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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (12 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752893408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752893402
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well, since you asked... I was born in Beirut, a Scorpio and the youngest of three. The civil war broke out there when I was 14 and my parents, in a noble effort to keep us alive into adulthood, wisely moved us to Rye, NY. I stayed there until I graduated from Rye Country Day School, then, intent on thwarting my parents' nurturing instincts, I decided to go back to Lebanon to study architecture at the American University of Beirut. Which, in hindsight, wasn't as nutty a decision as you might think. Those years, marred by repeated flare-ups of fighting and a couple of invasions, were emotionally taxing, harrowing, sometimes dangerous, often maddeningly frustrating, but always intense in the most visceral sense of the word and, weirdly enough, I wouldn't have missed them for the world. Maybe that's the Scorpio in me...

So there I was, gingerly studying architecture in the hopes of one day helping rebuild the city (rumours that a local cabal of intensely purist architects was having ugly buildings selectively blown up remain unproven). The civil war erupted again a few weeks after I graduated, and I was evacuated out from the beach down the road from our apartment on a sunny but sad day in February, 1984, by the Marine Corp's 22nd Amphibious Unit on board a Chinook helicopter, to whom I'll be eternally grateful (the Marines, not the chopper).

I ended up in London, where I joined a small architecture practice. The architecture scene in Europe was pretty bleak at that time, so I decided to explore other career options. I got an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and joined an investment bank, selling gold-linked convertibles and other far less exotic financial instruments, surrounded by Gekko wannabes and hating waking up every day. In fairness, I have to credit those 'wilderness' years with one wonderful thing: meeting my gorgeous wife, who tolerated my exhausting yearnings for something more fulfilling and eventually gave me two incredible daughters.

I left the glamorous (at the time, anyway) world of investment banking after three years to return to my creative roots. I bounced around for a while, trying different things, and during a business trip to the Bahamas (don't ask), I met a banker who dabbled in the film business. I've always been a film geek and harbored a burning desire to make movies, so at dinner one night, I bounced an idea off him, and the idea struck a chord. I had a new partner, and we agreed to develop my idea into a screenplay -- by hiring a professional screenwriter he'd worked with.

Several conference calls later, the outlines coming back from Los Angeles weren't what I had in mind. I offered to write an outline myself. When I faxed my notes to my partner (yes, this was in the early 90s, long before email), he called me up and said, "Our man in L.A. isn't going to write this movie for us. You are. You're a writer."

So I did. And it got shortlisted for the Fulbright Fellowship in Screenwriting award, which I had to apply for under a friend's name (I wasn't eligible, but that's another long story). My next script, a semi-autobiographical screenplay about my college years during the war, was also nominated for the award a year later. Then the next year, in 1995, I optioned the film rights to Melvyn Bragg's novel, THE MAID OF BUTTERMERE and wrote the adaptation myself while completing an original screenplay called... THE LAST TEMPLAR. Buttermere found its way to Robert DeNiro, who announced in Variety that he would be producing it and playing the lead. The Last Templar... well, if you're reading this, you know that after ten years or so, it managed the quantum leap off my laptop's hard drive and into novel form, but that's a longer story, one I'll go through in a separate post...

Since then, and after working as a screenwriter and a producer on shows like the BBC series Spooks, (MI-5 in the US), I'm now solely focused on the novels, the fifth of which is THE DEVIL'S ELIXIR.

And that's about it... Thanks for taking the time to explore my ramblings, and if you do pick up one of my books, I hope you have a blast reading it. And let me know-connect with me on facebook on my Official Fan Page (and NOT on one of the others that I don't manage!). Enjoy!

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nail-biting suspense and colourful characters (WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY)

This high-octane thriller will grip you from the start (SOUTH WALES ARGUS)

the pace never relents (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

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The brilliant new novel from the author of THE LAST TEMPLAR

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By G. L. Littlefield on 10 Sep 2007
Format: Hardcover
Raymond Khoury blends elements of history, modern politics and then adds more than a lavish measure of thrills and suspense in this his latest novel. A 250 year relic and people will kill to possess the secrets it holds.The plot is mostly set in the modern day Middle-East(The Lebanon, Iraq etc) and Mr khoury's excellent research into the history of the region is all too apparent in this fast moving thriller which I must say had me enthralled from page one through to its nail biting finish. The back streets of Beirut are vividly brought to life in this all action thriller involving an archaeologist, a kidnapping, The CIA and the kind of doctor you do not want to pay you a home visit.In all honesty I thought it would be very difficult for the author to equal his first book 'The Last Templar ' but in this book 'Sanctuary' he has more than equalled his first book and has produced a high octane thriller, skillfully written and with all the mastery of one of todays foremost thriller writers. I just hope that some film director out there reads the book......what a movie it would make
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Sep 2007
Format: Hardcover
Raymond Khoury was born in the Lebanon, but at the outbreak of civil war in 1975, he moved to New York, eventually returning to the Lebanon after his graduation and attended the American university, studying architecture, only to be evacuated out of the city by the American Marine Corp because the civil war erupted again. Fortunately for him he had just completed his degree. Since then he has had a varied an interesting life.

In his more recent past Raymond, Khoury has been working as a screenwriter and producer both in London and in Los Angeles. Since the release of his international bestseller The Last Templar and completing work on the BBC hit show Spooks, known as MI:5 in the US, and the Emmy-award winning BBC series Waking The Dead, he is now concentrating on his novels.

In this his second book a geneticist and a CIA agent become embroiled in a deadly quest to find the most dangerous book in the world and uncover a secret that has wrecked everyone in its path for centuries . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.Flood on 23 July 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sanctuary is set in the present day Middle East. Archeologist, Evelyn Bishop, has been kidnapped in Beruit. It is no random abduction, as the kidnapper, an evil doctor, believes she holds the key to a centuries old mystery. Soon her daughter, a CIA agent, and a UN man are the hunt to find her, and have her released.

I found this book a bit of a slog for the first 200 pages. Not really sure why, but I found it difficult to engage with the main characters, and while there is a bit of action going on, it is not really page-turning.

The book picks up a bit, though, after this, and there is a few decent twists in it, before the end. I figure it it is worth three stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. Hudson on 15 Sep 2008
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I bought this book in W H Smith as something to pass a train journey! The book starts in Iraq with the finding of a mysterious chamber, and then suddenly we're in a cell in Portugal. Then we're back in the middle east,in Beirut. This is a brilliant book that shows great research and gives details of various places, together with dovetailing the past and present. The characters are very well-written and one feels that they are actually "living" beings. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Raymond Khoury is definitely a "find".
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. WHITE on 12 Sep 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a bookseller and in the course of a year I read huge quantities of books , all I can say is that Sanctuary is my best read this year , couldnt put it down , highly recommended . Alan White Fine Books
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec 2007
Format: Hardcover
Raymond Khoury's first novel, The Last Templar, was one of a series of thrillers to emerge in the wake of The Davinci Code that dealt with the Order of the Knights Templar and the various myths and conspiracy theories that have grown up around them over the years. Whilst it was a superior example of this popular sub-genre, and was entertaining in a disposable way, Khoury's debut was very much a case of successfully jumping on an already moving band-wagon.

Sanctuary, his second novel, is a departure in the sense that it doesn't try to replicate the Last Templar's plot or recycle its characters. It also diverges from the template set by Dan Brown's bestseller. There are no myths about Mary Magdalene, Christ or the Holy Grail here, and the Templars are restricted to a couple of paragraphs in passing. What it does retain however, is the hidden ancient mystery element of books like the Davinci Code, The Last Templar and others. In that respect Khoury is not moving too far away from what is both populist and profitable.

Whether Sanctuary will be as big a hit as The Last Templar however, is doubtful. Not only does it not capture the zeitgeist in the same way, nor is it as accessible or as enjoyable a book. Part of Templar's appeal was that it was fast paced & straightforward. It didn't try to be more that it was, which was a faintly OTT pulp thriller backed by some pseudo-scientific and historical facts. With Sanctuary however, Khoury is obviously trying to produce a more complex work, and whilst he succeeds in producing a plot that is more original and complicated than Templar's its also far less enjoyable and lacks the pace of his first novel.
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