The Death Relic

The Death Relic

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by Chris Kuzneski
     
 

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The New World, 1545: Vanquished by the Spanish Empire, little remained of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. From the ashes of their cities, a unified legend emerged: their conquerors possessed a mysterious object, an artifact so powerful—so deadly—that it came to be known as “the Death Relic."

Yucatan Peninsula, present day:

Overview

The New World, 1545: Vanquished by the Spanish Empire, little remained of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. From the ashes of their cities, a unified legend emerged: their conquerors possessed a mysterious object, an artifact so powerful—so deadly—that it came to be known as “the Death Relic."

Yucatan Peninsula, present day: When Maria Pelati’s research team disappears in Mexico, she calls Jonathon Payne and David Jones, who embark on a perilous mission to find the missing archaeologists. They soon realize that Maria’s research may hold the key to solving one of the darkest mysteries of the New World. But their quest to learn the truth about the Death Relic may end up costing them their lives.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Former Special Forces operatives David Jones and Jonathon Payne race to the rescue of Jones’s old girlfriend, Italian archeologist Maria Pelati, in Kuzneski’s fast-moving seventh thriller featuring the wisecracking duo (after 2012’s The Secret Crown). At the invitation of American anthropologist Terrence Hamilton, Maria leaves Rome for Cancún, Mexico, where Hamilton, a Mayan expert, tells her he needs her help with an important discovery he’s made. When Hamilton is kidnapped, Maria calls in Jones and Payne, who soon get on the trail of a Mayan super weapon known as “the Death Relic” and a treasure hidden beneath a pyramid. As usual, Jones and Payne joke incessantly with themselves and others, while various scientists and historians recite long swaths of exposition. Readers who find the sophomoric jokes funny will enjoy the hijinks. Those looking for a thriller with action beyond the occasional gun battle should search elsewhere. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
“Kuzneski’s writing has the same raw power as the early Stephen King.”—James Patterson

“Kuzneski is a remarkable writer, who completely understands what makes for a good story.”—Nelson DeMille

“Chris Kuzneski has mastered the art of the quest novel, bringing to life lost treasures, exotic locales, and fresh conspiracies.”—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author

“Chris Kuzneski writes as forcefully as his tough characters act.”—Clive Cussler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101609156
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/10/2013
Series:
Payne & Jones , #7
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
44,620
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Kuzneski’s writing has the same raw power as the early Stephen King.”—James Patterson

“Kuzneski is a remarkable writer, who completely understands what makes for a good story.”—Nelson DeMille

“Chris Kuzneski has mastered the art of the quest novel, bringing to life lost treasures, exotic locales, and fresh conspiracies.”—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author

“Chris Kuzneski writes as forcefully as his tough characters act.”—Clive Cussler

Meet the Author

Chris Kuzneski is the international bestselling author of The Secret Crown, 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 Death Relic 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
This is a decent adventure tale interrupted entirely too often by the author's attempts to insert humor into his characters dialog. An archeologist goes missing and the trouble shooting team of Payne and Jones is called in by an old friend to find him. A lot of historical fiction about the Maya and Aztecs is spun into the background of this present day adventure yarn based in Mexico. The build up is unfortunately not sustained, as the ending is rather weak and disappointing. Book provided for review by the good folks at Library Thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love everything Chris Kuzneski writes. I have read everything he has written, I think. The reason I'm not sure is because I feel like I'm missing a book that would have explained and introduced Marie Pelant. I loved this book as all others but I felt like there was a lot of background information that I missed somewhere. Chris is still my favorite author!
AlaskaGin More than 1 year ago
For the first time Chris Kuzneski has left me disappointed. Most of the book, though certainly well written, felt like a prelude. At the moment I finally thought, "Yes! Now we are on track..." the book ended abruptly and with little grace. Overall this book left me wondering if it's merely a placeholder for whatever comes next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next book. I really enjoy the relationship & humor between Jonathan & David.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I "picked up" one of your books on my Nook a few months ago. I cannot remember the exact circumstances for that first purchase - likely scrolling through the B&N recommendations. I started out of order, but just finished my eigth book. And puchased the first of "The Hunters". What fun these have been to read! Thank you!
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The second Kuzneski book I didn't finish. Why do the two main characters do all the "I'm black" "I'm white" jokes? Because that's the only way you can tell them apart! At least the travelogues are shorter this time around. I quit fifty pages before the end because I didn't care what happened to the characters or the caricatures. I hope Chris is young, he is showing signs of improvement. Hoping he learns a shell game is neither engrossing nor suspenseful. No one likes being duped.
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Loved the characters. Grabbed me right away. Could not sotp reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
as you know, DO NOT COMPLAIN!! Thanks! <p>Leader/general: Kyle <p> coleader/major: carrie <p> captain: lindsay <p> sergeant rank 3: seth <p> sergeant rank 2: shelby <p> sergeant rank 1: mia <p> campers: people who are not listed above. <p> thats it for now! <p> Kyle