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An explosive apocalyptic conspiracy thriller
from a major new British talent that will set the world alight…
REVELATION OR DEVASTATION?
The certainties of the modern world are about to be blown
apart by a three thousand year-old conspiracy nurtured by blood and lies …
A man throws himself to his death from the oldest inhabited
place on the face of the earth, a mountainous citadel in the historic Turkish
city of Ruin. This is no ordinary suicide but a symbolic act. And thanks to the
media, it is witnessed by the entire world. But few understand it. For charity worker Kathryn Mann and a
handful of others in the know, it is what they have been waiting for. The
cowled and secretive fanatics that live in the Citadel suspect it could mean
the end of everything they have built – and they will kill, torture and break
every law to stop that. For Liv Adamsen, New York crime reporter, it begins the
next stage of a journey into the heart of her own identity. And at that journey's end lies a discovery that will change
EVERYTHING … SANCTUS is an apocalyptic conspiracy thriller like no other –
it re-sets the bar for excitement and fascination, and marks the debut of a
major talent in Simon Toyne.
Did you hear about Dan Brown's religious thrillers from the series "Robert Langdon"? Did you see the movie "The Da Vinci Code"?
I want to start reviewing this book by saying that this book was as good as the movie mentioned above. It's the kind of book that makes you breathless till the end. When I finished the first chapter of this book, I was already blown. In less than 2 days I finished reading a 400 pages book, without making any effort.
I will start by writing about the author of this book, about his style of writing, even the mode in which he succeeds to create the city of Ruin. This city is in South Turkey. I liked this book a lot because it was written as if it was a movie. There is no character to narrate the action. The action is presented in episodes, so there isn't a main character in the beggining.However, this thing will change until the end. The book is a narrative story at third person. The author is like a puppeteer master, who plays with his character's destiny. The rhythm is alert and I have never had a moment of boredom because there is always suspense in the city, over the ocean, in the Citadel (even if not in the same time until the last pages).
I couldn't believe that the city in which the action takes places, the Ruin, that was supposed to be in South Turkey doesn't exist. Everything was so well described, that it felt real, so I couldn't even guess that it wasn't real. I was impressed by the fact that the author builds this city from trash. It makes a history and a present for it. Every detail, every building, place that is presented felt so real.
The action of the books is very alert and begins from the first pages. In the beginning nothing seems to make sense, but as we get closer to the end, we will get more tracks of the puzzle and everything will start to make sense. The final is shocking, impossible to describe in words.Maybe you will be as curious as I was to know the secret of the Sanctus Brothers. You will find out what that secret was in the end of the book.
The characters are very complex. You don't know what to expect from them. The ones that seem reliable are dangerous and the ones that seem dangerous are reliable.But, not in every case. At some point you will fell unsecure. That feeling won't disappear until the end of the book. It's a rough book and the author is playing with his characters. Some characters that seemed important may not get the final of this book.
It's a story about loiality, brothers and perseverance. The author shows us the evilness of some people. Those people will do anything that it takes to achieve their goal, without carrying that they might hurt people.
If you expect a novel full of feelings, this book doesn't fit to you. It was a good book, but for its type of book (thriller).
I can't wait for the sequel of this book. The story of this book was extraordinary and I would recommend it to all the people who are fascinated by unknown and the mysteries of life.