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Sanctus [Kindle Edition]

Simon Toyne
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)

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'A fast moving, thoroughly enjoyable, adventure – plenty of action, plenty of intrigue and a wonderfully imaginative reinterpretation of a slice of religious history. The sort of novel to devour in one sitting’ KATE MOSSE

‘A cool, confident debut … A talented new writer who instinctively grasps the broad rules of superior action thrillers and adapts them with pace, grace, humour and a keen eye for cinematic effect’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘In this thriller Toyne creates an intriguing and engaging centrepiece in The Citadel … Relentless pace … An exciting and interesting read. I look forward to returning to Ruin, where there are plenty of stories waiting to be told’ THE SUN

‘High concept, debut conspiracy thrillers don’t come with higher expectations than this. Hard to think of it as a debut, better to think of it as the beginning of a massive new adventure, and a so-long to Dan Brown’ MIRROR

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'A fast moving, thoroughly enjoyable, adventure - plenty of action, plenty of intrigue and a wonderfully imaginative reinterpretation of a slice of religious history. The sort of novel to devour in one sitting.' KATE MOSSE 'A cool, confident debut ! A talented new writer who instinctively grasps the broad rules of superior action thrillers and adapts them with pace, grace, humour and a keen eye for cinematic effect' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'In this thriller Toyne creates an intriguing and engaging centrepiece in The Citadel ! Relentless pace ! An exciting and interesting read. I look forward to returning to Ruin, where there are plenty of stories waiting to be told' THE SUN 'High concept, debut conspiracy thrillers don't come with higher expectations than this. Hard to think of it as a debut, better to think of it as the beginning of a massive new adventure, and a so-long to Dan Brown' MIRROR

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 747 KB
  • Print Length: 687 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062088572
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (14 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R1PZW6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (393 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simon Toyne was born in the North East of England in 1968.

After nearly twenty years working in commercial television he quit his job and took seven months off to write a novel. It took two and a half years to finish it. Fortunately SANCTUS got picked up by an agent and then by lots of publishers all over the world. He has no idea what would have happened if it hadn't. He is now regularly compared, both favourably and unfavourably, to Dan Brown, even though he does not possess a tweed jacket.

You can find out more at www.simontoyne.net

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92 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of the year! 21 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
A perfect Dan Brown style holiday book. But don't be put off by the genré if it's not for you. it's got something for everyone (even good writing): I enjoyed the medieval and pre-medieval religious angles but it also has technology, forensics, puzzles, action, adventure, the odd home made bomb, love (and even skips the inevitably crass sex scenes that always seem to bruise good books.)

Very very ingenious from start to finish. Believable and ingenious make the story work. I had to ration myself so that the book didn't run out too quickly. This is not my favorite genre by any account, yet it hooked me from the start. It's not just a gripping (you won't find me writing 'unputdownable') tale but is well written too: I'm a sucker for bruised orange skylines and clouds described as white beasts, weighed down by their own leaden hearts. It's an easy read too, there is always something happening, and despite the many characters, you are never left wondering who any one is. Get it, you won't be disappointed (but you might ignore your family for a while).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top marks Mr Toyne! 9 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book bypassed me completely when it was released in 2011 but I recently heard a couple of interviews with the author promoting the third part of the trilogy which came out in April this year, and although he didn't go into a great amount of detail about the plot, there were enough `hooks' mentioned to get my interest.

Firstly, I love the title. The word `Sanctus' actually means `holy' or `holy one' and The Sanctus is a part of the Catholic Mass. It is such an evocative word to me on so many levels, conjuring up images of crumbling churches and monasteries with flickering candlelight behind stained glass windows. I can just smell the incense and see and hear the robed, hooded Monks singing the Gregorian chant. The cover of my version of the novel captures this perfectly.

Secondly, Simon Toyne's own story piqued my interest. He is a British writer and Sanctus is his debut novel. In 2007 he decided to quit his job and spend 6 months writing in France to try and fulfil his lifelong ambition to become a writer. He said in the interview I heard that he had no idea whether he was any good, but he knew that if he tried to write alongside his existing career it would never work. It was `all or nothing'. Thank goodness he decided to give it a go...

Lastly, the blurb says:

WHAT IS THE SECRET OF SANCTUS?

Liv Adamsen is a New York crime reporter, Kathryn Mann a charity worker. They are very different people, but their fate is bound together by one man's desperate act.

With the world's media watching, a robed man has thrown himself from the top of the oldest inhabited place on earth, an ancient citadel in Turkey. For some it's a sign of great events to come.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy but intriguing read.. 26 May 2011
By Lili76
Format:Hardcover
I am NOT a fan of Dan Brown but do love ancient history, am interested in religion and culture and enjoy a good mystery. This book combines them all. The writer has done a good job of setting the scene and providing the background information without drowning the reader in too much detail.
I enjoyed the twists and turns and the fast pace of plot although I found the ending rather abrupt but this was maybe because i was really getting into the story and didn't want it to end so soon!! I look forward to the next book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping from first page to the last 3 May 2011
Format:Hardcover
This really was the best book I've read in years. I was gripped throughout and couldn't put it down.
Can't wait for the next installment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read.... 18 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Its one of those books you can not put down until you reach the very last word, then you start looking for the next book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping 3 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
wow, what a book! if you are after something that you cant put down this is the one for you! I just had to keep going to found out what the secret was. I spent the few days i was reading the book trying to think of what it could be but in the end it was a really original idea that goes on to be explored even more in the second and third novels. I bought and read the second novel within the week and am waiting for the conclusive third book this spring....come on hurry up Simon Toyne!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars could not put this book down 25 Feb 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
a very good read full of twists and turns.one of those books you just cannot put down.looking foreward to the next installment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting reading 5 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
a well written, easy to read book. The story flows,so well, and was so descriptive i could imagine the buildings and the people. Having also read the follow-up book, i am eagerly awaiting the final book in the trilogy.
Definately an author to be added to my list of favourites,
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Synergy with Dan Brown's works!
A read not too dissimilar from books such as the Da Vinci Code, so if you enjoy that type of read this is worth a read too!
Published 13 hours ago by Anniegetyagun
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turning tastic
A mystery you're interested in, written well with rounded characters. Well that's better than Dan Brown then. Buying the next one!
Published 15 hours ago by Knitalong
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent!
I was carried away on flights of fancy with this book and the others in the series. I couldn't put it down and had to read them all until I reached the conclusion.
Published 1 day ago by christine devlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read
Like many, early in the reading of this I felt the need to investigate the location of the story. From the start I was swept up in the tale and remained engrossed to the end. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ian Fraser
4.0 out of 5 stars Sanctus
An enjoyable read.....but will now HAVE to get the second one!!! An interesting twist at the end, if rather shocking.
Published 4 days ago by L. Rawlings
4.0 out of 5 stars Similar
After Dan Browns hits many authors wrote books along the same lines and, having read some of Toynes other works, feel this is one of those. Read more
Published 4 days ago by numbercruncher
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally hooked
Dan brownesque style i was totally hooked by page 2 - I would recommend to anyone who enjoys history with an original twist set in the present....... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Paul morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious.....
Eventually linking to an alternative take on a well known bible story, with mysterious monks protecting 'the sacrament', another religious group trying to uncover the truth and our... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Scotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Great idea.
Does shake up standardised beliefs.
Could not put this down.
Went straight to the second book the Key.
Published 5 days ago by LOR
5.0 out of 5 stars More please. What a great writer.
This is one book that I just couldn't put down. I began to believe that it had truth in it and it fascinated me more and more. Read more
Published 8 days ago by iham1
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