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The Death Relic

The Death Relic [Kindle Edition]

Chris Kuzneski
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The New World, 1545...

Vanquished by the Spanish Empire, little remains of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. From the ashes of their cities, a unified legend emerges: the Christians who conquered them possessed a mysterious object, an artifact so powerful-so deadly-that it was known throughout the Americas as "the death relic."

Yucatan Peninsula, present day...

When Maria Pelati's research team disappears in Mexico, Jonathon Payne and David Jones embark on a perilous mission to find the missing archaeologists. The duo quickly finds a link between the group's work and its recent disappearance. Following the clues left behind, the duo tries to solve one of the darkest mysteries of the new world, but their quest for the relic might cost them their lives.

About the Author

Chris Kuzneski is the international bestselling author of six novels - The Secret Crown, The Prophecy, The Lost Throne, Sword of God, Sign of the Cross and The Plantation. His thrillers have been published in over twenty languages and are sold in more than forty countries. Chris grew up in Pennsylvania and currently lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 711 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399158995
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HHSY5E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,685 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 (THE HUNTERS) in the series 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.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much story 9 May 2012
Oh dear! I refused to give up on this one as I had thoroughly enjoyed his previous books. To much banter between Payne and Jones for a start. That together with the historical data that overwhelms the plot. What plot I hear you say too right! One of the worst books I have read for a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 30 Nov 2011
By Kulana
Format:Kindle Edition
I've enjoyed Chris Kuznetski's other books but this one is 75% history lesson, 20% irritating dialogue between Payne & Jones, 4% plot and 1% denoument. I could have jumped to the last 10 pages and saved myself some time!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back Payne and Jones 29 Oct 2011
Having supported and followed Chris Kuzneski from his very first offerings I always look forward to a new Payne and Jones book with delight and excitement. This was no different causing me to stop reading another book half way through so I could start this one as soon as it plopped through the door. I was not disappointed at all. The traditional banter between the characters was there and all the same familiar characters put in an appearance. In addition to this there was a return to some old characters from the second book. The fiery Maria returned a character I greatly enjoyed when she made an appearance the first time.

However, don't panic if you haven't read any of the other books because the author summarises the past stories to allow you to read this as a stand alone book brilliantly. My only criticism if I had one would be that the end scene was a little rushed and could have maybe lasted a couple of extra pages although the last chapter then summarises what happened.

In addition to being an excellent author Chris Kusneski goes one further in thrill his fans. A web page dedicated to pictures from the areas contained in the book and a constant communication with his fans. This is an author who knows how to keep his fans happy a brilliant combination of enthralling writing and fan appreciation. Please buy and read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost the plot 29 Nov 2012
Having read all of Kuzneski's previous Payne and Jones books I was looking forward to this latest outing for the dynamic duo. How disappointed was I when 2/3rds of the way into the book the story hadn't even started. It is a love in between the two main characters, a cliche along the lines of 'Ebony and Ivory' by McCartney and Stevie Wonder. Yes we know black and white people live in perfect harmony, it's great, we've learnt a lot about each other and we cherish our multi-cultural society, but do we need a lengthy book about nothing but. Also, most people reading this book will have read the previous books in the series so shouldn't need to be reminded about the characters all the time. All in all a dreadful waste of time and effort by author and readers alike. Unless Kuzneski has some new ideas and stops patronising his readers it's the last of his books I will read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - Could have been so much better 29 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed all Chris's previous books but this latest got so bogged down in the repetitive, banal and irritating verbal interplay between the two heroes and all this was to the detriment of the overall plot and background information. Wonderful opportunity on this interesting subject missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Plot, what plot 14 Nov 2011
Banal. So much time spent on unnecessary detail. One dimensional 'plot', nothing happens in the first 250 pages. I persisted in reading it to the end, but I don't know why.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull and predictable 5 Nov 2011
By Akira
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Poorly written with predictable, 2 dimensional characters. An exciting plot and faster pace of action could have rescued this - these were also lacking. Really struggled to finish this one and not because I don't like cheesy thrillers (I enjoy Dan Brown and others).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars big disapointment 10 Jan 2012
By lev
Having read and loved the previous books by chris i was looking forward to this new one with relish. I was halfway through another book and dropped it as soon as this was delivered. I now wish i hadn't. A huge disapointment. Alot of time is spent going over the background of payne and jones, i'd much rather he just mention them and say "read the plantation for full details". Of course i understand why he does this but to be honest i found it started to drag on in this book. There is little in a story line compared to previous books and the ending, well what ending...?
After the Secret Crown gave us alot of facts mixed in with fiction creating such a truly wonderful and interesting read i have to say the Death Relic just didn't live up to the standard expected.
I'm sorry to say this is the first time i have ever written a review and so must sum up my disapointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 days ago by Aggielil
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Published 11 days ago by A E Pedley
5.0 out of 5 stars A1
Halfway through this one. Again excellent content and thoroughly researched. Brilliant author. Excellent price for this copy. Working my way through every one of his books.
Published 23 days ago by Mrs. Erica James
5.0 out of 5 stars another great read
This is easy reading to relax with good plot with unseen twists enthralling good for beach or pool around holiday reading
Published 4 months ago by Brian Dornan
5.0 out of 5 stars A good one
An interesting read from a new author to me. I think various age groups would enjoy this type of story.
Published 6 months ago by Moro
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
A good page turner. Strong characters and a good plot. Many books like this on the market but this one holds it's own. I will certainly look for others by this author. Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
As usual Chris Kuzneski keeps you enthralled in his story. I have read all the Payne and Jones books and look forward for more to come.
Published 11 months ago by george-bird
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed
book was good up to page 460. then changes to a completely different book by an author call Bruce Blyth. So I now have to buy another copy to find out the ending. Read more
Published 12 months ago by gerry cass
5.0 out of 5 stars another great book in the series
this was another action filled book with payne and jones, enjoyed it from the start, i will look forward to getting the next book
Published 14 months ago by lizzy25
5.0 out of 5 stars Review 01
I have now read all of this authors books about Jones and Paynes adventures this one yet again did not disappoint. An interesting subject not expected. Read more
Published 14 months ago by janet millard
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