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Sign of the Cross
     

Sign of the Cross

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by Chris Kuzneski
 

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On a Danish shore, a Vatican priest is found—hanging on a cross. The next day, the same crime is repeated…this time in Asia and Africa. Meanwhile, deep in the legendary catacombs near Orvieto, Italy, an archeologist unearths a scroll dating back two thousand years, revealing secrets that could rock the foundations of Christianity. Its discovery makes

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On a Danish shore, a Vatican priest is found—hanging on a cross. The next day, the same crime is repeated…this time in Asia and Africa. Meanwhile, deep in the legendary catacombs near Orvieto, Italy, an archeologist unearths a scroll dating back two thousand years, revealing secrets that could rock the foundations of Christianity. Its discovery makes him the most wanted criminal in all of Europe. But his most dangerous enemies operate outside the law of man...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A remarkable new writer." — Nelson DeMille
"A fast-moving adventure of sins and secrets loaded with atmosphere, intrigue, and suspense." — Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Templar Legacy
"Like The Da Vinci Code on steroids." — USA Today Bestselling Author Thom Racina
Publishers Weekly
Kuzneski elbows his way into the overcrowded field of the papal thriller with his sophomore effort (after 2002's racially charged The Plantation), combining the requisite plot twists and Da Vinci-esque secret histories with a Passion of the Christ-like attention to gore. And there's plenty of opportunity for gore: Kuzneski kicks off the action with a nasty crucifixion in modern-day Denmark. It turns out the victim is a Vatican priest, and his murder is just the first. Meanwhile, maverick archeologist Dr. Charles Boyd and his assistant Maria Pelati discover a 2000-year-old scroll underneath the Italian town of Orvieto that contains "a secret that would change... the history of the world forever." Instantly, the two become the most wanted people in Europe, pursued by the Vatican, a large measure of Western European law enforcement and two freelance CIA agents. As the chase begins, more crucified priests are turning up across the globe, and the head of Interpol's new homicide division, Nick Dial, finds himself edging closer to the heart of a centuries-old coverup. Cat and mouse games accelerate and alliances shuffle as the overstuffed plot brings its numerous players together, but excessive detail and exposition-heavy dialogue slow the action. Despite its flaws, Kuzneski knows what fans of the genre want: compelling and well-researched history, high-tech 21st-century sleuthing and a lot of action. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515142112
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/26/2006
Series:
Payne & Jones Series , #2
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
268,057
Product dimensions:
4.32(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.21(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"A remarkable new writer." — Nelson DeMille
"A fast-moving adventure of sins and secrets loaded with atmosphere, intrigue, and suspense." — Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Templar Legacy
"Like The Da Vinci Code on steroids." — USA Today Bestselling Author Thom Racina

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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Sign of the Cross 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
VJD1 More than 1 year ago
I was really expecting more having read a personal recommendation of this author by another author that I enjoy. Not a blurb on the book cover, but a genuine recommendation from the author. I thought that the writing was fairly good and the research was fantastic. I really thought it was well done and found myself fact checking from time to time because he did a very good job of blurring fact with fiction. I found the continuous use of foreshadowing at the end of almost every chapter and scene change annoying and it got to the point where I was reading them out to my husband because it was so overused. I will probably give this author another chance or two because I am sure he will become more polished. Hopefully a good editor will step in and advise. This is a good read for those who want action and adventure mixed in with a bit of history and aren't too concerned with a flawlessly written novel.
PRINCESSBEAR More than 1 year ago
The Sign of the Cross was fast paced action with bits of humor here and there. The end of each chapter left the reader with a slight cliff hanger making you want to read more. This is the first Kuzneski book that I have read and will read more. The only critisism I have is that I wish Kuzneski would have given us a better history on the main characters. I guess that is what I get for starting a series out of order.
Jchang More than 1 year ago
Great book. Really enjoyable read. I thought the everything was well done but my only qualm is that I felt the ending (last page specifically) was kind of lame. Other than that, read it! it is exciting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit that I read this book two years ago. However I remember that it was a book that I could not put down. I highly recommend it.
BookaholicGrandMa More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! The action started on page one and took me on a breathless ride all the way to the end. If you like DaVinci Code type stories, you will like this. I will definately be adding Chris Kuzneski to my favorite authors list and be reading more of his books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many twists and turns in this! It definitely kept my interest throughout the entire story. The way the story was going, I had no idea how he could do an ending to it that would work, but he did! If you like the history conspiracy type of books, you'll really like this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you never read another book you will want to read this one. Chris has out done himself this time. After reading the book you will stop and really think about what you just read. It is non-stop action from the first page to the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner!
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LN_Adcox More than 1 year ago
GREAT READ ALTHOUGH FLAWED Interesting historical references, good characterization, and a fast moving plot make for a great read. The challenge is to determine which historical references are valid and which ones are highly exaggerated or complete fictions. I recognized Longinus and the “spear of destiny”, the papal schism, and the catacombs of Orvieto, Italy (though Etruscan rather than Roman) but I was unable to find any quick and easy reference to a Roman General Paccius. The sometimes brutally practical outlook of Payne and Jones, the ex-military team turned detective, may be accurate of those formerly involved in black ops, but was often startling. The politics and workings of Interpol reflected by the investigation of Nick Dial, Chief of the Homicide Division, were also interesting and something I had not previously encountered. The apparently characteristic habit of the author to forecast at the end of one chapter what is to occur in future chapters was a bit disconcerting initially, but I got used to it. The flaw in the plot is one common to many recent books revolving about some evidence that would obliterate the Christian faith. There is no evidence or event that could cause such a reaction and projecting this indicates a lack of understanding regarding faith. Atheists might indicate “we told you so”, agnostics might be swayed, and many people might question elements of their faith (which isn’t necessarily a bad idea), but religious faith itself would be in no grave danger. At any rate, the plot flaw does not prevent this book from being a great read, and the many plot twists and turns especially near the end of the book had the desired effect.
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