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BOOK - TEMPLARS QUEST TRILOGY: THE LOST ARK
AUTHOR - THOMAS H. WARD
ACTION-ADVENTURE APOCALYPTIC MYSTERY SCI-FI
THWARTING EVIL, DEFENDING THE HOMELAND, PROTECTING THE WEAK
NATIONAL TREASURE, FOOL'S GOLD, INDIANA JONES (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
• JACK GUNN: 50. FIT, ANTI-BULLY, SOFT SPOT FOR KIDS, FIGHTER FOR JUSTICE
• ADAM: 13. GRAND MASTER OF THE TEMPLAR WARRIORS
• BALDWIN: LATE 30S. COMMANDER, GRUFF, QUIET, LOYAL, HONEST
• MAGGIE: 30S. BADASS, SEXY, WILD SPIRIT
Jack Gunn takes on the role of adopted grandfather to a very special boy. Adam, the Grand Master of the Templar Warriors and wielder of the Sword of Jerusalem, holds the future of America's fate in his hands. The sword has special powers since it was forged from metal containing the spikes from the cross of Christ. Together, the two must decipher the sword's ancient clues etched into its blade and find the location of the fated Ark of the Covenant, track it down, and ensure it doesn't end up in the wrong hands.
What We Liked
- The initial draw for this property is the action/adventure/sci-fi premise of a treasure hunt for the Lost Ark. There is a strong sense of division between the states as the US government has recently collapsed, and we get to see a journey through the US as it would take place in the early stages of domestic anarchy.
- The more sci-fi and history elements bring in the Egyptians and Templars of old while suggesting that they once traveled to unsettled America bringing items of religious significance. It is an ambitious tale that has good potential.
- This property seems more suited towards film. Its meaty three arc structure will provide enough variation of action, dialogue and historical lore to keep the audience going into the two - hour mark.
- The story is well divided between the two incidents where the sword is stolen and where Adam is kidnapped. The resolution of the film in the Grand Canyon is a strong enough resolution as is; it could also leave room for a twist and potential future films.
- Key points: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Religious History
In 2025 US, the government has just collapsed. Jack Gunn meets a man on a hunting trip from the old Templar Knights who tells him that God has asked Jack to protect his two grandchildren. Jack takes the kids back to his compound and learns that the boy, Adam de Molay is the beholder of a powerful artifact known as the Sword of Jerusalem. He is also the last male descendant of Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and last grand master of the Knights Templar, leading the order from 20 April 1292 until it was dissolved by order of Pope Clement V in 1312. The Holy Sword of Jerusalem has been passed down to Adam from his Grandfather.
A year passes when Adam's Uncle Christian shows up out of nowhere+ to claim the boy. It turns out Christian is a member of the Templar Warrior’s, but he is corrupt. He wants the Sword to study the map etched into its blade. The map supposedly leads to a sacred item known as the Ark of the Covenant brought to the US by the Templars in the 14th Century. Adam approaches his uncle and unsheathes the sword, which shines light down upon them before it strikes Christian dead. The rest of the Templar Warriors bow to Adam as their Grand Master and owner of the sword. This convinces Jack to follow the map and clues etched into the blade to locate the Ark. They assemble a crew and head out on the road. The group must travel from Florida across the southern US states to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
They travel for several weeks, passing roadblocks and dispatching of evildoers and anarchists in this devolving American landscape. At one point, the sword is stolen. They track down the perpetrators and find they have been burned to death by the light of God that surges through the blade. When Adam and Jack touch the blade, Jack sees his life flash before his eyes. He is deemed worthy and not stricken down by God's light. They continue for several more weeks, working their way through Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. In the Petrified Forest, in Arizona, a man traveling with Adam by the name of White Feather tricks Adam into being captured by a group of Nomads. Jack and his envoy track them down and terminate the nomads, rescuing Adam from certain death. After finding more clues they are sure the Ark in located somewhere in the Grand Canyon.
When they arrive at the Grand Canyon, they realize that the Nomads have been ahead of them since they left New Mexico. They hire a local Indian guide to help them navigate the canyon trails as they search for an ancient Egyptian temple used by the Templars to hide the Ark of the Covenant. After much travel, they arrive to find several dead Nomads, struck down by the light of God, outside a cave located at the Isis Temple, a large rock formation shaped like a giant pyramid. Jack and Adam go in the cave, which is glimmering with a golden light. There they find an altar deep inside the cave but no Ark. After much discussion and searching in the cave to no avail, Adam unsheathes the Sword of Jerusalem to see what will happen. To their great surprise and astonishment, the Ark is presented to them, coming forth from the solid stone altar as if by magic. They decide to protect the Ark, refusing to tell anyone what they have found, and sheath the Sword, sealing the Ark back into the stone altar as it has remained for hundreds of years.
About The Author
Thomas H. Ward is an author of 28 books including, The Tocabaga Chronicles, a ten-book series, Critical Incidents, and The Finger Collector. He is an MBA and former engineer who has done work for government subcontractors before turning to fiction after a time writing technical manuals and business books. Ward has traveled to 14 countries living in Korea and Japan for a time. He has also traveled to all fifty states, many more than once. He has hiked the Grand Canyon twice and visited 8 times.