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Product Details

  • Series: Ruin Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062038338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062038333
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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.” (Booklist (starred review) on The Key)

“[Sanctus] might turn out to be the next great cliffhanger conspiracy thriller.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram 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. . . .” (The Daily Mirror (UK) on Sanctus)

“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.” (Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle)

“Remarkable . . . Its ‘just one more page, one more chapter’ urgency keeps you reading into the night, and the final revelation of the Citadel’s secret is haunting.” (Library Journal (starred review) on Sanctus)

“In British author Toyne’s stellar first in a projected trilogy, a thriller in the Dan Brown tradition . . . The truly mind-boggling revelation will leave astounded readers eager for the next installment.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Sanctus)

“Well-written, fast-paced and delivered with an admirable economy of words . . . an edge-of-the-seat story filled with action and adventure, as well as a puzzle that the main characters must somehow put together before the world simply disappears. . . . [A] taut thriller.” (Kirkus Reviews on The Key)

From the Back Cover

Hunted. Hounded. Haunted.

She is the most important person in the world. She is The Key

Journalist Liv Adamsen has escaped from the highly secretive Citadel at the heart of the ancient city of Ruin and now lies in isolation, staring at hospital walls as blank as her memory. Despite her inability to recall her past, something strange is stirring within her. She feels possessed by a sen-sation she can't name and plagued by whispers only she can hear: "KuShiKaam," the key.

To others the meaning is clear. For a mercenary operating in the Syrian Desert, a man known only as "the Ghost," Liv may hold the key to one of history's most powerful secrets. For the brotherhood of monks in the Citadel—now cursed by a terrible plague—her return to Turkey may be the only way to ensure their survival. And for a powerful faction in Vatican City, her very existence threatens the success of a desperate plan to save the church from ruin.

At the center of events that defy explanation and hunted by someone she believes might be trying to kill her, Liv turns to the only person she can trust—a foundation worker named Gabriel Mann. Together they must elude capture and journey to the place where all life began. From New York to Rome to the deserts of the Middle East, worlds collide in a race to uncover a revelation dating from the creation of man in this electrifying follow-up to the international bestseller Sanctus.

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And I will be looking forward to the third book in the trilogy.
This book was great, the plot has just the right amount of twists to keep your interested with out getting you lost.
I finished the first book in one day and the second the next day.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ethan on June 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the conclusion of the review I wrote of Sanctus a year ago:

"I did not realize before starting this book that it is the first volume in yet ANOTHER trilogy. While the novel does come to a satisfactory ending of this arc of the story, it is clear that there is much more that remains to be told. I feel a bit torn about this. Clearly I enjoyed this novel. But I'm tempted to quit now and cut my losses. I don't feel that I absolutely must go on, and I'm somewhat grateful for that. I guess I'll read the description of the next novel and decide if it's of interest."

Well, by the time The Key was printed, I no longer had any doubts. I knew I was not only willing, but excited to continue this story. I didn't even have to read the description.

Now, I was very pleasantly surprised by Simon Toyne's debut, having been quite burned out on religious thrillers some time ago. Here again, I was pleasantly surprised. But this time, my expectations were considerably higher. Toyne begins his second novel in the immediate wake of the dramatic events of the first. However, he doesn't exactly continue the story in a straight, linear fashion. The plot veers in new and interesting directions, while resurrecting many of the elements that made the first novel such a success. Is that vague enough for you? I was pleased because it wasn't the same story we'd already read. Toyne has new tricks up his sleeve.

And let me take this opportunity to offer a blessing on the head of any writer who makes the effort to assist readers with a less than eidetic memory. Mr.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Key by British author, Simon Toyne, is a page turner! I love a good conspiracy thriller, and that precisely describes The Key.

A brilliant writer, I rate Simon Toyne right up there with James Rollins and Steve Berry. He has an astonishing gift for the written word, and is an impeccable storyteller. Although it was 2:00 a.m., I couldn't put the book down until my eyes felt like they were filled with sand! I finished the last two chapters early the next morning, before I interviewed him for my show, Turning the Tide with Candace Salima.

And although The Key picks up where Sanctus left off, I was easily able to pick up the backstory. The last line of the backliner reads: Together their paths lead to a shocking discovery - one that will tear them apart and change the world forever...

And when Simon says it could change the world forever, picture the plagues spoken of in Revelations, not to mention earthquakes and other calamities. Throw in a group of assassins under the control of the Vatican, a charity worker who is a former Army Ranger, and Liv, who is experiencing all kinds of weird things, including being able to read an ancient text, and you've got a good story. The fate of the world really is resting on her shoulders, if she can survive long enough to fulfill the prophecy. Throw in a group of monks purported to live far beyond normal ages with control over ancient relics, and one in particular, The Sacrament. You will not believe what The Sacrament was. I took a severe dislike to these monks once I realized. But you'll have to read the book to find out the secret. It's worth it, believe me!

All in all, I'm thrilled to have found a favorite new writer.
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Simon Toyne worked in British television for twenty years. As a writer, director and producer he's worked on several award-winning shows, one of which won a BAFTA. He lives in England with his wife and family.

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