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The Key [Kindle Edition]

Simon Toyne
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Praise for SANCTUS:

‘A cool, confident debut … with pace, grace and a keen eye for cinematic effect’
DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘Intriguing and engaging … 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

'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

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SPECIAL PRICE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY. Conspiracy thrillers don’t come any bigger or better than THE KEY – from the author of the bestselling thriller debut of 2011, SANCTUS: ‘Plenty of action, plenty of intrigue and wonderfully imaginative. The sort of novel to devour in one sitting' Kate Mosse.

Hounded. Haunted. Hunted. She is the most important person in the world. She is The Key.

In the ancient Turkish city of Ruin, American journalist Liv Adamsen lies in an isolation ward staring at walls as blank as her memory.

She knows she entered the monumental Citadel at the heart of Ruin but can remember only darkness. Something strange is stirring within her, whispering that she is ‘the key’. But the key to what?

For the Ghost, a mercenary operating in the Syrian Desert, Liv could unlock one of mankind’s most potent secrets. For the brotherhood in the Citadel – now cursed by a terrible plague – her return is the only way to ensure their survival. And for a powerful faction in Rome, she threatens the very future of the Catholic Church.

Hunted across continents and caught up in events that defy explanation, Liv turns to the only person she trusts – a charity worker named Gabriel Mann. Together their paths lead to a shocking discovery – one that will tear them apart and change the world forever…


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2075 KB
  • Print Length: 625 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062128396
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (12 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I1CH1A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,572 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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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
By Kate TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Without doubt, Sanctus was my favourite thriller of 2011 - clever, imaginative and unusual, with an original twist in its religious mystery, all played out by an intriguing set of characters, and well-written to boot. No wonder then that I was thrilled to bits to win a copy of its sequel, The Key, which is also the second in a trilogy.

It is not easy to review a sequel without giving away elements of the first novel which should remain perfectly unknown, lying in wait for their unsuspecting reader, and so I shall be careful and brief. I would urge you to read Sanctus, if you haven't already.

One of the successes of Sanctus was its setting - the Turkish city of Ruin, created by Simon Toyne for his novels but described so vividly that you want to book a trip there. The ancient city, older than any, is dominated by the Citadel, carved into a mountain and housing monks, the Sancti, who never leave its caverns, tunnels and secret chambers and libraries. A more sinister and frightening collection of monks would be difficult to imagine. The mystery that the Citadel contains was the subject of the first novel and in The Key we learn more about its meaning and the people who are driven to pursue it. Some are familiar, some are new, but the journey is full of surprises and terrible dangers.

As you'd expect after reading Sanctus, the mysteries of the trilogy may involve the Church but they go far deeper back into time than that and they have a much greater significance for mankind. This foreboding and menace works especially well because of Ruin - it's both familiar and unfamiliar and it pulls people to it, even though the city's walls are locked each night to keep everyone out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 9 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A really good read that you just won’t want to put down. But you MUST read Sanctus first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great second book 12 April 2012
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
When the first book Sanctus was first announced i must admit i looked at it and thought...Nah, not for me, but i was thrown an advance copy of it and in an obliged manner i read it, and read it and read it, i was hooked and The Key is a fitting and powerful 2nd book.

Simon Toyne is one of the most original and imaginative thriller writers out there right now.

For me the book is a triumph of locations, history, and the inner working of people. for those like me in the first instance who look at the book and think no i want action, BUY this its crammed full of action pace, drama, intrigue and mystery.

The characters and living breathing people not a dodgy two dimensional one hit thriller wonders. if you read book one and don't ant to dive straight into book two...well I'm not sure you have a pulse. and my pulse will be racing until i can prise a copy of book 3 from the author or the publisher.

Very Highly recommended

(Parm)

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Conspiracy thrillers don't come any bigger or better than THE KEY - from the author of the bestselling thriller debut of 2011, SANCTUS: `Plenty of action, plenty of intrigue and wonderfully imaginative. The sort of novel to devour in one sitting' Kate Mosse.

Hounded. Haunted. Hunted. She is the most important person in the world. She is The Key.

In the ancient Turkish city of Ruin, American journalist Liv Adamsen lies in an isolation ward staring at walls as blank as her memory.

She knows she entered the monumental Citadel at the heart of Ruin but can remember only darkness. Something strange is stirring within her, whispering that she is `the key'. But the key to what?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The Key is Simon Toyne's second instalment in the Sancti Trilogy and this book definitely does not disappoint. It's fast paced, thrilling and suspense builds with every page.
The book picks up after Liv and Gabriel broke into the Citadel and releases the Sacrament and concludes two weeks after that event. With the Sacrament gone, the Sanctus members are suffering from a haemorrhagic disease, the orchard and trees in the Citadel garden are dying and Bother Gardner and the monks tending to the flora are struck by a "lamenting" disease that results in boils erupting all over their bodies. Away from the Citadel, Gabriel and Liv try to trace and find the historic site of the Garden of Eden to fulfil a historic prophecy, thereby effectively preventing the end of the world. However, the last surviving Sanctus member, Bother Dragan, is looking to imprison Liv and the Sacrament and hopefully restore the Citadel to its former glory. Once again Liv and Gabriel find themselves on the run from hired assassins and kidnappers. The book concludes with Liv and Gabriel reaching the Syrian dessert and the reader is left wondering whether their mission was successful. Does the overpowering smell of oranges mean its the end if the world? Hopefully, the final book in the trilogy, The Tower, will enlighten us. This has been a fantastic series so far, and hopefully the final instalment is as good, if not better, than the first two books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
Excellent thorougly enjoyed it, well written, very descriptive, leaves you wanting to know more and more about the characters and how they feel
Published 2 days ago by Kerry Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars A book I found hard to put down!
I really enjoyed how this book followed on so succinctly from Sanctus......love these types of books, keeping hooked on what will happen next and how the storyline develops is... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Anniegetyagun
5.0 out of 5 stars Did not disappoint
Again, could not put this one down.
The story line continued on perfectly.
Really enjoyed this one as much as the first.......went straight to the
finale book.
Published 10 days ago by LOR
3.0 out of 5 stars does it fit?
As well-conceived and well-written as its predecessor as it progresses through the next events, coming up with totally unexpected results. Read more
Published 13 days ago by byer
5.0 out of 5 stars wow, transports you
easy read, for the discerning reader. The pace doesn't slacken throughout the story. Glad I bought all three books, as you want to start reading the next book straight away. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Mr Robin C Dowse
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This is a book that you just cannot put down it is a fantastic story keeping you on the edge of your seat all the way to its climatic ending cannot wait for the next one
Published 17 days ago by Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars worth a read
If you're about to read this book without having read the first book STOP! Get the first book (Sanctus) and it will add to the storyline of book two. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
really enjoyed this book, hard to put down and flowed really well. would recommend this one in a heart beat.
Published 25 days ago by friendy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Key
Simon Toyne is one of my top authors and enjoyed this audio book and rated it 5/5. Looking forward to listening to more.
Published 27 days ago by VICTOR
5.0 out of 5 stars An EXCELLENT read if you are a fan of this genre.
Although I have yet to finish reading the tower, this has so far been a brilliant trilogy. However, do not read The Key if you have not read Sanctum. Reading in order is a must!
Published 1 month ago by Dave Poke
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