Contrary to the popular belief of history, King Philip the
Fair failed to dissolve the Knights of the Templar. The
religious sect survived and continued, albeit with less
publicity, to fight evil. The mission whether it is in
Canada or Newark remains the same today as that of the
fourteenth century. The warrior monks protect holy places,
travelers, and relics from malevolent beings.
Peter Crossman, one of the inner thirty-three Templar
priests receives the task of training the new Knight Simon
while they break and enter into a Newark warehouse linked
to the kidnapping in Jerusalem of UN peacekeepers. The
case turns weird when mushrooms flinch at the sign of the
cross, and Peter and his partners traverse the mighty
Hudson several times in pursuit of an idol that in the
wrong hands could begin the Apocalypse now. His team also
competes with the Teutonic Knights, the CIA, and a few free
lancers seeking the same icon.
Using paradox, puns, and parody, James B. Macdonald
provides a powerful satire that seemingly jabs "modern"
institutions to include the CIA, history books, Hemingway,
the Rosetta Stone like Revelation interpreters, and several
other targets. The novel never takes itself seriously, but
ironically provides a fully developed lead protagonist who
serves as the needed center to the delightful story line.
THE APOCALYPSE DOOR is one of the juiciest satires to come
along in years as the plot swiftly disses many of society's
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 20, 2002