Sean Reilly & Tess Chaykin are fictional characters in a series of novels written by Lebanese-American novelist, Raymond Khoury. The two characters are featured in a series of thriller books titled Templar Series. Chaykin is depicted as an archeologist while Reilly works as an FBI agent. Reilly and Chaykin debuted in the publishing world in 2005 when The Last Templar the first book in Templar series was published.
Order of Templar Series
|1||The Last Templar||2006||Description / Buy|
|2||The Templar Salvation||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||The Devil's Elixir||2011||Description / Buy|
|4||Rasputin's Shadow||2013||Description / Buy|
|5||The End Game||2014||Description / Buy|
The books are written by Raymond Khoury who was a successful screenwriter before getting into writing this series. He started out working at a small architecture firm in London before going back to school and earning his MBA from European Institute of Business Administration. He returned to London to work at an investment banking firm. A chance encounter with another investment banker who wrote screenplays on the side would end up changing everything for him.
His first screenplay was a finalist for the Fulbright Fellowship in Screenwriting while his second was on the shortlist of finalists for the same award. In 1996, things really took off when he optioned the Melvyn Bragg novel, The Maid of Buttermere and adapted the screenplay which was then snapped up by Robert DeNiro. Khoury would go on to write on some hit BBC shows including Waking the Dead and Spooks, the latter being also known as MI:5.
Khoury would write The Last Templar as a screenplay, but friends encouraged him to adapt it into a novel. A friend submitted the screenplay to a publisher who offered him a six-figure deal, if he removed all religious references in the book. He declined that offer, but began doing research and working on the novel adaptation of his screenplay. The rest, as they say, is history and a great book series. The book was an immediate hit, spending 11 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The book has been translated into 38 languages in more than 40 countries with five books in the series thus far.
SEAN REILLY & TESS CHAYKIN BOOKS INTO MOVIES:
The Last Templar, the first book in Templar Series, was optioned for adaptation into a graphic novel by Dargaud, a French graphic novel publisher.
Subsequently, the same title was adapted into a four-hour Canadian miniseries which premiered on 25th and 26th January 2009 in the United States. The series stars popular movie stars such as Victor Garber, Mira Sorvino, Kenneth Welsh, Anthony Lemke and Scott Foley.
However, there are significant notable differences between the movie adaptation and the novel itself. For instance, in the film, Tess is seen pursuing the Templars on a police horse while in the book she did not but instead hid with everyone. In the book, Vance was hostile to Tess while in the film adaptation he is presented as a friend of Tess. The movies received negative critics in Turkey for misrepresenting the geo of Turkey.
BEST SEAN REILLY & TESS CHAYKIN BOOKS:
These are two best books in Templar series by Raymond Khoury, The Last Templar (2006) and The End Game (2014).
The Last Templar: The first book in Templar series is set during AD 1291 after the fall of Acre. A small group of Knights Templar leaves the city, but their ship encounters storms in the deep waters, gets damaged and sinks. One of the knights is severely wounded during the event and dies upon reaching the land and after hiding a small pouch on a gravestone. He commands the surviving members of the ship’s crew deliver an encrypted letter to the Head of the Templars.
The remaining Knight arrives in Paris in 1314, just in time to witness the Grand Master being burned after denying giving information about the whereabouts of the Templars treasure. The last Knight dedicates himself into maintaining the legend of the Templar’s threat to the Catholic Church.
The Last Templar is an enthralling and an excellent read. Khoury is a master at creating characters and plot twists that keep the readers engaged. He has offered the readers a masterpiece historical fiction surrounding the mystery of final days of the Knights Templar and the resting place of the Holy Grail.
The characters are likable and believable. Just like anyone, they have their flaws but are valiant. On the other hand, the antagonists are the underworld types who thrive on destruction, carnage, and the accumulation of wealth.
The End Game: Distinguished scientist Doctor Ralph is slow withering- and he knows that this is the right time to reveal the truth finally. For years he has kept a dark secret, so dark such that if let out, it would result in deadly consequences. Despite this, there are powerful and villainous men who are after him and will stop at nothing to silence him.
Then there is Reilly, an FBI Special agent with an agenda of his own. For months now, he has been on the hunt for the man who once kidnapped and brainwashed his 10-year old child. However, that man proves not to be an easy target- he is a highly protect CIA operative with no name, and no identity. However, nothing is going to stop Reilly from getting justice served- even if he has to break the law, he will ensure he brings the man to justice.
As the stakes keep on rising, Reilly finds himself framed for a murder he did not commit which forces him to work covertly to find the truth and also protect those he loves most. In the meantime- Reilly is being monitored, as he is getting too close to unraveling a secret that would shake the country to the core and a conspiracy that involves the highest ranks of power.
OTHER BOOK SERIES YOU MAY LIKE:
If you like Templar series, then you will enjoy reading the following novel series. “Tom Kirk” Series by James Twinning, featuring an international art thief, Tom Kirk as the main character.
You will also like the “Payne & Jones” series by Chris Kuzneski. The series focuses on the adventures of two retired members of the MANIACs- a Special Forces unit in the United States military.
What Is The Next Book in The Templar Series?
There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Templar Series. The newest book is The End Game and was released on November, 6th 2014.