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One man’s sacrifice shocks the world . . .

One woman’s courage threatens a conspiracy as old as humankind . . .

And some will do anything-anything-to keep their secrets in the dark.


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 modern-day Turkey. But this is no ordinary ascent. It is a dangerous, symbolic act. And thanks to the media, it is an event witnessed by the entire world.

Few people understand its consequence. But for foundation worker Kathryn Mann and a handful of others, it’s evidence that a revolution is at hand. For the Sancti, the cowled and secretive monks who live inside the Citadel, it could mean the end of everything they have built. They will stop at nothing to keep what is theirs, and they will break every law in every country and even kill to hold it fast. For American reporter Liv Adamsen, it spurs the memory of the beloved brother she lost years before, setting her on a journey across the world and into the heart of her own identity.

There, she will make a discovery so shocking that it will change everything. . . .

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Sanctus: A Novel
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4.4 / 5
November 27th, 2015
Really enjoyed this book. Only put it down when I had to in order to keep on living. Lots of secret society-type things, lots of ancient mystery, lots of suspense. I'd never heard of Simon Toyne before reading this book, now I want to read of his stuff!
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1 person found this helpful
great book
January 24th, 2015
I bought the second book at Chapters for a few bucks not realizing that it was the second book, so I bought the first and read it on vacation. All I can say is WOW! Could not put it down, loved it! Can't wait to start the next book
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January 23rd, 2014
If you like James Rollins, Dan Brown, and Clive Cussler you'll love Toyne. Sanctus is the first book in a trilogy with lifelike characters forced into heroic actions caused by a secret sect with a history dating back to times before the Bible. Engrossing and very believable but with just the right amount of mystical backstabbing and one amazing secret ... to keep the trilogy going, and the reader engaged with the protagonists. Good for adults, and young adults.
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Good first novel....
February 25th, 2013
Toyne delivers a great first novel and I'm interested in reading the rest. Old secret society, two parties warring thru time and the final battle for the Sanctus. Not what I usually read but happy that I did!
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