Sign of the Cross

Sign of the Cross

by Chris Kuzneski

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ISBN-13: 9781101483978
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/26/2006
Series: Payne & Jones , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 77,626
File size: 651 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Chris Kuzneski is the internationally bestselling author of The Secret Crown, The ProphecyThe Lost ThroneSword of GodSign of the Cross, and The Plantation. His thrillers have been published in more than 20 languages and are sold in more than 40 countries. He grew up in Pennsylvania and now lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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"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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Sign of the Cross 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
VJD1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want more!
PRINCESSBEAR More than 1 year ago
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.
Jchang More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BookaholicGrandMa More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Toby_Sugden on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I originally picked this up an the airport expecting it to be usual generic Dan Brown copy however I ended up being pleasantly surprised. True it is very formulaic. The storyline never rises above the standard Christian conspiracy that has been reproduced countless times after the success of Dan Brown, and the characters are pretty stereotypical. However Kuzneski succeeds where others have failed due to his great sense of pacing. The book moves at breakneck speed and I found myself desperate to find out what happens next. Kuzneski also doesn't take himself too seriously and includes several injokes about Dan Brown and the genre in which he is writing. True the attempts at humour don't always hit the mark., I found the wise-cracks between the two protagonists were sometimes overdone, however for the most part this book is great fun.
inkyscribbles on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is the third book I have read by this author. The previous two occur after this story takes place. I was worried that my knowledge of the main character's future would ruin aspect of this book but it did not. Overall I found this book to be good for the beach or a long plane ride but it was definitely not a book that kept me up at night because I had to know what happened next. I really the enjoyed the interactions between the main characters Payne and Jones. It's one of the reasons I continue to read the series. In this book, I found the action scenes had potential but ended up lacking. I also found the storyline centering on the secret beginnings of Christianity to have potential but ultimately lacking. This book is in the style of Dan Brown's "DaVinci Code" but not done as well. I would recommend this book as mindless entertainment, if you can get past what I feel to be an overdone topic.
snat on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Have you ever had that experience that occurs when people find out that you're a reader and so the next time they see you, they're clutching a book in hand that they force upon you and insist that you read it? They look so damn hopeful that you, too, will love it that you just can't say no. That's how I came upon this little turd-nugget of a book. This is one of the most pitifully written books I've ever read. Every other chapter ends with a statement like, "Little did he know that in two hours, he would be dead" or "Little did she know that she held in her hands a secret that could destroy history." Gee, foreshadow much? It reads as though it was written by a testosterone fueled 13 year old boy who just can't stuff a story with enough oozing blood, explosions, high tech weaponry, fast cars, and macho banter between two special ops characters. Now mind you, I'm all for the mindless bit of entertaining fluff as long as it's well written. However, this is so terribly written that I found myself groaning aloud and longing to fling it across the room. But I couldn't, because I have to return it and, with a forced smile, say it was entertaining and that, no, I have far too many books to read, so I really can't accept another.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sign of the Cross is an easy read. The characters are paper thin as is the mysteries presented within, however, despite these prominent flaws it remains just interesting enough to hold your attention. Two of the protagonists appeared in Kuzneski's previous book, The Plantation, but this is a standalone novel and previous reading is not required. The style of narrative is occasionally distracting, with 'cliffhanger' type foreboding frequently used at the chapter ends, which were completely unnecessary. Overall it's an average entry in to the genre that Dan Brown has popularised and although it's over 600 pages it's not a laborious read. Not to be added as High Priority to your Wish List, yet not to be entirely shunned either.
oldbookswine on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Not the best written book and certainly not literary this book keeps you turning pages as each chapter ends with the next clue. Short, fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real page turner!
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LN_Adcox More than 1 year ago
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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