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Sanctus

THE SECRET THAT WILL SHAKE THE WORLD

Sanctus

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 …

The bestselling thriller debut of 2011 – the apocalyptic conspiracy thriller that has set the world alight…

A flash of light filled his skull as it struck the rock floor. Then darkness.

He was dimly aware of the heavy oak door banging shut behind him and a thick batten sliding through iron hasps. For a while he lay where he’d been thrown, listening to the pounding of his pulse and the mournful wind close by.

The blow to his head made him feel sick and dizzy, but there was no danger he was going to pass out; the agonizing cold would see to that. It was a still and ancient cold, immutable and unforgiving as the stone the cell was carved from. It pressed down and wrapped itself round him like a shroud, freezing the tears on his cheeks and beard, chilling the blood that trickled from the fresh cuts he himself had inflicted on his exposed upper body during the ceremony. Pictures tumbled through his mind, images of the awful scenes he had just witnessed and of the terrible secret he had learned.

It was the culmination of a lifetime of searching. The end of a journey he had hoped would lead to a sacred and ancient knowledge, to a divine understanding that would bring him closer to God. Now at long last he had gained that knowledge, but he had found no divinity in what he had seen, only unimaginable sorrow.

Where was God in this?

The tears stung fresh and the cold sank deeper into his body, tightening its grip on his bones. He heard something on the other side of the heavy door. A distant sound. One that had somehowmanaged to find its way up through the honeycomb of handcarved tunnels which riddled the holy mountain.

They’ll come for me soon.

The ceremony will end. Then they will deal with me . . .

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Reviews for Sanctus

'An intuitive, illustrative and inventive novel that will leave you wanting more.'

SF Book Reviews

'An extremely atmospheric novel... Sanctus was such a breath of fresh air to read.'

Sunday Times

'A cool, confident debut ... with a keen eye for cinematic effect.'

Mirror

'A cool, confident debut ... with a keen eye for cinematic effect.'

Daily Telegraph

'Toyne's debut will be a success - and it deserves to be.'

The Sun

'A fast moving, thoroughly enjoyable, adventure - plenty of action, plenty of intrigue and a wonderfully imaginative reinterpretation of a slice of religious history. The sort of novel to devour in one sitting.'

Kate Mosse

'Among the best current thrillers.'

Sunday Express

'Sanctus has enough delicious plots and counterplots to fill a cathedral.'

The Globe and Mail

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