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The Plantation (Payne & Jones) [Mass Market Paperback]

Chris Kuzneski
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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Book Description

4 July 2009 Payne & Jones (Book 1)
Across the country, people are being kidnapped. Jonathon Payne is following the clues from his girlfriend's disappearance to a New Orleans plantation-and the South's most violent and shocking secret.

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Product details

  • 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: 17.1 x 13.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author


His thrillers have been published in more than twenty languages and are sold in more than forty countries. Kuzneski grew up in Pennsylvania and now lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida. His next novel, THE HUNTERS, will be the first book in a new series. His original series, which features the characters of Payne & Jones, will return in late-2013.

Visit the author's website at: 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."

W.E.B. Griffin, #1 international bestselling author--
"A fresh new voice you won't forget."

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good! 20 Nov 2008
By R. Ward
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ! 15 Aug 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars New Target for a Team America Parody 1 July 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book to have on your Shelf 26 Feb 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
3.0 out of 5 stars the plantation 11 May 2011
By ladyt17
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to read this one.... 19 Jan 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like most I have read the 3 previous books due to the order the books were released. I could go on about how addictive this read is and how you will not be able to put it down until its done with you but I won't. Please simply see for yourself...and if you haven't already get the other books too, trust me, you will be far from dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good 13 Mar 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I find Chris Kuzneski's novels very entertaining and this one did not disappoint. I have the whole series at the moment and just waiting for more as they arrive. very happy with my purchase and seller delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My review 15 Sep 2013
By Jayne
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was thrilled when ifound this book big fan, and hard to belive I have found Chris Kuzneski hard to find in UK must be looking in the wrong shops but happy I found this one
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great author
This is the first book by Chris Kuzneski, and having read others wanted to get the beginning of the story.
This explains the beginning of the Payne and Jones adventures.
Published 7 months ago by Assmin
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathless
Excellent reading, in the same vein as James Rollins, another of my favourite authors, I just love Payne & Jones, love the banter that goes on between them, it gives a breathing... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Helen Woroniuk
4.0 out of 5 stars Why is this book so enjoyable?
This book is a connundrum to me. Its far fetched the characters are comically larger than life, the dialouge reads like it was written by an eight year old and the action scenes... Read more
Published 9 months ago by ITBPhotoSoc
5.0 out of 5 stars chris kuzneski
my husband loves these books has them all from this author, he would tell all his friends to buy it
Published 9 months ago by debbie day
5.0 out of 5 stars Plantation review
Once again another stunning book by chris
I couldn't put it down and had to finish it in one weekend
With so many twists and turns this is a very exciting read from start... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars Chris Kuzneski's first Payne and Jones novel
I bought and read this after I had read 5 of his more recent Payne and Jones novels and found it not up to the standard of his other work. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul H
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant First Book
I loved this.

Each night I couldn't wait to get into bed to continue reading what happened next.

I bought "The Prophecy" and read that first. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. Colin Brooks
2.0 out of 5 stars Plantation - Chris Kuzneski
Found the book patchily written and not as fluent as later books in the Payne/Jones series. I think I read somewhere that the first draft of this book was rejected and that it was... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Persil2
5.0 out of 5 stars C. Kuzneski - The Plantation
The book reached me in excellent condtion and cost me only 1p. Its a definite page turner and recommend it to anyone!
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by Andy E
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyable Read
I enjoyed reading this book from the first page to the last. Payne and Jones made the plot real with plenty of action all the way through. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2012 by Music Lover
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