Sword of God

Sword of God

by Chris Kuzneski

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101215036
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2007
Series: Payne & Jones , #3
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 97,570
File size: 718 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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Sword of God 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sword is the third book by Kuzneski featuring the two US military characters, Payne and Jones and is a standalone story, with little connectivity between previous volumes. The author is clearly becoming more confident with the characters as the series progresses, creating more banter between the likeable protagonists. Kuzneski has adapted his writing style to feature less of the pointless cliffhangers than marred his previous book. The distracting feature of Sword of God is that for most of the book it feels like two distinctly separate plots. That said, this approach does keep the reader keen to see how they ultimately converge. In fairness, the Sword of God title is although a minor point in the story, almost added to ride the Dan Brown coattails, and as a result Sword of God is less religious-thriller than you would think. To explain the genre would be to spoil the suspense, yet the fact remains that Sword is a fascinating read, even though it's rather simple and derivative.
Beith on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I have finally struggled through to the end of this book but I have to admit that at least the last 150 pages (yes that's close to half of it) was to find out if it would EVER get round to the point of the plot-line which is advertised on the back of the book. I have not read James Patterson's "Murder Club" books but if he really thinks that "Kuzneski's writing has raw power" and was referring to this book (which admittedly he may not have been), I'm not going to risk it. It is possible that the author has deliberately littered his pages with cliched phrases, derivative characters and clunky exposition because he thinks it appropriate for the "blockbuster" style he is trying to write but frankly that is an insult to both "blockbuster" writers and their audience. I am no snob when it comes to novels - years producing audio books from all kinds of novels knocked any potential for that out of me. When I read a novel I read for the same reason I watch a film or a television series - to be immersed in a story. If the quality of the writing isn't perfect but the story is engaging then that's fine by me - goodness knows there are many "well written" or "literary" novels which will put you to sleep! Give me a good story over good grammar any day. Unfortunately, Sword of God gives you neither. REVIEW Overall Score: 17/60 Story: 2/10 - derivativeStructure: 4/10 - all over the place, too much left undone or unsatisfactorily tied up.Dialogue: 3/10 - cliche but not unbelievable for the characters, particularly bad when used for expositionCharacters: 3/10 - stereotypes (and I don't mean archetypes, just stereotypes) Descriptive style: 4/10 - cliched phrasing, lack of flow mostly due to badly inserted expositionExposition handling: 1/10 - clunky, incongruous, often resorts to straight lecturing, inconsistently breaks rules of POV in 3rd person intimate
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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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Cassandra Harrison More than 1 year ago
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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