it would detect him. The professionals might, for the instant, be considering Stephanie Nelle and Cotton Malone. it might be awhile earlier than witnesses defined different males with weapons. He was once accustomed to these kind of occasions and knew how calm heads continually prevailed. So he instructed himself to chill. His males needs to understand that he used to be up to speed. front of the brick cathedral was once awash with strobing purple and white mild. extra police arrived, and he marveled how a city of Roskilde’s dimension possessed loads legislations enforcement. humans have been flooding over from the within sight major plaza. the total scene was once speedy turning chaotic. Which used to be ideal. He’d regularly came across super freedom of circulation inside chaos, supplied he managed the chaos. He confronted the 2 who’d been with him contained in the church. “Are you injured? ” he requested the only who’d been shot. the guy peeled again his jacket and confirmed him how the physique armor had performed its task. “Just sore. ” From the group he observed his final acolytes emerge—the ones he’d despatched to the public sale. They’d stated via their radios that Stephanie Nelle had now not prevailed within the bidding. So he’d ordered them to ship her his approach. He’d suggestion maybe she should be intimidated, however the attempt had failed. Worse, he’d drawn loads of awareness to his actions. yet that was once due to Cotton Malone. His males had noticed Malone on the public sale, so he’d urged them to detain him whereas he spoke with Stephanie Nelle.

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