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☆ Sanctus ✓ Simon Toyne - Sanctus, Sanctus A man climbs to the summit of the oldest inhabited place on earth a mountain called the Citadel a Vatican like state that towers above the city of Ruin in Turkey But this is no ordinary ascent It is

  • Title: Sanctus
  • Author: Simon Toyne
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  • Page: 340
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☆ Sanctus ✓ Simon Toyne, Sanctus, Simon Toyne, Sanctus A man climbs to the summit of the oldest inhabited place on earth a mountain called the Citadel a Vatican like state that towers above the city of Ruin in Turkey But this is no ordinary ascent It is a symbolic act and one that is witnessed by the world Few understand its consequence But for Kathryn Mann it s evidence that a revolution is coming For the Sancti t A man climbs to the summ ☆ Sanctus ✓ Simon Toyne - Sanctus, Sanctus A man climbs to the summit of the oldest inhabited place on earth a mountain called the Citadel a Vatican like state that towers above the city of Ruin in Turkey But this is no ordinary ascent It is

  • ☆ Sanctus ✓ Simon Toyne
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About "Simon Toyne"

  1. Simon Toyne

    Simon Toyne was born February 29th, 1968 in Cleethorpes, England, but spent his formative years in Peterborough He moved further south, to Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London, to study English and Drama then ended up working as a producer, director in commercial television for almost twenty years.He quit in 2007, just shy of his fortieth birthday, to try and focus on writing His first book, Sanctus, became the biggest selling debut thriller of 2011 in the UK and also an international bestseller, translated into 27 languages and published in over 50 countries.Simon lives with his wife and three children and splits his time between Brighton, the South of France and various cafes and bookshops in between and wherever his books are sold.

528 Comments

  1. 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 plausible.


  2. Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice of life, so I ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my GIFTS AND GUILTY list.Regardless of how many books are already queued patiently on my reading list, unexpected gifts and guilt trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the front.The word on Sanctus from my GR friends Very good religiou [...]


  3. I usually don t go for the crappy religious conspiracy books e.g Dan Brown , but this one lured me in as potential brain candy It was not particularly clever, but it kept me interested And I never protested out loud over any obvious absurdities like I did with Dan Brown That was a step in the right direction What bothered me is that almost all the action takes place in a fictional ancient city in Central Anatolia, but completely misses the opportunity to draw the authentic cultural and historica [...]


  4. How this pile of steaming crap got to be an International Best Seller is the real mystery here It was arduous work just trying to overlook the incongruity of a story set in ancient Turkey where all the characters spoke perfect English and used American idioms.Especially off putting was the flitting back and forth between locations, which challenged the reader to remember just who the hell was being talked about in each new chapter Characters came and left in the space of a few sentences Descript [...]


  5. Please note I read and reviewed this book in July 2011 from a copy received from Vine in exchange for an honest review I am about to read the 2nd book in the series, so formatting this review.My Synopsis A man has climbed the sheer, 1000 foot mountain out of which the Citadel is made When the tourists who have visited Ruin, Turkey to see this ancient religious fortress arrive, they are astounded to see what looks like a large T on top of it only to discover that it is a man who stands at the edg [...]


  6. The da vinci code this is not It starts with a reasonable promise of good things to come Brother Andrew making the ultimate sacrifice from the roof of the citadel this the dawn of the second coming From this point on the story is utter drivel, whereas the da vinci code was a highly intelligent thoughtful read this is pure dross good guys v the bad guysr some 600 pagesbut I stuck with it to the bitter end I rate it as one of the worst books I have ever read and am amazed at the reviews and the fa [...]


  7. It s been a while since I read anything non Historical, but had this recommended to me, so I bumped it up the pile.I read it in short order, in every five minutes available.Sanctus is intriguing, complex and absorbing from beginning to middle.I use this odd turn of phrase because the second half os also intriging, complex and absorbing, but it is also exciting, action packed, fascinating and explosive quite literally.Once you re about 25 pages in, the book is impossible to abandon You just HAVE [...]


  8. Sanctus is basically a Davinci Code style beach book that makes no pretense to being great literature.On the positive side I will admit that the central mystery presented at the beginning of the story kept me reading to the end even though I almost gave up on the book several times so I could see what it was all really about.Now for the negatives A This is a historical thriller grounded in EASTERN Church history a secretive monastery located in what is now Turkey The author seems to have no unde [...]


  9. I have to say the amount of chapters does begin to wear after a while detracts from the story as it jumps about but in reality doesn t get very far in terms of charactor developement nor depth of story Having said that it s still an ok read the twist at the end is a surprise for sure


  10. The start is certainly engaging A monk is initiated into a secret that motivates him to tell the world in the only way he has open to him a very public suicide A flash of supernatural effects, along with the ambiance of the ancient Citadel set the stage I was intrigued The middle section, through written in short chapters with POV tossed between a wide number of characters, still dragged a bit The characters were stock, for the most part Evil monks driven by fanaticism to do horrible deeds were [...]


  11. What worked for me The Gripping opening was immediately pulled into story Premise High Concept Samuel great character Short Chapters like a bag of potato chipsjust want to keep reading eating Fabulous writing skills action words, fast moving description, well writtenWhat Did not work for me Middle of book was saggy Skimmed over last 1 3 of book Just wanted the book to be over Too long could have benefitted from some plot tightening A few darlings needed to be killed Author did not deliver on wha [...]


  12. I really enjoyed Sanctus, up until the last 50 pages or so The beginning is a bit slow, but the chapters are only a few pages long, so you can finish a few and come back to it later Once the pace picks up, though, you won t be able to put it down There s so much mystery surrounding everything in this book The central mystery is the secretive ancient relic that the Sancti are guarding in their mountain monastery, but with every point of view shift, there is something new to discover It reminded m [...]


  13. The debut novel from producer and screenwriter Simon Toyne Sanctus is an action packed mystery with religion at its heart For this reason you can be forgiven for making the inevitable Dan Brown Da Vinci Code comparisons, however Sanctus proves to be a far superior novel to Brown s over hyped best seller.While concentrating on a religious mystery, Sanctus is far grounded in reality and visceral action than that of its predecessor and in this way carves itself out as a unique novel Toyne s imager [...]


  14. What a load of old nonsense that was Having said that, it was entertaining nonsense This is a novel best read with tongue firmly in cheek Surprisingly, I found it to be well written also Perfect holiday reading.


  15. A bearded, green clad monk throws himself of a mountain cliff in Turkey In the United States, his sister already thinks he s dead as he disappeared eight years ago She, Liv, is contacted by the police because her brother had her telephone number on him, or rather, in him He s also swallowed some seeds with inscriptions Liv travels to Turkey to try to find out why her long lost brother Sam tried to kill himself The order of brothers he belonged to is set to prevent her No members are supposed to [...]


  16. This has to be one of my disappointed reads when it comes to thriller and religious fiction At than 300 pages thick, about 3 4 of the book focuses on dragging the suspense and action leaving behind the mysterious explanation of the books focal interest which is The Sacrament until the very end And when it finally came to that part it finishes just like that And depending on how you would interpret it The Sacrament itself, is such a letdown Like the story suddenly turned 360 into ridiculousness [...]


  17. Sanctus by Simon Toyne, published by William Morrow.Category Mystery ThrillerIn Ruin, Turkey, there is a monastery build on the side of a mountain It is called The Citadel and it is a country unto itself No one, except the Monks, have access to the facility that contains untold ancient artifacts, including its most sacred possession, The Sacrament.Most monks are of the order Sanctus but there are a few that have obtained the order of Sancti The Sancti have the privilege of seeing The Sacrament.B [...]


  18. This religious conspiracy action thriller is clearly inspired by Dan Brown s oeuvre same non stop action, quick cuts back and forth to different parts of the plot in short chapters, and evil religious figures causing mayhem This has of an emphasis on the supernatural, though, and it is less grounded in reality than Brown s works This is the first in a planned trilogy and I will most likely look at volume 2 to see what direction Toyne will be taking the characters and plot.My main complaint is t [...]


  19. By the one star rating, I think the cat s out of the bag and it s obvious I quite disliked this book The inhabitants of Ruin, Turkey wake one morning to find a man on top of the mountain citadel His arms are stretched out in what they believe is the shape of a cross but is apparently the formation of a sanctus The man s location immediately draws attention in part because of his actions but most importantly because he is wearing a monk s habit indicating he is a member of the enigmatic residents [...]


  20. Thanks Kate I think So the first thing to make perfectly clear is I HATE religion based thrillers of the Dan Brown ilk They really are all the same book In this readers opinion Dan Brown has written the same book several times and still manages to get a huge following thats great, my one thing with reading is you should read what you enjoy and its not up to me to tell you what that is, all I want to do is tell you about the ones I love and hope that you will love them also But for me, those book [...]


  21. One thing I really liked about Sanctus was that the story is led by two strong female characters rather than by one single male main character who is swooned over by all and sundry Add to that the fact that the main makle character a policeman is exceptionally well drawn and different I won t give away why , and you have a book which, while on the surface observing all the conventions of the religious conspiracy mystery genre, is totally unconventional and, dare I say it, innovative.All books re [...]


  22. This read was actually much better than I was expecting after reading some mixed reviews Part of me feared it wouldn t live up to the hype yet it certainly kept me entertained from the start until the very end For anyone looking for a face paced thriller I would certainly recommend this book to you so long as you re willing to commit yourself to the trilogy as it is certainly a book which will leaving you wanting to read the next two instalments.With twists, turns and surprises you re curious th [...]


  23. fiction A monk, initiated into the highest level of his religious order, learns a terrible secret He is cloistered in The Citadel, and will be forever, so how can he let the world know what is really happening inside the walls This thriller lives up to the genre, never boring and full of twists and turns The setting is contemporary, the religion is ancient The juxtaposition of ancient world and new technology worked well Full of great characters and puzzles and the occasionally weird, the story [...]


  24. I don t know why I keep coming back to religious thrillers I keep hoping that this time, just maybe, it will live up to the promise The problem is that they re so anxious to pack in constant action scenes that they lose out on the story telling And like most religious thrillers, the ending leaves so much to be desired I found the twist in this one actually quite interesting if they had continued with it and explored what it meant, rather than ending the book It seems like such a revelation shoul [...]


  25. The ancient abbey at Ruin hold many secrets, but when a robed many climbs to the top of the mountain he draws the attention of the world media He is standing holding the pose of the Tau, an ancient symbolAnd then he jumps.For Liv Adams this is the first time that she has seen her brother in eight years, having thought that he was already dead She drops everything to rush to the city to find out what happened For Kathryn Mann this moment may indicate that the promised prophecy scratched onto anci [...]


  26. Every once in a while I crave a scientific or religious thriller in the mode of Waiting or ,yes, The Da Vinci Code so I picked this one up A first novel and it sure held my interest from start to finish First off, nice short chapters followed the action from the pov of the various characters I LOVE short chapters as they keep me reading oh, next chapter is only a few pages, then the next chapter is short, too, and before you know it it s LONG past bedtime and I m still thinking just one chapter [...]


  27. OMG A secret sacrament, masonic like rituals, misogynist monks, inept cops, thrills, spills, action This book has it all I downloaded this on my kindle as a freebie, but I ve just bought the other 2 in the trilogy because I must know how it ends



  28. Absolute codswallop Can t remember the last time I have read such piffle I certainly won t be wasting my time on the rest of these implausible contrived books as they are released.


  29. Brother Samuel knows our secret , the Abbot said simply He must not leave this mountain Samuel placed his hands and feet into loops in his cassock to create a parachute and launched himself off the top of the mountain Citadel, with one objective in mind, to land outside the boundary of the Citadel Why And why wait until the world s media had gathered He would certainly die but his body would reveal clues to secrets harboured by the monks Outside the Citadel boundary it was no longer the jurisdic [...]


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