Last weekend I finished the last book on my May TBR, namely La Croix des Assassins by Giacometti and Ravenne. One of them is a journalist, the other is a member of the French Freemasonry using a pseudonym. An important thing to add right away is that they write in French so no translation and that makes all the difference!
The novel is a thriller of 568 pages which tells the story of one of the adventures of Antoine Marcas, the main protagonist. He is a police officer working for the control of arts department and he occasionally does some investigations for his fellow freemasons. Here, a rogue lodge has been discovered and he must infiltrate it in order to know what they are up to. This lodge, Kadosh Kaos, says to be the heir of the Templars. It gathers most of the powerful people of hte world and thus controls many countries and powers.
Contrary to the other Giacometti and Ravenne books that I’ve read so far, I didn’t particularly enjoyed this one. The Templars and the Assassins story was a bit blurry and not well developed. Besides, I’m not a fan of sects and cults, mysticism and esotericism. The transformation undergone by the main protagonists through a kind of hypnosis was not particularly credible and a bit heavy. The connection between the Freemasonry and the Templars is ill-exploited.
The reminder of the Assassins in Masyaf citadel was a nice touch to Assassins’ Creed although the two have nothing to do with one another. Yet, each time the Templars are bastards. I hope the following adventures of Marcas will be better. Nice cover though.
I rated it 2.5*/5.