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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1 edition (15 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141037083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141037080
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.3 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Tenaka on 17 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
I'd hopes for this book. But...

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.
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This was my second Kruzneski novel and, unfortunately, something of a disappointment. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but it wasn't as good I had hoped. I recently read his previous novel 'The Lost Throne' which was thrilling, with two well paced stories that cleverly converged at the end; a realistic event that pulled central characters Payne and Jones in to the story and a plot that travelled the road between action thriller and 'history-mystery' well.

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.
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The Prophecy Only read one other of his books and frankly this is true "Boys Own" material. No pretention of being a high brow author that drags the plot on and on like Kate Mosse who I think recons the number of pages equals a top ranking. Will now buy the rest of his work - well worth the spend
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I could write a whole other novel about how bad this novel is. The plot, at least, is pretty good: there's mystery and action and climactic showdowns, all of which would make for a fun movie or video game. But as a book, wow, this is laughably bad.
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.
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Once again Chris Kuzneski has seamlessly integrated humour, adventure and mystery.
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.
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I read the previous "Payne & Jones" book and it was reasonably good - this one was just terrible. No real plot - I got to page 300 and wondered if anything had happened. I needn't have bothered reading the rest as it was all pretty obvious what was going to happen. The ending was laughable - ooh they found a box with a letter telling them that they would find a box - what a shocker. I feel ripped off and I got my copy from the library - that's how bad this book is.
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I love reading Chris Kuzneski's booked, especially Payne and Jones series. This book was a disappointment for me. I purchased the book twice online thinking the first one didn't have the complete book. Having paid again for it I realised the boom ends abruptly. Why???

Chris can you explain this.

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