The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

by Raymond Khoury

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After centuries of destruction, one unsuspecting woman stands at the center of a conspiracy that could change the world forever in this thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Templar.

Portugal, 1705. In the dungeons of a Templar castle, a dying old man bequeaths an ancient, half-burnt book to his young inquisitor. Keeping one step ahead of those who would kill to wrench the book's secret from his hands, the inquisitor turns his back on his calling and sets off on an impossible journey to complete the old man's quest.
Baghdad, 2003. Hunting for a mysterious bioweapon scientist, an army unit discovers a concealed state-of-the-art lab where gruesome experiments have been carried out on men, women, and children. The scientist escapes, but a puzzling clue is left behind: a circular symbol of a snake feeding on its own tail.
As the power of the symbol comes to light, revealing centuries of destruction left in its wake, a woman desperate for answers holds the fate of the world in her hands...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451223197
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/29/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 175,669
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 7.52(h) x 1.36(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Raymond Khoury is the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Templar, The Sanctuary, The Sign, The Templar Salvation, The Devil’s Elixir, Rasputin's Shadow, and The End Game. His novels have been translated into more than forty languages and, in the case of The Last Templar, adapted into a comic book and an NBC television miniseries. An acclaimed screenwriter and producer for both television and film, he has also penned several scripts for BBC series such as Spooks and Waking the Dead.

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The Sanctuary 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rather enjoyed his first book, The Last Templar. But this one just started off slow and never really picked up the pace until the end. And then it seemed like all the action was stuffed into a few chapters. It felt a bit off from the rest of the book. I don't really have a problem with the storyline just the way the book was put together. I did have a rather large problem with the way the author chose to portray wolves. Like wolves don't get a bad enough rap without fiction writers adding to it. A pack of wolves that had meat to eat, would not abandon it and come after two living people with guns and a fire and try to kill them for no reason. If the wolves were starving, why would they leave a fresh kill that was enough for all of them to try and go after to people with weapons? Totally ridiculous. And the author didn't portray a wolf hunt properly at all, if you can even believe they would hunt these people for no reason. The wolves in the book seemed crazed and ultra aggressive. Maybe they all had rabies. But nothing of that sort was ever mentioned. They were just vicious killer wolves that killed for the sake of killing. Absurd!
HOG-Mama More than 1 year ago
As a Dan Brown fan, this book was recommended by a B&N salesperson. So glad I took their advice. Great plot, descriptive locale details, believable characters and the plot refues to let you put the book down until you've read it all! Must read as followup to Last Templar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fortunately, Raymond Khoury¿s formula for The Sanctuary does not employ Hitler, the Cold War, Nazis, Templars (well, just a little), Columbian drug lords, Mary Magdalene, the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail or the KGB to attract readers. Unfortunately, its plot does rely upon some very bad archeology, Saddam Hussein, a seventeenth century noble as confused about his identity as we are about his relevance to the story, the Portuguese Inquisition, cardboard characters, the Philosopher¿s Stone, bloodthirsty Iraqis, the CIA, and Templars (just a little). Mr. Khoury¿s recipe for best sellerdom mixes in plenty of bloody shoot `em ups to keep his readers awake. I am glad that I had waited to buy this book until it came out in paperback and went on remainder sale, but you can save even more by picking up a Marvel or two at your local comics stand, They are cheaper, faster to read, just as thrilling and have color pictures.
DSFetters More than 1 year ago
I've read a couple of Khoury's "Templar" books and found this one to be on par with the others in terms of suspense, interesting characters, and an intriguing historical context - both the mythology and the current events of the past decade. Entertaining book. If you enjoyed his other work, this one won't dissapoint.
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
In the dungeons of an old Templar castle, a dying man bequests an ancient half burned book to his young inquisitor. This act starts a feud between two families in the 18th century: Raimondo di Sangro, a prince, on one side; and a chameleon man who goes by many names¿the most recent is the Count of Montferrat. Di Sangro has gone overboard to get the secret that the count has been hiding for generations¿to no avail. Once again the Count eludes him.

Present day, in Lebanon, Evelyn Bishop, a famous archeologist in her sixties that calls Lebanon home, is visited by an old acquaintance, Farouk. He is a fellow Iraqi that was on an excavation with her in Iraq thirty years before. Farouk is trying to get cash, which he needs desperately to escape Iraq, and proposes to Evelyn to sell a loot that was offered to him. Among the loot¿s Polaroid that Farouk shows Evelyn, there is one of a book which clearly shows the picture of a snake in the form of a circle biting his tail. She can't stay long with him because she had prior plans and they agree to meet later

Evelyn had an appointment for lunch with her daughter, Mia, who just got to Beirut on an assignment¿she is going to use Lebanese DNA to prove that both country's inhabitants, Christians and Muslims alike, are descendants of one culture, one tribe¿hoping to inspire a feeling of unity.

Mia notices her mother is not quite herself, and Evelyn tells her about Farouk and the Ouroboros or "tail devourer" snake that the old friend has brought. Evelyn reveals to Mia that last time she saw an Ouroboros was on the dig where she met Mia¿s father, who is supposedly now dead.

All this talk makes Evelyn late for Farouk¿s meeting, thus she rushes out, leaving behind her cell phone. Mia notices this, and runs back to the hotel to catch her mother. She sees her talking to an Arab, which she imagines is Farouk. Mia had also noted a suspiciously parked Mercedes and a dark figures, so she yelled her mother's name to warn her. Farouk escapes, but Evelyn is taken hostage after a few bullets fly in the night by the people in the Mercedes.

Here is where the thrilling part of the book starts. There are three forces at bay, competing to get the Ouroboros book:

Tim Corben, a CIA agent, who rescues Mia from the rough men several times and protects her. Mia is scared by the strange dedication to the case Tom displays, but has no choice to join forces with him. It is Mia who, through her mother's notes and computer research, figures out what the Ouroboros is all about¿but Corben dismisses it.

Then, there is Mr. Kirkwood, a worker for the UNESCO, who is also helping Mia rescue her mother. Mia confides her findings with him. Mr. Kirkwood takes a keen interest in resolving the mystery of the Ouroboros¿again making Mia both nervous and suspicious.

Finally, there is the hakeem (the doctor), who is the most sinister of them all. He has a concealed, state of the art lab, somewhere in the Middle East, where gruesome experiments have been carried out on men, women, and children. He holds Evelyn hostage and wants to use her as bait to get the book¿for he has the formula, but the formula is missing a key ingredient. The hakeem hopes that the book will help him find the missing ingredient.

As the power of the Ouroboros comes to light, multiple car chases, murders, lies, and change of alliances occur until we discover that the 18th century feud is alive and still ongoing.
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RGazala on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 screenwriter. The characters in "Sanctuary" are not created for the screen, but for the page. They are deeper, more nuanced, and most interestingly, more flawed than the ones in "Templar." The "Sanctuary" characters are as multifaceted, and at times as unpredictable, as Beirut, the fascinating city in which much of the story occurs. Beirut itself, a city where what one feels is often incongruent with what one sees, is as much a character as the people Khoury propels through the enthralling action in "Sanctuary." The city mirrors the characters' individual struggles to balance hope and despair, joy and terror, survival and destruction.The most compelling aspect of the novel is its theme, urging us to assess not only the benefits, but the consequences and responsibilities of living lives much longer than those afforded us by current actuarial tables. The novel wisely suggests our instinctive desire for materially extended lifespans be contemplated with as much focus on the qualitative as on the quantitative. It may not be so axiomatic whoever breathes longest, breathes best."The Sanctuary" is a very entertaining novel, by a very astute novelist. It's the best novel I've read this year. I recommend it highly.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some mysterious history form 1750 intersects with events in Baghdad in 2003 to create an exciting adventure in which several groups race to discover a secret elixir which will lead to an extended life. Tom Webster has the formula for a longevity potion which will change the world, but he doesn't want to release his knowledge until the elixir is available to both men and women. He has a daughter, Mia, that he never knew about, and ruthless opponents who want what Tom seeks, but not for such altruistic purposes. A great read. Dan gave it to me for my birthday in 2007.
gabbajabba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story, but the writing style bothered me. I enjoyed The Last Templar much more than this one. I wanted to find out how this story ended, but it was a chore to keep reading it.
justabookreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mia Bishop, an American geneticist, takes an assignment in Lebanon to be close to her archaeologist mother, Evelyn. Soon after Mia's arrival, her mother is kidnapped and she finds herself thrown into an unfamiliar life of danger. Local authorities quickly accuse her mother of antiquities smuggling, specifically a book featuring a strange symbol called the ouroboros. In a short time span, Evelyn's kidnapping garners the attention of not only U.S. Embassy officials but also several men with a very keen interest in her work and the book.Enter Jim Corben and Bill Kirkwood, two men who make Mia very uneasy in terms of their motives, but without any other options and lack of both police and government help, she trusts both to keep her safe and assist in finding her mother. Corben, an ¿economics counselor¿ from the U.S. Embassy with an unusual proclivity for handling guns and defensive driving, drags her in and out of several precarious situations. Bill Kirkwood, a frequent funder of Evelyn's work, has a particular interest in finding both Evelyn and the book but is very elusive in his explanations for wanting both.From start to finish, Khoury keeps the action coming, throwing in new characters and events throughout. His mythology surrounding the mysterious book, the ouroboros, is well thought out and provides an engaging storyline on its own. There are a few flashbacks throughout which introduce the reader to new characters and add back story which helps to round out the history of the book and why it's of so much interest. There are a few moments where it feels as if the main story is put on hold to offer more information through these flashbacks but Khoury puts the story back on track very quickly.In terms of action scenes involving Mia and Corben, while intriguing and do a fine job of moving the story along, one is hard pressed to believe a mere citizen would be dragged into a shootout on the street. However, it is not a deterring factor as the scenes do fit within the context of the story.There are plenty of plot twists and character revelations that keep reader interest high. However, near the end, each scene involves an ever growing cast of characters which are written in and out very quickly, making some of the action scenes a bit hard to follow as the reader is forced to remember who is entangled with the sought after book at this point.While readers may not buy the very tidy ending, the ride itself seems to be what the author is after and in that regard he does not disappoint. ¿The Sanctuary¿ is a fast read with potent action scenes and entertaining twists that keep the reader guessing until the very end.
oldbookswine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun read. Lots of action and a bit of romance. The focus of the story is a book that contains the secert to longer life. Evelyn Bishop and her daughter Mia are caught up in a race for the book. They meet CIA Agent Jim Corben and an UN agent Kirkwood who appear to work on the same side but are they? This is a page turner of the Dan Brown type.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read loved it
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Well developed story .
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago we go again with harriet klausner ruining yet anotger book with her plot spoilers. When are you going to do something to her,bn? She needs to be banned.
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