Sanctus – Simon Toyne

SanctusFirst off, some information from Goodreads website on the book. Scroll down for my thoughts. Beware: my review  may contain spoilers.

An explosive apocalyptic conspiracy thriller from a major new British talent that will set the world alight…


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.

This is the authors debut book and the first of a trilogy, a little Dan Brown ish,  an action packed religious thriller and it seems to me that everyone is writing trilogies or sequels these days which it is something I am not keen on, too much wait between the books. But I loved this book. i love the style of writing, the female hero´s rather than a male one and the fast paced writing on the whole, there are a couple of moments in the book when things get a little slow, but things pick up again pretty quick. But of all the funny things is the superb description of the city of Ruin in Turkey, I even went on the internet to find out more about it and discovered it is fictitious. hahaha

I also enjoyed the short chapters which made it easy to put down when other “stuff” got in the way.

The author writes about religion, secrets, puzzles in a fictitious citadel in Turkey. It has the usual characters with a good cop, bad monks,  a damsel in distress and a make hero who tries to save her, but don´t let that put you off, it is well worth the read.

Read the review to part two: The Key and part three The Tower

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