The Plantation [NOOK Book]

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Across the country, people are being kidnapped. Jonathon Payne is following the clues from his girlfriend's disappearance to a New Orleans plantation-and the South's most violent and shocking secret.


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The Plantation

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Overview

Across the country, people are being kidnapped. Jonathon Payne is following the clues from his girlfriend's disappearance to a New Orleans plantation-and the South's most violent and shocking secret.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kuzneski's novel is swiftly paced but so sophomoric and offensive it makes Birth of a Nation look like a plea for racial understanding. An army of militant black men kidnap the white descendants of slave owners and transport them to a secret island compound. There, the girls and women are beaten and raped and the men sadistically tortured before being shipped to Africa to serve as slaves to black families. But the militants make a big mistake and kidnap Jon Payne's love. He and his best bud, David Jones (one of only two token heroic black characters), were part of a bloodthirsty “elite military fighting team.” They enlist their teammates for a take-no-prisoners attack on the island. Though this nonsense doesn't deserve a first-class rendition, that's what it gets from Dick Hill, who delivers it with enough enthusiasm and performance skill to make the irresponsible material seem thrilling enough to be almost acceptable. A Berkley paperback. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101082003
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Series: Payne & Jones
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 63,128
  • File size: 379 KB

Meet the Author

Chris Kuzneski
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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Funny

    People are concerned about the author using the topic of slavery in the book. The author used the time period to help tell his story and I think he did a good job. Some of it was brutal, but I think that was the point-he said so in the end.
    You cannot talk about race relations without acknowledging the brutality of slavery and what happened to families.
    That being said....I love these guys!! The book and the characters are awesome....I guess you have to be a fan if those kind of movies to begin with! If you are, pick up one of these books up and you will definitely enjoy the ride.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    Fast paced action, an okay read despite subject matter

    This was one of the most action packed books I have ever read. It was like watching a movie most of the time. I enjoyed it. Immensely. I can sort of understand why some people might not like it. There are heavy racial overtones in this book and perhaps there are some that are not comfortable with that kind of subject matter. Then there are some reviews I have read that thought this book was filled with such cheesy action it was like a Hollywood movie. I admit, it does have a Hollywood feel to it. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy reading it though. I also heard some just didn't like the playful banter and immature jokes that came from Jonathon and David. It didn't bother me. In fact, I enjoyed it and saw it as a form of comic relief. It's playful - however sometimes unnecessary but when things come to a head they do smarten up and stop with the immaturity.

    Aside from the action and the fast pace, this story caught my attention and I actually dropped a couple of books just to finish reading this one. I knew the story had to be predictable. I already had an idea on what was happening and sort of what was going to happen although the ending rather threw me off track. Nevertheless I thought it was still an enjoyable read. The action really made up for it's pitfalls because it just felt like such a huge adrenaline rush and an engaging read.

    I liked both main characters; David and Jonathon. They are your typical dynamic duo! and the way they work together is fun to read - not to mention they playful banter. Ariane on the other hand, is strong and suitable for Jonathon. Although you don't really read much about her, she's really in the background for most of the time - even though she's the object of their rescue. Which rather irked me. I wished she was more in the picture she seemed like such a strong character.

    The predictability of this novel is probably the major pitfall of the story, and the heavy racial overtones could turn some people off. However as I mentioned already, the action does make up for it and if racism doesn't bother you, by all means read this book. There is gore and some hard to read parts where it concerned torture. So it may not be for the squeamish. Overall a good novel if you just want solid action and a fast paced read. I enjoyed it and was willing to give it a try.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Dumbest book ever!

    I did not even finish this book. The writing is awful and the storyline is so dumb it is laughable. How anyone can think this is a good book is beyond me. Save your money!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2011

    Breaking Boundaries

    Mr. Kuzneski makes your brain turn in a different direction with the writing of The Plantation. Very well formulated and written to keep us on our toes. I feel it was so thought out, I could actually see this happening!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2002

    Outstanding read

    Chris Kuzneski is a new face to the scene, and doesn't step into the lounge reserved for great thriller writers; he break it off its hinges. The Plantation is a fast-paced, excellent first novel, deserving of the recognition he has received. I can't wait for the next one. Keep up the good work, CK!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2001

    A Must-Read for All Thriller Fans

    Wow! I don't know where to begin. The Plantation has everything you could possibly want in a book (or a movie, for that matter.) Action, suspense, humor, romance, and many memorable characters. Above that, it has the one thing that many books are lacking nowadays: plot twists. From the first chapter until the last, this book had more turns than a rolleycoaster. I almost couldn't wait to finish it so I could give it to my wife to read. (And when I finally did, she read it in one sitting.) Of course, all of this begs me to ask one question about the author: Where have you been all my life?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Great story

    Great story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    dissapointed!!

    the story was excellent, but not to my taste..

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Interesting Idea

    The book starts out very graphic and quite gruesome, but it does get better. I thought it was a fast paced read with a lot of twists (some predictable).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2011

    highly recommended

    Chris does it again. From start to finish he keeps you turning the pages.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    Dark - but a good read.

    Turns the table on one of the darkest periods of US history. Parts of it were very hard to read. I have to confess that I had to read the last chapter to ease my thoughts about Jon and DJ. Then went back and read the rest of the book to find out how they managed to get out of tight stop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2009

    Too violent for my taste.

    I was disappointed with the book. It was violent and dark. With the racial tensions in the world today, I don't think you need a story like this to further fuel the fire. The crimes of the father are the crimes of the son, when does it end?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

    The Plantation

    Having recently discovered Chris Kuzneski as the result of purchasing his first hardcover work, "The Lost Throne," in an airport bookstore, the author now has me completely "hooked," and I couldn't be happier.

    Intrigued by the plot, the quality of the writing, and the fast-paced adventure of "The Lost Throne," I ordered his first four books, all of them published in paperback. Because "The Plantation" was written first but published later than the others, I selected it as my next Kuzneski adventure. It did not disappoint me, but it nearly overwhelmed me.

    "The Plantation," is a riveting look at slavery, but with a twist that is thought-provoking and ingenious. Because readers need to be introduced to it in their own way and generate their own thoughts about the ingenuity of the plot, all I will say is this: after beginning the book during a business trip to Houston, I simply could not put it down. It was everything an adventure work should be: exciting, captivating, surprising and thrilling from start to finish. In other words, while "The Lost Throne" is excellent and more than worthy of recommendation, "The Plantation" is even moreso, because of the thoughts the work provokes about a much less attractive era in our country's history.

    If you haven't read it, do yourself a favor and buy it. You won't be disappointed. But you will be enlightened...in a very surprising way!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    could not read

    I read about 100 pages in this book but just could not get into, I knew I was not interested when I would rather sleep than read at nite as I usually do with books

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2009

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    Great Book!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It did touch on some controversial subjects and was graphic in parts of the story. But it had a lot of twist and turns, I couldn't put it down. He's fast becoming a must-read author. I would recommend this book to my mystery loving friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2002

    Good Book... worth the read

    Very interesting twists on the age-old motive of revenge. Sometimes a few too many humorous quips from the good guys. Chris Kuzneski does an excellent job in his writing, keeps you on the edge of your seat. I couldn¿t put the book down, took a little over a day to read the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2001

    Great book

    The Plantation by Chris Kuzneski TPB/20.95 iuniverse.com ISBN: 0595140513 Dec.2000 Suspense/Explicit Language Reviewed by Robyn Glazer This review will also be posted on myshelf.com Jonathon Payne and Ariane Walker have been planning their long weekend together for a quite a while. Nothing is going to keep them from having a great time together. Well, except for the fact that ten minutes before Ariane is supposed to meet Payne, she is kidnapped. When Payne arrives to find Ariane gone, he automatically knows something is wrong. He calls his best friend, David Jones, who just happens to be a private investigator. Together they begin an investigation that will take them places that they never knew existed. Using every tool that Jones and Payne have access to, their plan to break into the Plantation is the only thing that can save Ariane's life. The Plantation is the kind of book that can sky rocket an author's career. The writing is crisp and never falters. This book never let's you go and will keep your heart beating triple time. Jonathon Payne is the shining star of the whole book. He is so funny, it gives the reader a chance to laugh and ease up on some of the seriousness. I absolutely loved this book! I highly recommend you run out and buy The Plantation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2001

    Dangerous subject lends itself to the story...

    Overall, a real good read...most authors today might shy away from something that might spark controversy. However, the characters are very well developed and the story propels the reader forward at a nice clip for a lenghty period. Some of the dialogue is well, on the immature side, but the story is not harmed. The scene was described very well as the strory is taken through several locations. I enjoyed the book and look forward to the writer growing into his role as an author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2001

    Gripping and Frightening.

    Gripping and frightening. Chris Kuzneski¿s first novel, The Plantation, is thrilling from beginning until the end. His smooth and easy writing style, his crisp and witty dialogue and his genuine talent for setting and pace blend together to create one of the most unnerving books I¿ve read in a long time. Arrays of people are kidnapped and held like hostages on the Plantation. Close your eyes. See that darkness? Imagine living in it¿only your eyes are open and you only can wish closing your eyes would take you away from the nightmares that exist on the Plantation. Here, your worst fears become daily, and nightly, realities. As the victim you begin to realize that no one is coming for you, because no one knows where you are . . . That is until the kidnappers snatch Jonathon Payne¿s girlfriend, Ariane Walker. Payne and his private eye pal David Jones scramble to find out what happened to Ariane. To get the job done they team up with an ex-NFL football player¿and find themselves on a mad, blind quest for answers. Full of suspense, with an explosive and unexpected ending, the Plantation is the kind of novel that is hard to forget¿even long after you have finished reading it. I enjoyed Kuzneski¿s hard-hitting style and, in anticipation, will be scanning bookshelves for his next novel. --Phillip Tomasso III, author of TENTH HOUSE and MIND PLAY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2001

    Awesome book

    This is an amazing thriller and raises the par for any other book coming out. I read The Plantation in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book.

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