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"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.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062038302
Characteristics: 486 p. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 10, 2018

Good read.

Madgen Feb 17, 2015

I have read all three books and they are probably some of the best books ever! I even wrote to Simon Toyne to say so and guess what, he wrote back! Great novelist.

Oct 19, 2012

Great book for those who like Dan Brown-esque religious thriller/conspiracy books, which I do. Toyne, however, runs circles around Brown as far as writing ability is concerned. Fast paced, short chapters, just the right amount of characters and the heroes escape tight situations in a more realistic manner than any of Brown's characters ever do. It's the beginning of a trilogy, but I was satisfied enough with the ending to where I don't feel the need that I have to rush out for the next one. It gets a little into the supernatural toward the end (not a spoiler alert), which I usually don't like, but the writing is so good that I didn't mind. Thumbs up.

Sep 24, 2012

Slow, boring, clich├ęd and pointless. Another copycat writer following Dan Brown, Steve Berry, James Rollins et al. Even the Da Vinci code is better than this. And that's not saying much.

Aug 17, 2012

Great first book in this trilogy. Started slow but picked up its action quickly. The author deloped his plot well. Hope his second book is as good. A+ read.

Jul 23, 2012

A key aspect of this novel is a huge secret, that has the potential to shake the foundations of civilization if it is ever revealed to the general population. Throughout the book, until the secret is actually revealed near the end, I thought to myself that it would be just like other proclaimed history-changing revelations found in numerous other novels. That is to say, I expected to be rather disappointed after the huge build-up. This was the exception, though! I found myself saying, "oh wow" -- out loud. Great book! Fast-paced and attention capturing.

Jul 15, 2012

First book, this author has a winner. This is a can't put down book. Has a way of keeping you guessing.

Feb 17, 2012

A fast-paced read with plenty of twists and turns in the tradition of Dan Brown and his Da Vinci Code. Of all the copycats out there, this one is worth your time. Toyne has created in the Sancti, villains truly worthy of the moniker of evil. An interesting read overall, though the secrets all seemed to be revealed by the end of it so I'm left to wonder how this will effect the next two books?

Nov 23, 2011

If you enjoyed the Da Vinci Code, you'll probably like this one. It deals with ancient secrets, the church, heretic bibles & a mysterious cloistered sect of monks who will commit terrible acts of violence to keep their secret from the world. An Imaginative & fast paced read, it's the first of a trilogy.

LaBeteNoir Oct 07, 2011

I did not like the Da Vinci code. I thought it was poorly written. But, if you were disappointed with the the Code I would recommend Sanctus. A fast read and not too many characters for me. The ending chapters "action" scenes I scanned. Sanctus is part one of a planned trilogy and I certainly will read the follow up novel.

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