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The Key [Kindle Edition]

Simon Toyne
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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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Praise for SANCTUS:

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

‘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’

‘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’

'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'

‘The stellar first in a trilogy … The truly mind-boggling revelation will leave astounded readers eager for the next instalment’

About the Author

In 2007 Simon Toyne quit his job and moved to France to fulfil a long-held desire to write a thriller. After a sleepless night crossing the channel, he and his family abandoned a planned eight-hour drive to their new home and limped instead to the city of Rouen. It was the sight of the sharp spire of Rouen Cathedral piercing the pre-dawn sky that gave birth to the fiction Citadel of SANCTUS.

SANCTUS, his first novel, became an immediate bestseller. To date it has been translated into 23 languages and published in 40 countries.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1731 KB
  • Print Length: 625 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (12 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à 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 (368 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,514 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.

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3 of 3 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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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to the first book. 10 Aug. 2013
By Alicia
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I kept willing this book to live up to expectations after reading Sanctus, but sadly it did not. It's very unlike me to take longer than 2 weeks to read a book, but this just showcases how little a page turner The Key actually is. As much as I wanted to know what happened to the characters, the sheer far fetchedness and improbability of events meant I kept putting the book down in frustration, only picking it up a couple of days later, just determined to finish it. A bit too far off track from the original Sanctus, however it did finish on a great cliff hanger, so now it's up to me to decide if I take the bait and buy the third instalment. An annoyingly average read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and addictive. 8 Jan. 2014
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Hunted. Hounded. Haunted.
She is the most important person in the world. She is The Key
Journalist Liv Adamsen has escaped from the highly secretive Citadel at the heart of the ancient city of Ruin and now lies in isolation, staring at hospital walls as blank as her memory. Despite her inability to recall her past, something strange is stirring within her. She feels possessed by a sen-sation she can't name and plagued by whispers only she can hear: "KuShiKaam," the key.

So following on from the heart stopping events of "Sanctus" the story continues with "The Key" and if anything this one enthralled me even more than the first. Which is REALLY saying something considering my usual aversion to this kind of tale...

I'm not going to say anything specific because its difficult to review properly without spoiling Sanctus for those readers who have not yet started this series - so generally speaking...

The plot development is second to none - SUCH an imaginative unique story and with "The Key" Mr Toyne expands and adds depth to his mythology and the background to the events occurring in the lives of his characters. The writing style draws you right into this world, you can see the places and the people described with perfect clarity and it is brilliant addictive reading. I finished it bleary eyed in the early hours then woke up later extremely cross with myself that I hadnt packed "The Tower" which I'm sure is going to be an amazing conclusion to this ingenious story..

Character development is also well done here - second books often suffer from the assumption that the reader knows the characters well and they can therefore take a secondary place to the plot but this pitfall is avoided here - they are also broadened and given extra heart.
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