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Sword of God (payne and jones Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Kuzneski
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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Sword of God is the crackling second novel from Chris Kuzneski.

Tunnelling deep under one of the most holy cities in the world, an ambitious young archaeologist slowly works her way towards an unthinkable goal. Somewhere ahead is a chamber containing the collected fragments of an ancient scripture, a find of unimaginable significance.

Meanwhile, halfway around the world, a covert military bunker holds a macabre secret. An elite special-forces officer seems to have been brutally murdered - but how, and more disturbingly, why? Any hope of solving the mystery rests on the grisly clues that remain.

As the race to uncover the truth begins, a plot unfolds that could burn all of civilization in the fires of holy Armageddon.

Chris Kuzneski is renowned for his gripping plots and Sword of God is no exception. Fans of James Rollins and Andy McDermott will love any of his titles, which include Sign of the Cross, The Lost Throne and The Death Relic.

Praise for Chris Kuzneski:

'Excellent! High stakes, fast action, vibrant characters . . . Not to be missed!' Lee Child

'Think Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code and you're in Kuzneski-land' Sunday Sport

'Makes you wish it would never end' Clive Cussler

Chris Kuzneski is the international bestselling author of Sign of the Cross, an acclaimed thriller that has been translated into more than a dozen languages. His first novel, The Plantation, introduced the characters of Payne and Jones, and received rave reviews. Although he grew up in Indiana, PA, he currently lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida. To learn more, please visit his website:

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"Kuzneski's writing has the same kind of raw power as the early Stephen King."


"Kuzneski's writing has the same kind of raw power as the early Stephen King."

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1058 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 Feb. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9DTC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,598 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Payne & Jones 26 Jan. 2012
I love Chris Kuzneski books but if your not a fan of 'edge of your seat' action films then you are not really going to like these books. The Sword of God is the third offering from Chris Kuzneski and it follows the usual format. Most of your favourite characters are back including the indestructible Payne and Jones and the storyline is packed with death and destruction as per usual. This book features the usual religious aspect that Kuzneski likes to include and he handles the subject with a fair amount of accuracy as usual.

Worth a read, a good book for the beach.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and annoying, in equal measure 20 Sept. 2009
I'm in complete agreement with J. D. Whittle on this one, although I made it about half way before putting myself out of my misery and giving up. I don't normally write reviews on books I don't finish, as I feel it is unfair on those reading the review and the author. However, I feel so strongly about this book I'll make an exception. The "humour", such as it is, is terrible, misplaced and childish. The plot, from what I could make of it, was non-existent, derivative and slow - something to do with a sword. In fact I'm so unsure of what the book was about, it was never explained in any detail. By the time I got half way I could fathom no link between Payne and Jones (the main protagonists) investigating a cave full of blood and a missing boy in Korea, and events in Mecca. To be fair, such a link would have been explained in the rest of the book but I had ceased to care.

Payne and Jones have to be two of the most annoying characters in this type of fiction. Unbelievably smart, nothing can beat them, be it terrorists, codes, whatever. They are "too" clever to make them plausible. For a smart man, Jones is equally childish. Like in an earlier book, the author spoon feeds us the story, telling us that something is going to happen, or someone going to die, before it has happened. I want to be surprised, not let into the secret beforehand. Terrible.

Not recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but then WOW. 23 Feb. 2014
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When Payne and Jones are 'requested' to find a missing comrade from their military days they could never have foreseen the outcome. From an island off the coast of Korea to the holiest of Muslim sites, they use their ingenuity and humour to get the job done.
Chris Kuzneski has once again seamlessly integrated adventure, humour and intrigue to bring out a great story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced military thriller 2 Dec. 2012
Sword of God starts well and continues to build momentum throughout the story. It's written in an open style that makes it easy to read. It's a little predictable and I think the author could have developed the mystery and the back story a bit more. That being said it was an enjoyable read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Team America Saves the Day 8 Jun. 2012
By Belle
This book started well and the first chapter or so had me captivated. However, it pretty much ended there. I would have liked the story to concentrate around the female archaeologist and the exciting find that I thought could have had endless possible stories attached to it...disappointingly, the story didn't come back to her until almost the end and I still fail to understand the connection between what she found and cave in Korea/terrorist plots in Mecca. Ultimately, this book felt a bit like "Team America" saving the World for terrorists...again. I actually have no problem with storylines like this as long as they are written well but I almost gave up half way through. To me, the story reads like a poorly written film script. It is almost like the author has watched too much 24/Die Hard movies. It is full of clichés and the male bravado between the two main characters, Payne and Jones, just made me cringe. I also didn't really care in the end whether they survived or not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 17 Jan. 2013
By Kingy
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I have read most of Kuzneskis books and i like the Payne and Jones genre and i would highly reccomend them to all.
This one is not the best in the series but still a good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read 3 May 2013
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A thoroughly enjoyable read. Nothing too deep, but a fast-paced action story with a bit of history thrown in and some enjoyable banner between the main characters
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling 28 Sept. 2012
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Usual high standard. Quite a complicated plot, but it was a great story. He has obviously researched well and done an excellent job in making it authentic.
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