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Reviewer June Maffin:Living on an island in British Columbia, Canada, Dr. Maffin is a neophyte organic gardener, eclectic reader, ordained minister (Anglican/Episcopal priest) and creative spirituality writer/photographer with a deep zest for life. Previously, she has been grief counselor, broadcaster, teacher, journalist, television host, chaplain and spiritual director with an earned doctorate in Pastoral Care (medical ethics i.e. euthanasia focus). Presently an educator, freelance editor, blogger, and published author of three books, her most recent (Soulistry-Artistry of the Soul: Creative Ways to Nurture your Spirituality) has been published in e-book as well as paperback format and a preview can be viewed on YouTube videos. Founder of Soulistry™ she continues to lead a variety of workshops and retreats connecting spirituality with creativity and delights in a spirituality of play. You can find out more about June by clicking on her Web Site.






 
By June Maffin
Published on January 5, 2011
 

Author: Paul Christopher
Publisher: Signet Book  
ISBN: 978-0-451-23190-1


Murder of a Pope, an underground society built upon a medieval order, the potential assassination of the American President and subsequent overthrow of the US government combine to make The Templar Conspiracy by Paul Christopher a must-read for readers of political intrigue.


 


Author: Paul Christopher
Publisher: Signet Book  
ISBN: 978-0-451-23190-1

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Murder of a Pope, an underground society built upon a medieval order, the potential assassination of the American President and subsequent overthrow of the US government combine to make The Templar Conspiracy by Paul Christopher a must-read for readers of political intrigue.
 
“If you get enough insane people together who’re still fighting the Civil War, it changes from insanity to political conspiracy” says Army Ranger John Holliday who, with his niece Peggy Blackstock find themselves entwined in a fascinating plot that begins on a snowy Christmas Day in Rome near St. Peter’s Basilica.
 
The plot begins slowly - a bit too slowly and predictably for this reader’s liking. But then the plot moves – and moves well.  When one considers the political climate in today’s world and in particular the United States, the book’s plot releases fear in the reader as an ‘it’s-all-too-possible-today’ realization set in.  Flashbacks to Lee Harvey Oswald, the conspiracy theories revolving around President Kennedy’s assassination, and other historical events are a continual reminder that the plot of the book is not out of the realm of ‘it could happen here and now.’  Recent political events and controversial people (Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, John McCain) are interwoven in the plot begging thoughtful reader-response to two questions ... “Who are the patriots?  Who are the traitors?” ... questions that are not just relevant for the book but are relevant for today’s world as well.
 
A gold coin, a vineyard, the Abbey School, Boris Karloff’s apartment, the Templar Notebook, the CIA, the RCMP, and a high speed on-ice chase of a snowmobile by an iceboat all have their place and purpose as the intriguing book unfolds.  The introduction of the Rex Deus bloodline (whose centuries-old philosophy of blending-in with the surrounding culture and religion while maintaining secrecy of their beliefs and rituals) raises ongoing questions about the Templar tradition, the transformation of medieval mason guilds into today’s Freemasonry fraternal society, and its possible political involvement in present-day society.
 
Characters like Hannu Hancock whose belief that “I am the avatar of destiny and history will absolve me” eerily remind the reader of Hitler, Stalin, Rasputin, Castro who also believed that they “never failed … never made mistakes.”  This is a book that challenges readers to think about the “what if’s” of today’s political arena and the wisdom of taking pundits at their word without serious consideration of the Buddha’s words “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
 
The book's climactic conclusion arrives.  But just when the reader thinks "the end", there is more.  And this becomes a tantalizing preface to the author’s next book in the Templar series.  Very clever bit of promotional writing by a talented novel series author.

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