The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry, Ballantine Books 2006 hardcover, spy/thriller, 1st in Cotton Malone series.
I subscribe to Mystery Scene magazine, and Berry is on the cover of the current issue. Not having read any of his books, I thought I’d try this first in his long-running series featuring Cotton Malone, ex Justice Department operative and antiquarian bookseller.
“Two forces are vying to find the ancient treasure of the Templars.” is the blurb. I’m only about 40 pages in, so I have no opinion at this stage.
Have you read any books by Berry? Did you enjoy them? What have you been reading lately?
I tried one about ten years ago and couldn’t finish it. I found it poorly written.
I’ll have to say that so far the writing hasn’t struck me as good or bad. Maybe I’m not paying attention, Steve, I’ve had trouble concentrating lately.
Nope. Don’t know him.
Just read THE OVERNIGHT KIDNAPPER by Andrea Camilleri, the latest (#22, I think) in the Insp. Salvo Montalbano series, set in Sicily. This could be the darkest one yet, with less of the usual humor I enjoy. Still, well worth your time, though I’d start at the beginning of the series.
I also read CARELESS LOVE, Peter Robinson’s latest in the Supt. Alan Banks series, and better than a couple of recent ones, I thought. I’m reading DARK CITY LIGHTS: NEW YORK STORIES, an anthology edited by Lawrence Block. I won’t mention others now because I’m not sure which of the things I’ve started I will continue with. We’re leaving for New Orleans on Thursday so I doubt I will get a lot of reading done in the next week.
I have read the first three Camillari books, and Barbara is much further along and enjoying them. Have a good time in New Orleans, what’s your plan?
No plans, other than spending all day Saturday with our friend Deb and her family, plus eating and walking around. We’ll be there from Thursday evening to Tuesday afternoon.
Rick, I haven’t read any of his books but have several lying around here. Maybe someday.
Books finished this week included Collins and SchWartz’s CAPONE AND THE UNTOUCHABLE, Philip Jose Farmer’s THE GREEN ODYSSEY (my FFB), Dennis Whetley’s horror anthology UNCANNY TALES 2, and Raina Telegemeier’s thought-provoking YA graphic novel GHOSTS.
My current book is THE BATTERED BADGE, a Nero Wolfe mystery by Robert Goldsborough. His earliest takes on Wolfe left me flat but he now seems to be channeling Rex Stout.
It’s been a slow reading week for me between having our six-year-old grandson over for three days and cursing out our recalcitrant 2010 Kia Forte. One was a lot of fun, the other wasn’t.
Hope your garden is bursting with May flowers! Have a great week.
I found the first of Goldsborough’s Wolfe books to be inferior to Stout’s. I haven’t tried any of the others. Yes, the garden is looking good, with more to come.
I read The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry over a decade ago. It was just okay. I haven’t read any more Steve Berry books since. After reading Jerry House’s excellent FFB review of THE GREEN ODYSSEY–and failing to locate my copy of the book–I bought another copy of Philip Jose Farmer’s first published novel. I hope to read it soon. Like the Meyersons, we’ll be traveling this week so I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done.
Gee, everyone’s getting on the road. Have a good time!
Rick, we’re just flying to the Big Apple. But Katie is in Mexico City and Patrick is attending a GOOGLE conference in Scotland. They are the real travelers!
THE WIDOWERS NOTEBOOK by Jonathan Santlofer. I am going to DC next week to visit my brother and some friends. I haven’t read Berry, Then in two weeks, we are going to Toronto to watch Megan showrun DARE ME. That should be fun.
Am finishing up Metropolis by Philip Kerr who unfortunately passed away last year. On hand is the new Allen Esken The Shadows We Hide.
I am behind. Last mystery I finished was Cards on the Table by Christie and I read On the Beach by Nevil Shute. I enjoyed both. Now reading a spy novel, Spook Street by Mick Herron.
I have been reading about historical mysteries recently and Steve Berry was mentioned, but have not read any of his books.
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