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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.
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The middle volume of Toyne's Sanctus trilogy (after 2011's Sanctus) fails to deliver on the promise of the first. In the ancient Turkish city of Ruin, hostility to Catholicism has prompted someone to set off explosives at the Citadel, "the oldest continually inhabited structure on earth and the original center of the Catholic Church," and the resulting damage has led to the first ever appearance in public of any of the Citadel's occupants. Speculation runs rampant that the survivors of the bombing possess the real secret of the sacrament, another church-foundation-rattling possibility that, unfortunately for the Vatican, coincides with another, more mundane crisis. Cardinal Secretary of State Clementi has learned that trillions of dollars have disappeared from the church's coffers and hangs his hope for a solution on the secrets of Ruin. Readers should be prepared for less than engaging protagonists and trite setups (e.g., one character avoids being murdered by pure chance). Agent: Alice Saunders, LAW Agency. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

"When you read "Sanctus", you'll see just how frightening, ruthless and relentlessly entertaining an order of monks can be. Haunting in the best way."--Brad Meltzer, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Inner Circle" "["Sanctus"] might turn out to be the next great cliffhanger conspiracy thriller."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram on "Sanctus" "When you read "Sanctus," you'll see just how frightening, ruthless and relentlessly entertaining an order of monks can be. Haunting in the best way."--Brad Meltzer, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Inner Circle" If you like your secrets deeply hidden and your action breakneck, then Toyne s sophomore thriller is just the ticket. . . . As in his debut, Toyne delivers a gripping, intricate story of religious and political intrigue that s sweeping yet somehow intimate and very personal. Wow. --Booklist (starred review) on "The Key"" ["Sanctus"] might turn out to be the next great cliffhanger conspiracy thriller. --Fort Worth Star-Telegram on "Sanctus"" Hard to think of it as a debut, better to think of it as the beginning of a massive new adventure, and a so-long to Dan Brown. . . . --The Daily Mirror (UK) on "Sanctus"" When you read "Sanctus," you ll see just how frightening, ruthless and relentlessly entertaining an order of monks can be. Haunting in the best way. --Brad Meltzer, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Inner Circle"" Remarkable . . . Its just one more page, one more chapter urgency keeps you reading into the night, and the final revelation of the Citadel s secret is haunting. --Library Journal (starred review) on "Sanctus"" In British author Toyne s stellar first in a projected trilogy, a thriller in the Dan Brown tradition . . . The truly mind-boggling revelation will leave astounded readers eager for the next installment. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on "Sanctus"" Well-written, fast-paced and delivered with an admirable economy of words . . . an edge-of-the-seat story filled with action and adventure, as well as a puzzle that the main characters must somehow put together before the world simply disappears. . . . [A] taut thriller. --Kirkus Reviews on "The Key"" "Well-written, fast-paced and delivered with an admirable economy of words . . . an edge-of-the-seat story filled with action and adventure, as well as a puzzle that the main characters must somehow put together before the world simply disappears. . . . [A] taut thriller."--Kirkus Reviews on The Key "In British author Toyne's stellar first in a projected trilogy, a thriller in the Dan Brown tradition . . . The truly mind-boggling revelation will leave astounded readers eager for the next installment."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Sanctus "Remarkable . . . Its 'just one more page, one more chapter' urgency keeps you reading into the night, and the final revelation of the Citadel's secret is haunting."--Library Journal (starred review) on Sanctus "When you read Sanctus, you'll see just how frightening, ruthless and relentlessly entertaining an order of monks can be. Haunting in the best way."--Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle "Hard to think of it as a debut, better to think of it as the beginning of a massive new adventure, and a so-long to Dan Brown. . . ."--The Daily Mirror (UK) on Sanctus "[Sanctus] might turn out to be the next great cliffhanger conspiracy thriller."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Sanctus "If you like your secrets deeply hidden and your action breakneck, then Toyne's sophomore thriller is just the ticket. . . . As in his debut, Toyne delivers a gripping, intricate story of religious and political intrigue that's sweeping yet somehow intimate and very personal. Wow."--Booklist (starred review) on The Key

A week has passed since a green-cassocked monk plummeting from a mountaintop in Toyne's debut thriller Sanctus commenced a prophecy that throws the Vatican's Number Two man into panic mode. This sequel finds the Citadel monastery in ruins and the survivors of the previous ordeal dropping from Vatican-ordered hits. Journalist Liv Adamsen realizes that her involvement in the tumult is far from over as she regains her memories of the prior week. How can she resume her mundane life when she senses she is somehow bound to the sacred? If Liv and co-protagonist Gabriel Mann can reach the wellspring of humanity before assassins find them, she and the Sacrament will be liberated, cataclysm prevented, and mankind saved. Verdict Equal parts religious artifact thriller and tale of palace intrigue, this dramatic follow-up to Sanctus will reward fans of the first book. However, new readers will struggle to follow the convoluted plot.-Laura A.B. Cifelli, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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