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The Last Templar chapter 1 The Last Templar, meaning The Last Templar, genre The Last Templar, book cover The Last Templar, flies The Last Templar, The Last Templar 94db87f3ccb9c The Knights Templar They Had All Joined Taking Three Vows Poverty, Chastity, And Obedience For They Were Monks Warrior Monks, Dedicated To The Protection Of Pilgrims In The Holy Land Until Stories Spread By An Avaricious King Who Wanted Their Wealth For His Own Destroyed The OrderThere Was One Knight However, Who Escaped The Stake, Vowing Justice As He Watched His Innocent Brother DieIn The Service Of The LordSimon Puttock Has Not Been A Bailiff Of Lydford Castle Long In This Year Of When He Is Called To A Nearby Village To Examine A Burned Out Cottage And The Dead Body Within But It Is The Newly Arrived Knight, Sir Baldwin Furnshill, Who Discerns The Deceased Was No Victim Of A Tragic Mishap He Was, In Fact, Murdered Prior To The Blaze Simon Would Be Well Served By Accepting Further Assistance From This Astute, Though Haunted And Secretive Stranger For A Second Fatal Burning Indicates That Some Harsh Evil Has Invaded This Once Peaceful Place, And Its Hunger Has Yet To Be Sated


10 thoughts on “The Last Templar

  1. says:

    It is hard to be objective as a writer Anything you read will be measured against other books, other covers, other character sets, and of course your mood when you picked it up.However, writing objectively about your own work is harder Last Templar had a dreadful beginning A copy editor who clearly felt he knew about the history of the period than the author he didn t , and who tried to change clothing to colours that didn t exist, who put louvres in the roofs of peasant cottages, who changed dialogue made the creation of this book enormously difficult But it was the book that introduced two characters with whom I ve lived for the last twenty years or so A renegade knight and gang of outlaws made the story exciting to write, and my own financial problems while writing it only added to my feelings of affection for the book.It s a first novel The writing is not as refined as my recent books, but I am still very fond of this book It set me on a career as a novelist, after all.


  2. says:

    Although in Michael Jecks first instalment of his expansive and massive Knights Templar series, although in The Last Templar especially the two main protagonists Sir Baldwin de Furnshill a returning former Knight Templar who also has witnessed the betrayal and destruction of his order and is therefore in the first novel rather bent on revenge and Bailiff Simon Puttock are both nicely and also for the most part generally in a flattering and generally laudatory enough manner conceptualised and depicted, personally, I really and truly ended up not at all enjoying The Last Templar and mostly and primarily due to Michael Jecks writing style, or rather, because I simply could not and indeed still cannot stand the author s manner of penmanship and literary expression For aside from the fact that I have found quite a number of what I would call syntactic and grammatical gaffes and sadly not just a few minor ones, but in my opinion some rather major issues with sentence structure, misplaced negatives, prepositions etc within the pages of The Last Templar, sorry, but especially the dialogues of the presented characters, these read as though especially Simon but sadly also far too often Sir Baldwin are speaking in, are conversing in modern 20th century vernacular and slang And while of course, Michael Jecks could not have made his characters speak in Middle English which would have been the general language spoken and written in Mediaeval Britain , I also really really do not understand why the author has far far too often in my opinion made his characters talk like 20th century thugs and working class stiffs For let us face it, in the Knights Templar series, Sir Baldwin de Furnshill is nobility and even Bailiff Simon Puttock has been well enough educated, so having words like oh man and other similar types of slang and vernacular expressions so often emanate from their mouths, it truly has often taken me right out of the narrative and the time and place of the Middle Ages that is supposed to be presented in The Last Templar, leaving me at best distracted, unsatisfied and indeed, with no real desire whatsoever to in any way considerer continuing with the Knights Templar series Because yes indeed, if there is one thing that I personally cannot stand if or when I am reading historical fiction or historical mysteries, it is inauthentic and anachronistic sounding dialogue and sadly, Michael Jecks literary creations his characters in The Last Templar, to and for me, they all basically read and sound like 20th century individuals and almost as though especially Simon and Sir Baldwin had time travelled from the present to the past.


  3. says:

    I came into to this book expecting that I would have to fight not to be critical and it actually wasn t all that bad It was a debut novel for an author who has gone on to right 30 or so books in the series, and as with many debut series novels, they are learning curves for authors I am always cautious of debut novels However, you can t always judge the rest of a series based on the first I can dislike a debut and yet still move on and read the next book and I will do that with this series.I have it on very good authority that the second book in this series, and onwards from there, will be a totally different reading experience And I am only too happy, now that The Last Templar is under my belt, to read book 2 next year.I did give it three stars and, if I am going to be honest, it was mostly the long run on sentences that got in the way of me liking this book I had trouble connecting with it and I think that is why Run on sentences affect individuals differently and it does not always reflect on an authors skill Some people don t notice them, some people notice them and don t care, and some, do not like them at all I fall into that last category, unfortunately.


  4. says:

    Michael Jecks has explained on Goodreads all the problems he encountered while writing this, the first book of his Templar series I am a fan of everything to do with medieval history, and I really liked The Last Templar, especially the descriptions of the untamed English countryside, as honest subjects of the King hunt down roaming men who terrorize their countrymen He has a light, but sure, touch with the historical detail I will read the second in the series, the Merchant s Partner.


  5. says:

    I have not been reading this long series in order,but I ve read most of the books except the early ones The series is set in the reign of Edward II,and is based in the West Country,although later books are set elsewhere in England as well as France The Last Templar is unlike the later novels as it deals with local crimes,not the great affairs of state or the royal family It sets the scene for the series by introducing the characters I enjoyed this book alot as I found the story easier to follow than later novels,probably because there were fewer characters.


  6. says:

    I found the early chapters of The Last Templar to be quite hard going as Jeck takes pains to slowly set everything up and explain many aspects of medieval life Some of these are quite important to our understanding of the plot or of the characters, yet because so much of the explanation is given as description in the early chapters it almost seems to dominate the early part of the novel.I also thought it strange that Jecks signposts the events that are a key character s motivations early on in the story, significantly reducing the impact of the revelations in the book s closing chapters This turns out to be a shame as the crime that this relates to is the most striking of the set within the novel and so, to me, it became a missed opportunity.Still, though I don t think the novel was as good as it could have been, I found it became involving as it went on The main character has potential and I found his wife to be an interesting character I also appreciated the character of Sir Baldwin, though unfortunately he ends up being absent for a large section of the novel I will probably check out the second book in the series and see how the characters and series developed.


  7. says:

    It is fortunate that I read the later books in the Knights Templar series earlier and not the first one first Had that been the case I probably would not have gone back to another Jecks novel again This book gives a feeling that the author has been asked to fill up a certain number of pages and he s keeping to that When a murder mystery goes endlessly meandering describing the events real time or when the author takes time off from the main theme to wax eloquent about English countryside the reader is left clueless Agreed, this is the first book in the series and the author probably wished to establish the main characters But it is too full of Simon Puttock s reflections The plotline does not have much to say for it either It is mostly about running after literally some trail bastons and the actual detection part happens just by the way of it Very disappointing.


  8. says:

    This was, despite some faults, an enjoyable mystery The background and events are grim, but it s a quick, light read the plot is interesting, and the characters have potential The writing is often awkward, and the author seems to struggle with presenting his characters personalities coherently I understand that this is his first book and he s written many since I would definitely be willing to read another in the series with hopes that the writing becomes stronger.


  9. says:

    For some time now, I ve been looking for a new mystery series to begin I ve often seen Michael Jecks medieval series on the bookstore shelves but I never saw the first one so I kept putting it off But then a couple of weeks ago I saw The Last Templar at the store and so I used my free coupon and snatched it up Right up front I will say I enjoyed reading this book, despite some first book flaws I wish it had had a better editor but I will be reading additional books in the series as I understand they get better and better and there are at least 20 books in the series now I also like the fact that the author himself has earned a reputation for helping new authors to get published, perhaps having learned some lessons himself along the way Among the positive aspects of the novel was the writing style, an easy flowing narrative that captured the era of the 11th century without forcing the reader through a bunch of thees and thous if that is even the appropriate verbiage for that time I liked the main two characters although much of this volume seemed to be setting up the rest of the series so consequently they both need to be filled out better Among the not so good aspects was the author s inconsistent use of point of view The novel is all third person and about 90% is from one of the two main character s viewpoint But occasionally we jump to omniscient POV and get the thoughts from other characters The mystery aspects itself was fine, nothing elaborate, but since the sleuths in this story do not have modern forensic tools, etc., they are forced to rely on what their eyes tell them and use their brains to logically make conclusionsa rather refreshing change of pace So I m glad I finally began this series and am looking forward to the next entry.


  10. says:

    This is the 1st book in Michael Jecks excellent series of mysteries set in medieval England Sir Baldwin, a Knights Templar who has returned to England after the destruction of his Order, teams with his new friend, Simon Puttock, a bailiff, to solve mysterious deaths This book is not quite as well written as the rest of the series, but it is essential to give you the background of how the two men meet, and of Sir Baldwin s previous life.Jecks was a quick study as a writer and from the second book on the pacing was much better The characters are given depth and realistically portrayed And the plots are ingenious, never hackneyed I have learned a great deal about medieval times and the history of England from these books while enjoying some great yarns.


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