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The Tower [Format Kindle]

Simon Toyne

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The much anticipated final instalment in the bestselling conspiracy thriller trilogy by Simon Toyne, author of SANCTUS: ‘Plenty of action, plenty of intrigue and wonderfully imaginative. The sort of novel to devour in one sitting' Kate Mosse. For all fans of Dan Brown.


The forbidden Citadel at the heart of the ancient Turkish city of Ruin opens its gates for the first time in history. Why now, after centuries of secrecy?

A deadly disease has erupted within, and threatens to spread beyond its walls. Infected charity worker Gabriel Mann may hold the cure – but can one dying man stop an epidemic?

Without him, former journalist Liv Adamsen is vulnerable, surrounded by strangers in the desert oasis that is her new home. Liv, however, has far bigger concerns than just her own life…

In the USA, newly qualified FBI Agent Joe Shepherd investigates the disappearance of NASA’s most senior professor. Is it a vanishing act, an abduction, or something darker? Shepherd’s investigation approaches a powerful conspiracy with global reach, and profound consequences.

For them all, this much is clear: something big is coming. Something that will change everything. But will it be a new beginning or the End of Days?

Quatrième de couverture

After the risecomes the fall

When a cyber-attack at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland disables the Hubble telescope and the Nobel Prize–winning scientist in charge disappears, the only clues left behind are a cryptic countdown clock and a chilling message displayed on the missing man's computer: Mankind Must Look No Further.

Newly appointed FBI agent Joe Shepherd, a former academic star with degrees in astrophysics and computer science, is uniquely qualified to handle the investigation, but he is also hiding some secrets of his own. He discovers a note in the missing scientist's handwriting that reads "end of days" and further evidence linking the cyber-attack to a series of strange events from eight months earlier—an explosion at the Citadel, an ancient monastery in Turkey; the deadly viral outbreak that occurred in its wake; and the disappearance of an American journalist named Liv Adamsen and ex–special forces operative Gabriel Mann.

Liv has been trapped in the Syrian Desert, a prisoner of the prophecy that drove her there and now whispers of terrible things to come. Gabriel, infected and tormented by the deadly virus he carried out of the Citadel, is desperate to return before it spreads.

Shepherd's investigation takes him on a journey to the secrets at the very edge of the universe and also deep into his own past as the countdown clock continues and extraordinary events begin to manifest around the globe—animals migrating out of season, extreme weather battering the planet, people deserting the cities as they answer a growing urge to return to their original homes. In this exhilarating conclusion to the internationally bestselling Ruin trilogy, one woman's destiny weaves the past and present together in a way that will change the future for us all. But what is the "end of days" and what does it really mean for humankind—will it be revelation or devastation?

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 512 pages
  • Editeur : HarperCollins (11 avril 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 not bad; but should've ended at "The Key" 18 juillet 2013
Par Jarratt Bryan - Publié sur
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"The Tower" is in many ways almost a completely different story than "Sanctus" or "The Key." In fact, when I finished the first book, then heard it was a part of a trilogy, I wondered how; it seemed as though most loose ends had been tied up. And while "The Key" wasn't quite as good as the first, it still had very strong ties to "Sanctus." "The Tower," however, seemed even farther removed. Don't misunderstand--it has all the same characters, but they really play a much smaller role. "The Tower" seemed to have been written not because we needed a third book to finish the story, but because trilogies are cool (I guess).

In "The Tower," we meet a novice FBI agent Joe Shepherd, and veteran FBI agent Ben Franklin. These two are tasked with investigating strange threats to Marshall Space Center, where the Hubble Telescope has somehow been compromised. Meanwhile, there are assassins trying to kill key NASA personnel tied to projects designed to see deeper into space than ever before.

In flashbacks, we follow Liv Anderson who's found a desert oasis, and Gabriel, who's made his way back to Ruin because he suffers from the blight--the disease that has now escaped the Citadel and threatens to spread farther. What happens to these two is no surprise--although I think it's meant to be.

I think author Simon Toyne should have wrapped up "The Key" by leaving off the supposed cliffhanger and finishing the series at two books. It's not that "The Tower" is bad, it just really didn't seem that connected to the first two books.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Satisfying Conclusion to Toyne's Epic Trilogy 13 juin 2013
Par Ethan - Publié sur
In 2011, I was introduced to the religious conspiracy thriller, Sanctus, by Simon Toyne. While Sanctus shared some similarities with the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown, I was impressed with the way Toyne was able to take the phenomenon that was surrounding religious thrillers and make something uniquely his own.

In The Tower, the third and final novel in Toyne's Sancti Trilogy, we meet Joe Shepherd. While still a student at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Shepherd is temporarily given the qualifications of a full FBI agent, in order to allow him to assist with an investigation. Recently, a cyber-attack was mounted against the command center for NASA's Hubble Telescope, leaving the orbiting machine unusable. Even worse than the attack itself is what investigators discover at the center. The American scientist who oversaw the Hubble project is nowhere to be found. Left behind is a countdown clock and the message on his computer, "Mankind Must Look No Further."

Shepherd investigates with his teacher turned partner, Benjamin Franklin, and uses his unique knowledge of the scientific community (he was once a student working as a NASA intern) to uncover clues to the mysterious events. But as he begins to find answers, more questions arise. There seems to be a religious connection to events that occurred months earlier, at the Citadel, a monastery that lies within the Turkish city of Ruin. All signs point to these strange events, leading Shepherd to race against the clock to discover secrets that could potentially lead to the end of the world.

Readers of the previous novels will recall the American reporter, Liv Adamsen and the ex-special forces operative, Gabriel Mann, who were the main focus of those stories. They appear in this novel, as well, and we begin to see the connections of their story to the events taking place in America. As the novel progresses, we see Gabriel struggle to fight against the strange blight, a plague like disease that originated in the Citadel and slowly spreads through Ruin, and find Liz, trapped in the deserts of southern Asia. All three characters face their own troubles, as they soon intersect into a thrilling end.

Throughout this trilogy, Simon Toyne has managed to successfully maintain a commitment to relatable characters, thoughtful plotting, and page-turning pacing. This combination has made his novels thrillingly entertaining to read. The opening of this novel takes a bit of time to get rolling, especially as it introduces the new character, Joe Shepherd. Fortunately, Shepherd continues the Toyne tradition of being believably flawed while still being interesting. As his story begins to take shape, the momentum of the inevitable ending begins to mount, and the story becomes completely engaging. While Toyne does a nice job of subtly providing some backstory, to fill in readers who missed the first two installments, there are parts of this story that simply will not work for readers who are coming into this novel without reading the others. Despite this, there are enough new characters and plot points to grab a new reader's attention. Overall, this series may not be perfect, but it is a remarkably effective form of entertainment by an author who has quickly become one of my favorites.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Expansion or Contractions, Good or Bad, Depends on Your Point of View 30 juin 2013
Par H. F. Miglino - Publié sur
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I have read this authors previous two novels and found them very entertaining and will continue to look for new works from this author. There are several different story lines at work here and each one could almost be a separate story unto itself. The action is fast paced and no where along the line could I draw any conclusions where we were heading. I did not anticipate the conclusion, so the author did a very good job there. Typically page turner, well written and ties many story lines together. It helps if you read the first two books so you knew what really was going on in the Citadel and what the Sacrament really was. Otherwise a very enjoyable read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Great Ending For The Trilogy 29 juillet 2013
Par Fred Rayworth - Publié sur
To tell the truth, I was getting a little tired of the bad guys always mucking up the works in the citadel, so this was a refreshing change to see outside forces as in the FBI come into the mix and a few new characters to help things out along with a few new bad guys.

The only thing I didn't like was having to slog through chapter after chapter of italics. That's a big no-no for a lot of us novice writers. Italics are usually internal thoughts or special sections to stand out from the regular text. Sure, the chapters with italics WERE flashbacks, but the italics shouldn't have been half the book. The editors should've done that differently so we wouldn't have to suffer through that annoying script for so long. That was my only real beef with the book.

The author used solid third-person and didn't head-hop which was such a relief after that last book I read by one of my favorite authors who used to be such a great stickler for clean POV. The writing was brisk, the characters likeable and I especially liked the ending. Well done.

Since I lived in Turkey, I could relate to that end of things and the author didn't get too much wrong there. Of course, Ruin is a fictitious place but why not? I lived in Adana and traveled around that area near Gaziantep and know the terrain.

Had a great time reading it. Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Edge of your seat read. 8 juillet 2013
Par Puppylove4 - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
With this being the last book of the Sanctus Trilogy I wasn't to sure what to think at the beginning. After I had read for awhile it held my interest, could hardly put it down as it drew you into the story and I just wanted to see what was next. If haven't read the other books before you can still become deeply involved in this one, because it still has a story line all its own.
Loved the trilogy. Looking forward to more books by Simon Toyne. He draws you into the story, makes you feel as if you are right there living the story.
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