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Conspiracy thrillers don’t come any bigger or better than The Key – from the author of Top 5 Bestseller Sanctus: ‘Plenty of action, plenty of intrigue and wonderfully imaginative. The sort of novel to devour in one sitting' Kate Mosse Hounded. Haunted. Hunted. She is the most important person in the world. She is The Key. In the ancient Turkish city of Ruin, American journalist Liv Adamsen lies in an isolation ward staring at walls as blank as her memory. She knows she entered the monumental Citadel at the heart of Ruin but can remember only darkness.

Something strange is stirring within her, whispering that she is ‘the key’. But the key to what? For the Ghost, a mercenary operating in the Syrian Desert, Liv could unlock one of mankind’s most potent secrets. For the brotherhood in the Citadel – now cursed by a terrible plague – her return may secure the mountain and ensure their survival. And for a powerful faction in Rome, she threatens the very future of the Catholic Church. Hunted across continents and caught up in events that defy explanation, Liv turns to the only person she trusts – a charity worker named Gabriel Mann. Together their paths lead to a shocking discovery – one that will tear them apart and change the world forever….

©2012 Simon Toyne (P)2012 HarperCollins Publisher Limited

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  • Empresslainey
  • 04-13-13

Excellent

I enjoyed this book thoroughly, it was well written and thought out, it held my interest right to the end. I like a story with twists, mystery and good dialogue. I will definitely purchase more books from this author.

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  • Jayne
  • 09-22-12

Great listen

The second book by Simon Toyne was as enjoyable as the first, Liv and Gabriel where on fine form again, I can't wait for the next instalment of this fabulous trilogy.

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  • angela
  • 11-25-12

Loved it

Bit hard to start with getting used to the characters and plot but soon got into it and loved it, loved the narrator aswell. Certainly recommend it to anyone who likes a good thriller involving the church!

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  • amanda mutemasango
  • 04-01-17

believable

well written enjoyed this book can't wait for the next one thank you good luck

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  • A. G. Gilbert
  • 08-02-15

Disappointing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It needed a better story-line and more believable characters. As it is, I felt like I was coming into the story half-way through.

What could Simon Toyne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I think he should have had his main characters interacting more. It was too compartmentalised and felt like it was contrived.

Did Jonathan Keeble do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

On the whole I think he did a good job. It was not his fault that the book itself was weak.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Key?

I think I would have ditched the whole story line about the diseased monks. There could be better ways of identifying the heroine's role. The whole thing needed more thought.

Any additional comments?

I hope the author learns by this book and does better next time. He has promise but he should not try so hard to write the next Da Vinci Code.