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The Sign

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,656 Ratings  ·  366 Reviews
Another cutting-edge thriller set at the intersection of science, religion, and history from the bestselling author of The Last Templar

New York Times bestselling author Raymond Khoury, whose debut novel, The Last Templar, has sold more than a million copies in the United States, and whose second, The Sanctuary, was also a major national bestseller, returns with The Sign.

Hardcover, 480 pages
Published May 19th 2009 by Dutton Adult
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Patrick Gibson
Jun 04, 2010 Patrick Gibson rated it did not like it
Shelves: snorgasm
I didn’t like ‘The Last Templar’ so why read another pulp novel by a hack? Well . . .made curious by the cover blurb and 50 cents at a yard sale, I found it hard to resist. Thank God I didn’t pay 75 cents or you would still be hearing my screams.
I don’t mind bad writing. I sometimes reread things I write—and I tolerate myself (on even days). What gets my goat is having a really good idea totally fucked by someone with the literary style of a twelve year old.

This was so bad, I actually started re
Richard Gazala
Mar 13, 2010 Richard Gazala rated it really liked it
Some reviewers here and elsewhere of Raymond Khoury's engaging new thriller, The Sign, focus attention on Khoury's alleged attacks on certain political and/or religious beliefs they assume he belittles. I see the novel as something other and more abstract than mere vilification of George W. Bush, religion, or global warming skeptics.

The Sign examines the power of iconography and symbology in a conflicted world teeming with deeply held and seemingly irreconcilable political, bureaucratic, religio
Mar 01, 2009 Mark rated it liked it
As you might expect from the plot summary, The Sign is a fast-paced tale of life-changing prophecy and global events. Therefore with such a premise, the plot is not exactly un-ambitious, but it is competently written to satisfy most thriller readers. So we have here many of the aspects expected from such a novel: a fast pace from the start, broad global range, a large range of typical characters (hot female reporter, concerned innocents unwittingly dragged into increasingly significant events, n ...more
Feb 14, 2011 Octavio rated it did not like it
While I enjoyed Khoury previous book, the Sanctuary, I cannot say the same for the Sign. The whole science-fiction story, just an effort to deride organized religion? One of the points stated in the book is how divided we are as a nation and of course one of the major causes implied is organized religion and people following 2000 year old myths and symbols such as the cross. If Mr. Khoury believes on a particular organized religion or not, if he does believe on a God or not, most Christians woul ...more
Aug 25, 2011 Lawrence rated it it was ok
Okay, so now I know Khoury is an author I will regularly be frustrated with. Premises that pique my interest, uneven execution of the story. The Sign started very slowly. By the time he'd established his characters and direction, I saw where the story was heading. I know there was a study published very recently that indicated a spoiler of the ending did not ruin the story for most people, but by around halfway through The Sign, I had a very good idea how it would end. While it wasn't the worst ...more
Jun 20, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok
Having enjoyed "The Last Templar" and "The Sanctuary" I had high expectations for "The Sign." Unfortunately The Sign didn't live up to those expectations. The text was written in a similar style and voice as the previous books, making it an easy and quick read. However, this book featured too many characters, following too many story lines to truly keep up with the actual plot. I kept waiting to get past the set-up to the actual story. When the book actually did get to the story, all was reveale ...more
Greg Dill
Sep 19, 2015 Greg Dill rated it did not like it
The premise of this novel intrigued me so I bought the book with the understanding it was going to be a great adventure and a scientific thriller complete with intrigue and plenty of twists and turns. As I began to read the book I noticed a distinct negative bias towards religious faith, namely that of Christianity. As a Christian, I am deeply aware of the many misgivings people have towards Christians and the Christian faith particularly in America. Understandably so. However, were not perfect ...more
Jul 22, 2009 Ian rated it did not like it
Sheesh. This book exemplifies why I despise reading "The latest heart-stopping thriller from the best-selling author of [fill-in-the-blank:]!!!" types of books.

I imagine somewhere next to or under Mr. Khoury's writing desk sits a cardboard box full of cardboard people. There's the cardboard hot chick who's got some smarts to go with her other, umm, assets. There's the cardboard ex-con turned legit businessman and part-time hero who can't possibly contact the authorities since they won't believe
Mar 26, 2011 S.D. rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Gracie Logan is a reporter in Antarctica following a story on glacial melts when a strange glowing sphere appears. Is this an anomaly? An aurora borealis of sorts? Or a sign? Soon after another sphere appears over the Arctic. Gracie learns of a monk in Egypt who had drawn the identical symbol on a cave months ago. She and her crew take off for Egypt to try to interview Father Jerome. Matt Sherwood is an ex-con who receives a frantic message from his deceased brother’s friend who wonders if Danny ...more
Sep 22, 2009 Wendy rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2009
Not a whole lot to redeem this one. I was hoping this would be more in the vein of Khoury's other book The Last Templar, something quick and easy to read with an interesting premise involving religion. It turned out to be a heavy handed and boring way for Khoury to express his ideas about religion and global warming and how stupid, fat and gullible Americans are.
Characters were strictly cardboard, plot was ridiculous, time was wasted.
Dec 30, 2009 Roger rated it did not like it
I liked The Last Templar so I had high hopes for this book. But a confusing plot degenerated into left wing propaganda quickly. The screed that the "villian" spews was just too much. And the anti-Bush diatribe was unbecoming a novelist. Do yourself a favor and don't even start this one.
May 02, 2012 Joachim rated it did not like it
What starts out as an exciting techno-thriller tinged with conspiracy turns out to be a disappointing personal allegory and crusade against religion and spirituality - in favour of barely camouflaged humanistic principles evidently stemming from the Judeo-Christian tradition, no less.

While the action is good and the book is hard to put down - I'll give him that - the author seems to be obsessed with a very naive, black-and-white dichotomy between religion and science, predictably turning any spi
Wayne Wilson
Jun 16, 2009 Wayne Wilson rated it did not like it
I almost stopped listening to this book it was so bad. Unfortunately I did not put it down. This book is the classic left wing propaganda tripe that turns my stomach. Long diatribes against fill the book as every character in it condemns religion and anyone who associates with a Church or believes in God. The stereotyping is without thought. The bad guys are conservative Christians and the good guys are liberal atheists. The really bad guys are atheists and throughout the book their speeches and ...more
Angie Rhodes
Oct 19, 2014 Angie Rhodes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Gracie Logan, a TV.News Reporter, chases a big story, from The South Pole to the Egyptian Dessert. Why? because of a shimmering ball of light, that shape shifts into a mysterious symbol. then just vanishes.
Is this a prophecy or as Matt Sherwood, reformed car thief, thinks, not all that it seems. The symbol, begins to show up, in other places, should we believe, it's a sign God? or is it something else?
Once again, Raymond Khoury, like his international best seller The Last Templar, has left me,
Apr 24, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it
I am sad to give this book three stars. As far as the story and the writing goes I would give it four. I was really hoping for a solid four this time around. The reason this book dropped to three stars for me was because of the author's insistence on pushing his views of environmentalism and god. I understand that some of this was necessary for the progression of the plot but I feel he went way over the top. If you want to expound on your thoughts of religion and Mother Gaia write some non ficti ...more
Jun 09, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it
I was torn between whether to make this a three or four star. I chose four stars because the last 1/3 of the book was really good. The first 2/3 were ok and interesting but something kept me from being 100% into it. It wasn't until near the end that I really started to push myself to read. Bottom line is that I agree with Khoury's message. What he writes at the end is the epitome of everything I believe about religion and science. It was a well thought out book and includes several interesting i ...more
Anda Alexandra
Mar 01, 2016 Anda Alexandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Started really slow but by it's middle it grows on you :)
Christine Van Heertum
Mar 15, 2015 Christine Van Heertum rated it did not like it
Antarctique. Une équipe de télévision filme la banquise qui se désagrège lorsqu'une sphère lumineuse semblant vivante apparaît dans le ciel. Aucun des scientifiques à bord du navire n'est capable d'expliquer ce phénomène. Quelques jours plus tard, la même sphère apparaît au Groënland. A des milliers de kilomètres de là, Matt n'a toujours pas fait son deuil après le décès de son frère cadet en Afrique. Un frère qui travaillait sur un projet secret. Matt se rend compte qu'on le surveille. C'est le ...more
Feb 07, 2014 Mark rated it it was ok
First time reading any of his books. This started quite interesting ,when I got further into it , It made it sound that all bad thing has been caused by religion. And I felt a bit insulted, as humans have never had any problems with find excuses.
(If not for religion bad thing would not happen) that is rubbish! People will use any excuse.
Picking on organised religion, seemed to be what the book was about. No!,,,,, read it again with mind open!
Human nature, power and control. dangers of having a c
May 20, 2015 Biserka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, mistery
I rarely read a book that I would just be so frustrated with as I was with this one. It started out ok, but then more end more the plot progresses, worse explanations we get for what happens. The more I was nearing the end, the more I got frustrated. I really thought this book had a lot of potential at the begining, but in the end I was just angry. Angry for buying this book and angry for reading it through. I'll give it 2 stars because I really wish it could be worth 2 stars...
Aug 16, 2014 Paritosh rated it liked it
This is a fast-paced story, difficult to put down, and deals with very contemporary issues.

By and large, the book is more of a personal political expression of the author. It's hard to miss that and that's actually okay, if the story would pan out realistically enough.

That's where I am not completely happy with this book... the message has been delivered, but not convincingly enough. At some point, I'm left wondering if the whole rant is not so much against a political ideology as much as it i
Greer Andjanetta
Oct 09, 2011 Greer Andjanetta rated it it was amazing
The 3rd of Raymond Khoury's books I have read - after the 1st one, I made a point to find the others. My ideal rating for this was 4.5 but since only 4 or 5 were available, I decided to boost the rating as this was an exceptionally enjoyable book. Khoury's stories are all imaginative, well written and have different themes than the usual run-of-the-mill mysteries. An interesting mix of fantasy/religion, fanatics and heroes in this one. I look forward to his next book.
Dec 27, 2012 Antonia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
very nearly put it aside during reading. goes from one cliché to the next, one predictable move to the next, one cardboard character with implausible actions to the next. bleh.
i picked it up because i remembered liking another one of his i read. either i was temporarily deranged or the author got worse. mh. not sure which really. overall my impression is that mr khoury wanted far too much with this. always bad with an adventure novel.
what a waste...
Halvor (Raknes)
Reading the beginning of the book I become very enthused, as the book appeared to be digging into aspects of modern day conspiracies of suppressed technologies and the military-industrial complex. However, as I continued reading I realized that promise was not to be fulfilled. Eveything taking place ends up neatly within the frames of consensus reality scientism. Which is regrettable as I've yet to se any fast-paced fiction book operate within a truly expanded and evolved paradigm which many peo ...more
Oct 27, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
Yet another book that I have read previously - it was an engaging read the second time around also.

A sign is seen in the sky, a reclusive priest is found to be connected. A new religious attitude is being formed and then we find that it is an international conspiracy to promote the USA.

The story is about how a bunch of unrelated people figure out and stop the conspiracy. A large bit not real but good story anyway.
Apr 02, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
"Hundreds of millions of dollars were often at stake. And when it came down to it, the choice between an eight-figure bank account and a dingy cell in a supermax federal penitentiary was a no-brainer." funny quote,

Do people really use guns? It is very sad, sorry state we are in to have to have all these weapons for what? Life has to be exciting, but what should it be? How should we make friends? By going to book groups. When literature deviates from what makes sense or looks anything like my own
Jul 21, 2015 Truff rated it did not like it
This book was awful.

Ok, I grabbed it because we were going camping and there are a lot of hours around the campfire to fill (I get up hours before everyone else) although apocalypse books all tend to be written with anti-religion, anti right sentiment anymore, took it out of the library anyway. Thank goodness I didn't pay actual fiat money for it.

Although I'm not organized religion, this book was definitely written with an anti-Christian opinion. That aside, the characters were awful, the chas
Jun 15, 2016 Kristine rated it it was amazing
This book was written in 2009...but it could not be more timely in this election year . Cutting edge science is neatly blended into political maneuvering with this story of a mystery sign in the sky, appearing around areas of the earth that are in tradition due to global warming. What does this apparition mean & where did it come from? Journalist Grace Morgan is in the right place at the right time for an exclusive scoop on this phenomenon. She gets a mysterious tip that this sign has been s ...more
Apr 18, 2012 Jools rated it it was amazing
Another talking book "read" for me - excellent book, fast paced and well written, I stayed up way beyond my usual "flop time" because I just didn't want to stop the story. Thought provoking in the way it dealt with the extremism, the treatment of ex-military, religious fervour etc. The plot drags you in and doesn't let you surface til the last words of the book.....!
Oct 16, 2009 Qiana rated it it was ok
Even if you agree with the politics in the book, the author is very heavy handed with them. After a while, I was shouting "Yes, I know! Right wing politics will kill us all, could we get back to the plot!" The character description was better in this book than The Last Templar, but don't expect great literature here. Good for a mindless read.
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Raymond Khoury is the author of five consecutive New York Times and #1 international bestsellers, starting with his debut novel, THE LAST TEMPLAR. His books have been translated into 38 languages, with over 10 million copies in print.

Raymond came to writing thrillers from a career in screenwriting, which including the BAFTA award winning BBC series SPOOKS (aka MI:5 in the US) and Waking The Dead.
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“They don’t understand that religion and science are there to serve different purposes. We need science to understand how everything on this planet and beyond works – us, nature, everything we see around us. That’s fact – no one with a working brain can question that. But we also need religion. Not for ridiculous counter-theories about things that science can prove. We need it for something else, to fill a different kind of need. The need for meaning. It’s a basic need we have, as humans. And it’s a need that’s beyond the realm of science. Your scientists don’t understand that it’s a need they can’t fulfill no matter how many Hadron colliders and Hubble telescopes they build- and your preachers don’[t understand that their job is to help you discover a personal, inner sense of meaning and not behave like a bunch of zealots intent on converting the rest of the planet to their rigid, literalist view of how everyone should live their lives.” 2 likes
“The Bible tells us the messiah will only return AFTER we've had the final battle between God's children and the army of the antichrist out there in Israel. It's only after that happens that we can be saved by the Rapture . . . we're still waiting for the Israelis to bomb the crap out of Iran and kick-start the whole thing.” 1 likes
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