Sign of the Cross [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Overview

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...
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101483978
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/26/2006
  • Series: Payne & Jones , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 50,906
  • File size: 636 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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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    I was really expecting more having read a personal recommendatio

    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.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

    Great Read

    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.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

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    GREAT READ ALTHOUGH FLAWED Interesting historical references, go

    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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  • Posted May 25, 2012

    Great book. Really enjoyable read. I thought the everything was

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    I must admit that I read this book two years ago. However I reme

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Pretty good fiction...

    Liked the ending the best.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    OUTSTANDING!!

    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!

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    The best of Dan Brown

    Action packed. Well written. Intriguing plot to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2011

    Excellent book! I'll be looking for more of his

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2011

    Jighly Recommended

    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.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    Great Author, Great Book

    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.

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  • Posted August 29, 2010

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    Pittsburgh Steeler 'country' appeal!

    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!

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  • Posted July 19, 2010

    It's Great

    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 fans

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Da Vinci Code-ish

    Overall plot very similar to the Da Vinci Code and very compelling in that regard. Definitely holds your interest from Page 1 to the final page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2007

    WOW!!!!

    Wow, what a read. It is one of the better books out today. It kept my interest up throughout the book and didn`t let be down at the end. Looking forward to his next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    Now, here is a good book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2006

    Very good read

    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.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    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 Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2006

    Intrigue and Excitement Burst thru the Colors of the Fall

    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.

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    Posted July 25, 2011

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