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What if Eve never died?

July 2, 2012

“The key” by Simon Toyne

Reviewed by Natalie

This action-adventure novel, set in modern-day Iraq and Turkey, follows the story of reporter Liz Adamsen, who has been injured in an explosion in the Citadel. 

The Citadel is a stronghold populated by a secretive society of monks who are protecting an ancient Sacrament – which has gone missing, and Liz is the only one who knows where it is. Now that the Sacrament has been released, unless it is brought to the original site of the garden of Eden, a blight will wipe out mankind. And it’s already begun…

But where is Eden exactly?  And how can Liz there when agents of the Citadel and Vatican are trying to kill her?  What is the Sacrament anyway, and why does the Citadel want it back?

It took a while for me to warm up to this story – maybe that was just because I hadn’t read Sanctus, Toyne’s first novel, which I suspect may precede this?  But after a few chapters, I got the gist of it and the story rollicked along at a good pace. 

If you like Mathew Reilly or Dan Brown, or stories about ancient artifacts, you’ll probably like this too. It wasn’t a long read – and I don’t think it will inspire many conspiracy theories like Dan Brown’s novels – but it’s still a good read, and will appeal to men and women alike. Enjoy!

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