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Sanctus

by Simon Toyne

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | May 14, 2012 | Mass Market Paperbound

Sanctus is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.

In the oldest inhabited place on earth, atop a mountain known as the Citadel, a Vatican-like city-state towers above the city of Ruin in modern-day Turkey. Now, thanks to media coverage of a climber''s assent, the eyes of the whole world are on a group that has prized its secrets above all things. For the Sancti-the monks living inside the Citadel-this could mean the end of everything they have built and protected for millennia . . . and they will stop at nothing to keep what is theirs.

For American reporter Liv Adamsen, driven by the memory of a tragic loss, an earth-shaking discovery awaits that will change everything . . .

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 400 pages, 7.5 × 4.2 × 1.5 in

Published: May 14, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062038311

ISBN - 13: 9780062038319

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Three Quarters Of The Book Was Great I loved this book until the last 30 pages. It was gripping right from the start, moved along at a fast pace with lots of action and an intriguing story line. However, it became too much to comprehend during the final chapters. There is a sequel to this book and perhaps it will tie everything in together and make it somewhat more plausible.
Date published: 2014-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for fans of the Da Vinci Code Santus is the first book in a proposed trilogy and I found it a lot more thoughtful than other books in this genre. Simon Toyne didn't just write a thriller based on Christian ideas and beliefs, he created a whole new world for the story to take place in. There was so much more detail put into Ruin. It felt like Rome and Turkey and so many other places all rolled into one. As a result you didn't feel like you were reading just another book about Vatican conspiracies. Because of this fictional world it felt like there was so much more to the story than that. I also loved that the main protagonist was female. It's nice to see a strong independent female have a starring role in a thriller, not simply serve as a sidekick to the leading man. What's more is that she didn't even have a sidekick! Not that she was alone for the whole novel, but there was never someone she was completely dependent on. I felt this made the other characters more versatile and allowed for more twists to occur throughout the story. Including the amazing twist at the end! Totally didn't see that one coming. Despite all these great twists, however, there were times when the book felt really long and dragged out. At times I found it difficult to stay motivated and I actually stopped reading for a little while. After a bit of a break I was able to get back into it again, but as a result it took me longer than it should have to read. My other complaint is that the chapters were broken up in an odd way. They felt more like scenes, instead of full chapters, and it made some parts (especially parts heavy on the action) feel choppy. If you like books like The Da Vinci Code than I definitely recommend Sanctus. It was smart and interesting and had a great cast of characters. That being said, it's no Da Vinci Code, so I don't think it will appeal to many people who don't already read that genre. This and other reviews at Christa's Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First in a trilogy Modern day Turkey - the city of Ruin. Above the city of Ruin is The Citadel - a mountain enclave that houses a group of monks named the Sancti who have protected their secrets for thousands of years. And suddenly one day high on a mountain above The Citadel is a man, standing with his arms outstretched - in the shape of a cross. The world sees him....and sees him fall. And to another group who have been patiently watching the Sancti for hundreds of years as well, it is the sign they have been waiting for. One group is determined to protect their secrets as much as the other group wants them exposed to the world. Caught up in the conflict is journalist Liv Adamson, the sister of Samuel, the fallen monk. I enjoy conspiracy thrillers and with Sanctus, Simon Toyne has penned a thoroughly entertaining one. I liked that the two main protagonists were female for a change. There's lots of action and although the plot line is not new, Toyne has put his own twist on it. The promise of discovering what the mystery sacrament was kept me turning pages til the very end. Some plot points seemed a bit far fetched - most notably the reason that the sect did not discover that Samuel had a living relative. But you know, I really wasn't looking for a hard and fast fact based read when I picked up Sanctus. What I did get was what I expected - an entertaining read. Readers with strong religious beliefs may not enjoy Toyne's alternative views. But fans of James Rollins, Steve Berry and of course, Dan Brown will enjoy it. Sanctus is the first in a trilogy. I am very curious as to where Toyne will take the characters after the last 40 pages of Sanctus.
Date published: 2011-11-08

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Sanctus

by Simon Toyne

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 400 pages, 7.5 × 4.2 × 1.5 in

Published: May 14, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062038311

ISBN - 13: 9780062038319

About the Book

A young newspaper reporter, driven by the memory of her lost brother, uncovers a dark secret nurtured for 3,000 years by blood and lies by adherents of an ancient, unknown religion in a Vatican-like citadel hidden away for millennia from unwelcome prying eyes. Available in a tall Premium Edition.

From the Publisher

In the oldest inhabited place on earth, atop a mountain known as the Citadel, a Vatican-like city-state towers above the city of Ruin in modern-day Turkey. Now, thanks to media coverage of a climber''s assent, the eyes of the whole world are on a group that has prized its secrets above all things. For the Sancti-the monks living inside the Citadel-this could mean the end of everything they have built and protected for millennia . . . and they will stop at nothing to keep what is theirs.

For American reporter Liv Adamsen, driven by the memory of a tragic loss, an earth-shaking discovery awaits that will change everything . . .

About the Author

Simon Toyne has worked in British tele-vision for twenty years. He was the writer, director, and producer of several award-winning shows, one of which won a BAFTA. He lives in England with his wife and family. The Key is the second volume of the Ruin trilogy.

Editorial Reviews

"[Sanctus] might turn out to be the next great cliffhanger conspiracy thriller." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
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