The Lost Throne

The Lost Throne

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by Chris Kuzneski
     
 

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The Lost Throne reigns supreme...

A reclusive monastery is the scene of a brutal slaughter that sends Richard Byrd on a worldwide race to find a magnificent treasure. But there are those who will stop at nothing to prevent its discovery.

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The Lost Throne reigns supreme...

A reclusive monastery is the scene of a brutal slaughter that sends Richard Byrd on a worldwide race to find a magnificent treasure. But there are those who will stop at nothing to prevent its discovery.

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Publishers Weekly

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. (Aug.)

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Kirkus Reviews
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 afucking mule" and chastened. Good for late summer at the beach. Agent: Scott Miller/Trident Media Group

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425235393
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Series:
Payne & Jones Series, #4
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
222,988
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Chris Kuzneski is the international bestselling author of 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, who grew up in Pennsylvania, now lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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Lost Throne 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
HendyRPH More than 1 year ago
This was Chris Kuzneski's best book thus far. He writes very much like a mixture of Steve Berry, James Rollins, an earlier (and far-better Clive Cussler), and Dan Brown (Angels and Demons/DiVinci Code -- not Lost Symbol). The book has a series of actions that are occurring in various parts of Europe each related to finding a lost artifact. The story moves along very well, it has a good mixture of historical information, and the characters are three-dimensional and at times, humorous.
DCRIL More than 1 year ago
This is probably one of the best books, I have read in a long time. From the first page to the last it is an excellent read. I loved the plot and the characters were wonderful. I did like that you didn't have to read all books, to understand the characters, you were able to read them out of order and not play catch up. So sit back, get comfortable and enjoy the ride.
ReadingwithMo More than 1 year ago
The Lost Throne brings us the third adventure of D.J. Jones and Jonathan Payne. This time they receive a call from a distressed woman in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her employer was just gunned down in front of her and she needs help. They set out immediately to rescue her. Once in Russia, they investigate the death of her employer only to find themselves on a treasure hunt. The trail leads them to Mt. Athos, Greece. They run into an old acquaintance, Nick Dial, who has been investigating the murders of a group of monks for Interpol. Their quests are intertwined and they are forced to work together. Can Jones and Payne discover one of the original seven wonders of the world? This book is a very fast thriller. The story is told via the action and words of the characters. Don't expect detailed descriptions or unnecessary prose. This story moves fast, but I had no problem visualizing everything that was going on. Chris Kuzneski is able to tell a vivid story without getting bogged down. I really enjoyed the story. Critics may be put off by the lack of explanation or detailed research included with the story. But, this isn't that kind of book. This book is about action and adventure in foreign lands. If you like fast paced thrillers, you will love this book.
CGraham9 More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Kuzneski since 'The Plantation'. The writing style flows very well and it is a quick read. Characters are easily identifyable and there is a drive to complete it. He takes you to the edge of the cliff and leaves you there. Fast plot...high action...worth a read!
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Great read, with action, history, mystery, excitement. It's a step back in ancient times and murder. Icould read this book again.
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I'm going to read some more from this fine author... great yarn!
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