Sanctus by Simon Toyne

76%

14 Critic Reviews

Sanctus has enough delicious plots and counterplots to fill a cathedral.
-Globe and Mail

Synopsis

“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.

 

About Simon Toyne

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Simon Toyne worked in British television for twenty years. As a writer, director and producer he's worked on several award-winning shows, one of which won a BAFTA. He lives in England with his wife and family. This is the final volume in the Sanctus trilogy following Sanctus and The Key.
 
Published September 6, 2011 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 608 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Sanctus
All: 14 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Aug 01 2011

A promising debut. One hopes for a more tightly structured narrative next time around, but the right ingredients are all here.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Sandra Kasturi on Sep 21 2011

Sanctus has enough delicious plots and counterplots to fill a cathedral.

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Mysterious Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Lynne Gordon

If you like a book with an old world religious secret and cliffhanging suspense, you'll love this book.

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Albedo One

Below average
Reviewed by Robin Maginn on May 20 2012

It felt like a badly edited movie, and served only to bring me out of the story repeatedly.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Marcus Hammond on Feb 18 2012

The explosive consequences of the battle between the two ancient religious groups provide a pretty far-fetched, yet entertaining, and imaginative opening book to a trilogy.

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Luxury Reading

Below average
Reviewed by Vera on Oct 17 2011

I never felt a level of compassion with any of the characters other than Gabby and I had a hard time maintaining interest in the action, or lack thereof that was unfolding throughout the story.

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Literary Treats

Good
Reviewed by Jaclyn on Sep 30 2011

Sanctus is a good book, a well-written, well-paced thriller,

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SF Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Antony on Mar 05 2011

...it's an intuitive, illustrative and inventive novel that will leave you wanting more.

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Euro Crime

Good
Reviewed by Amanda C M Gillies

SANCTUS has an absolutely amazing plot: exciting, unpredictable and full of a raw energy that screams at you from the page.

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A Bookworm's World

Good
Reviewed by Luanne on Nov 08 2011

The promise of discovering what the mystery sacrament was kept me turning pages til the very end.

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Reading With Mo

Good
Reviewed by Mo on Sep 06 2011

Sanctus is a thriller with a strong religious theme. Not to worry, it is neither a recruitment novel nor a religious slam piece.

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Our Book Reviews Online

Good
Reviewed by The Mole on Sep 05 2011

I am not a thriller devotee but I really enjoyed this book and it held my attention throughout. It is bound to please thriller readers everywhere.

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Crime and Publishing

Good
Reviewed by Thomas on Mar 22 2011

But, for me, the stand-out element of Sanctus was the fictional Ruin – with its cave-riddled citadel, secret passageways, winding roads and corrupt police force.

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Ephemeral Pursuits

Good
Reviewed by Nick Long on May 16 2012

Pseudo-religious, with a surprise twist ending you don’t see coming, and Toyne introduces several characters you’ll follow throughout the novel and beyond.

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