The Last Templar Grand Master
Historical / adventure thriller.
A medieval Bourne Identity story. A Templar knight must discover the secret of his order before he’s condemned to hell.
By 1307, the Templars were the saviors of Europe, had the world’s largest standing army, created the first international banking system, protected the powerless and innocent, and answered only to the Pope.
But on October 13 – Friday the 13th – the reason the day is unlucky – France arrested the Templars for heresy, setting off one of the largest manhunts and travesties of justice the world has ever known…
A young sailor, Elias de Catalan joins the Templar religious order (think: medieval Jedi), to serve mankind, only to be condemned to hell unless he can discover the Templars’ dark secret.
On October 13, 1307, the King of France arrests the Templars for heresy. Templar Grand Master Molay is taken captive, but not before sending 18 ships out of La Rochelle. Only Elias misses the boat!
The Templars are tortured into confessing to heresy, sodomy and the worship of a demon known as Baphomet. This sets off a worldwide hunt for the remaining knights!
But Elias devises his own strategy. He conceals his identity, and convinces France that he can find the ships and Baphomet before the Church’s Council of Vienne, where the Templars’ fate will be decided.
At each port Elias is hounded by the king’s spies and assassins, and each clue makes the Templars appear more guilty. Elias must trust a mysterious woman, make new alliances, sail into enemy waters, and hunt down and possibly killing his brothers – anything to find the truth before the church is forced to condemn them all to hell.