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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,825 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Toyne Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 2/15/2014

    " A compelling read about a sect of ruthless monks who will go to any lengths to protect their secret. Very Da Vinci Code-like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/14/2014

    " Very good book, easy to read and action packed "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 2/3/2014

    " A page - turner for sure!! And a cliff hanger at the end...Dan Brown lovers will enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meaghan Lake | 1/27/2014

    " fantastic this was the staff pick from Collins I read this in 2 days! very much along the lines of davinci code but different perspective of lies and deceipt surrounding the catholic church "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/21/2014

    " A good book, with a not so surprising twist at the end when you find out what the sacrament actually is. If you've read the Da Vinci code then you'll figure it out less than half way through. Having said that this book is based in a fictional city, with a fictional religion that only loosely ties in with Christianity (presumably this was done so as not to insight the church unlike Dan Brown). This fictionality goes some way to make the story more engrossing, but it also makes it less believable and so at times you can become a bit jaded about certain characters. I felt like the author had decided to use a full cast of characters and some of them were just a little unnecessary, they either petered out halfway through the book, which left me wondering why they had been mentioned at all. Or they just suddenly appeared with this terribly relelvant back story, which made me think that they had just been added in to suit a purpose the other characters couldn't. I also didn't like the swapping and changing between characters that seemed to happen every chapter, it made the story feel disjointed in some places. Finally it should come as no surprise to those who have read Dan Brown that the heroine in this book is of course on a path that will change her life forever...annoyingly though the book finishes without properly explaining anything and leads you straight into the next one in the trilogy. Usually I like this, but for some reason it felt a bit like a cop out this time. Hmm I don't really know what else to say about this book, I did really like it, hence why I have given it 4 stars, but there were a few problems with it and unfortunately I can't help likening it to Dan Brown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Francesca | 1/14/2014

    " This is a brilliant book, definitely up there with Dan Brown and maybe even better. Completely breathtaking from the first page to the last, with a twist that blows everything into a whole new spectrum. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 12/31/2013

    " A bit far-fetched but swing with it. Train fodder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marge | 12/31/2013

    " Could not put it down - one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. Looking forward to the next book in the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie Lamonica | 12/9/2013

    " This book was excellent, but started pretty slowly and was ponderous at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mirna Grujoski | 12/8/2013

    " I love the idea, but i find end is not appropriate. I think it could be better. But all in all, I'm looking forward to buy and read next book, The Key! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 9/10/2013

    " A real page-turner, so much so that i am straight on to the follow up book "The Key" the second in a Trilogy.A great First Novel, highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol H. | 2/18/2013

    " I just couldn't put it down! Absolutely enthralling from start to finish. Can't wait to start The Key now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francesca Oldham | 12/12/2012

    " Did I love that ending or hate it? What a twist. Good story line and great characters although I did find myself drifting at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/25/2012

    " Loved the short, action-packed chapters. This was a page-turner from start to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Ravenscroft | 1/6/2012

    " Great book, very thrilling and kept me reading all the way through. Weak ending that leaves lots of stuff open and requires you to buy the upcoming sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Factorfictn | 11/17/2011

    " A toned down Dan Brown, not as manipulative. I'll read the sequels but right now I'd rather start reading GoT. #LatetotheParty "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha | 11/1/2011

    " What a rip-roaring and entertaining novel! Imagine Dan Brown with good storytelling craft! Can hardly wait til book 2.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 10/30/2011

    " One of the best books I've read in a long time. If you liked The DaVinci Code you will like this. It is the first book in a trilogy and I can't wait to see where the story will go! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 10/29/2011

    " Promising throughout most of the book, but the ending disappoints. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/24/2011

    " Actually kind of dull for a supernatural thriller and the ending just blows. I'm thinking that the phrase "DaVinci Code" came up quite a bit in press meetings around this book, and that was a terrible book, but this is probably worse.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 10/23/2011

    " Successfully - if narrowly - avoids the pitfalls of other books in this category (historical religious thriller). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ritz | 10/19/2011

    " Definitely not on the level of Dan Brown or Raymond Khoury, but it was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 10/16/2011

    " Ohhh, started off really well and has be curious about the other two in the series. Hopefully, I can find them soonish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 10/15/2011

    " Did it again! Picked up a book, read it and realized, at the end, that it is book 1 of a trilogy. I am curious to see where this will go because, to me, it could have just ended there. Good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/10/2011

    " Fast read, but tough to wrap my head around. The idea that the Garden of Eden tale is just that is hard for me. The revelation of Eve is...difficult. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 10/9/2011

    " perhaps better written than Dan Brown, but the story isn't as captivating...good thriller, though, the Sanctus is the best part.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 10/7/2011

    " Good pacing to the plot. The payoff was a little weird. "

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About the Author
Author Simon Toyne

Simon Toyne is the author of the Santi trilogy and the Solomon Creed series, as well as a stand-alone novel. Before becoming a novelist, he worked in British television for twenty years, and as a writer, director, and producer worked on several award-winning shows.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.