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Sword of God

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In a secret bunker, one of the world's most dangerous terrorists is under interrogation-until he is rescued, and his captors are slaughtered.

Ex-MANIAC honcho Jonathan Payne vows revenge-but there is more to the bloody atrocity than terrorist reprisal. There is a plot in motion that will burn the world in the fires of holy war.

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Overview

In a secret bunker, one of the world's most dangerous terrorists is under interrogation-until he is rescued, and his captors are slaughtered.

Ex-MANIAC honcho Jonathan Payne vows revenge-but there is more to the bloody atrocity than terrorist reprisal. There is a plot in motion that will burn the world in the fires of holy war.

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Retired soldiers Jonathon Payne and D.J. Jones return to action (after last year's Sign of the Cross), investigating a secret bunker off the coast of Korea where a gruesome scene and a missing squad from their former unit, an elite counterinsurgency team, indicate that secret interrogation proceedings have gone terribly wrong. Piecing together the facts of the case lead Payne and Jones to Mecca, where a plot to blow up the Grand Mosque suggests a global conspiracy to align forces against the United States. Soon Payne and Jones have to risk their lives to infiltrate Mecca (where non-Muslims can be summarily executed) to save the city and, ultimately, the world. Kuzneski's novel is taut and largely fast-paced; though occasionally bogged down in historical exposition, it's a fair trade that gives the book a rich sense of authenticity and plausibility. Though characters are short on depth, Kuzneski knows how to maintain a nuanced moral landscape while wresting maximum thrills from contemporary Western fear of terrorism. This globe-crossing action thriller, like its predecessor, evokes the spirit of Dan Brown, with welcome doses of Lee Child's ex-military tough-guy grit. (Oct.)

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Jonathan Payne and D.J. Jones are back in New York Times best-selling author Kuzneski's (www.chriskuzneski.com) third Payne and Jones title, following Sign of the Cross (2006), also available from Brilliance Audio. This time, they're doing their clandestine best to solve all the country's problems while miraculously avoiding death by overwhelming force in increasingly impossible situations. Series reader/multiple Audie Award winner Dick Hill's excellent reading will rev up the pulses of even those listeners stuck in rush-hour traffic. For appreciators of Dan Brown and high-octane fiction, and for Kuzneski's many fans.—Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515143560
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Series: Payne & Jones Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 201,814
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 7.04 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    action packed thrill a minute novel

    The MANIAC Special Forces are an elite ops team who do wet work in the field their members consist of the best men from all branches of the armed forces. Jonathan Payne, a business man who was once a MANIAC leader and ex-soldier P.J. Jones who works for his company are visited by Colonel Harrington who tells them that a covert member Trevor has disappeared. The colonel hopes Payne and Jones can find him or at least learn what happened to him. They are flown to Jejo Island where Trevor was last supposed to be running black ops. They find a blood splattered cave that looks like a slaughter house. An eight year old boy was in the cave and sees the blood everywhere in the cave. When Payne and Jones catch up with them the boy tells then what he has seen and heard that caused American soldiers to wipe out a village on the island. Using the information the boy gives them, they fly to Mecca to prevent an incident that would anger every Muslim and demand a Jihad for the destruction of the United States. --- SWORD OF GOD is an over the mountain action packed thrill a minute novel that is reminiscent of the works of Jack Higgins and tom Clancy. The scariest think about this novel is that it is believable as it seems a modern day Crusades appears inevitable. The friendship and trust that Payne and Jones share after much work is touching and adds a measure of humanization as they play their part against the stage of world events. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Not his best

    This book is an ok read. His later work in the series are fast paced and really quite exciting. After reading the others i can tell this is one of the earlier story lines. That being said, it helps line up the backgroung on Payne and Jones.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    Good team of characters and good read.

    Very enjoyable read for people who like action/military type books. I definitely enjoy the relationship between the two main characters and would (and have) recommend it to anyone who enjoys these type books.

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  • Posted March 30, 2010

    A new favorite author for me

    Sword of God is a great read. Don't let the cover fool you. Fast paced - quick witted - engaging. I loved it and Chris Kuzneski is now one of my favorite authors. I've read The Plantation and this one and they are both great.

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

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    Page turner

    Very enjoyable read. Moves slowly the first 10 chapters or so but the last half I could not put the book down.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Paper thin plot, stickmen characters, English as a second language dialogue.

    After reading the authors' rave reviews/comments on the back cover of Sword of God, I thought, why not give this book a try.

    It only took me several pages to begin to feel embarrassed for the author. I considered not finishing the book after about 50 pages although I have a long standing policy of giving any recommended book at least 100 pages with the hope of finding a redeeming attribute of plot, character, atmosphere, dialogue, something...before directing it to the circular file.

    This reading experience brought a couple unpleasant implications to mind:

    1) Very well known and successful novelists will say anything about another author's book if the endorsing authors get paid enough for the endorsement (after all, they are successful fiction writers) or they will say great things about a newer author's manuscript without having actually read it, and


    2) Sometimes editors either do their editing while they're drunk or they don't do it at all because their best selling client-authors are too demanding of the editor's time.


    If this was the author's first book, I could give it the benefit of the doubt and pat the author on the back for at least making the effort to get published. But alas, the author has a backlist. That is sad. An author should not be "cutting his teeth" on his thrid novel. It is common for a first book to fall flat on its face; it is unusal for a published third effort to be so sophomoric, so puerile.


    Chris, if you bother to read these comments I hope you stick with the writing process. Eventually you may eventualoly earn the legitimate praise of other successful authors. I believe you have promise but you need to invest a substantial amount of time and effort in your craft before I'll buy another of your works. And hook up with an editor that cares about your efforts.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    WOW, another one

    Wow, what a great read. Payne and Jones are my new heros. I couldn`t put the book down. Where`s my coffee!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

    Book Cover is misleading

    The back cover of the paperback edition of this book states, 'In Saudi Arabia, a female archaeologist unearths an artifact that threatens the very foundation of Islam. To some, it is a discovery that must be silenced at all costs...' While there is a female archaeologist in the story, she is a minor character and the story says nothing about any artifact that her might have found that would 'threaten the very foundation of Islam.' The book is a good read but doesn't come close to being as good as anything Clive Cussler had written or even Tom Clancy, for that matter.

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