Sanctus: A Novel

by Simon Toyne

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | January 24, 2013 | Hardcover

Sanctus: A Novel is rated 4.33333333333333 out of 5 by 6.

“If a thriller has to be one thing it’s thrilling, and Simon Toyne’s Sanctus is thrilling with bells on….A roller coaster ride through a dark world of conspiracy and betrayal.”
—Paul Christopher, author of The Templar Conspiracy

If you are a fan of top-notch conspiracy fiction that keeps you up late nights turning pages—if the bestselling novels of Steve Berry, James Rollins, Dan Brown, Raymond Khoury, and Chris Kuzneski make your heart race faster—then remember the name Simon Toyne! Already a smash instant bestseller in the United Kingdom (“Intriguing and engaging…[with a] relentless pace” The Sun) Toyne’s Sanctus is, quite simply, one of the most extraordinary conspiracy thriller debuts in many years. In this electrifying, nonstop adventure, 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 unwelcomed prying eyes.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 469 pages, 9.63 × 6.5 × 1.57 in

Published: January 24, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062038303

ISBN - 13: 9780062038302

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book I bought the second book at Chapters for a few bucks not realizing that it was the second book, so I bought the first and read it on vacation. All I can say is WOW! Could not put it down, loved it! Can't wait to start the next book
Date published: 2015-01-24
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 5 out of 5 by from great book If you like James Rollins, Dan Brown, and Clive Cussler you'll love Toyne. Sanctus is the first book in a trilogy with lifelike characters forced into heroic actions caused by a secret sect with a history dating back to times before the Bible. Engrossing and very believable but with just the right amount of mystical backstabbing and one amazing secret ... to keep the trilogy going, and the reader engaged with the protagonists. Good for adults, and young adults.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good first novel.... Toyne delivers a great first novel and I'm interested in reading the rest. Old secret society, two parties warring thru time and the final battle for the Sanctus. Not what I usually read but happy that I did!
Date published: 2013-02-25
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: A Novel

Sanctus: A Novel

by Simon Toyne

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 469 pages, 9.63 × 6.5 × 1.57 in

Published: January 24, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062038303

ISBN - 13: 9780062038302

From the Publisher

“If a thriller has to be one thing it’s thrilling, and Simon Toyne’s Sanctus is thrilling with bells on….A roller coaster ride through a dark world of conspiracy and betrayal.”
—Paul Christopher, author of The Templar Conspiracy

If you are a fan of top-notch conspiracy fiction that keeps you up late nights turning pages—if the bestselling novels of Steve Berry, James Rollins, Dan Brown, Raymond Khoury, and Chris Kuzneski make your heart race faster—then remember the name Simon Toyne! Already a smash instant bestseller in the United Kingdom (“Intriguing and engaging…[with a] relentless pace” The Sun) Toyne’s Sanctus is, quite simply, one of the most extraordinary conspiracy thriller debuts in many years. In this electrifying, nonstop adventure, 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 unwelcomed prying eyes.

From the Jacket

One man’s sacrifice shocks the world . . .

One woman’s courage threatens a conspiracy as old as humankind . . .

And some will do anything—anything—to keep their secrets in the dark.

Sanctus

A man climbs a cliff face in the oldest inhabited place on earth, a mountain known as the Citadel, a Vatican-like city-state that towers above the city of Ruin in modern-day Turkey. But this is no ordinary ascent. It is a dangerous, symbolic act. And thanks to the media, it is an event witnessed by the entire world.

Few people understand its consequence. But for foundation worker Kathryn Mann and a handful of others, it’s evidence that a revolution is at hand. For the Sancti, the cowled and secretive monks who live inside the Citadel, it could mean the end of everything they have built. They will stop at nothing to keep what is theirs, and they will break every law in every country and even kill to hold it fast. For American reporter Liv Adamsen, it spurs the memory of the beloved brother she lost years before, setting her on a journey across the world and into the heart of her own identity.

There, she will make a discovery so shocking that it will change everything. . . .

About the Author

Simon Toyne has worked in British television for twenty years. He was the writer, director, and producer on several award-winning shows, one of which won a BAFTA. He lives in England with his wife and family.The Toweris the stunning conclusion to the Ruin trilogy.

Editorial Reviews

“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. . . .”