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The Lost Throne: Payne & Jones Series, Book 4
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The fourth Payne and Jones thriller from New York Times bestselling author Chris Kuzneski.
 
“A reader's delight from beginning to end. Tautly written, expertly told, smart, and exhilarating.”New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry

Carved into the towering cliffs of central Greece, the Holy Trinity monastery is all but inaccessible. Its sacred brotherhood has protected its secret for centuries. In the dead of night, the monastery’s sanctity is shattered by an elite group of warriors carrying ancient weapons. One by one, they hurl the monks from the cliff-top to the rocks below—the holy men taking their secret to their graves.

Halfway across Europe, Richard Byrd has uncovered the location of a magnificent treasure, but there are those who will stop at nothing to prevent its discovery. Hoping to save himself, Byrd contacts Jonathon Payne and David Jones and begs for their help. The duo rushes to Saint Petersburg, Russia, and quickly finds themselves caught in an adventure that will change their lives forever.
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“A reader's delight from beginning to end. Tautly written, expertly told, smart, and exhilarating.”New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry

Carved into the towering cliffs of central Greece, the Holy Trinity monastery is all but inaccessible. Its sacred brotherhood has protected its secret for centuries. In the dead of night, the monastery’s sanctity is shattered by an elite group of warriors carrying ancient weapons. One by one, they hurl the monks from the cliff-top to the rocks below—the holy men taking their secret to their graves.

Halfway across Europe, Richard Byrd has uncovered the location of a magnificent treasure, but there are those who will stop at nothing to prevent its discovery. Hoping to save himself, Byrd contacts Jonathon Payne and David Jones and begs for their help. The duo rushes to Saint Petersburg, Russia, and quickly finds themselves caught in an adventure that will change their lives forever.
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        June 8, 2009
        When the bodies of seven headless monks are found on the rocks below a Greek mountain monastery, Nick Dial, head of Interpol's homicide division, investigates in Kuzneski's fourth novel to feature ex–Special Forces warriors Jonathon Payne and David Jones (after Sword of God
        ). Meanwhile, Payne and Jones are in St. Petersburg, Fla., when Payne receives a phone call from a frightened American woman, Allison Taylor, in St. Petersburg, Russia, who says her boss, a wealthy antiquities researcher, has just been shot dead there. Payne flies to Russia to rescue Allison. Both of these plots eventually join as all involved head off to find a mysterious lost artifact, now known to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Despite the silly, juvenile banter between Payne and Jones as they go about the business of killing bad guys and the book's weak denouement, readers will find the Greek setting a refreshing change after the usual Rome and Jerusalem venues of many such religious thrillers.

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        June 15, 2009
        Well-plotted thriller turns on ancient secrets, savvy sleuths and other matters to do Indiana Jones proud.

        There's a hidden treasure to rival Solon's here, plus extremely bad guys, and good guys who don't play by the rules. The whole saga is set against a little-explored backdrop: mountainous northeastern Greece, home to devout monks who are very good at keeping secrets and very bad at defending themselves. Kuzneski (Sword of God, 2007, etc.) opens on an ominously antiquarian note."The greatest secret of Ancient Greece was silenced by a death in Italy"—a death in Naples on Christmas Day 1890, to be exact, and portending"fire, deception, and ancient gold." Portent reigns throughout, sometimes ham-fistedly. As we careen into the present, we find a blade-bearing evildoer and his henchmen inside the sanctuary of an Orthodox monastery, to an unhappy effect for the monk on deck:"He punctuated his statement with a flick of his sword, separating the monk from his head…Head on the left. Body on the right. Blood everywhere." Enter the Americans in the form of Delta Force types known as MANIACS ("the top soldiers from the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard"). So what's Uncle Sam doing mixing it up with bearded heretics halfway across the world, to say nothing of the long-suffering Greek cops in charge of cracking the case? Could be it has something to do with clerics flying under false colors, or unfinished Cold War business, or the clash of civilizations, but it wouldn't be sporting to say. Kuzneski steers his narrative through enough satisfying twists and turns to resemble a Mediterranean goat path until the mystery is revealed and the killers of"ten monks, three cops, and a fucking mule" and chastened.

        Good for late summer at the beach.

        (COPYRIGHT (2009) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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        June 1, 2009
        Former Special Forces agents Jonathon Payne and D. J. Jones continue to work as freelance investigators for secret and dangerous missions (Sign of the Cross, 2006) specializing in ancient artifacts. Payne and Jones set off for Russia when a young scholar calls for help after her employer, an eccentric treasure hunter, is shot down in St. Petersburg. This story, reminiscent of Robert Ludlum, is interwoven with another plotline told from the point of view of Nick Dial, director of the Interpol Homicide division, as he investigates the ruthless beheadings of seven monks in a remote Greek monastery. With connections to ancient Sparta, byzantine plots, and nineteenth-century amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann, the novel is long and complex, but it moves rapidly, thanks to a condensed time frame and plenty of dialogue. There is no shortage of action, either, as Payne and Jones repeatedly evade assassins and government agents. Recommend this religious thriller to everyone waiting breathlessly for the promised Da Vinci Code sequel and to Steve Barrys large fan base.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2009, American Library Association.)

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"A reader's delight from beginning to end. Tautly written, expertly told, smart, and exhilarating."New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry

Carved into the towering cliffs of central Greece, the Holy Trinity monastery is all but inaccessible. Its sacred brotherhood has protected its secret for centuries. In the dead of night, the monastery's sanctity is shattered by an elite group of warriors carrying ancient weapons. One by one, they hurl the monks from the cliff-top to the rocks below—the holy men taking their secret to their graves.
Halfway across Europe, Richard Byrd has uncovered the location of a magnificent treasure, but there are those who will stop at nothing to prevent its discovery. Hoping to save himself, Byrd contacts Jonathon Payne and David Jones and begs for their help. The duo rushes to Saint Petersburg,...
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