- HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date:
- 12 April 2012
- Thriller and Suspense
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I am rating this book with five stars not because of it's literary value but because this book was packed with action, drama, mystery and intrigue and packaged into a face paced thriller. Don't get me wron, it was very well written, but it is geared more toward the mass market. The plot lines in this book were excellent and the characters were very well formed. Once you start reading this is a book you won't want to put down. It has excellent descriptions of a number of places across the globe and thoroughly scary evil forces and equally good forces as well. Overall,a great summer read!Although I have not read Sanctus yet, I had a very easy tine getting into the story line and reading this book as a standalone. Of course this means I am now going to have to read the first book and the third when it comes out! Reader received a complimentary copy from Good Reads First Reads.
I won this book on booktrib which is second in a trilogy, so I went out and got the first book “Sanctus” and I am so very glad I did.I knew I would love and give both books 5 stars along with my mother who has read and loved them both as well!“The Key” is a crazy twisted ride all over the world everywhere evil religious men lurk. It starts out right where “Sanctus” left us off, heart thumping and mind just a whirling….I will quote a dust jacket blurb… Hunted, Hounded, Haunted she is the most important person in the world, she is KuShiKaam, “The Key”… and she is journalist Liv Adamsen.The first book deals mainly with her brother who was a monk and his horrific and strange death in the ancient city of Ruin where Liv has just made an escape from the famed and very secretive Citadel She now lies in isolation in a hospital room that she must leave very soon as the people who were after her brother are after and will continue to hunt her and the secret she holds inside her. There is only one person she can trust, Gabriel Mann and they must go back to Turkey and find a stranger who is called simply “The Ghost” to unravel this mystery as old as time itself.This book will keep you up all night turning page after breathtaking page, I am on pins and needles waiting for the third book in this rip roaring, mind bending Trilogy!
The Key is the second book in Simon Toyne's debut trilogy. I was hooked by the first book - Sanctus (my review) - and have been eagerly waiting to see what happens next. If you have not read the first book and plan to, you may want to skip this review - I don't want to spoil it for you. And really, to fully appreciate The Key, you should read Sanctus first. Liv Ademson has escaped from the Citadel - the enclave of an ancient sect of secretive monks known as the Sancti. She's in the hospital, unable to remember what happened before the explosion..... Something momentous did occur, but there are those who are determined that Liv should not live.... (sorry, couldn't resist)... the Vatican, the monks and a mysterious man known as The Ghost. But she must survive..... "The fate of man lies in the hands of one woman." I won't go into much more detail than that. In The Key, we get to know more of the history of The Citadeland past characters such as Gabriel, Inspector Arkadian and more return. Toyne kept my interest from first page to last. He successfully combines history, mystery, intrigue, action and yes, romance in a fast paced page turner. And again, he has left us with a wonderful cliff hanger ending. I can't wait to see where book three goes - although I have an idea. Although I read the first book, I chose to listen to The Key in audio book format. The reader was one of my favourites - Simon Vance. He has a rich, powerful voice - just perfect for this type of book. His English accent is quite easy to understand and the different voices he provides for each character are believable. Listening to this type of book brings the tension and action to life. I was hard pressed to shut it down and head inside to work! Readers with strong religious beliefs may not enjoy Toyne's alternative views. But fans of James Rollins, Steve Berry and of course, Dan Brown will enjoy it.
Like the first title in the series, Simon Toyne's <i>The Key</i> is a fast-paced religious thriller, easily read in a single sitting even though it's quite long. By no means great literature, this is nonetheless a fun read, perfect for a quiet weekend day when you need a nice distraction.
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