Khoury, Raymond

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(1960-    ) Lebanon-born investment banker, screenwriter, illustrator and author, mostly either in US from 1975 or latterly in the UK. His Last Templar sequence beginning with The Last Templar (2005), in which a contemporary archaeologist begins to discover, via papers and treasure hidden in a pouch, the true Secret Masters history of the Knights Templar; she is soon joined by an FBI agent. Some scenes are set in the thirteenth century. A secret epic, which falls short of creating a literally fantastic Alternate History, is unpacked in the next volume. Subsequent titles in the series engage the couple in occult-tinged Technothriller threats to the world. The Last Templar sequence of Graphic Novels beginning with The Encoder (2016) with Miguel Lalor repurposes the earlier Templar narrative.

Khoury's singletons may be of more direct sf interest. They include The Sign (2009), set in a world distressed by Climate Change, into which what may be an Alien intervention, or the Word of God, intrudes minatorily. The Ottoman Secret (2019; vt Empire of Lies 2019) is an Alternate History tale whose Jonbar Point is generated when a naked Mysterious Stranger gives the sultan, Mehmed IV, a secret Weapon – ie explosives from two centuries hence (see Time Paradoxes) – that enables him to conquer Vienna in 1683. But by the twentieth century, Ottoman rule of Europe depends more and more precariously on concealing the secret underlying its triumph.

Khoury has written episodes of the genre Television series Dinotopia (2002-2003) and the mini-series The Last Templar (2009) based on his above-cited novel. [JC]

Raymond Khoury

born Berut, Lebanon: 1960

died

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Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin

  • The Last Templar (New York: E P Dutton, 2005) [Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin: hb/Walter Bibikow]
  • The Templar Salvation (New York: E P Dutton, 2010) [Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin: hb/]
  • The Devil's Elixir (New York: Penguin Books, 2011) [Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin: hb/]
    • Second Time Around (London: Orion, 2013) [vt of the above: Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin: pb/]
  • Rasputin's Shadow (London: Orion, 2013) [Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin: hb/]
  • The End Game (London: Orion, 2016) [Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin: pb/]

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