What the most literate city in America reads on the bus
Reader: Gary Cutler Age: 36 Place of employment: King County Superior Court Residence: Greenwood Bus: Route 358 to Aurora Village, 4:45 p.m.
Book: Templars: The Dramatic History of the Knights Templar, the Most Powerful Military Order of the Crusades, by Piers Paul Ried
State of completion: Approximately one-third of the way through.
Plot summary according to ExecutiveBooks.com: The Knights Templar remain the most glamorous, but also the most mysterious, of all religious organizations...In his carefully researched study The Templars, the acclaimed novelist Piers Paul Read investigates the truth behind the myth.
Plot summary by Gary: "It's about the first military order of knights of the Crusades."
The hook: "I love history and I've always wanted to know more about the Templars. And it was an Elliott Bay Book Company markdown from $18 to $5."
Critique: "It's very detailed, something you can read more than once. The book also brings to light a lot of things I didn't know about, such as the complexities of the politics involved in the Crusades."
Afterward: "I saw Kingdom of Heaven. It was terrible. I like big battle scenes, but a lot of it was stupid."