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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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"Kuzneski's writing has the same kind of raw power as the early Stephen King." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Payne & Jones (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515143561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515143560
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

CHRIS KUZNESKI is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels: THE PRISONER'S GOLD, THE FORBIDDEN TOMB, THE EINSTEIN PURSUIT, THE HUNTERS, THE DEATH RELIC, THE SECRET CROWN, THE PROPHECY, THE LOST THRONE, SWORD OF GOD, SIGN OF THE CROSS, and THE PLANTATION. His novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide.

His next book, THE PRISONER'S GOLD, will be released in October 2015.

Film rights to the THE HUNTERS -- the first book in the Hunters series -- have been optioned by Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford's new UK-based production venture. Mark Huffam (Prometheus, World War Z) has joined the producing team. The screenplay was written by Robert Kamen (Taken, The Transporter), and the film will be directed by John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines, Die Hard 5).

For more details, please visit his website at: www.chriskuzneski.com.


Praise for the novels of CHRIS KUZNESKI:

James Patterson, #1 international bestselling author--
"Chris Kuzneski's writing has the same raw power as the early Stephen King."

Clive Cussler, #1 international bestselling author--
"Chris Kuzneski writes as forcefully as his tough characters act."

Lee Child, #1 international bestselling author--
"Excellent! High stakes, fast action, vibrant characters. . . Not to be missed!"

Nelson DeMille, #1 international bestselling author--
"Chris Kuzneski is a remarkable writer, who completely understands what makes for a good story."

Vince Flynn, #1 international bestselling author--
"Chris Kuzneski is a master in the making."

Lisa Gardner, #1 international bestselling author--
"Chris Kuzneski has mastered the art of the quest novel."

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By V. K. Noll on October 31, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sword of God is a pageturner. I picked it up at the airport, and was half way done when my plane landed about 4 hours later. It grabbed my attention right away, and held it until the story was finished.

What you want to know about this book.

1)It isn't a classic - it isn't exquisitely written or terribly detailed. The plot is farfetched.

2)It is a fun adventure with a very creative plot, and elements taken from real-life that contribute to its relevance.

3)The blood and gore make this book adult-only. If you don't have a tolerance for violence, this is not a book you want to read.

4)Without a doubt, I'll read Kuzneski's next book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Hall on February 10, 2010
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The author takes the reader thru geography-history-culture and a few things we woulkd all like to forget. The senerios the author develops allows the reader to focus on location,culture, and history in a manner that educates as well as entertains. The villians may become the heroes. One thing the author does well is to allow the reader to feel passion and disgust at the same time. For a first time reader this novel may have to much information to digest. For the experienced reader it is just right. It is not the fault of the author that the print is smaller than desired. Even if the reader uses glasses I suggest they give this work a go. Dave Hall
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By leboblue on August 29, 2010
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I've read a lot of authors and Chris Kuzneski is right up there with the best. As I was born and raised in Pittsburgh I find it very entertaining that the characters Jonathan Payne and David Jones are Pittsburgh natives. Anyone who likes a good mystery and has ever lived in Pittsburgh will enjoy these books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Olson VINE VOICE on September 16, 2009
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The Lone Ranger and Tonto save The Great Mosque of Mecca
Hi Ho Silver and it's off to JeJu Island, Korea, for the next adventure of the intrepid former MANIACS warrior duo of Jonathon Payne and D.J. Jones. I like Chris Kuzneski's style of writing. He makes no bones about trying to create a memorable literary epic, he simply writes an interesting tale.; and he does a good job. Sword of God is an even balanced story about a missing black special ops team that retired soldiers Payne and Jones have been asked to find. Starting in a blood drenched secret cave on the island of Jeju, Payne and Jones are off to the proverbial races in their quest to either find the missing team or discover what happened to them. Along the way they are confronted with various interesting scenarios that test both their intellectual abilities and their combat skills. Eventually, the wise cracking duo are forced to solve several mysteries before the interesting conclusion of this thriller. Mr. Kuzneski does a good job of keeping the story moving at an even pace. The conclusion is adequate but there were several loose ends that never get tied up to my satisfaction. In fact, Mr. Kusneski could have developed these loose ends into more interesting sub plots. My only other question is, why did he entitle this work Sword of God? Where was the sword and what did it have to do with anything? Ahhh, details, always details-LOL.
Character development was shallow. I did enjoy the wise cracking interplay of Payne and Jones. Mr. Kuzneski showed flashes of brilliance here along the line of Nelson DeMille and Michael Connolly. It kept the story moving and fun to read.
No gratuitous sex, language, or violence. This showed Mr. Kuzneski writing strength as he didn't need to depend on those weak literary crutches.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roy Martin Ellefsen on August 5, 2008
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I finished it just to see how it ends, not because if found it compelling. The plot certainly is farfetched; however, the characters bothered me more: shallow, stereoptypical, one dimensional. We have the standard super macho hero, the standard assertive female, the all-bad bad guy, the knick-of-time ending, etc. Jones, the witty black assistant is the most interesting character, but only because he occasionally has snappy lines, not because he is developed or multi-dimentional. This was my first and probably my last Kuzenski novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mamabear Cherei on November 29, 2010
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OMFG! If anyone in our "intelligence" community were to read something that would scare the living daylights out of them.. it would be THIS book. As I got further into the book.. all I could think.. was.. OH MY FREAKING GOD.. Don't let this book fall into the hands of evil doers. The plot.. is so good.. that it could be a blueprint to the end of OUR world. And, that's SCARY.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred Rayworth on August 23, 2011
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Compared to the earlier story I just read, this one was a lot more focused. The story centered more around Payne and Jones and their quest to get to the bottom of a plot to cause mayhem in Mecca.

With the usual cast of characters including Nick Dial and their CIA insider (can't remember his name), Chris weaves an interesting thriller that takes the reader from an Island off Korea to Saudi Arabia.

Sure, there are flaws, but I was able to overlook them as I had a great time just enjoying the flow of the story. He writes fairly short chapters, keeps to short paragraphs and has plenty of dialogue. There is plenty of space on each page that makes for an easy read.

The biggest annoyance to me is the inevitable author intrusion at the end of almost every chapter where he tells the reader what is going to happen next. "Little did Payne know how bad so and so would end up..." and so on. As a reader, I'd rather find out when the character does, and not be forewarned. He also likes to head-hop. I'm surprised his editor let him get away with that.

Neither of those flaws were enough to knock this story down a notch. It had a satisfying ending, plenty of humor, and kept me entertained. Can't ask for more. Highly recommended.
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