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
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...
The theme of the book was great; really interesting perspective. Unfortunately it was lost with all the different factions competing for control; names were confusing, it was so hard to tell who was who and it severly detracted from the story. I nearly abandoned the book midway through for this reason
Eliminate or at least cut down from the shoot em up parts.
Have not listened
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.
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.
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.
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.
A good fun read for me. Made me a fan of Simon Toyne.
Currently a local truck driver who has hours to listen to my audio books. I am hooked, some of my fellow drivers enjoy them also
The story line was unusal for me, liked the characters The historic background was very informative for me I had never heard of Ruin
Of course the girl but I liked Gab as a strong silent type Liked all of them
I must admit he has a talent and it shows, I would gladly listen to him again
Maybe not extreme, but I was not surpised that man could be so cruel,women have always been a problem if they are powerful, man really doesn't cope well in this case it was extreme results
Great story and I am listening to the Key now.
No, I wouldn't recommend the book but I'll bet that it would make an exciting movie.
No, the research was sloppy and the story didn't warrant the time spent listening. Several facts about Turkey, where the majority of the action takes place were downright wrong. Mr. Toyne should have gone to Turkey and spent some time in there before writing about it.
He is a great narrator. He is able to play several characters very convincingly. As a matter of fact, at one point I checked the website to see if there were more than one narrator.
Yes, it would be a successful movie.
This one sat for awhile after I bought it. Once I started it, I was caught up in the story. I enjoyed it quite a bit but there were some parts that left me wondering how the author would deal with wrapping things up. Apparently, that is for the rest of the series. I've read reviews of the next installments and I'm not sure if I will pursue them or not - but there are loose ends that I'd like to explore so I might. That is not intended to detract from this 1st installment at all - it was a good ride.
Timothy E. Martin Jr.
The writing is so beautifully descriptive. It draws you in and captures your imagination. I look forward to listening to more by this author and narrator.
I have not read the print version.
I liked the mystery of the story and the characters.
I adore Simon Vance's voice and picked the book for this reason.
It was much better than the other reviews said. It did move a little slow at times but was pretty good at the end.
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