An explosive apocalyptic conspiracy thriller from a major new British talent that will set the world alight...REVELATION OR DEVASTATION? The certainties of the modern world are about to be blown apart by a three thousand year-old conspiracy nurtured by blood and lies ...A man throws himself to his death from the oldest inhabited place on the face of the earth, a mountainous citadel in the historic Turkish city of Ruin. This is no ordinary suicide but a symbolic act. And thanks to the media, it is witnessed by the entire world.
But few understand it. For charity worker Kathryn Mann and a handful of others in the know, it is what they have been waiting for. The cowled and secretive fanatics that live in the Citadel suspect it could mean the end of everything they have built - and they will kill, torture and break every law to stop that. For Liv Adamsen, New York crime reporter, it begins the next stage of a journey into the heart of her own identity.
And at that journey's end lies a discovery that will change EVERYTHING...Sanctus is an apocalyptic conspiracy thriller like no other - it re-sets the bar for excitement and fascination, and marks the debut of a major talent in Simon Toyne.
©2011 Simon Toyne (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Great listen, really enjoyed this story, read very well. I would recommend this audio book. Not quite 5 stars but very close.
That was not what I consider a good listen as far as audio books are concerned. The story is told too long winding and at times quite boring. The way situations or scenes are described within the story don`t hold up to the scrutiny of an observant mind. The worst thing really was how many words one can come up with to use to describe one situation. Cut out all the palaver and the bla bla bla and you probably end up with an interesting short story! Well Mr Toyne better luck next time.
This was a really enjoyable book. The story was fast paced and the characters were interesting and had very interesting stories, especially the main female character. I really want to rave more about the story but I’m afraid of giving anything away so all I can say is it’s a thriller with a fantastical element to it! I couldn't turn this off as I had to know what happened next. 5 stars also for the narrator who does a marvelous job of bringing all the characters to life. This is the first part of a trilogy and I am already counting the days until the next part is released.
I really enjoyed the start of this book - yes a bit Dan Browne - but hopefully sufficiently different. However it could have been cut by half to give a much tighter plot and get rid of the cliches. Because it was over long with so many scenes dragged out to fill more pages, by the end I find I no longer cared what happened to any of them. The good guys seemed to get less intelligent stuff to do than some of the bad guys. By the end I was almost rooting for the head baddie out of sheer frustration. Maybe I'll go back to Scandanavian stuff.
I simply ate this book up. I was sorely tempted to listen too it all in one sitting, but then again, I didn't want it to end either. Some sceptics may find this 'far fetched' but most of you will see it for what it is, Amazing fiction. Jonathan Keeble's narration and characterisation of all the players is first rate. A 'highly' recommended book. You will not be disappointed!
I love the creativity and thought that went into producing this book. It is clever from start to finish. The story is full of mystery and intrigue with a history that is very believable. I look forward to reading/listening to more books by this author.
Sanctus is the first part of a trilogy by Simon Toyne and is, to put it bluntly, absolutely unputdownable. Obviously I can't say too much about the plot or it will spoil the storyline for others but, suffice to say it has sufficient twists and turns to satisfy even the most demanding reader/listener. Finally I must say that the reading is excellent... Jonathan Keeble gives an outstanding performance as ever. I have already purchased Relic which is the second part and am waiting with bated breath for the third instalment to arrive on Audible. A five star listening experience.
Embodies all the elements of a good conspiracy, combined with human drama
and emotions at every level. Hope we can expect more of this calibre from Simon Toyne. A great listen.
This gripping story is based on the existence of a secret cult living for endless years in a mountain in Turkey which has become a popular tourist destination. The mystery begins with the apparent suicide of one of the chosen few monks who make up the Sancti, the innermost secret order who hold a dark secret. The unravelling of the secret, the accidental involvement of innocent people remotely connected across the world and the mix of corrupt and straight investigators, made this an unstoppable read.The ending is astonishing and challenging. There is enough possibility in the story to keep it credible to the end.
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