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It is the year 1307 and the ancient Order of the Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon is in grave danger. The King of France and Pope Clement V are plotting its destruction and scheming to appropriate the Order's most sacred and dangerous secret.
This is taken away by Etienne de Congost, a battle-weary but incorruptible man who flees through a world in ruin, dodging plots and papal spies in a life-and-death struggle. Will he keep the secret from the evil hands of king and pope?
The outcome of Etienne's desperate journey is discovered 700 years later by a writer who visits Lockenhaus Castle in Austria to research a book on the Templars. Together with an eccentric local woman, she begins to untangle the web of destiny that binds them both to the mystery of the Seal.
©2013 Adriana Koulias (P)2016 Adriana Koulias
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4 out of 5 stars
By Real Director on 07-16-16

A great Templar history dramatized, with wisdom.

Although not as satisfying a story as the first installment of the series, this book also had to exposit much history. One is still left with many questions, such as those topics not addressed well in the book, such as the fact the Templars had become a state within a state, with a permanent standing army, and let's not forget they introduced Europe to the banking paradigm that plagues us still. It is easy to portray them as pious or as an uncomfortable sovereign force with little accountability. It is clear the Temple lives on, but in myriad forms. I was hoping for a better transition into the RC order, which to my mind us a superior incarnation of the values as established in this book. With present history suspect, what can we know if the distant past, but through our self revelation. But I credit the book with keeping to an esoteric thread. I only wished there were more pages spent in this philosophy and the conflicts and moral ambiguity of fighting Christians. What of the Teutonic knights? Did the gold story occur as described? I also think Phillip is given more antagonist status than the Roman church itself. In the end, I do not think I was given a thorough understanding of the Templar mythos, but rather a narrative if the last days told as a passion play.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-13-17

A rare gem

So many books these days have a flash-in-the-pan appeal and utilize a formula sensationalism. In 'TheSeal' Adriana brings the fruits of a lifetime of deep inner work and spiritual comsciousness to a story that is far more than just a tale. It's truths go deep and wide within the listener's soul.The narrator is ideal for this exceptional work.

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By Zen on 11-06-16

Inspiring

When I heard that one of my all time favourite books has been made into an audible, I had to get my hands on it or rather my phone onto it right away. This book did not disappoint !

James Gillies animated and lively depiction of the story and characters brought the book to life. A new kind of life. I could feel his connection with every character, with every scene that it dove me right into the events that took place.

I felt as if I had watched a movie, I really did !

I'm going for another round of the book, back to visit Jacques, Ettienne and Jordain.

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5 out of 5 stars
By rita de cassia on 07-04-16

Extraordinary.

What made the experience of listening to The Seal the most enjoyable?

It was so well written and narrated. The story was enlightening. I had no idea about the struggles of the Templars and the machinations of state and church against them.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved the old woman.

What about James Gillies’s performance did you like?

James Gillies made the beautiful prose shine. He captured my attention throughout and had me sitting on the edge of my seat with suspense.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This was a serious book, but there were lighthearted moments with the character Iterius - crafty but stupid as he was. I was moved to tears in the chapters - Castle on the Mountain and Round Room.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy history and who would like to immerse themselves in a political thriller set in very tempestuous times. I think everyone should know about the plight of the Templars, then they would understand why our world is in such a state today because through Phillip le Bel the banks became the property of the greedy and they still are.

I loved this book and will listen to it again.

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