The Secret Crown

The Secret Crown

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by Chris Kuzneski
     
 

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King Ludwig II ruled Bavaria for twenty-two years, commissioning extravagant castles throughout his homeland and exhibiting such bizarre behavior that he was eventually declared insane. According to legend, Ludwig had stockpiled a massive cache of gold and jewels that would finance the construction of the largest castle of all time. But in the years since the

Overview

King Ludwig II ruled Bavaria for twenty-two years, commissioning extravagant castles throughout his homeland and exhibiting such bizarre behavior that he was eventually declared insane. According to legend, Ludwig had stockpiled a massive cache of gold and jewels that would finance the construction of the largest castle of all time. But in the years since the king’s mysterious death, no one has found any evidence of such a trove.

Until now.

Jonathon Payne and David Jones are pulled into the mystery by a colleague, who asks them to investigate the legend. They agree, and quickly find themselves in a life-or-death struggle to uncover the truth about Ludwig’s death, his mythical treasure, and who would be willing to kill for it.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
Kirkus Reviews
In Kuzneski's latest (The Prophecy, 2010, etc.), series heroes Payne and Jones chase Mad King Ludwig's mad money. It's a legendary stash, hidden away somewhere in one of his many castles. Ludwig II, a king who loved building castles, built them beautifully and, in fact, was planning a masterwork when person or persons unknown put an end to him and it. But that was the treasure's reason for being, to finance a dream, the tall and turreted Ludwig legacy. Mid-19th-century Bavarians, however, taxed to the max and in effect captive patrons, had by now grown out of sympathy with their monarch's artistry. Many among them were convinced he was crazy—evidence abounded—while others wondered if the treasure actually existed. Had Ludwig really spent the years amassing jeweled baubles and golden what-nots convertible into cash once his ducks were in a row? Or was it all a case of castle-building in the air? Enter Payne and Jones on cue. Jon Payne and David Jones are ex–Special Forces warriors who retired young and often wish they hadn't. Classic adrenaline junkies, they miss the thrill of being shot at, and both readily cop to never having felt so alive as when, on one battlefield or another, death breathed down their necks. An old army buddy calls, informs them that another former colleague is in difficulties related to the Ludwig story. Can they rally round, drop everything, join in a quest? He has them at Mad King. Off to Bavaria they go, eager for anything that might involve a fire-fight. But Payne, Jones and company are not by any means the only treasure seekers tramping the Bavarian mountains. There are trigger-happy bad guys galore and a nice girl named Heidi with whom the boys can flirt when not filling body bags. Formulaic, but clearly Kuzneski's audience is content to have it so. Still, some of that dialogue is gratingly corny.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101554326
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/12/2012
Series:
Payne & Jones , #6
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
45,126
File size:
658 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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.

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The Secret Crown 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Knowing the characters, the story is the most exciting to follow.. looking forward for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has served as my introduction to this author. Found the story to be interesting and fast moving with plenty of action. Will definately look for and read more of this author. J M Lydon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all the Payne/Jones stories and I'm waiting for the next ones to be available. His stories are snappy and quick and totally entertaining. I think there is one out there that's only available in Great Britain for some reason, but I'll be patient. Keep 'em coming Chris!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great one. Fast paced, lots of action, interesting historical twist.
smbCA More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book....it's action is gripping and a great thriller.
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The gang are up to it again. So many twists and turns, you just dont know what will happen next....can't wait for the next installment!!
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guyTX More than 1 year ago
I'd read another Kuzneski and was impressed by the detail and written form. There is no doubt he has a great creative mind and it does carry through with this novel. I am reading this book with my Online Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great one!