Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A short review

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A friend loaned me The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury. She told me it was her favorite mystery novel.

I found it to be kind of routine. Written in 2005, it is one of those books that tries to hook onto the popularity of The Da Vinci Code.

The plot begins with the spectacular robbery of a display of the never-before-seen treasures of the Vatican. It continues from there with a long chase to find what turns out to be a lost codex. That codex, if it is authentic, would invalidate the basis of orthodox Christian faith, the belief in the resurrection and divinity of Jesus.

The book ends with an interesting twist.

I'm always intrigued by what novel writers claim most people don't know. In this book, chapters 67 and 68 contain an explanation of things which I think are relatively common knowledge. One of the villains explains that the four gospels were written a generation after the death of Jesus, that they were chosen for the Bible from among a whole host of choices, and that much of what Christians believe is doctrine actually came out of internecine fighting in the church. He says those church doctrines were set in stone at Nicaea.

Supposedly those claims undermine one of the main character's faith.

In the end, the two main characters have to decide what to do with the codex if they find it. After all, it is a threat to all the faith.

If you like mystery novels with a lot of religious-based action (this one climaxes at sea in one whopper of a storm), you should really enjoy this book. Otherwise, it seemed kind of silly to me.

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