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Sanctus [Kindle Edition]

Simon Toyne
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (523 customer reviews)

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Book Description

DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW WITH THIS LIMITED-TIME DISCOUNT ON BOOK ONE OF THE SERIES.

The bestselling thriller debut of 2011 – the apocalyptic conspiracy thriller that has set the world alight…

REVELATION OR DEVASTATION?

The certainties of the modern world are about to be blown apart by a three thousand year-old conspiracy nurtured by blood and lies …

A man throws himself to his death from the oldest inhabited place on the face of the earth, a mountainous citadel in the historic Turkish city of Ruin. This is no ordinary suicide but a symbolic act. And thanks to the media, it is witnessed by the entire world.

But few understand it. For charity worker Kathryn Mann and a handful of others in the know, it is what they have been waiting for. The cowled and secretive fanatics that live in the Citadel suspect it could mean the end of everything they have built – and they will kill, torture and break every law to stop that. For Liv Adamsen, New York crime reporter, it begins the next stage of a journey into the heart of her own identity.

And at that journey's end lies a discovery that will change EVERYTHING …

SANCTUS is an apocalyptic conspiracy thriller like no other – it re-set the bar for excitement and fascination, and marks the debut of a major talent in Simon Toyne.


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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: 1393 KB
  • Print Length: 687 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (14 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R1PZW6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (523 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,419 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simon Toyne is the international bestselling author of the Sanctus trilogy - Sanctus, The Key and The Tower - and the Solomon Creed series. He wrote Sanctus after quitting his job as a TV executive and it became the biggest selling debut thriller of 2011 in the UK. His books have been translated into 27 languages and published in over 50 countries.

Find out more at www.simontoyne.net

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Da Vinci clone which out-does the original 12 Mar. 2011
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Sanctus is one of many novels which follow the path that Dan Brown trod and it's cut from much the same cloth as the Da Vinci Code and similar thrillers. It draws on pre-Christian mythology for its key components with rival cults awaiting a moment of truth.
The result is an entertaining international romp, smattered with religious hoodoo and a fairly ludicrious finale, none of which is unusual for this genre. I found Sanctus to be a lot less stodgy than DVC, however, and rather easier to digest. It's not a particularly gripping page-turner but the Great Revelation did intrigue me enough to keep me going through the sillier sections of incompetent murder and mayhem. There's also a decent payoff for the reader's dedication at the end of this first book, even though it is the first in a trilogy and the plot is plainly To Be Continued.
There's also some clever interweaving of the modern world, ancient history and religious ritual. I enjoyed the author's interpretation of the Christ The Redeemer statue, and his concotion of the ancient city of Ruin in Turkey. The book's characters were less successful, however, and some action sequences are messily confused.
So if I'm stuck for an airport book then I might pick up the second in this series. But if you're looking for a better class of historical conspiracy, then you might prefer The Stonehenge Legacy.
6/10
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98 of 108 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 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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42 of 47 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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8 of 9 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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