Synopsis: At the end of the First Crusade the church created a monastic military order known as the Knights Templar. Now, rising up from the ashes of history, they are the Vatican's last defense in the war between good and evil....
Cade Williams is no ordinary man. A chance encounter with a powerful supernatural entity left him possessed of certain unique abilities, including the power to cross between the lands of the living and those of the dead. Now, as commander of the Echo Team, the special operations unit within the Templar hierarchy, Cade has devoted his life to using those 'gifts' to protect mankind from supernatural threats and enemies.
When a group of necromancers known as the Council of Nine begin attacking Templar commanderies, Cade and the men of Echo Team are called in to deal with the problem. They quickly discover that the necromancers are after the Spear of Destiny, a legendary relic whose poweers they hpoe to twist to their own ungodly ends. The Echo team cannot allow that to happen, no matter the cost...
Good versus evil, the timeless battle, is part of what makes a superb urban fantasy. Good are the Knights Templar that everyone has assumed was annihilated in the 14th century when the Order had been accused of witchcraft. The Order of the Knights Templar had just gone underground, then "reborn as a secret military arm of the Vatican with the mission to defend mankind from supernatural threats and enemies."
The main character is William Cade, The Heretic. He is the leader of Echo Team, members of the Templars, but with permission to work independently from the rest of the Knights. When things get so hinky that the Order can't get it done, Echo Team is called in.
Cade has powers of his own, using them and the Knights to fight evil in all forms and what appears to be revenge on what he calls The Adversary, the entity that killed his wife.
Ther is an enemy, The Other, with power beyond what's been witnessed before and it is attacking the Templars' bases in search of an artifact and it's up to Cade and his team to find this powerful being and annihilate it before it can succeed its mission.
This story moves supremely fast, holding the reader in its grasp, until the very amazing end. I cannot wait to read the next in the series, A SCREAM OF ANGELS and A TEAR IN THE SKY.
Thank you, Joseph, for emailing me with the request to read and review this hellah awesome book.
Five amazing more Cade and Echo Team please sparkly diamonds...