The Death Relic [NOOK Book]

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From the Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza to the Caribbean ruins of Tulum, many lives will be lost while searching for The Death Relic...

Little remains of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations after being vanquished by the Spanish Empire. From the ashes of their cities emerged a unified legend: their conquerors possessed a mysterious artifact so powerful—so deadly—that it was ...
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Overview

From the Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza to the Caribbean ruins of Tulum, many lives will be lost while searching for The Death Relic...

Little remains of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations after being vanquished by the Spanish Empire. From the ashes of their cities emerged a unified legend: their conquerors possessed a mysterious artifact so powerful—so deadly—that it was known as the Death Relic. Despite its infamy, little else is known about the object, which was lost long ago.

When archaeologist Maria Pelati’s research team disappears in the Yucatán Peninsula, she enlists Jonathon Payne and David Jones to find them. As they embark on their perilous mission, they realize that Maria’s research could be the key to solving one of the darkest mysteries of the New World and unearthing the secret of the Death Relic.

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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101609156
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/10/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 62,461
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Chris Kuzneski
Chris Kuzneski is the internationally bestselling author of The Secret Crown, The Prophecy, The Lost Throne, Sword of God, Sign of the Cross, and The Plantation. He grew up in Pennsylvania and now lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
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  • Posted January 21, 2013

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    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    I love everything Chris Kuzneski writes. I have read everything

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

    For the first time Chris Kuzneski has left me disappointed. Mos

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Loved it!

    Can't wait for the next book. I really enjoy the relationship & humor between Jonathan & David.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Great Read

    Loved the characters. Grabbed me right away. Could not sotp reading.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 17, 2014

    Ella flies in

    Hey people

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2014

    &starf NEW RANKS!!!! &starf

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2013

    Who's who?

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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