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Posted September 11, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 22, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 20, 2012
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Interesting historical references, good characterization, and a fast moving plot make for a great read. The challenge is to determine which historical references are valid and which ones are highly exaggerated or complete fictions.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.
Posted May 25, 2012
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 1, 2012
Posted July 16, 2011
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2011
Posted April 1, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
By far, Chris Kuzneski is one of the greatest authors i have ever read. I´ve only finished two of his books and I´m already craving for more.
"Sign of the Cross" gives the reader basically the whole package: action by bunches, diverse and unique locations, enjoyable bits of humor, historical facts ( but not as many as to bore the reader), and plot twist that will make you want to finish the chapter just to read the next one. All this, plus the addition of small-to-standard sized chapter, makes "Sign of the Cross" a good, entertaining, hard-to-put-down book.
I highly recommend this, and the rest of Kuzneski's works.
I've read a lot of authors and Chris Kuzneski is right up there with the best. As I was born and raised in Pittsburgh I find it very entertaining that the characters Jonathan Payne and David Jones are Pittsburgh natives. Anyone who likes a good mystery and has ever lived in Pittsburgh will enjoy these books!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 19, 2010
action packed,believable story,good charecters entertaining writing style good enough to order his other books. I got this book from a friend who had somebody leave it, when no one claimed it she gave it to me. I was very glad it is an excellent read....enjoy dan brown fansWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted November 9, 2006
There has been a rush in the book business to write the next Da Vinci Code. I have read a number, and most have been awful. Now, here is one that is an enjoyable read, has well defined characters, and does NOT insult the intelligence of the reader. The premise is supported by detail that makes it believable to the willig reader. It is developed well enough to discuss with others and to recommend. I was very, very pleasently surprised. The nature of the secrets in the scrolls would definatelt challenge modern religious thinking. I would recommend this book very strongly. COngradulations to this author and I will look for his next effort.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2006
I thought that 'The DaVinci Code' was controversial, wait till you read 'Sign of the Cross'. The message should get more people talking about early Christianity which is a good thing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Thirty miles north of Copenhagen in Helsingor, Denmark, Father Erik Jansen is crucified on a cross with a sign nailed to the top: ¿IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER¿. By the time touring students find the deceased, his corpse is rotted gray and birds are dining on his flesh. The next day, identical homicides occur in other parts of the world. --- At the same time of the crucifixion murders, archeologist Dr. Charles Boyd leads a dig at the Middle Ages ¿Vacation Vatican haven underneath Orvieto, Italy. There he believes he will find a depository of scrolls that is if he and his crew can locate the Catacombs that most of his peers classify on a par with the Loch Ness monster. Boyd proves right as he and his assistant Maria Pelati make a discovery that would destroy Christianity. Now they are targets of several diverse groups, one of which is killing priests already and another is sanctioned by the Vatican. Their only hope to stay alive long enough to show their finding from first century Rome to the world reside in the penitentiary in Pamplona, Spain where former MANIACS Jonathan Payne and David Jones linger waiting for ¿official¿ intervention. --- Loosely echoing the Brown phenomena, SIGN OF THE CROSS is an action-packed Christian conspiracy thriller that goes full speed from the onset (with the murder of Father Erik) and never slows down until the final explanation of the finding. The fast-paced story line grips the audience as the plausibility of the discovery seems reasonable so that the too many cat and mouse encounters that follow appear possible. Though the cast in some ways come out of Brownian 101 casting, readers will appreciate Chris Kuzneski strong thriller that refreshes the Christian conspiracy sub-genre. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2006
Are you ready to exercise those little gray brain cells? Chris Kuzneski and his publisher Jove Books will be releasing his new book this fall. In the wake of Dan Brown¿s 'Da Vinci Code' comes 'Sign of the Cross', an international thriller that will leave you breathless with the movements of the plot that rival a NASCAR race. The twists and turns in this one will keep you guessing until the end, leaving you wanting more from this writer. I give this writer 6 out of 5 stars as he kept me on the edge of my seat during the reading. There are interesting facts that may or may not bring out the best/worst from the religious side of the house. But then, like 'Da Vinci Code', 'The Templar Legacy' by Steve Berry, and 'The Grail Conspiracies' by Michael McGaulley, 'Sign of the Cross' deals with subject matter that people love to classify as NEW AGE, new age that has been around for two millennium questioning what we were taught in Sunday school and church. In sticking with my NASCAR comparison I will attach this old adage to my review of this great read - as a warning. When you buy the book this fall shut up, sit down buckle up and prepare for heart stopping reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 25, 2011
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