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The Secret Crown


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


Kuzneski's lightweight sixth contemporary thriller featuring former Special Forces pals Jonathon Payne and David Jones (after 2010's The Prophecy) takes the bantering duo to Bavaria, where they get on the trail of a hidden treasure belonging to Ludwig II, the eccentric 19th-century Bavarian monarch popularly known as Mad King Ludwig, who died mysteriously at age 40. A bad guy, Hans Mueller, also seeks the treasure, and a pretty young woman who works for a government ministry that oversees all the castles in Bavaria serves largely as the butt for sex jokes from the guys when they aren't making fun of each other's manhood. Kuzneski is good at parceling out interesting historical details, but it's pretty much a stroll through a Bavarian theme park for Payne and Jones, who barely break a sweat while dispatching evildoers. Fans of sophomoric humor will be most rewarded. Agent: Scott Miller at Trident Media. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

When an old World War II bunker that may be filled with Nazi plunder is found in Bavaria, an associate of Jonathon Payne and David Jones (The Last Throne; The Prophecy) summons them to Germany to investigate. What they find is a spectacular mystery. King Ludwig II of Bavaria, famous for his Neuschwanstein Castle (the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle), purportedly hid a massive treasure. Does this bunker contain the Swan King's treasure? With immeasurable funds and resources at our heroes' disposal, their ensuing quest becomes a Baedeker's tour of castles. Verdict While Kuzneski delivers another detailed, action-packed buddy adventure-thriller, much of the appealing courage and charm Payne and Jones displayed in The Prophecy have been replaced by bravado, sarcasm, and crass frat boy one-liners. When they don't try so hard, Payne, Jones, and Kuzneski still have all the qualities necessary to be a literary superteam.-Laura A.B. Cifelli, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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