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The Key by Simon Toyne

The Key (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Simon Toyne

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Title:The Key
Authors:Simon Toyne
Info:William Morrow (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 448 pages
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The Key by Simon Toyne (2012)



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Five Stars. A great follow-up to the first book in this intriguing debut trilogy by Simon Toyne. I look forward to reading the final part of the trilogy. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
For thousands of years the monks, of the Citadel in Ruin, Turkey had hidden the Sacrament from the world. The freeing of the Sacrament fulfilled the first prophecy. The explosion in the Citadel resulted in the outsider survivors Liv Adamsen, Kathryn Mann, and Gabriel Mann, removal from the mountain. The monks of the Citadel want Liv Adamsen back. The various multi-national CEOs, the Vatican and the Turkish police want her dead. Gabriel Mann wants only to protect her. But Liv knows she must fulfill the second prophecy she must return the Sacrament home, or die. So begins a harrowing tale of danger, suspense and love while time is running out.

A story of greed, envy and survival. The greed of the corporations, the envy of religious and the simple desire to survive, all packed in a fast paced thriller racing against the clock to fulfill a prophecy. This is a page turner so be prepared to sit down and not to want to stop reading until it is done. Five stars! ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jun 4, 2016 |
Book Description Simon Toyne’s breathtaking international bestseller, Sanctus, had critics everywhere cheering, calling the author the new Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) or Steve Berry (The Jefferson Key), while praising Toyne’s debut thriller as “remarkable,” “thrilling,” “provocative,” “haunting,” and “spectacular.” The adventure continues with The Key, returning readers to the dark world of a sinister religious order older than Christianity and their Vatican-like secret citadel high in the Turkish mountains—as one courageous woman must fulfill an enigmatic prophecy that could determine the ultimate fate of humankind. James Rollins, Raymond Khoury, and Chris Kuzneski fans will not want to miss this one.

My Review This book is a worthy follow-up to the first book in the series, Sanctus. Simon Toyne managed once again to exceed my expectations. It was twisty and very fast-paced and kept the pages turning right up to the end. I looking forward to reading the next book in the series, The Tower. I would highly recommend this series to anyone wanting a great plot and fantastic characters. ( )
  EadieB | Jun 1, 2016 |
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The adventure continues with The Key, returning readers to the dark world of a sinister religious order older than Christianity and their Vatican-like secret citadel high in the Turkish mountains—as one courageous woman must fulfill an enigmatic prophecy that could determine the ultimate fate of humankind. James Rollins, Raymond Khoury, and Chris Kuzneski fans will not want to miss this one.

My Thoughts:

The novel picks up right where Sanctus left off, letting the urgency of the story to permeate the entire novel and the characters to continue to develop believable relationships and reactions to their situations. Smone Toyne manages to convey the enormity of the situation and the seemingly impossible task he has set for his characters. He combines actions, history, romance, and suspense into a thriller that holds the reader attention right up to the shocking and extremely satisfying conclusion. The Key continues the precedent set by Sanctus, and leaves the reader anxiously awaiting the conclusion to this trilogy. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
The Key follows on immediately after the end of Sanctus. Liv Adamsen and Kathryn Mann are hospitalized along with the surviving members of the Sancti from the Citadel, who have all suffered massive hemorrhaging as a result of the removal of the Sacrament from the mountain. Kathryn’s son Gabriel has ended up in police custody.

In The Key, Simon Toyne introduces us to The Ghost, a Bedouin warrior who deals in ancient relics found in the deserts of Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, over in the Vatican, Cardinal Secretary Clementi has put together a scheme that will help the Church prosper financially, and in the ancient Citadel, located in Ruin, the remaining monks try to adapt to life without the Sacrament. An ancient prophecy found in a notebook belonging to Kathryn Mann’s father. This “Mirror Prophecy” sets Liv and Gabriel on a journey into the Iraqi desert, the fate of the world in their hands and the power of the Catholic Church and the Citadel set against them.

Just as in Sanctus, The Key provides believable and sympathetic characters in a framework of fantasy, suspension of disbelief, continual plot twists and turns, and plenty of surprises. You will be at the edge of your seat in anticipation of the third installment titled The Tower. The Key is a roller coaster ride of a thriller that builds on the foundations laid in Sanctus, so I definitely recommend this not be read as a stand alone novel. The Key is one the best thrillers you will read this year. Simon Toyne as a man to watch and it's nice to think this young writer has years ahead of him to write books that will captivate us.

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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062038338, Hardcover)

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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Liv Adamsen, unable to recall the events that transpired within the ancient walls of the Citadel, reunites with Gabriel, a warrior for a group working to bring down the Sancti, and together they uncover a revelation that holds the key to humankind's survival.… (more)

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