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Sanctus (Sancti Trilogy #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  6,651 Ratings  ·  935 Reviews
The certainties of modern life are about to be shattered by an ancient conspiracy that has been nurtured by blood and lies.

A man climbs a cliff face in the oldest inhabited place on earth, a mountain known as the Citadel, a Vatican-like city-state that towers above the city of Ruin in contemporary Turkey. But this is no ordinary ascent. It is a dangerous, symbolic act. And
Paperback, 486 pages
Published 2011 by William Morrow
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Three Quarters Of The Book Was Great!
I loved this book until the last 30 pages. It was gripping right from the start, moved along at a fast pace with lots of action and an intriguing story line. However, it became too, much to comprehend during the final chapters. There is a sequel to this book and perhaps it will tie everything in together and make it somewhat more plausible.

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my GIFTS AND GUILTY list.

Regardless of how many books are already queued patiently on my reading list, unexpected gifts and guilt-trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the front.

The word on Sanctus from my GR friends:
“Very good
Martina Keller
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: turkey
I usually don't go for the crappy religious conspiracy books (e.g. Dan Brown), but this one lured me in as potential brain candy. It was not particularly clever, but it kept me interested. And I never protested out loud over any obvious absurdities like I did with Dan Brown. That was a step in the right direction. What bothered me is that almost all the action takes place in a fictional ancient city in Central Anatolia, but completely misses the opportunity to draw the authentic cultural and his ...more
Oct 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How this pile of steaming crap got to be an "International Best Seller" is the real mystery here. It was arduous work just trying to overlook the incongruity of a story set in "ancient" Turkey where all the characters spoke perfect English and used American idioms.

Especially off-putting was the flitting back and forth between locations, which challenged the reader to remember just who the hell was being talked about in each new chapter. Characters came and left in the space of a few sentences. D
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who seeks, questions and wonders
Recommended to Katy by: Vine Program
Shelves: vine-book
Please note: I read and reviewed this book in July 2011 from a copy received from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review. I am about to read the 2nd book in the series, so formatting this review.

My Synopsis: A man has climbed the sheer, 1000-foot mountain out of which the Citadel is made. When the tourists who have visited Ruin, Turkey to see this ancient religious fortress arrive, they are astounded to see what looks like a large “T” on top of it; only to discover that it is a man who sta
Trev Twinem
May 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The da vinci code this is not! It starts with a reasonable promise of good things to come; Brother Andrew making the ultimate sacrifice from the roof of the this the dawn of the second coming? From this point on the story is utter drivel, whereas the da vinci code was a highly intelligent thoughtful read this is pure dross good guys v the bad guys...for some 600 pages...but I stuck with it to the bitter end! I rate it as one of the worst books I have ever read and am amazed at the r ...more
S.J.A. Turney
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read anything non Historical, but had this recommended to me, so I bumped it up the pile.

I read it in short order, in every five minutes available.

Sanctus is intriguing, complex and absorbing from beginning to middle.

I use this odd turn of phrase because the second half os also intriging, complex and absorbing, but it is also exciting, action- packed, fascinating and explosive (quite literally).

Once you're about 25 pages in, the book is impossible to abandon. You just H
Chris Bushman
Apr 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sanctus is basically a Davinci Code-style beach book that makes no pretense to being great literature.

On the positive side I will admit that the central mystery presented at the beginning of the story kept me reading to the end (even though I almost gave up on the book several times) so I could see what it was all really about.

Now for the negatives:

A) This is a historical thriller grounded in EASTERN Church history (a secretive monastery located in what is now Turkey). The author seems to have n
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-conspiracy
I have to say the amount of chapters does begin to wear after a while & detracts from the story as it jumps about but in reality doesn't get very far in terms of charactor developement nor depth of story. Having said that it's still an ok read & the twist at the end is a surprise for sure
Lisa Reads & Reviews
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dan Brown fans, religion conspiracy connoisseurs
The start is certainly engaging. A monk is initiated into a secret that motivates him to tell the world in the only way he has open to him - a very public suicide. A flash of supernatural effects, along with the ambiance of the ancient Citadel set the stage. I was intrigued!

The middle section, through written in short chapters with POV tossed between a wide number of characters, still dragged a bit. The characters were stock, for the most part. Evil monks driven by fanaticism to do horrible deed
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Simon Toyne was born February 29th, 1968 in Cleethorpes, England, but spent his formative years in Peterborough. He moved further south, to Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London, to study English and Drama then ended up working as a producer, director in commercial television for almost twenty years.

He quit in 2007, just shy of his fortieth birthday, to try and focus more on writing
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Other Books in the Series

Sancti Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Key (Sancti Trilogy #2)
  • The Tower (Sancti Trilogy #3)