The Heretic by Joseph Nassise

Book one of the internationally bestselling Templar Chronicles series

The heretic

SWAT meets Constantine in this modern urban fantasy thriller

Cade Williams was just an ordinary cop until the night he came face to face with a fallen angel known as the Adversary and nearly died.  Now he commands the Echo Team, a special ops squad of modern Templar knights, and the things they hunt are far darker and much more deadly than your average criminals.

When Templar bases are attacked by unknown foes, Cade and his team are called out to investigate. They discover a cabal of necromancers allied with the Adversary and are forced to take the battle to the enemy to keep them from stealing the power of an ancient relic for their own nefarious ends.

Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord, but Cade's been known to bend a rule or two and right now he's got a score to settle...

Genre: FICTION / Fantasy / Paranormal

Secondary Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure

Language: English

Keywords: heretic

Word Count: 66,000

Sales info:

Originally published by Simon & Schuster (2005).  Translated into German (Droemer Knaur), Russian (Ecksmo), and Polish (Replika).  Debuted on the Der Speigel bestseller list as Der Ketzer (2007).  Released as an English language ebook by Harbinger Books in 2010.  250,000+ copies sold worldwide.

"First-rate, stylish work from Mr. Nassise, with a steady escalation of the story's speed that makes it almost literally breath-taking." -- Clive Barker

"With HERETIC, Joseph Nassise kicks off his TEMPLAR CHRONICLES in fine, swaggering style. This book bobs and weaves like the young Muhammed Ali, keeping us off-guard and entertained with its every surprising move." -- Peter Straub

"A breakneck-paced thriller that delivers on the thrills and tosses in more than a few more chills." -- Kelley Armstrong

"THE HERETIC is a genre-bending thrill ride that heralds the debut of a urban fantasy series to watch...and enjoy." -- Cemetery Dance Magazine

Sample text:

As the SUV turned in through the torn and twisted wrought-iron gates that had once guarded the entrance to the estate, Knight Sergeant Sean Duncan looked out the window at the destruction around him and knew the rumors were true.  

The devil had indeed come to Connecticut.
The damaged gates were only the first indication. 
The marble statue of the angel that had stood watch over the entrance to the commandery now rested on its back in the middle of the drive, one wing still stretched wide, the other crumbled into fragments a short distance away.  Its stone eyes gazed unflinchingly at the sky above as if searching for repentance.  In the grass just beyond, a group of knights were laying out the bodies of those who had fallen in defense of the gate, the long rows designed to make it easier for the mortuary team as they sought to identify each corpse.  Duncan crossed himself and said a quick prayer for the dead men's souls.  Farther on, past the lawn, the still-smoking remains of a Mercedes sat in the cul-de-sac before the manor house, the once-fine leather seats cooked to a crisp and melted across the steel springs beneath.
He'd seen his share of combat; it came with the job, but he'd never heard of a Templar commandery being attacked directly.  The Holy Order of the Poor Knights of Christ of the Temple of Solomon, or the Knights Templar as they were once commonly known, existed in secret, away from men's prying eyes. The days when the Order guarded the route to the Holy City had long since passed, the general public was no longer even aware of their existence.  Finding the base should have been difficult, assaulting and overwhelming its defenses nearly impossible.
But someone had done both.

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