Book 71: Sanctus (Sancti Trilogy #1)
Simon Toyne, 2011Genre:
Conspiracy Thriller. Religion. Other Details
: Paperback. 494 pages.
A robed man ascends 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. What happens next is shocking and thanks to the media, is witnessed by the entire world. For Kathryn Mann and a handful of others, this act serves as a signal that the revolution they have been waiting for is at hand. For the Sancti, the secretive monks living within the Citadel, it could mean the end of everything and they will stop at nothing to protect their secret. American reporter Liv Adamsen is drawn into this conspiracy and finds that she has to come to terms with her past and identity.
I was in the mood for a fast-paced religious conspiracy thriller and this first novel by Toyne certainly fit the bill. It is the first in a trilogy and so I feel that I have to see how the plot develops to comment on that aspect. Its conclusion did surprise and intrigue me and so I've ordered the next book from my library. While I understood why Toyne chose to create a fictional city and building rather than draw on any real life location, I would have appreciated an author's note in the book about this. I have no real reference as to whether modern day Turkey was accurately portrayed but I did feel that there was little sense of local culture or history aside from the created history of the Citadel. Book 72: Legacy
Murray Smith, 1998.Genre:
Family Drama. Thriller.Other Details
: Paperback. 464 pages.
After the death of millionaire Sir Jack Fitzrowan in a sailing accident, his heirs gather in a Dublin law office for the reading of the will. His daughters and son are shocked when the last codicil is read and they find that their father has left the bulk of his considerable fortune to a secret illegitimate son whose whereabouts since birth are unknown. They are all pretty upset about this revelation and losing most of their expected inheritance.
In addition, they are collectively given the task of finding him, with a reward if successful. If this long-lost son is discovered to be no longer alive then the legacy would be equally distributed between the others. Machinations abound! Detective Tom Hanrahan of the Boston Police Department is married to one of Jack's daughters and begins to question whether Jack's death was an accident after all.
This proved quite a quick, easy read though felt very 'busy' with all kinds of seemingly unconnected plot lines and characters thrown into the mix. Still, despite this plus plenty of twists and turns, it did all come together at the end. The novel actually felt quite dated in terms of style and is out of print.
I was surprised when this novel was voted in as the June selection for one of my reading groups as it seemed an unlikely choice. As a result there wasn't much to discuss though being a rare hot sultry evening we were not really up to much. No one really loved or hated it and all of us felt it was the kind of novel suited for reading on the beach.