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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2011 Simon Toyne (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
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By michael on 09-03-12

Intrigue, Drama. Suspense, Mystery and more...

From the very first sentance spoken, you can not prevent yourself from being taken back to an ancient world by the talents of of Simon Vance's narration...he was like a "one man performance" who's wide range of "character voices" let you forget it was all one narrator and gave such an "added value" to the book...this only helps to let the story line take you into a world what seemed like hundreds of years ago while the story would keep bringing me back to the present day, I found this such a bonus of Simon Toyne to be able to transcend the centuries continually through the book with such a smooth transition each time...as I could feel the dampness of the Citadel walls and the smells which would accompany it, I could also see every visual and snipit of a present day drama in a far away land...all "said and read", this was probably the best "read-listen" to date for me...needless to say I searched for more from this team and found none...just another strong example of, "enjoy the journey" through your read...and savour each chapter...

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By Ari on 05-27-13

Brilliant writer - fun, interesting, page turner

Would you listen to Sanctus again? Why?

Not in the near future. I was completely engaged throughout the narration and remember the story in detail so hearing it again now would be pointless. BUT - I must state that I Ioved the story. I found that the short chapter format helped to ratchet up the tension. I would have preferred more depth to the main characters and I feel that some of the best liked characters are cut out of the story too early. But there is so much to this plot that even these few shortcomings do not detract from the ebb and flow of a superb start to a trilogy. After hearing book one, I listened to book 2 the next day and pre-ordered book 3.

What did you like best about this story?

It gives a lot of room for thought about fundamental theological rhetoric but it does so through action and adventure. I had time to enjoy the action even while pondering the mysteries of the universe.

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

Actually I like Simon Vance the best when he was telling the story and not doing any of the characters. He is very, very good at telling a story. I felt like he had too many angry, raspy character voices that all sounded too similar. I also felt like the voices for Gabriel and Liv were not great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Liv discovers the identity of the Sacrament. It was also a moment that was too short and underdeveloped. I don't know what is in book 3 but there is hardly any material presented here about the Sacrament and the time of origin. I feel that this topic should have been presented with much more background.

Any additional comments?

A good fun read for me. Made me a fan of Simon Toyne.

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