The Last Refuge of the Knights Templar: The Ultimate Secret of the Pike Letters (Paperback)
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A modern-day thriller centered on authentic historical letters encoded with Templar and Rosicrucian secrets
• Includes the actual text of recently discovered correspondence between two famous 19th-century Masonic leaders, Albert Pike and Colonel J. W. B. MacLeod Moore
• Follows the protagonists, Thomas and Janet, as they seek to protect the Pike letters’ secret from the Vatican and its fanatical Jesuit hitman as well as others who desire to use the letters’ secret for world domination
• Also includes a short biography of controversial Masonic icon Albert Pike
Centered on recently discovered, authenticated correspondence between two famous 19th-century Masonic leaders, Confederate General Albert Pike and British Colonel James Wilson Bury MacLeod Moore, this modern-day thriller follows Thomas, a direct descendant of Col. Moore, and Janet Rose, a direct descendant of the Merovingian Kings and House of David, as they risk their lives to protect the letters and the Templar and Rosicrucian secrets encoded within them. As Thomas and Janet discover, everyone--from the Church to the White House to Confederate sympathizers and the KKK--seeks the ancient knowledge contained within the letters, knowledge that would allow a singular entity to control the world and bring all of the great religions to their knees.
Pitted against a psychotic and sexually perverted Jesuit priest, tasked by the Vatican’s inner circle to retrieve the Pike letters, the couple is aided by two Templar guardians and a modern-day practicing alchemist, Janet’s grandfather. As Thomas and Janet’s love for one another grows, the couple transcends to a higher level of understanding, unaware that they are following the same ancient morals and dogma found within the 33 degrees of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, as defined by none other than Albert Pike himself.
Part fact, part fiction, the novel, with its 33 initiatory chapters, provides a rare glimpse into the inner circles of modern-day Freemasonry, along with revelations of ancient alliances between Native Americans and the Templars. Set in Georgetown, in the heart of Washington, D.C., the story ends with a dramatic unveiling of the ultimate New World secret sought by so many factions: the location of the last Knights Templar refuge in the New World, where the lost treasure of the Templars, including sacred knowledge of the Holy Family--the descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene--remains to this day.
About the Author
William F. Mann is an officer of the Knights Templar of Canada’s Grand Executive Committee, a member of its Grand Council, and serves as the Sovereign Great Priory’s Grand Archivist. The author of The Knights Templar in the New World and The Templar Meridians, he lives in Milton, Ontario, Canada.
“This exciting, intrigue-filled treasure hunt will entertain, educate, and, for those who look deeper into the Pike letters, reveal incredible, soon-to-be-revealed true historical treasure the world needs to hear.”
— Scott F. Wolter, forensic geologist and host of America Unearthed
“A thrilling fast-paced novel. . . . Mann expertly weaves intimate knowledge of Freemasonry, Templary, Rosicrucianism, alchemy, and Native American culture into a compelling adventure. Highly recommended.”
— Jeff rey N. Nelson, most eminent grand master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the USA
“A thrilling fast-paced novel. Mann ingeniously incorporates recently rediscovered correspondence between two 19th-century Masonic luminaries, American Albert Pike and Canadian J. W. B. MacLeod Moore, in crafting this fascinating tale. He expertly weaves his intimate knowledge of Freemasonry, Templary, Rosicrucianism, alchemy, and Native American culture and beliefs into this very enjoyable and compelling adventure. Highly recommended.”
— Jeffrey N. Nelson, most eminent grand master of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the USA
“Albert Pike is a unique figure as a Northerner who became a Confederate general, who married into the Alexander Hamilton family, who became the Grand Dragon of the Tennessee Ku Klux Klan, and an active Mason. William Mann puts life into this legendary figure as no one else can, as he was recently presented with the further honor of being appointed Grand Archivist and Grand Historian for the Knights Templar of Canada.”
— Steven Sora, author of Rosicrucian America
“William Mann’s charming and engrossing novel exposes fascinating facts about Albert Pike’s role in Civil War history, Templar secrets, and the Mide’win Medicine Society, the keepers of Algonquin prophecy. Significant for contemporary readers is Pike’s role in Civil War history that offers deep insights about the tragic fragmentation of the United States today. This book is a must-read for students of Templar lore, the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, Vatican plots for world domination, the Algonquin Seven Fires Prophecy, and for Masonic researchers. Be prepared to stay up all night!”
— Barbara Hand Clow, author of Awakening the Planetary Mind
“Documented history and speculative story blend into a great read that leaves one with many questions as to the actual events that make up the bonafide story of the country we call Canada or as the Cree Nation would say ‘Kanata’--which is translated to mean ‘Clean Place.’”
— Michael Thrasher, LLD(hc), Indigenous Studies Department adjunct professor at Trent University, Onta
“Among other insights, we gain knowledge into the Scottish Rite Freemasonry as well as the inner circles of modern-day Freemasonry, and the revelations of ancient alliances between Native Americans and the Templars. Also explored is the treasure of the Templars, including sacred knowledge of the Holy Family–the descendants of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.”
— Renee Blodgett, We Blog the World