The Sign

The Sign

by Raymond Khoury
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The Sign by Raymond Khoury

New York Times bestselling author Raymond Khoury returns with a provocative, hard-hitting thriller ripped from the headlines and set at the intersection of science, religion, politics and history…  
It appears out of nowhere in the skies above Antarctica—a blazing sphere of light that transforms into a mysterious symbol for all to see. Then, it vanishes. The world is enraptured by the event. Is the symbol man-made? Is it of extraterrestrial origin? Or is it a sign from God?  The entire human race holds its breath, desperate for an answer—but will it be the one they're hoping for?  
For reporter Gracie Logan, it's the story of a lifetime. And her search for the truth will lead her from an ancient monastery in the sands of Egypt to a megachurch in Texas and into a mystery that she may not survive.  
For ex-con Matt Sherwood, it's a chance to redeem himself—and to find the men responsible for the death of his brother.  
And for a few shady players in the corridors of power in Washington D.C., it's a chance to redefine the world—and to manipulate the relationship between religion and politics in America, for better, or for worse...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451228208
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 247,602
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.30(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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Steve Berry

"There's a fine line between science and religion. Too often that border becomes blurred, or confused, usually through either ignorance or fanaticism, which nearly always leads to conflict. The Sign expertly explores this ever-shifting line of myth and reality. But this book is not a religious thriller. Nobody is trying to destroy the Catholic Church; Christ is not being cloned; and there are no ancient theological secrets that could change the course of history. Instead, Raymond Khoury explores the concept a religion by posing the ever-present question What if? in a unique and appealing way. Protagonists Matt Sherwood, a former-car thief (which is interesting in and of itself), and news reporter, Gracie Logan, are who Khoury calls upon to determine if God has finally decided to reveal himself, or is something more sinister afoot? I like that in a Khoury book the title actually means something. That was true in The Last Templar and The Sanctuary, and it is equally true here. The sign is important. This story captivates with plausibility and imagination. It's fiercely intelligent and equally curious. Khoury casts his fictional world in a dark pall-a fitting atmosphere for his protagonists as they race both time and shadowy instincts toward a scintillating conclusion. The Sign is a rapid paced adventure that delivers equal quantities of story and lesson, neither one suffering in the process. Khoury's background as a screenwriter shows. He is especially adept at action scenes. His expertly chosen verbs cause the scenes to leap from the page. You can literally feel the blows as they're landed; wince as the bullets find their marks. He has an intense brand ofstorytelling all his own. The Sign is a prize to be savored."

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The Sign 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
anMK More than 1 year ago
Khoury's first two books were inspiring enough to purchase "The Sign," unfortunately, I realized my mistake a third of the way through this author's latest creation. The redundancy and persistence of Khoury to overemphasize his personal feelings on religion and the current political climate completely overshadows any semblance of story-telling. I'm really not sure I want to tempt fate again if he decides to pursue another novel.
IFly2Eat More than 1 year ago
"I get it, I get it." That is what you will be screaming about half way through this. Khoury doesn't hide his opinions too well in this lackluster book. Characters are not that believable and there are pages of their monologues about religion. Don't bother reading this and honestly it will probably be my last Khoury book.
Fighterjock More than 1 year ago
I have liked his other books, but while this one had an interesting plot line, Khoury was way too over the top in his drinking of the global warming koolaid and his persistent bashing of the USA. I agree with him that far too many people have died for really stupid religious reasons, but this book just took his left-leanings too far. As someone who does not even live in the US, if he wants to write any more about screwed up governments he needs to write about his own...or perhaps Greece. I'm removing him from my reading list.
laurak122 More than 1 year ago
I've read Raymond Khoury's work in the past and enjoyed it; however this novel not only didn't live up to his past work, it was downright irritating to read. If you happen to be a super-far-left Marxist type Socialist you might enjoy this predictable story. I was not only angered that Mr. Khoury uses the "ANYTHING (even if it's amoral or unethical) is OK as long as it meets leftist political agendas" to justify character behaviors. Truly, the character's solution at the end of the book is not the path of truth and honor, but LITERALLY "We're going to lie because it meets leftist standards and we don't want the right gaining political power." It's blatent. Mr. Khoury also has an addendum to his novel that is a many-page discourse on how awful President Bush was (get over it - he's out of office), a tired, old, has-been argument. The worst part of all this bashing of the political right in the US is that Mr. Khoury lives in the UK. Bush was never HIS president and this is not his country, and as a proud American I was greatly offended to read Khoury's nasty commentary. Just to be clear, I am NOT a Republican, never have been, and never will be. I simply have no patience or respect for lame, worn-out garbage that refuses to acknowledge there are good and honest people on all political fronts (not just left and right). Mr. Khoury, I will NEVER purchase another book of yours - I refuse to put a penny in your pocket.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cover of this book states that it is "A Novel". It is not. Far from it. And I for one feel cheated. The so called plot of this book is nothing but a cover to cover, thinly disguised platform for Koury's hatred of all things Christian, Conservative, or American. Non stop personal attacks of specific, real people. And the worst part is that he is getting away with it. If the tables were turned, the backlash would be front page news! Having read his first two books, my husband and I were both looking forward to this book. I happened to be the one to read it first, and wished that I hadn't. It has left a very bad mark on my mind and my soul. My husband shall not be reading it. We plan on giving away his first two books to charity, throwing this one out, and never ever buying another Khoury book. To us, he has committed literary suicide. For an enjoyable read try Steve Berry, Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, Nelson DeMille, Preston/Child, James Rollins, all entertaining without undo preaching.
yanniyankel More than 1 year ago
His books are normally worth a light summer read, but this one leaves much to be desired. Getting his politics as the major part of the story line does not do the story any credit nor does the story give any credit to his strident political views.
YumaPat More than 1 year ago
A fairly good read-only Khoury should be getting paid by DNC, or at least re elect Obama committee-"climate"opinions aside, it's not the worst book out there it could have been better with less kowtowing to present administration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author inserts his hatred for any political philosopy that is not his own. His venom makes Kieth Oberman sound like a reasoned pundit. This, coupled with a below average plot, makes this a book to avoid.
southwindWS More than 1 year ago
This will be the last time I even pick up one of this writer's books. He goes out of his way to insult a very large part of the American people. Most of his writing deals with global warming and the christian people. The story line is hard to follow with the hero Matt, running around killing people, stealing cars, kidnapping, etc, and no police in site. A very poorly written story from a writer who appears to be living in England and knows everthing about this country. Stay home and write about your socialist home country.
Retired_Book_Lover More than 1 year ago
I wish I had read the reviews here before wasting my money on this rubbish. I struggled through about a third of the book and finally gave up. There was nothing about any of the characters that was appealing; there was no plot to catch my interest, and the writing was tedious. I read as far as I did because I couldn't imagine a book reported to be good (as this one was) could be so bad. This book is, as has been said here, nothing but a political yammerfest written so badly that it is neither a good thriller, nor a good political discussion. It will be the last time I waste money on this author :(
mnprincess_jd1 More than 1 year ago
The first novel by this author was compelling and suspensful this is not the case with this novel. The plot of the book is not immeadeatly clear and when it does become clear it is evident that the author is using the book to express his views on global warming and religon and trying and failing at disguising it at a thriller. The book is insulting to anyone who doesn't share the opions expressed in the book.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
It begins with the appearance of 'the sign' a mysterious glowing apparition in the Antarctica. I thought form that I would enjoy a great thriller, but this is not the case with this book. The plot is thin; the characters are not developed and the book is more or less and avenue in expressing the author's political and religious views. I expected more and got less. I do not recommend "The Sign" for anyone looking for a good thriller or mystery to read.
JeremyJLandry More than 1 year ago
The Sign is a great story - plot devices from political intrigue (without being boring or long-winded) to religious and action themes abound. Several of the author's evident opinions, such as his blatant dislike of George W. Bush and non-liberal policies jarred me out of the story, but if you overlook them, the story was fast-paced and a thought-provoking read. Also, some Christians may have a problem with the story, but my beliefs were perfectly embodied by Father Jerome. Ideas to mull over and make you question why some things are the way they are were littered throughout. As you can tell from my headline, I thought Crusader Gold was excellently written, but The Sanctuary for me was, in a word, boring. The Sign was most definitely a quality read, and for me, Raymond Khoury's best book to date.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. I suppose my expectations were too great since reading "The Last Templar".
Darth-Vader More than 1 year ago
Raymond Khoury definitely capitalizes on the popularity of Dan Brown. However his storytelling falls flat an I agree he has a political agenda. If you can't wait for The Lost Symbol seek out Steve Berry or James Rollins you won't be disappointed.
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gc98 More than 1 year ago
The Sign. I enjoyed reading this story. :)
Connie1950 More than 1 year ago
I am always amazed when an author intertwines their own political views within their works.  Why would anyone with half a brain insult the other half of America?  I truly believe Mr. Khoury was so  enamored when Obama won the presidency that he jumped on the Messiah bandwagon and totally forgot to get off.
rodman2735 More than 1 year ago
Great characters. Great story line. Overall, very well done. Consider me a Khoury fan.
cowboymidalo More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters and the plot held my interest and kept me reading. With many twists and turns the story was not concluded and the mystery not revealed till the last pages. I have read all of this authors novels and have enjoyed all of them immensely. Although I did not think this was his best novel it is definitely worth reading.
humaneisfact More than 1 year ago
an exciting thriller that anyone who appreciates Dan Brown or Preston and Child would enjoy.Bad reviews seem to come from people who can not get past their own political views and realize this is just a work of fiction.Too many people are not mature enough to read a (thriller)novel and judge it on its merits-was it exciting?was it fast paced?was it character driven? Instead they only care that the plot may involve scenarios that seem to shed certain political views in a positive or negative light.So if the heros of a novel have leftist slants then right wingers will give the book one star.And vice versa.So you could say this work of fiction is controversial.I'd say those who loved Atlas Shrugged hate this novel "Signs".But Atlas Shrugged is a wel lwritten book even though the subject is controversial,.So is Signs.
DIAMONDTROY More than 1 year ago
I so looked forward to reading this his 3rd book . How disappointing, full of left wing hatred and BS. Bush and Reagan Bashing. I liked the first part but found the ending and the authors comments offensive and out of place in this type of book. As a result I am done with him and his left wing sermons. He is probably a NY times best seller because the all sleep together. When did being a Christian become a bad thing? Stay in England and keep your junk there. Your affiliation with the media comes out loud and clear.
Leavenworth More than 1 year ago
I guess I should have paid attention to the other reviews, but I read this because I've enjoyed his past novels so much. Khoury lets his viewpoint overload his story, leaving just a really bad book. I'll think carefully before buying another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was way over the top. I was offended by the religous bashing and I am NOT a religious person. I tend to agree with his basic premise and I was still offended. This was the last book I will read by Mr Khoury.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago