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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  6,245 ratings  ·  307 reviews
After centuries of destruction, one unsuspecting woman stands at the center of a conspiracy that could change the world forever.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Dutton Adult (first published January 1st 2004)
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Apr 15, 2008 John rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that hate the Da Vinci Code genre - so that they can slag this book off too
Shelves: modern-fiction
Well, well, well... where to start.... should I even bother?... most of it has been said before.

The plot - not the most original... but at least it was not was all reasonably straightforward with little in the way of twists and turns.

The characters - all pretty boring... only one surprise revelation, but I guess we all worked out who Kirkwood was 200 pages before the great reveal anyway... all of the others were dull... Evelyn [too intellectual to think straight], Mia [daugh
Humans have long dreamed of immortality, in some cases devoting their lives to the quest. Raymond Khoury makes that dream the focus of his latest historical thriller, The Sanctuary. Built around two interwoven stories, one from the 18th century and one present day, most of the action takes place in Lebanon. When an unknown pack of thugs abducts archaeologist Evelyn Bishop, her daughter Mia, a geneticist, mounts a desperate search to retrieve her. Unbeknownst to Mia, there are others on the trail ...more
This was a decent action-packed thriller. I liked the back and forth narration between history and modern day. Usually it distracts me, but this time, I felt like it filled in holes for the modern-day story. The story didn't really slow down much, the action was constant. It was really hard to keep track of who was the "good guy" and who was the "bad guy". No one could seem to decide who they wanted to be. I like twists and turns in my stories, but you kind of needed a score card for this one. I ...more
I found this book to move at a pretty good pace. The chapters were short and they usually left you wanting to read another chapter. Of those that were long Mr. Khoury left good natural sperations shifting POV's among the main charaters.

A lot of people tend to forget the Mr Khoury spent a good number of years as a sucessful screenwriter before turning to novels. This novel shows that past profession well. A lot of the scenes in the novel lend easy to the imagination or allowing the mind to easil
Richard Gazala
I enjoyed Khoury's first novel, "The Last Templar." Khoury's considerable screenwriting talents drove the plot, making the story play like a movie inside my head as I read it. As he has mentioned in numerous interviews, Khoury originally created "The Last Templar" as a screenplay, and the book was accordingly cinematic from beginning to end.

Good as "Templar" is, Khoury's second novel, "The Sanctuary," is far richer. In "Sanctuary" we find Khoury maturing as a true novelist, rather than a screenw
Easy book to read; what I call cheap fiction, not in an intentionally derogatory way, but just the book is typically meant only to entertain, not to necessarily invoke deep thought. But those are good books from time to time to read and enjoy, and I enjoyed this one. Its in the myth based historical fiction genre that I really enjoy. This is the second book I've read by Raymound Khoury, the other being "The Last Templar." Both interesting books, mixes history, myth, and storytelling well for a c ...more
Randy Daugherty
The story starts out in Naples 1750.A group led by the prince of San Servero bust in on the marquis demanding he turn over the secret he hides.The Marquis escapes and makes his journey assuming other names and titles along the way.
Fast forward to bagdad 2003, and the terrible find the soldiers make. A secret underground lab, complete with surgical room and horrible deaths of prisoners, including mass graves.
On one wall is the symbol of a snake eating it's tail. What does this mean, where did it
This was a very good book! I did enjoy reading it but like many of the ones I read the ending is always a bit anti-climatic. But all in all Mr. Khoury writes good books and I've enjoyed all his books!
Mike Grady
This is my first experience with one of Raymond Khoury's works and I found it both a enjoyable and an intriguing quick read. I liked his slow character development - watching some of the main characters motivations unfold over time was a nice twist. The historical aspects combined with an unconventional setting added to the mysterious nature of the story.

I plan on reading more of his works and recommend it to those who are fond of mysteries, conspiracies and historical novels

Kumar Shiva
Its kind of an underrated one. Its pacy all the way around. This thriller felt like a movie running in your mind. Its not surprising as the author is a professional scriptwriter. Raymond Khoury has researched well on the subject of elixirs, ouroboros, assasinations and genocide. One shall not regret reading this book if you are for a super high tempo page turner. Dont avoid the book reading the depreciating reviews all around. Worthy time passer
Dan Rheingans
Well 2 stars to start 2015. This book was below average on so many levels. Characters were shallow, plot development was predictable at best. The premise of the book was fine...but this book took me FOREVER to read and mostly because I just didn't care about anything that was happening in the book. When I'm only 15 pages left and I decide to just got to bed rather than finish those last few pages that tells you all you need to know about how interesting this book was. I really have no desire to ...more
I was disappointed. I'd loved another book by this author.
This one was heavy on the chases and light on the information and intellectual puzzles and reason why the information was SO important that people had to die for it.
I also think the body count was a bit high - too gory and gruesome.
Despite having read this book I'm still not sure how I feel about it. Up to almost halfway through I found it quite labourious to read, and I couldn't really build up any enthusiasm towards any of the characters. The concept behind the plot I enjoyed, and to be fair the book did pick up pace after the halfway point. There was the usual historical aspect, but for me it didn't seem to meld well with the modern day settings.
Personally I was frustrated by this book, something just didn't sit right a
A fun read. Exciting and interesting. It was a relief not to have the usual annoying romance spring up between the male and female protagonists.
Fast-paced and good twists!! :) Just a little bit too modernist for my taste. And i have some questions left unanswered.
I liked the ideas in this, but it just wasn't exciting enough - the puzzle was fascinating, but not fascinatingly written.
Stopped about a third of the way the words of several Monty Python alums, "Get on with it!"
Amazing book, loved the story, but ending was a little so-so in my opinion...
Justin Sylvia
I can honestly say that i was a bit disappointed by this latest attempt at a conspiracy novel. I may not exactly be correct on this but, I've got a feeling that this book may be based on some truth but mostly fiction. Irregardless, Raymond Khoury has in a way let me down, i was expecting something good and quasi-easy to follow like his first effort..The Last Templar. Unfortunately this was not to be, The Sanctuary is more scattered and all over the place then the last one. At least in the Last T ...more
To put it succinctly, its 465 pages of irrelevance. The usual hallmarks of Khoury are there, in comparison to The Last Templar: short chapters, fast flowing action packed scenes. There has been an improvement in depth of coverage and description, but the question remains - to what end?

The words about the cover brings to mind images of Templars, secrets and the such, much supported by the supposedly good reviews from various sources. But, throughout the whole book, the reader is lead from one ch
The book hinges on the premise of a secret to an extended life created by the ancients. Flashing back between the current day and various historical periods, starting with the Inquisition, we see how this secret is passed along to an unlikely character, and the pursuit of this character. In the modern day, a woman archaeologist is offered a book with a curious symbol of a snake eating its own tale by an old colleague while in Lebanon. This book sets off a series of events including the kidnappin ...more
This book is an over-glorified search for the Fountain of Youth. More specifically, this book is a cat-and-mouse chase to find a mysterious book revealing secrets to obtain eternal youth. However, it took me a good two-thirds of the book to really get into the premise. The plot is very formulaic, containing the redundant flashbacks to 18th Century Europe, and a modern day mystery connected to these events. While the story has potential, it is Khoury’s writing that lacks finesse. He could have ea ...more
Nancy Oakes
Some time ago, when it first came out, I read this author's The Last Templar and, well, disagreed with the hundreds of people who loved it. Now I find myself in the same boat with Sanctuary. And, as with the Last Templar, the book started out so well that I was convinced it was going to be great. But here's my problem with this has the feel of a novel where the author has set it up to eventually become a movie. Highly implausible, it spans time from the mid 18th century up to the prese ...more
Jun 24, 2010 Josh rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers & Indiana Jones-type adventure stories
This is the second book by this author that I have read. While it didn't match his first book, I still found myself enjoying the read. Certain plot points are predictable and the hunt for the missing object, a book, is fun, I just felt the "earth-shattering secret" wasn't all that "earth shattering." With these types of novels, the object or secret has to be in capital letters, "OMG! NOW THAT'S WILD!" This just didn't do it for me. I'm not sure why.

I will say this - Khoury knows how to write. T
Robert Guenette
I got this as a Christmas gift and although I hadn't read any of his other work, I had heard of The Last Templar in passing.

I can't say I was expecting a lot, so I guess in that sense the book didn't disappoint. There was an interesting idea nestled within, but Khoury just couldn't seem to decide what story he was trying to tell. At first it was the story of a single mother yearning for her lost love, then it was an action story involving her daughter, and then suddenly it became about somethin
The premise and potential story line behind the book was good. Mr. Khoury has a unique style of writing that keeps the reader involved with the story.

Now the bad. I guess Mr. Khoury has some sort of grudge against religion because he does nothing but trash religion. About the moment that he included a lie and offensive statement about my religion I was pretty fed up with his attitude. Here is a hint Mr. Khoury,before you trash someone's correct research.

Throughout the whole book he
Wie schon Scriptum spielt auch dieser Thriller von Khoury wieder in zwei Zeiten. Zum einen im 18. Jahrhundert an verschiedenen Orten Europas, an denen sich die Gegenspieler Sebastian Guerrero und Raimondo di Sangro begegnen, denn ersterer hat etwas, das letzterer unbedingt haben möchte, und daher verfolgt er ihn durch ganz Europa, bemüht, ihn immer wieder aufzuspüren, um ihm sein Geheimnis zu entreißen. Und dabei läuft er sprichwörtlich gegen die Zeit...
Die zweite Schiene verläuft in der Gegenwa
Galen Johnson
This is the type of book I read for pure entertainment, and so my base assumption is that a thriller like this will have poorly developed characters, some major errors or mistakes in plotting or background, and require some suspension of disbelief. And yet be entertaining and offer a little something different from the last 10 thrillers I read. I found 'The Sanctuary' to pretty much be average in all respects. Not something I am going to rave about, but neither am I surprised it was published.

A rattling good read for the most, though ultimately a disappointment.
For four fifths of the book, I was captured, but the final sections did seem to let the previous chapters' side down.
Maybe I shouldn't be surprised, as it took a while for the book to let on - or was it that I was just slow on the up-take? - as to what it all turned on. Once I knew this, then it all enters the realms of fantasy.
With others of this genre, where they're looking for treasure or secrets buried, or lost, in ancient
Rossrn Nunamaker
I was pleased to find Raymond Khoury had a new book out, the Sanctuary.

Khoury's first book was a best-selling suspense novel, the Last Templar. This one is also on the best-seller list and is by all means a page turner.

Ironically, my daughter picked up on something that I hadn't. On the back cover was the bible verse "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is Death." (1 Corinthians 15:26). She said it sounds like something out of Harry Potter.

She wasn't too far off at the root of it, but I'll le
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Raymond moved to Rye, New York, from his native Lebanon at the outbreak of the civil war there in 1975. After graduating from Rye Country Day School, he returned to Lebanon to study architecture at the American University of Beirut. During his years there, in between repeated flare-ups of fighting, he illustrated several children's books for Oxford University Press's Middle East office. Raymond co ...more
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