Next In Line

London Book Festival Runner Up Best Genre Fiction

Taking Up The Sword Book 1 – Teen descendants of the Knights Templar band together in a fight their lives and the fate of the world.

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London Book Festival Runner Up Best Genre Fiction

Taking Up The Sword Book 1

First in a series-Next In Line will captivate all ages!

From several locations around the world, seven recently orphaned teenagers cling to hope for a normal life. Even this dream is soon destroyed as mysterious circumstances bring them together.  

The teenagers, Noah Logan, his sister Anna along with Carlos De La Heyna, Suri Moshita, Harry Pfister, George “Smooth” Washington and Lana Peregoyovich are surprised to learn they are direct descendants of a dedicated, fiercely faithful band of Knights Templar. Their lineage traces back over 800 years. Now they learn they are being hunted; wanted dead-or-alive. 

Not only is their fate in their own hands but so is the fate of the world. These teenagers must quickly learn important new skills, master unique powers and be mentored and assisted by the world’s oldest dragon, Gaerlin the Great. Let the story be told, let the adventure begin!


Richard L. Hatin






6 x 9



Year Published


2 reviews for Next In Line

  1. K.D. Mason

    Richard Hatin has done a masterful job of creating a world where the 12th Century Knights Templar and the 21st Century coexist in this fanciful tale of good versus evil. Today, with hatred and bigotry on the rise, as evidenced by the great increase in acts of seemingly random violence, bombings, mass shootings and murder – the question of why persist!

    Over the centuries, even as the world thought they were only a myth, the Knights continued to exist in secret to wage that desperate battle against Lucifer and his minions. Now with their ranks severely depleted, mankind’s only hope will fall on seven young teenagers who have choose to take up a sward against absolute evil!
    K.D. Mason, Author
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  2. Owen Conflenti

    Richard Hatin does it again in “Taking Up The Sword.” It was a thrilling read. It won’t take long until you are hooked on the journey of young teenagers who choose to take on the mantle of a Knight Templar. There is plenty of drama to go around and some great twists and turns to fill you with anticipation. Did I read correctly this is part of a series! Can’t wait for the next episode!
    Owen Conflenti,
    Morning New Anchor
    KPRC-TV Houston

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About the Author

Award-winning author, Richard Hatin, gets inspiration from his environment and his faith. His previous thrillers, Evil Agreement and Deadly Whispers are horror tales that keep you at night but always make you think about the righteous and the damned. Deadly Whispers was named Runner Up for Best Fiction at the Halloween Book Festival—also garnering Honorable Mentions for Best Fiction at the Los Angeles, Great Southeast and San Francisco Book Festivals.

He is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and the New Hampshire Writer’s Project. He lives with his wife, Anne Marie, in Hooksett, New Hampshire and together they have three sons, and three granddaughters.