The Key by Simon Toyne

67%

14 Critic Reviews

Readers should be prepared for less than engaging protagonists and trite setups.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Simon Toyne’s breathtaking international bestseller, Sanctus, had critics everywhere cheering, calling the author the new Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) or Steve Berry (The Jefferson Key), while praising Toyne’s debut thriller as “remarkable,” “thrilling,” “provocative,” “haunting,” and  “spectacular.”

The adventure continues with The Key, returning readers to the dark world of a sinister religious order older than Christianity and their Vatican-like secret citadel high in the Turkish mountains—as one courageous woman must fulfill an enigmatic prophecy that could determine the ultimate fate of humankind. James Rollins, Raymond Khoury, and Chris Kuzneski fans will not want to miss this one.

 

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 June 19, 2012 by William Morrow. 625 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 14 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 01 2012

Well-written, fast-paced and delivered with an admirable economy of words.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Reviewed by Alice Saunders on Jun 01 2012

Readers should be prepared for less than engaging protagonists and trite setups.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Jun 24 2012

And you will probably stay right at the edge of your seat in anticipation of the very effectively-set-up third installment. 

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US Daily Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Csalima on Jul 15 2012

Well written, expertly crafted story, engaging, and I couldn’t put it down until I was almost comatose.

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A Bookworm's World

Below average
Reviewed by Luanne on Jul 18 2012

Readers with strong religious beliefs may not enjoy Toyne's alternative views.

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Euro Crime

Good
Reviewed by Amanda C M Gillies on Apr 01 2012

This book and its predecessor have hit a nerve with me and score extremely highly.

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Milo's Rambles

Below average
Reviewed by Milo on Mar 08 2012

Although an incredibly entertaining read I didn’t think The Key had as much punch.

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Reader Dad

Good
Reviewed by Matt on Mar 27 2012

It doesn’t take long to realise we’re on solid ground here with a writer who has proven that Sanctus was not just beginner’s luck. 

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For Winter Nights

Good
on Mar 26 2014

he Key combines action and mystery perfectly and it is a pleasure to get to know a little bit more about Gabriel, Liv and other characters from the first novel. Sanctus was a fantastic debut but The Key benefits from being an accomplished and confident second novel.

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A Book a Week

Good
Reviewed by Ethan on Jun 19 2012

He seamlessly weaves actions, history, romance, and suspense into a nonstop thriller.

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Dog Ear Discs

Good
Reviewed by Dog Ear Discs on Apr 25 2012

Toyne has stepped up a gear and has written a far superior book. 

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Raven Crime Reads

Good
Reviewed by Raven Crime Reads on Nov 09 2012

Every scene and location is utterly visual and assaults the senses.

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Blue Archipelago Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Clare Swindlehurst on Jan 15 2012

I found myself really invested in the characters as time went by.

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Written Permission

Below average
Reviewed by Written Permission on Oct 11 2012

Follows the standard in religious conspiracy thrillers.

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