Signet/New American Library
- A division of Penguin Group
June 5, 2012 / ISBN 978-0451237156
by Claudia VanLydegraf
has done it again. This is the second book by Christopher I am reviewing.
The first was The Lucifer Gospel and as with that book, he has integrated
a number of characters, many of dubious distinction and all with
high Security Honors. Did you ever hear about the Valley of Death
in Cuba? Well that is where this story takes place, and there are
several other factors that all come together to make a search for
this particular "Valley" important, the first being that
many long years ago, like about 500, Christopher Columbus was supposed
to find Cuba first. One of his great-grandson's (through his son),
Diego Columbus, became a ruler of the island community as well as
establishing a settlement that still to this day remains a stronghold
of the Columbus family and the Templar's. Have you ever wondered
why the Templar Crosses are on the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa
Maria? Well Columbus was a Templar, and his trip to find the fastest
way to the Indies was financed by Queen Isabella. However Columbus
had a pact with a man from Portugal named Emanuel I who was an active
member of the Ordem Militar de Cristo of Portugal. Columbus gave
all the same information to Emanuel I that he passed on to Queen
Isabella. What Emanuel I did with that information is what this
book is about.
Army Ranger John (Doc) Holliday is doing a service for one of his
right-hand men, Eddie Cabrera by helping in the search for his long
lost brother, Domingo, who has gone missing and whose family wants
to know what happened to him. They find out he is in Cuba, so the
mission that starts the trip is simply to find Domingo, but quickly
turns into a military unit going into an invasion-and-kill mission.
The Templar group that still inhabits the Valley of Death inside
the Cuban boundary is on the move and doing everything to overthrow
the regime of Castro and his army of corruption. The person they
come to rely on in Cuba is an old scraggly guy named Arango and
he has a boat named the Tiburon Blanco that he uses to get Holliday
and Cabrera around to the island that houses The Valley of Death.
There are a lot more players and incidents, such as a Blackhawk
Team, as well as plots that I haven't mentioned, mostly because
of lack of space, but they are in the theme of the story and are
very determining factors in what Holliday and Cabrera are doing.
The Valley of The Templars is a very good book that I enjoyed
reading, and I am sure you will also, especially if you have any
curiosity about the Templar history and what they are trying to
do today to our world. Get it, read it and enjoy it.