The Key: A Novel

The Key: A Novel

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by Simon Toyne
     
 

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Simon Toyne’s breathtaking international bestseller, Sanctus, had critics everywhere cheering, calling the author the new Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) or Steve Berry (The Jefferson Key), while praising Toyne’s debut thriller as “remarkable,” “thrilling,” “provocative,”

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Simon Toyne’s breathtaking international bestseller, Sanctus, had critics everywhere cheering, calling the author the new Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) or Steve Berry (The Jefferson Key), while praising Toyne’s debut thriller as “remarkable,” “thrilling,” “provocative,” “haunting,” and  “spectacular.”

The adventure continues with The Key, returning readers to the dark world of a sinister religious order older than Christianity and their Vatican-like secret citadel high in the Turkish mountains—as one courageous woman must fulfill an enigmatic prophecy that could determine the ultimate fate of humankind. James Rollins, Raymond Khoury, and Chris Kuzneski fans will not want to miss this one.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist (starred review) on The Key
“If you like your secrets deeply hidden and your action breakneck, then Toyne’s sophomore thriller is just the ticket. . . . As in his debut, Toyne delivers a gripping, intricate story of religious and political intrigue that’s sweeping yet somehow intimate and very personal. Wow.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Sanctus
“[Sanctus] might turn out to be the next great cliffhanger conspiracy thriller.”
The Daily Mirror (UK) on Sanctus
“Hard to think of it as a debut, better to think of it as the beginning of a massive new adventure, and a so-long to Dan Brown. . . .”
Brad Meltzer
“When you read Sanctus, you’ll see just how frightening, ruthless and relentlessly entertaining an order of monks can be. Haunting in the best way.”
Booklist on The Key
“If you like your secrets deeply hidden and your action breakneck, then Toyne’s sophomore thriller is just the ticket. . . . As in his debut, Toyne delivers a gripping, intricate story of religious and political intrigue that’s sweeping yet somehow intimate and very personal. Wow.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062038357
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Series:
Ruin Trilogy , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
30,030
File size:
2 MB

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Brad Meltzer

“When you read Sanctus, you’ll see just how frightening, ruthless and relentlessly entertaining an order of monks can be. Haunting in the best way.”

Meet the Author

Simon Toyne is the bestselling author of the Sanctus trilogy: Sanctus, The Key, and The Tower. A writer, director, and producer in British television for twenty years, he worked on several award-winning shows, one of which won a BAFTA. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages and published in more than fifty countries. He lives with his wife and family in England and the south of France, where he is at work on his second Solomon Creed novel.

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The Key: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
ABookAWeekES More than 1 year ago
In his debut novel, Sanctus, author Simon Toyne thrilled audiences with his high concept, religious conspiracy thriller. The dazzling story continues in The Key, the next novel in his planned trilogy. The novel opens days after the events of the previous book. After her brother's strange death captured the attention of the world, Liv Adamsen finds herself in a hospital bed, unable to fully remember the events that brought her there. She can vaguely remember entering the secretive religious Citadel located in Ruin, but has no clue how she ended up in the hospital. Even worse, she is hearing whispers that claim she is 'the key'. Unbeknownst to Liv, a web of conspiracy is coming to fruition within the confines of the Catholic Church. The mysterious inhabitants of the Citadel, known as the Sancti, were meant to protect an ancient sacrament. When the sacrament was released, all leaders of the group were killed, leaving the compound without a clear direction and threatening the future of the entire church. Even more, a plague has set in, killing the Sancti one by one. Leaders of the Vatican believe that Liv holds the key to the sacrament, and will stop at nothing to return her to the Citadel. As a cat and mouse chase ensues, Liv realizes the enormity of the situation. With the aid of Gabriel Mann, a charity worker who's family has long sought to reveal the sacrament, Liv must discover the true meaning of 'the key' before her life and the fate of the entire world comes crashing down. Despite the complexity of the plot, Toyne expertly manages all aspects of the story through his streamlined prose. The novel picks up right where Sanctus left off, allowing the urgency of the story to permeate the entire novel and the characters to continue to develop believable relationships and reactions to their situations. Toyne never lets the enormity of his concept drown out the subtle motivations of his characters. He seamlessly weaves actions, history, romance, and suspense into a nonstop thriller that pulses forward to a shocking and extremely satisfying conclusion. The Key successfully continues the precedent set by Sanctus, and leaves the reader anxiously awaiting the conclusion to this gripping trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read Sanctus and enjoyed it very much. I couldn't wait to read The Key and was not disappointed. The Key was exciting and kept me very engaged. I enjoyed the characters and the plot development. I was happy to see there is a third book in this series and intend to buy it as a Nook book also. thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book,Sanctis and this one are without question,the best most exciting books Ever.
anniemichelle More than 1 year ago
A 5 star most excellent read! I won this book on booktrib which is second in a trilogy, so I went out and got the first book “Sanctus” and I am so very glad I did. I knew I would love and give both books 5 stars along with my mother who has read and loved them both as well! “The Key” is a crazy twisted ride all over the world everywhere evil religious men lurk. It starts out right where “Sanctus” left us off, heart thumping and mind just a whirling…. I will quote a dust jacket blurb… Hunted, Hounded, Haunted she is the most important person in the world, she is KuShiKaam, “The Key”… and she is journalist Liv Adamsen. The first book deals mainly with her brother who was a monk and his horrific and strange death in the ancient city of Ruin where Liv has just made an escape from the famed and very secretive Citadel She now lies in isolation in a hospital room that she must leave very soon as the people who were after her brother are after and will continue to hunt her and the secret she holds inside her. There is only one person she can trust, Gabriel Mann and they must go back to Turkey and find a stranger who is called simply “The Ghost” to unravel this mystery as old as time itself. This book will keep you up all night turning page after breathtaking page, I am on pins and needles waiting for the third book in this rip roaring, mind bending Trilogy!
Daybee More than 1 year ago
Great book! Really built on the excitement of the story started in "Sanctum" I really didn't want it to end. Can't wait for the "The Tower" to finish the story. I absolutely HATE it when authors write a trilogy with the 3rd book in hardback, so I'll have to wait almost a year to finish the series. Hope it will be worth the wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it over one 5 hour plane ride and it was fantastic!!!
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I wish there were half star ratings. this is a solid 3 1/2+. i t really got interesting and left me really looking forward to the 3rd book. I'm tough on ratings. Only about 4 that I've ranked 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Evrn better than book one suspenseful fast paced the characters keep being belivable and likable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great second story. The story picked up from Sanctus and took off from there! Hope there's a third!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this trilogy. The characters are well defined and you care about what happens to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a suspenseful, fantastic trip through this world. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it. But be sure to read Sanctus first!
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Sorry. I don't understand all the five star ratings for this book. I liked Sanctus and would give it five stars. But reading this one is a chore. Not sure I'll even finish the trilogy.
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It was a good book
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t_b_m More than 1 year ago
This book states that there was a culture that lived "thousands of years earlier" and founded religion, but were a secret isolated society. The book missed the opportunity to develop more mystery in the Tower and perhaps create more mysticism as well. Some of the personal relationships that unfolded were unbelievable. Also the symbolism attached to the artifacts could have been explored more deeply. I enjoyed the books for entertainment, and they did not require much analysis or thought. How does a reporter become the key? How does a brother jumping to his death cause his sister to be the key? This could have been explored much more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is a second in a series of three-it is fast paced with interesting good and evil characthers. I will go on to the third bird in the series.
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