The Death Relic (Payne & Jones #7)
The New World, 1545...
Vanquished by the Spanish Empire, little remains of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. From the ashes of their cities, a unified legend emerges: the Christians who conquered them possessed a mysterious object, an artifact so powerful-so deadly-that it was known throughout the Americas as "the death relic."
Yucatan Peninsula, present day...
I saw the "praise" blurbs on the back of the ARC book and couldn't wait to get started. (I had previously promised myself to ignore those because I'm so often misled, but these were BIG NAMES in authorland so I got sucked in AGAIN).
The plot ...more
The book is compelling as it introduces us to Maria, Hamilton, and her friends, Payne and Jones. This is a “buddy” type sto ...more
One of the things I like best about the Payne and Jones books I’ve read is the extensive research that goes into the setting and the story. In this book, it’s the Maya and Aztecs as well as the Spanish conquer and rule of central and south america. The characters are a lot of fun too, particular Payne and Jones as well as their historian and antiquities friend, Pe ...more
Normally, I love books based on the treasure hunt, or ones that delve into history to shed light on unsolved mysteries, but although the hunt for secrets of the Maya and what may have happened to their treasure is enticing, the book dragged with poor dialogue and the author's attempts at injecting humor into the characters.
The history that the author disburses throughout the book to bring the reader up t ...more
This book is quite out of character with the rest of the book in the Payne and Jones series. It is more historical lesson than it is a action/adventure novel. The mystique of the Mayan civilization and the research Kuzneski has put in to get to it is clearly evident in the passionate characters and descriptions.
The main characters are bit of a let down. Too much whining, romancing, and breaking up. The story curtails the aggression of our protagonists and le ...more
1) The characters - so there's a super-intelligent expert on Christian history who spends her time getting angry with people over nothing and doesn't really show an ounce of intellect throughout the entire book. Then there's Payne and Jones the two ex-service, military experts and close friends who constantly make ridi ...more
It is an awesome book, filled with CIA hi-jinx and espionage, as well as a great deal of Mayan and Aztec history, all rolled into a book that was hard to put down. I may have never read this author before, but that is about to change…. This book deserves a 10 star rating for combining two topics I love in a page turning novel! Since the ratings on ...more
I thought the story would center more around the Death Relic in the title, and it seemed like the ending was a bit convenient, but all in a ...more
Jon Payne and David Jones are back together again in this action-adventure romp by six-time international bestselling author Chris Kuzneski. If you have read his work before, you’ve probably met these two elite, military-trained heroes, who constantly make the reader laugh with their witty banter and kee ...more
Set primarily in Mexico, Kuzneski takes the reader on an adventure into the depths of the Maya and Aztec tribes and their fall from po ...more
Mayan and Aztec history have always held an interest for me and I was pleased by the descriptions of things such as the ball court and found the analogies t ...more
For a longer review of this book, and a link to my view of previous books in the series, please visit my blog at http://cornishamy.blogspot.com/2011/1...
In his new novel, Kuzneski's ex special forces heroes are called by Maria Pelati - a character who also appeared in the earlier novel, "The Sign of the Cross," and Jones' now ex-girlfriend - because she is in danger. Maria has gone to Mexico in answer to a job offer from renowned fellow archaeologist Terrence Hamilton, who then disappears and sh ...more
Plot : Three stars
Just what the doctor ordered. Fun, fast and well put together. Again, though, this book suffered from a feeling of incompleteness. It just stuttered a little here and there, especially towards the end.
But lets fo ...more