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When a man performs a dangerous, symbolic act on the mountain known as the Citadel, a Vatican-like city-state that towers above the city of Ruin in contemporary Turkey, a deadly chain of events is set in motion that could destroy the certainties of modern life.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062038326
Characteristics: 1 online resource : map


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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, clichéd 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.

debwalker Sep 22, 2011

"Veteran British TV producer Simon Toyne’s Sanctus is a far better written, smarter book than The Da Vinci Code, so one hopes that despite the “fans of Dan Brown” marketing ploy, people who don’t like Brown’s work, but who do like thrillers in general, will still pick up the book.

Sanctus has enough delicious plots and counterplots to fill a cathedral."
Sandra Kasturi
Globe and Mail

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