The Prophecy (Jonathon Payne & David Jones) Paperback – 15 Oct 2009
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"Chris Kuzneski is a monster storyteller who never disappoints, and "The Prophecy" is a page turner extraordinaire, rippling with dark legends, violence, and pulse-pounding excitement. Payne and Jones are fabulous!" -Douglas Preston, co-author of "Cemetery Dance" and "The Monster of Florence" "Kuzneski has hit his stride. He's writing at full throttle, with unparalleled acceleration and expert control. Hop aboard for a great ride." -Steve Berry, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Paris Vendetta"
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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1: There are plotholes galore.
2: The main characters aren't well developed. Their banter gets more tolerable as the book progresses, but the continuing deviatsions into how great/modest/respected they are really grate.
3: The antagonist is poor and the climax...anti-climatic.
4: The ending is, to put it bluntly, abrupt. An extra paragraph to set up the sequel would have worked well here. It isn't there.
In short, nothing special. The book has its moments when its average but overall, I'd say avoid. If you wnat a good thriller in this style...the Da Vinci Code is better.
However, 'The Prophecy' is very weak - the reason the two ex-MANICS become involved in events unrealistic; the 'token' female character unnecessary and poorly developed and the ending shockingly abrupt without explanation (as the prophecy is never revealed!).
The bickering and 'smack' talk between Payne and Jones is fun, allowing for regular laughs, but their ability to survive every kind of trauma while everyone else dies is slightly grating after awhile - even when Payne is shot three times at point blank range does he only suffer bruising and a shoulder wound!! However, that being said, the story bumps along quite nicely with just the right amount of menace and action and its a very easy, undemanding read.
I haven't read Kruzenski's earlier books, but certainly intend to, so my advise to you - do not start with this book!! Try 'The Lost Throne' instead, get a feel for the two lads and Kruzneski's style of writing and I'm sure you'll be smitten. But if you start with this book, I worry that you won't have the best first impression.
The prose is terrible; every joke is over-explained and there are frequent digressions from the story to talk about irrelevancies like how a room is decorated. You won't find many thriller writers capable of spending TWO ENTIRE PAGES talking about Philly cheesesteaks in a book in which no Philly cheesesteaks are bought or consumed or even seen. Not to mention the sheer volume of words dedicated to describing how attractive and smart and rich Payne and Jones are. Female lead Megan is the subject of a 112 word block of text describing her incredible beauty.
The dialogue is awful; not one exchange feels like human beings interacting. Here's a black character offended by racism in Philadelphia: "This is supposed to be the City of Brotherly Love. Well I'm a brother, so show me some love!"
Here is Payne telling Megan an anecdote about Nostradamus:
'Did you hear the one about Nostradamus and the pope?'
'Is that a joke?'
'No it isn't, although my setup made it seem that way.'
It's like the dialogue is written entirely by chatbots. And the characterisation is one-dimensional, and that one dimension is incredibly ugly. Early in the book a young woman is murdered right in front of Payne and Jones. Their response? Excitement! Because they've been feeling stagnant recently, what with being fantastically rich and attractive, so this murder is giving them the excitement that they used to feel in the military!
That is how they react to a young woman being murdered. Yeah.Read more ›
Payne and Jones are once again catapulted into a madcap journey full of bullets and riddles as they help two mystery women solve the riddle of a puzzling letter. With the expert help of Petr Ulster they save the day and defeat the villain. Long live Payne and Jones.
Chris can you explain this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Start was ok , but disappointed at the ending
They are getting very same ish
Ok for a holiday read
What a load of rubbish, it's childish, 1st published 2009, I would be surprised if he is still writing, rubbish rubbish rubbish.....Published 1 month ago by N Fleming
New author for me - have now worked my way through his catalogue - very very good.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
fast paced as usual but poor ending, in fact no ending that I could comprehend.Published 8 months ago by georgette