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    Simon Toyne(Author)

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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.

Sanctus

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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  • PDF | 496 pages
  • Simon Toyne(Author)
  • William Morrow; First Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
  • English
  • 5
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By Bachelier on May 8, 2012

    Okay, mix up the margaritas and head to the pool/beach, and tote this book. Fun ahoy no?! Relaxing thriller.This is what passes for a beach book nowadays? Makes your blood boil.The premise; an ancient holy relic lies hidden in a "Citadel" built into the sides of a mountain in the city of "Ruin" in "Turkey" guarded by an order of monks. The monks are divided by status distinguished by cassock colors, which makes it more like Fran Herbert's "Dune" or Neal Stephenson's "Anathem" than any realistic order. They also live a "separation" from the world that would make the Carthusians look like the biggest party frat on campus.So the monks keep a secret, and only the green cassocks guys (12!) know the secret of the ancient relic. Kermit the Frog does not sing "it's not that easy being green."One of the monks, Brother Samuel, a recent initiate into the green level believes the world should know "the truth" and is tortured and imprisoned for his views. But Samuel escapes and devises a unique way to get a message to his long lost sister Liv Adamsen!!!! Blond, thin, stacked, professional, single, attractive (but with herpes....just kidding!!!).Another religious group, the Mala, want the secret of the relic revealed, and are working against the evil mountain monks. Heck, a few of their top initiates ALSO KNOW WHAT "the relic" IS BUT SOMEHOW DON'T JUST SAY SO...FOR GENERATIONS!!!! Oh, and they are kungfu ninjas who also help starving African babies. And they live in a world where there is no such thing as "money."Liv makes her way to her dead brother, meets a handsome stranger who is also a kungfuassasinninjarichmanwithripplingmusclesheterosexualandandnotmarriedorwithasteadygirlfriend. Oh, and he loves kittens, cleaning the toilet, talking about shoes, long walks in twilight, and likes the home thermostat set at "tropical." He has blue eyes and cherry black hair, and his tool is eight feet long and as wide as a fire plug, but he has never ever used it before. Or mast*rbated.He falls in love with Liv, but being the strong silent type he doesn't say so. And so they don't boink until the very last page.Marketing to the fact that women make up most of the book buying public much? I thought I was reading a new line of Harlequin Romances that is the "Silk Thrills" line.Flaws: the novel is set in TURKEY, yet everyone apparently is in some well-run mid-western city, with roads, public services, neighborhoods, accents and habits and speech patterns and idioms to match. There is nearly zero reference to Islam, and the airport employees, cops, coroners and clerics could be in Minneapolis. Heck, they could be in Ottawa.Tiresome paperback thriller trope: Every single person who is RELIGIOUS is CRAZY. Or misogynist. Or both.Yep, we all know religious people are crazy and/or evil. Because "thou shalt not kill" is not part of Catholicism. Nope, Catholic monks are all wimmin' hatin' assassins.Apparently the author has no idea that the patriarch of Constantinople is first among equals of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Most references to "the Church" are to Rome and the Pope (often wrong and mis-representing Catholicism).It has action and suspense from the first chapter to the last. Okay, so it is an *action!!!* thriller. Which means that everything is a first shooter combined with raceway video game. Really, just put two game cards in your Wii, choose "split screen" run them both at once, and you've written the action of this novel!!!Character development is as "thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death." Like subatomic particles characters came and left in the space of a few sentences. For example: The mystery blind monk librarian from Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose" makes a walk-on. He's gone. No reason. "Hi Umberto!"?The truly bizarre: Monks used "hi tech" lighting systems, Swiss bank vault security, humidity and temperature controlled chambers, and then steps away from each other and moments latter used torches (as in, burning rag on a stick) in various tunnels. Oh, and Stone Age tools (a wooden chisel, pounded with a rock used as a hammer), and then gets a call on a cell telephone. Imagine Indiana Jones on the deck of The Starship Enterprise. The monks climb rock faces with bare hands and no equipment, and then jump on motorcycles. They use high tech GPS location devices to find a victim, but then have to estimate the time by looking at the sun. Their mountain hideway has a road, retractable bridge, and door that opens like a James Bond villain lair, but they keep a room warm with a crude fireplace, and have to blow something up using a cobbled together bomb. I half expected King Charles the First to show up in a jet pack, teamed-up with his new friend and teenage side kick Oliver Cromwell Junior riding a hoverboard.Utter repulsive twaddle and so formulaic Episodes of Hannah Montana have more originality.

  • By Adrian Day on August 3, 2012

    I gave this one star even though I actually enjoyed it -- yes, I'm conflicted. I probably made over one hundred comments or sounds reading the book, like "Seriously?" "C'mon," "Shheez," etc... At the same time, I read it cover to cover during two international flights and it made the time go by. I also had a few moments of excitment.I bought this book used in an airport gift store -- I recognized it because it was somehow mentioned on NPR and I have a background in ministry and theology (though I have long since abandoned that career). I just had to write this review so I could make a few comments, mainly for people who, like me, came to Amazon to see what other ordinary people thought about this odd book and, perhaps, to have the author himself read the comments (I'm sure authors always look at the one star reviews first!).My comments may contain spoilers...*The author sets this in Turkey but seems to have no concept either of Turkey, Islam, or Eastern / Orthodox Christianity. It's as though little to no research was done but, rather, the author took the lazy way out, "Turkey sounds exotic. I've heard of Catholics. Let's do this thing." Even the inside cover says the author was "inspired" by seeing a creepy old cathedral in France, or something like that. Again, Liv has a seamless transition both linguistically and culturally to a quite exotic country. Seriously?*What are we supposed to think of the monks? In their minds, they're serving God, living a life of discipline, giving up women, yet the author refers to them as "demons" at more than one point. Religious people have been killing others out of zeal since religion came to be, yet those who do these things can hardly be referred to as "demons." How were these monks different from those of any religion, including Islam, who think their killing just? That was confusing.*How exactly do the monks in this tiny monastery "control" Rome? That makes no sense so, of course, the author doesn't bother explaining this -- you know, how they were involved in all the many Ecumenical councils and such. The author took the easy way out and probably has no idea.*There was some seriously goofy sentences in this book that were just super cheezy and funny. I wish I could have highlighted and compiled them, but, alas. The author was clearly forcing things at points. e.g. (paraphrased) "He was the type of guy a girl's mother warned her about and the fortune teller would see if you paid her enough." Ha Ha. There were several gems like that.*The library system with the lights that follow you was cool. I don't know if such a system exists or not, but that was my favorite element of the book. Still, as mentioned below, they still use torches? WTF?*How did Gabriel's mom get a card to get into the supposedly impenetrable mountain? I didn't get that.*Oh, how convenient -- there just happens to be an ex-gang banger from Jersey (whose "street" dialogue is hilarious, yo) and an ex-British special force person, etc... to do these Bourne Identity type missions for God. Hmm.*Speaking of convenient, the last few chapters have the most blatant use of Deus ex Machina I've ever seen. Oh, some mysterious, undescribed power just sort of comes onto the scene and sews everybody up and everything's cool, right? Boo.*O.K., so how are you supposed to find all these men with "no living relatives" to join the monastery. That's a bit of a stretch. Then, once someone doesn't have relatives, does the monastery recruitment team go talk to them, do these uber orphans decide to go check out a monastery in Turkey? That makes no sense.*Would Samuel really think that putting letters on apple seeds and eating them just prior to his death would be a good way to communicate to his sister about who he should talk to, OR, more likely, did the author create this enigma to fill a few more chapters trying to scramble them? Hmm. What are the odds these seeds would remain in the stomach (and not the intestines) fully intact and able to be extracted among the muck? Very small. Why not just come right out and say, "The Sacrament is _____. The code to get up there is ________."*Finally, (major spoiler), what ever happens to Samuel? Is he magically brought back to life in the chaotic final scenes? I didn't get that. Also, what's up with the Sacrament anyway? Is she God or a goddess or what? And what happened to her? Did she walk around alive or fade into the ether? Is that part of book two?Anyway, obviously I've had fun with this book and it made me think and made the plane ride much shorter. For that, my $4.99 was well spent! I hope it's made into a movie with Tom Cruise as Samuel and I hope Mystery Science Theater takes it up!


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