But now you're probably asking me why you should be reading these at all, and I totally understand. It's ok, I was like that at first. I didn't understand why anyone would want to read a long piece of original fiction when there's plenty of television shows, novels, movies I could be paying attention to, not to mention my school workload, spending time with real live people, and other such draws of real life.
Then I read the first novel, and I couldn't stop. And it was at this point that Livejournal failed, and I lost the rest of what I had written. Ah well, life's a bitch.
This is the author's general summary:
Simon Drake is an up-and-coming young FBI hotshot, an agent with a personal track record so outstanding that it borders on unbelievable. Not yet thirty, he's already the leader of his own special ops team; a ragtag bunch of talented but nigh-uncontrollable lunatics, it's true, but under Simon's inspired leadership they're a force to be reckoned with, a team with an unparalleled success rate, a team with an almost unblemished record--until now.
Jeremy Archer is the brilliant and unpredictable scion of a long line of international art thieves, simultaneously a phenomenally wealthy English socialite and one of the most infamous criminals in the world. At twenty-seven years old he's already wanted on nearly every continent for thefts totalling more than ninety-one million dollars, and yet no one has ever come close to catching him--until now.
May the best man win.
The first book, The Morning Star, serves to introduce the characters, both in general and our two main characters Jeremy and Simon to each other. Simon and his team go after Jeremy Archer, who is in persuit of a rather large and magnificent diamond. But things aren't always what they seem, and Team Templar are forced to work with the thief, things start to change. There are a few mentions of characters and things you'll see in the later three books, which I especially enjoyed upon rereading.
The second book, Double Down, has the team dealing with a thief whose methods mirror Jeremy Archer's almost completely and whose connections are somewhat darker then Archer's. Plus, the team deals with their ever increasing connection to Viktor Karpol, and Simon juggles his work and his more-than-work connection to Jeremy. This book is probably my least favorite, but I still enjoy it, enough to keep reading along with the series.
The third book, With A Bullet, is definitely my favorite. Team Templar deals with the return of a man they'd had dealings with in the past, a man who holds a grudge against the team for actions detailed in flashback scenes that don't seem shoehorned in at all. What makes this book my favorite is not the plot, but the manner in which Jeremy is brought in to a story in which he would have nothing to do with originally is completely awesome, not to mention my absolute favorite scenes at the end of the book. In a rush to finish it, I ended up getting yelled at by my aunt 'cause I'd stayed up 'til four in the morning. Oops.
And the fourth book, High Fidelity, takes everything, throws it all on its ears, and wraps it up in an emotional, completely satisfying ending that I just love to bits. I wish I could say more but, lest I spoil everyone, I cannot. You'll just have to read it. Everything is wrapped up nicely at the end, and what isn't, the author has written or is in the process of writing many short scenes and stories that fit in the universe and make me squee so much. You will not be disappointed, I promise.
And that's all I can say. I'm going to invite some of my fellow fans from the official Livejournal community, teamtemplar, to come and correct anything wrong I might have said, or perhaps to add to this madness. My only hope is that some of this might have caught your attention and you will go on to fall in love with this series as much as I have. Look, it even has a TV Tropes page, which is spoilery in some places but mildly entertaining and fun!