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.
Jonathan Payne and D.J. Jones are back in New York Times best-selling author Kuz-neski's (www.chriskuzneski.com) third Payne and Jones title, following Sign of the Cross (2006), also available from Brilliance Audio. This time, they're doing their clandestine best to solve all the country's problems while miraculously avoiding death by overwhelming force in increasingly impossible situations. Series reader/multiple Audie Award winner Dick Hill's excellent reading will rev up the pulses of even those listeners stuck in rush-hour traffic. For appreciators of Dan Brown and high-octane fiction, and for Kuzneski's many fans.-Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Retired soldiers Jonathon Payne and D.J. Jones return to action (after last year's Sign of the Cross), investigating a secret bunker off the coast of Korea where a gruesome scene and a missing squad from their former unit, an elite counterinsurgency team, indicate that secret interrogation proceedings have gone terribly wrong. Piecing together the facts of the case lead Payne and Jones to Mecca, where a plot to blow up the Grand Mosque suggests a global conspiracy to align forces against the United States. Soon Payne and Jones have to risk their lives to infiltrate Mecca (where non-Muslims can be summarily executed) to save the city and, ultimately, the world. Kuzneski's novel is taut and largely fast-paced; though occasionally bogged down in historical exposition, it's a fair trade that gives the book a rich sense of authenticity and plausibility. Though characters are short on depth, Kuzneski knows how to maintain a nuanced moral landscape while wresting maximum thrills from contemporary Western fear of terrorism. This globe-crossing action thriller, like its predecessor, evokes the spirit of Dan Brown, with welcome doses of Lee Child's ex-military tough-guy grit. (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Kuzneski's writing has the same kind of raw power as the early Stephen King."