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Cabal of The Westford Knight: Templars at the Newport Tower

Templars in America Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Ryan Burke
Series: Templars in America Series, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins

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A modern-day adventure-mystery based on artifacts left by Templar Knights during a secret mission to North America in 1398.

Attorney Cameron Thorne is thrust into a bloody tug-of-war involving secret societies, treasure hunters, and keepers of the secrets of the Jesus bloodline. Joined by Amanda, an enchanting British researcher with secrets of her own, Cam races around New England with only two choices - unravel the 600-year-old mysteries encoded in the ancient artifacts, or die trying.

©2008 David S. Brody (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Rob
  • 29-03-19

So very long...

I feel that this novel could have been much more appealing. The author sets the romatic adventure in the context of the contested history of visits to continental USA by by various Europeans prior to Columbus. This has the great potential. However, he saw a need to give us an in-depth education on the topic and so it goes on and on with the central characters discussing all of the details in what was to me endless tedium. We get the ideas! Enough already.
There is also a character designed to be sceptical of the history and thus show the great determination of the good guys to keep moving the plot forward. But he is written to be so implacably stupid that his role wears very thin.
There are mysterious bad guys trying to stop the hero and heroin and their assorted helpful incidental characters. That does add some excitement to the story. At least that don't talk as much as the good guys.
An additional problem for me is that Mr Brody's writing includes aspects such as "He laughed. Heh! Heh!". ( I made this example up here on the fly but the example is valid.) When read in an audio performance, it sounds unintentionally comical. Mr Brody, you can say "He laughed." Nothing more. Again, we get the idea.
The performer does his best and, to me, is suprisingly succesful at being a young English woman.
Following on from hearing some of the Elly Griffiths series where the author writes like an angel, 12 hours of the Templars vs Rome feels way to long.

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  • Geeg
  • 28-04-19

The narrator makes or breaks an audible book.

Can't finish the book, the female voice is cringe worthy. The narrator is fine with the male characters, needed a female to read the Amanda portions.

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