By Steve Berry

The traditional order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute strength 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 realized that it isn't in any respect what they concept it was–and its precise nature may perhaps switch the trendy world.

Cotton Malone, one-time most sensible operative for the U.S. Justice division, is having fun with his quiet new lifestyles as an antiquarian publication broker in Copenhagen whilst an unforeseen name to motion reawakens his hair-trigger instincts–and plunges him again into the cloak-and-dagger global he suggestion 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 challenge that has not anything to do with nationwide defense. Armed with very important clues to a sequence of centuries-old puzzles scattered throughout Europe, she ability to crack a secret that has tantalized students and fortune-hunters during the a long time through discovering the mythical cache of wealth and forbidden wisdom proposal to were misplaced ceaselessly while the order of the Knights Templar was once exterminated within the fourteenth century. yet she’s no longer by myself. Competing for the old 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 now not, 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 video 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 incorrect arms, deliver it to its knees.

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An engine roared and he observed a motorboat shoot out from less than the a long way aspect of the bridge and velocity away, towards the north. He raised his gun to fireplace, yet a muzzle flash signaled she used to be firing, too. He lunged flat to extra rainy stone. The boat dissolved out of variety. Who used to be that vixen? sincerely, she knew what he used to be, even though no longer who he was once considering she’d now not pointed out him. She additionally it appears understood the importance of the e-book and the magazine. most crucial, she knew his each circulation. He got here to his toes and stepped underneath the bridge, out of the rain, the place the boat have been moored. She’d additionally deliberate a smart break out. He used to be approximately to climb again up, utilizing an iron ladder affixed to the bridge’s external, while anything within the darkness stuck his cognizance. He bent down. A publication lay at the soaked stone underneath the overpass. He introduced it with regards to his eyes, straining to determine what the damp pages contained, and skim some of the phrases. Lars Nelle’s laptop. She’d misplaced it in the course of her hasty retreat. He smiled. He now possessed a part of the puzzle—not all, yet probably enough—and he knew accurately how one can study the remainder. THIRTY-SEVEN Malone opened his eyes, confirmed his sore neck, and made up our minds not anything appeared damaged. He massaged the swollen muscular tissues along with his open palm and shook off the consequences of being subconscious. He glanced at his watch. 11 twenty PM. He’d been out approximately an hour. Stephanie lay a number of ft away. He crawled towards her, lifted her head, and lightly shook her. She blinked her eyes and attempted to target him. “That hurt,” she muttered. “Tell me approximately it. ” He stared round the expansive corridor. outdoors, the rain had slackened. “We have to get out of right here. ” “What approximately our pals? ” “If they sought after us useless, we'd be. i believe they’re via with us. they've got the pc, the magazine, and Claridon. We’re pointless. ” He spotted the gun mendacity within reach and motioned. “That’s what sort of danger they suspect we're. ” Stephanie rubbed her head. “This used to be a foul thought, Cotton. I must have by no means reacted after that computer was once despatched to me. If I hadn’t referred to as Ernst Scoville, he’d most likely nonetheless be alive. and that i must have by no means concerned you. ” “I think I insisted. ” He slowly got here to his ft. “We have to depart. at some point soon cleansing group of workers need to come via the following. and that i don’t consider like answering any police questions. ” He helped Stephanie up. “Thanks, Cotton. For every thing. I savour all that you just did. ” “You make it sound like this can be over. ” “It is for me. no matter what Lars and Mark have been searching for will simply need to be stumbled on by means of someone else. I’m going domestic. ” “What approximately Claridon? ” “What do we do? we haven't any inspiration who took him or the place he should be. And what could we inform the police? The Knights Templar have abducted an inmate from an area asylum? Get genuine. I’m afraid he’s on his personal. ” “We recognize the woman’s name,” he acknowledged. “Claridon pointed out it used to be Cassiopeia Vitt. He advised us the place she is. Givors. shall we locate her. ” “And do what? Thank her for saving our hides? i feel she’s on her personal, too, and greater than able to dealing with herself.

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