Seven hundred years ago, in a time of war and betrayal, Europe’s greatest hoard of treasure and religious works disappeared. The men who guarded its secret simply vanished into history.
In Europe today, Cassiter is a sadistic killer and criminal contractor – a master of his craft. His team is searching for something secret, something very old and with a value beyond gold. His client wants results, only results.
Sam Cameron, a former army officer turned archaeology lecturer, leads his students on a fieldtrip to the coast of Fife. Helen Johnson goes too. A junior church minister and independent spirit, her yearlong exchange trip to Scotland is going well – life feels good.
Meanwhile, the apparently random and brutal killing of a retired church minister has sent shockwaves through the communities he once served.
Far from that turmoil, Sam and Helen’s summer takes an exciting turn with a find in the dunes. What are these mystery objects? What is their connection to the Knights Templar?
But suddenly, others are asking the same questions and the thrill of discovery is swept away in a rage of violence and death. Helen and Sam must draw on all their skills and experience to solve an ancient mystery and find how it links to the murdered minister. In a race for answers, their lives and the lives of those they hold dear are in the balance.
Failure means death. Success will answer the greatest unresolved mystery of the medieval world.
The Temple Legacy Q & As
Where did the idea come from?
I live in a part of the world that’s steeped in history and the Templars are part of that history. The mystery surrounding the Templars and their abrupt ending has always intrigued me. In particular, what happened to their vast wealth and that fabled hoard of religious artefacts? It all just suddenly faded away into history. The Temple Legacy sets out on a journey to provide the answers.
There are some quite violent scenes.
Yes, it’s perhaps worth mentioning here that I have an interest in the seemingly perpetual conflict between good and bad, or evil. In the book, I specifically set out to draw on that continuing conflict as a key device in the story. Evil is often, though not exclusively, represented through violence and I use that. I really wanted to highlight the lengths to which evil will go in order to achieving its aims.
Now, after revisiting the work, I find I can be a little unsettled at the extent of the violence perpetrated by some of the villains. However, I won’t change it, it’s necessary to demonstrate just how cruel some humans can be and it accentuates the jeopardy faced by the characters in the story.
It’s also worth noting, cruel as the villains in The Temple Legacy may be, evil people live and breathe and commit equal and worse acts every day. We live in a violent world and it seems that, in many respects, evil is gradually gaining the upper hand again. The western bubble that shields so many of us from the extremes of violence, and its imagery too, is starting to wear quite thin. It’s important for everyone that each of us stands against evil whenever we find it.