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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (May 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753894009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753894002
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 2.8 x 17.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Here is one of those novels that spans centuries, interweaves stories from past and present, and involves a brave hero trying to uncover the truth behind an ancient conspiracy that unnamed individuals will kill to protect. It's hardly a new premise, but here's the good thing: in Khoury's hands, it feels fresh and exciting again. When archaeology professor Evelyn Bishop is kidnapped, her daughter, Mia, vows to find her and to find the secret behind the artifacts that apparently led to Evelyn's abduction. Her odyssey takes her into unexpected corners of history, quickly putting her own life at risk. The action takes place mostly in Iraq but also journeys to eighteenth-century Italy and present-day Lebanon. The large cast of characters includes plenty of villainous types, including "the hakeem," a doctor whose grisly medical experiments seem linked to a centuries-old mystery. There are dozens of ways this novel could have collapsed under its own narrative weight, but Khoury makes the conspiracy feel utterly believable and imbues his characters with infectious passion for finding the truth. A surefire hit with fans of conspiracy-based historical thrillers. Pitt, David --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Raymond Khoury is the bestselling author of The Last Templar and The Sanctuary. An acclaimed screenwriter and producer for both television and film, he lives in London with his family.

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I loved Khoury's first book - The Last Templar - even if like all novels of this genre, it was rather silly. So I expected more of the same enjoyable nonsense with this book. How wrong could I be? The big problem is that he takes far too long to reveal The Big Secret. Anybody with half a brain will have figured it out well in advance, realised that it's not such a big deal after all, and nowhere near interesting enough to fill a 450 page novel.

The other problem I have with this book is the page after page after page of chase scenes and shoot outs. I guess the authors of these books think it's necessary, but it's also horrendously tedious, and makes me skip page after page in a desperate attempt to get back to the point.

This really was absolutely underwhelming stuff. When you have to force yourself to finish a book on point of principle, you know you're in trouble.
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I loved Raymond Khoury`S first novel The Last Templar. So I could not wait for "The Sanctuary." Khoury is able to mix a historical mystery from the 18th century into a fascinating suspense thriller. I don't want to reveal too much of the plot as that would ruin the read, but it starts out in 2003 with a US Army unit on patrol in Baghdad making a gruesome discovery. How is what the Army unit find related to an 18th century feud between an Italian prince and a mysterious marquis? You'll have to read the book to find out, but the author deftly mixes the action with plenty of historical scholarship to create a fascinating "what if?" If you liked "The Last Templar" or The Da Vinci Codeyou'll be just as happy reading "The Sanctuary."
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5.0 out of 5 stars This would make a great movie! Jan. 4 2009
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I love a plot that doesn't take you where you want the story to go. Surprises are inspiring! No one falls in love; no sex (except a 30 year ago affair w/o details) You don't know the good guy from the bad guy; who is after what? Kept me on the edge until the end. I loved Ken Follett's POTE and the sequel,W w/o E. I enjoyed the plot of Sanctuary reflecting to the past, as much as I enjoyed the historical fiction of Follett. I would like to read more historical fiction as I enjoy reading the lifestyles which take me back to 1979 when I backpacked GB and Europe and saw how people were actually living in the 50's of the U.S.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Believe It or Not! May 21 2016
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If you are interested in the Templars, then you may enjoy this book. I am a Christian, and one of the threads of this account brings much so called evidence against Jesus ever even being a man in history, no crucifixion, no resurrection, only a means by which the Catholic church could rule western civilization. I am not a Catholic, but I do believe in Jesus Christ, as apparently a great many of the Templars did. Their purpose was to protect people attempting to make a journey to Jerusalem and back, especially those who were involved in trying to take Jerusalem back from the Muslims.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad listen or read Nov. 14 2007
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I enjoyed this book (I listened to it on CD in my car while commuting). It keeps your interest and has several plot twists that make the story a bit idfferent from other similar novels.
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2.0 out of 5 stars appalling, terrible writing. March 12 2015
By Arresto V. - Published on
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A friend recommended this book, and while the plot is serviceable it is terribly written. You will cringe while reading certain passages. Here is a small sample:

1."He found himself asking himself..." (285)

2. "As he pondered the journey of his life, he also found himself doubting what he would ultimately achieve even if he did succeed in finding what he was looking for." (286)

3. "he freaked out..." 301)

4. "pathological psychopaths..." (303)

5.0 out of 5 stars Fan of Dan Brown? Then Raymond Khoury will not disappoint. Sept. 5 2008
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I bought Raymond Khoury's first book, The Last Templar, on a spur of the moment trip to the book store in an airport in Maryland before I shipped out overseas. I read the preface the a short description of the book on the back and what can I say? It captured my attention. What a read that was! I loved it! Enough about the first book, you want the review for this one right?
Anyways, after finishing The Last Templar, I was downtown at a Virgin megastore and saw this book sitting on a shelf. I nearly walked past it and most likely would have if the books cover had not caught my attention. What could a book possibly be about that has to have a picture of a serpent eating its own tail? Well, low and behold Raymond Khoury was the author and seeing that, I was compelled to buy the book.
Now, I needed a read for my next trip out here to the desert and I decided to take that book with me. Again, what another great read! The action is nearly non-stop, even right from the beginning. Almost every chapter ends with a cliff-hanger that just makes you want to read the next page (I sometimes ended up falling asleep really late because of this reading). Again, got to re-iterate on the whole "serpent eating it's own tail" thing...doesn't that make you wonder what the hell it is?
The base of the story is relatively solid. In modern day times of Iraq, it's unusual for a foreign person to be kidnapped anymore due to the lessening violence. That all changes when one in particular woman, Evelyn, becomes abducted while trying to help and old Iraqi friend get rid of some old relics found on a dig. This Iraqi friend, Farouk, contacts Evelyn due to a book of that has a particular engraving of a serpent eating its own tail. Unfortunately, the Iraqi dealer does not know he's being watched by someone of near infinite power in the underground world. After this happens, the whole better part of the USA's presence in Iraq comes into question when Evenlyn's daughter comes in for questioning by Iraqi police and American ambassador's. Who can she believe?
The characters, for the most part, are somewhat memorable. Evelyn is the typical damsel in distress. But, of utmost importance because of this relic that was discovered. Evelyn's daughter, Mia, plays a more crucial role in the latter part of the book becoming more proactive rather than reactive. Then, there's Corben, the american CIA agent. He works on scrounging up any evidence there is to who has done this kidnapping, but, for what cause? Is he really out to save Evelyn, or, is there another motive? Finally, what I believe to be the most memorable character, the "Hakeem". The "Hakeem" (translated in english means "doctor") seems to be the one behind the kidnapping. His interrogation techniques are, shall we say, less than humanible. Though, his knowledge of the human anatomy are second to none.
The plot and the way the book is written is solid. There's a few flashbacks as to how this cult started and what it's really about and even shows the strength of the cult's resolve to protect this information. While this book is a work of fiction, you'll find many points of interest about real life and happenings in the world. Such as the town of Mosul, Iraq that lies in near shambles but slowly rebuilding. Even ancient groups such as the Phoenicians make an appearance in this book. Of course, this interests someone like me because I'm just a history buff. Bottom line, if you liked Dan Brown and his books, have any interest in historic lore, or just want something different to read, try Raymond Khoury's "Sanctuary". I promise it won't let you down.