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The Death Relic (payne and jones Series Book 7) by [Kuzneski, Chris]
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"Kuzneski's writing has raw power."--James Patterson

"Chris Kuzneski writes as forcefully as his tough characters act."--Clive Cussler

"Chris Kuzneski has mastered the art of the quest novel, bringing to life lost treasures, exotic locales, and fresh conspiracies, as his trusty duo of Payne and Jones rely on their elite military training to slay bad guys, solve riddles, and save the day."--Lisa Gardner

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

"Kuzneski is a master in the making."--Vince Flynn


Kuzneski s writing has the same raw power as the early Stephen King. James Patterson
Kuzneski is a remarkable writer, who completely understands what makes for a good story. Nelson DeMille
Chris Kuzneski has mastered the art of the quest novel, bringing to life lost treasures, exotic locales, and fresh conspiracies. Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author
Chris Kuzneski writes as forcefully as his tough characters act. Clive Cussler"

"Kuzneski's writing has the same raw power as the early Stephen King."--James Patterson
"Kuzneski is a remarkable writer, who completely understands what makes for a good story."--Nelson DeMille
"Chris Kuzneski has mastered the art of the quest novel, bringing to life lost treasures, exotic locales, and fresh conspiracies."--Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author
"Chris Kuzneski writes as forcefully as his tough characters act."--Clive Cussler

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: 1872 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HHSY5E
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is so padded out it had no real story.Thank goodness for Scott Mariani `s books.I really find these 2clowns obnoxious...
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not read this yet . it was delivered quite quickly tho and very good price great quality thnx
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Exciting from beginning to end
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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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Unfortunately it is meant to be an exciting thriller. There is so much padding in this book; I now know a lot about the sights of Mexico City and the Yucatan (I bet I could draw a map of the Chichen Itza site) and a lot of history about Mayas, Aztecs, and the Spanish conquest. It's like Kuzneski wants to show how much research he's done but he's forgotten the "show don't tell" rule for authors.

Also the main characters spend too much time talking to each other about their "issues". Who cares? Their back stories take a lot of space as well but are irrelevant as well as repeated.

The "Death Relic" of the title is first mentioned on page 460 (of a 500 page book!) and is disposed of briefly. Normally these sort of books have the main artefact as the objective of a hunt or chase, which gives the book its plot and narrative. Without this there is no real plot.

The best characters - Tiffany and Boyd - were underused although it looks like he's keeping one for future books.

Maybe Kuzneski was trying to do something different but it hasn't worked for this reader. Very disappointing.
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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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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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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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