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  • Mass Market Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.; Original edition (4 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425222373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425222379
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.9 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHRIS KUZNESKI is the international bestselling author of ten novels: THE FORBIDDEN TOMB, THE EINSTEIN PURSUIT, THE HUNTERS, THE DEATH RELIC, THE SECRET CROWN, THE PROPHECY, THE LOST THRONE, SWORD OF GOD, SIGN OF THE CROSS, and THE PLANTATION. His novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide.

His latest thriller, THE FORBIDDEN TOMB, is the second book in the critically-acclaimed Hunters series. Film rights to the first book in the series -- THE HUNTERS -- have been optioned by Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford's new UK-based production venture. Mark Huffam (Prometheus, World War Z) and Chris Clark (Johnny English, The Guard) have joined the producing team. The screenplay was written by Robert Kamen (Taken, The Transporter), and it will be directed by John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines, Die Hard 5). Filming is slated to begin in February 2015.

For more details, please visit his website at: www.chriskuzneski.com.


Praise for the novels of CHRIS KUZNESKI:

James Patterson, #1 international bestselling author--
"Chris Kuzneski's writing has the same raw power as the early Stephen King."

Clive Cussler, #1 international bestselling author--
"Chris Kuzneski writes as forcefully as his tough characters act."

Lee Child, #1 international bestselling author--
"Excellent! High stakes, fast action, vibrant characters. . . Not to be missed!"

Nelson DeMille, #1 international bestselling author--
"Chris Kuzneski is a remarkable writer, who completely understands what makes for a good story."

Vince Flynn, #1 international bestselling author--
"Chris Kuzneski is a master in the making."

Lisa Gardner, #1 international bestselling author--
"Chris Kuzneski has mastered the art of the quest novel."

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By R. Ward on 20 Nov. 2008
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This is Chris Kuzneski's self published first novel. Former Special Forces soldiers Payne & Jones track down kidnappers and uncover a sinister money making scheme that goes beyond the usual ransom demands. Colourful characters, controvertial themes and some great action scenes make this an enjoyable read that moves along at a cracking pace. A star gets knocked off for the constant wisecracks from the two main characters which can quickly become tiresome and a couple of twists that can be seen a mile off. Overall, this one is actually better than the next in the series and is recommended to fans of action thrillers.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Lee on 15 Aug. 2009
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I read Chris' other 3 books first, (Sign of The Cross, Sword of God and The Lost Throne) as The Plantation was only released in the UK this July (2009).
The Plantation is every bit as good as his other 3 books!
It starts off at a fast pace and never ends, it is simply 'un-put-downable'.
This book has everything, suspense, twists and turns in the plot, and an insight into what makes Payne & Jones this indestructable duo. Their humour, wit and fearless pursuit of what they believe in captivates the reader, and keeps the pages turning effortlessly.
Yet another Kuzneski masterpiece!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Duckworth on 1 July 2010
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To start with a positive, the central theme is different and interesting. However it is well telegraphed and by page 54 you should be able to get 90%+ of the plot - one of the breathy reviewers on the jacket squeals "a great plot twist... all I can say is hang on for the ride". All I can say is don't, and preferably don't pay the entrance money. The plot twist doesn't turn up and you know what's happening an eighth of the way through the book.

There is some reasonable humour although it usually gets dragged down by clunky and obvious statements in the dialogue. This is compounded by the author's need to glorify the physically perfect (e.g. from p1: hero "eased his chiselled, 6'4"", 230-pound frame under the surging liquid") and uber-deadly violence of his main characters, using gushing language which at several points makes you want to yell "America - F - yeah!".

Amusingly the devastatingly professional killing brilliance of his (yet whimsically charming) heroes at times seems to utterly desert them, providing several moments of annoying inconsistency where scenes they should have handled with ease become complicated and compounded in the attempt to maintain the thread of the increasingly tenuous (and determinedly not twisting) plot.

So with dialogue which is often clunky and ripe for parody, and a plot which is obvious early on and forced through via several inconsistent scenes, this is definitely a book to avoid.

In the foreword the author tells us that this was his first novel, now re-written after his subsequent successes and re-released, claiming that he has corrected several errors that were in the first edition and which are typical of beginner authors. Hmmm. You missed a bit Christopher, quite a bit, but please don't re-issue a third edition
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The plot within this book is fairly original. A number of seemingly random abductions take place in various locations across the USA. It transpires that these crimes have been carried out as a means of sadistic revenge. However, the deeper reasons for these abductions are not truly unveiled until Jon Payne and David Jones (DJ) get involved in attempting to unravel the mystery. At the start of the story we are introduced to Jonathon Payne who is CEO of Payne Industries. We also get to meet his best friend David Jones who works as a Private Investigator. Before embarking on civilian careers, both of these guys had previously been soldiers who had formed part of an elite squad known as the MANIACs (made up of the best soldiers from the Marines, Army, Navy, Intelligence, Airforce and Coast Guard). As the story progresses, they get embroiled in the mysterious goings on in the Deep South and use all their cunning, logic and military expertise to try and unearth and stop the sinister activities being carried out at the plantation.
Yes, it's a somewhat far-fetched story but eh, its also a gripping adventure. It's got everything you want from this sort of novel - suspense, action, romance, likeable characters, despicable villains and lots of tongue-in-cheek humour. If you are looking for an easy to read book for the beach then look no further than The Plantation by Chris Kuzneski. Enjoy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan Field on 26 Feb. 2010
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This book is a must for all those fans of Mr Kuzneski. Its got balance in the story and a good theme taht keeps you going for the length of the book. Up to his usual standard. A good book to shock and make you think as the story turns history on its head. I had a task to put it down as I wanted to know and read more.!! Five stars..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ladyt17 on 11 May 2011
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i started this book eagerly, being a fan of Chris Kusneski, unfortunately i was quite disappointed. the style of writing wasn't what i am used with his books and, although the characters are the same as the rest of his books they just weren't believable. if i had read this book as the first of Chris' works then i probably wouldn't bother to read anything else of his, fortunately i have read everything else he has ever written and they are brilliant
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