Saturday, July 7, 2012

Review - Sanctus

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.

My review:

This is my favorite suspense of the year. It has everything from suspense, to action, mystery and conspiracies that stretch back to the beginning of the human race.

The author creates a mysterious sect that is hiding an ancient artifact that no one except the highest ranking in the group know what it really is. They have a very detailed history that you discover over the course of the story and that keep you figuring things out until the end of the story.

The setting as well is fictional but is so detailed that as you read you are wondering does it indeed exist. And if so where exactly in Turkey will you find it. You can easily picture it and imagine what it would look like should you be able to visit. From the streets to the buildings to the security.

At the same time you are getting these great character and setting details. You are on a roller coaster ride with the story. Once you get going it is almost non-stop until the end.

I thought this was an excellent debut for this author and I was completely surprised by the ending. It was not at all what I was expecting and it threw in one final twist to the story. While this is the start of a trilogy it is a complete stand alone that concludes the main story at the end. I am however really looking forward to the next in the series to see what happens next as a result of what happened here.

If you are looking for a great suspense. Pick this one up immediately. It is reminiscent of other religious thrillers. But as it is completely fictional and not based on any one "real" religious sect it can easily be classified in a standard thriller category.

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