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5.0 out of 5 stars
A Relic In Itself, 14 Oct. 2011
Chris Kuzneski is MY Dan Brown.
I have enjoyed each and everyone of his books, few as they are. I believe he was one of the first of this genre I read, and one that had me hooked at first bite.
I love the little snippets of information you're given, the kind that make you want to delve deeper into a subject you believed yourself to hold no interest for. Mesoamerican history has never before held any allure, and yet I now find myself wanting to delve deeper into subjects such as the Maya (NOT the Mayan, as he rightly points out).
I love the vacation advice you're given. He describes both the current and previous state of countries so mystically you're instantly lured to Thomas Cook to check out prices. Though, given the information we're provided with in this book includes the abundance of kidnappings in Mexico City, perhaps that one will be given a miss. But grudgingly.
He is also a master of suspense, building tension better than any author I've come across thus far. His fantastically trained and skilled protagonists only further entices us to indulge in the action packed scenes that are bound to take place at least several times over in one story, the flow of each scene being just one of many reasons to not put this book down.
But most of all? I love the heroes of the tale. Payne and Jones possess a charming camaraderie. Their banter adds the element of humour to the books, but their friendship and loyalty ties us in emotionally. Now, admittedly, his previous book took an unwelcome turn for me in terms of their banter. It had become more frequent and more childish, losing its charm and verging on irritating. I found myself no longer craving more, but fighting the desire to mentally bang their heads together. You can have too much of a good thing, and that was definitely one of those times. Let me say now that world order has been restored, and the pair are back on form, leaving me smiling or chuckling at regular intervals. My faith in my favourite author has been fully restored and strengthened.
Anyway, back to The Death Relic itself. So this time round we find our heroes answering a call for a help by a previously encountered character in Sign of the Cross, his second book (you needn't worry, each of his books are made to be stand-alone, but I whole heartedly urge you to pick up his other books). They fly out to Central America with their military skills in hand, and once again find themselves wrapped up in a whole load of historical hooey involving death, destruction and deceit.
In short; Good guy follows a theory into discovery, bad guy catches a whiff and bears big dollar signs in his eyes, good guy lands himself in muck, all good guys team up together to vanquish foe.
The storyline, at its most basic, is pretty standard as I've shown; but it works. It's a tried and tested formula we depend on, and by simplifying it here I am in no way devaluing it.
So to put an end to my blathering; I highly recommend you do as I have. Buy and read and treasure this book. Enjoy and revel in its brilliance, and mourn once you've surpassed the last page. If you end up disagreeing, I'll eat my hat.
So to correct myself earlier, Dan Brown who?