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Sign Of The Cross - Misteri Penyaliban Kristus (Jonathon Payne & David Jones #2)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  4,237 ratings  ·  175 reviews
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Tiga penyaliban di tiga benua berbeda ...
Penemuan sebuah konspirasi kuno ...

Sebuah rahasia yang mampu menggelisahkan iman miliaran umat manusia.

Di sebuah pantai di Denmark, seorang pastor Vatikan ditemukan tergan-tung di salib. Beberapa hari kemudian, kejahatan yang sama terulang ... kali ini di Asia dan Afrika.

Sementara itu, jauh di dalam K
648 pages
Published December 2007 by Serambi Ilmu Semesta (first published 2006)
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Jul 22, 2008 Amanda rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one that I like
Recommended to Amanda by: Ben's Aunt
Shelves: crap, book-rape, blog
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 while insisting that you read it? And not when you can get around to it, oh, no, they want you to read it NOW. 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. Ever ...more
This book was so bad, I am embarrassed for the publisher. (Come on, Penguin, did you run out of Jane Austen novels to reprint or something?) It appears to have been researched on Wikipedia over a couple of lattes at the local Starbucks. Laced with painfully dated pop-culture references, preposterous dialog, and demeaning stereotypes, this book reads more like Dan Brown fan fiction penned by the author's high school students. Students to whom he apparently never explained the concept of verisimil ...more
✿ Deni
Jan 18, 2014 ✿ Deni rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one!!
Shelves: 2010
It could be an interesting story... if it would be properly written!.

He tries too hard to give the two "main characters" a super-cool-cop personality which doesn't really work; gives hints what's going to happen next at the end of every chapter which I believe it's intended to keep the suspense, but does exactly the opposite! and keeps writing "anyway" and "anyhow" which does not make a good writing style, but feels more like some macho-wanna-be is trying to tell a story in a bar, specially whe
Found this book in the effort of finding good-quality religious thrillers like Dan Brown's. Sign of the Cross is an okay book, pretty mainstream as in it's not Dan-Brown-good but it's not trash either. Everything's there: action, conspiracy, Christian leaders, cops--so it can't be too bad. The only downside to this is the believability in the details of the story. I find it so simplistic and lacking details at times, and the characters are unbelievably lucky at times too. Like avoiding a bullet. ...more
Lisa James
If you enjoyed Dan Brown's DaVinci Code & Angels & Demons, you will like this book. It starts with some mysterious person crucifying Vatican priests on 3 different continents, & it goes from there on a thrill ride that includes secrets that could turn the Catholic church on it's ear. Great read, it hooks you from the first paragraph!
Tyson Adams
Sometimes when I'm reading a book I'm not sure if I'm meant to be excited, enrapt, or cringing. It's taken me a few days to arrive at a decision and I've decided to cringe.

Sign of the Cross is a fast paced action adventure novel in the vein of Steve Berry, James Rollins, or that guy who wrote the book that annoyed the Pope; what was his name? In the second instalment of Payne and Jones' adventures, the mercenaries are hired to hunt down two archaeologists who have uncovered a secret that could b
Parwati Singari
Sign of the cross
Author Chris Kuzneski.
Genre: thriller, Christian mythology

An interesting fictional thriller, narrated in a comfortable pace. The author takes us through the Christian lore, and the politically savvy Roman Empire. He has used the available roman historic factors and academic debates to weave a thriller from Boston to Beijing, from Denmark to Libya while the action is cantered at the intersection in the catacombs of Orvieto. Where an archaeologist uncovers an ancient
Giuseppe Ruotolo
There's a WARNING in the author's notes at the end of this book which says some major plot twists will be spoiled if you read this note first. When I gave the book up on page 216 and I couldn't care I read the note and for the life of me I couldn't work out what twists have been spoiled. The problem with this book is it's all been said before: the Da Vinci, the First Apostle. Basically find some remote scroll Christianity is threatened blah blah. I loved Kuzneski's first book The Plantation, it ...more
Tim Pendry
Mar 23, 2008 Tim Pendry rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a romp
Shelves: thriller
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I really enjoyed this book despite some questionable reviews. Each to their own, I guess!

Anyhow, I thought there was an effective balance of action and suspense. Hints were given at the end of each chapter as a tease to what was coming. Some may see this as a poor cliff hanger but for me it just served to make me read on!

The relationship between Jon and D.J was well drawn and a pleasure to read. Also, thanks to good background information and rich description characters were easy to visualise.
Really, I would give this story 3.5 stars. It was what a religious thriller should be, exciting, action packed, informative. Interesting premise revolving around Christ, Tiberius and "the laughing man". A lot of characters, but all of the "shtick" seemed a little out of place and unnecessary.
I just realized that this is the second book in a series. I would read the others.
Tamsin Ramone
I really enjoyed this book, very engaging storyline. If you liked The Last Templar this will blow your socks off. I was very impressed by page 2 when Kuzneski stated that Jesus was crucified on a Tau instead of the commonly assumed cross, I assumed then that this book would be well researched and accurate. However it does have a few glaringly incorrect parts, for example Kuzneski makes a statement about the Shroud of Turin in reference to the image on it being Jesus Christ when that particular s ...more
Where do I start on this review? I'm sure you've noticed the three star rating which is really pushing it. I found the plot interesting and marginally plausible but but the execution left much to be desired. I thought I would scream every time I hit a spoiler at the end of a chapter. In what writing class is a phrase like "little did they know only two of them would be coming back down the mountain" acceptable for building suspense? And the really sad part was that it happened over and over agai ...more
First of all I don't compare books with others books, because they ought to be reviewed based on the book alone. So yeah...

I don't know how I ended up reading this, but I did which is awesome. I really enjoyed the suspense, the thrill, the mystery and the humor, especially.It had me gripping the book half the time, the thrill and the suspense it gave me. It had me going to bed really early, like 3 or 4 in the morning just to fulfill my desire to know what would happen next. That's how good that
Rowell Glabog
It was a total waste of time.
This book was quite interesting, and totally different from Platation. I enjoyed Platation better as it had much action, and expected the same here, but a big let down in action.
The other drawback is the ending sentence of each chapter. At a point I was telling myself what is the necessary to end each and every chapter with a "cliché" sentence. If the but is to make the reader turn pages, sorry, I really felt like continuing sometime later, as I feared to come across the last sentence of the ne
Arun Divakar
When did all this interest in the so called "religious thriller" surface ? Was it the literary reformer Dan Brown who brought all these papal thriller writers to the fore ? Such questions ricocheted off the walls after i finished this book. To be frank, I took this book without any expectations at all and found this to be fun !! Yes, you heard me right it was fun.

The first and foremost thing to do with such a book is to shut off your mind. Pretend that you dont see the jokes falling flat on the
ENGLISH: Not so good as THE LOST THRONE but good as well. Goes back to the foundations of the Catholic Church presenting a moral dilemma, other scientific explanation or maybe a more human one. What would you do if the base of your beliefs might be compromised? And by compromised I mean based on a well plotted lie.
Of course there's killings, a conspiracy, the Interpol and locations around the world. Everything is connected but in the meantime, you get to know different characters and different
Randee Baty
I've read the first two books in this series and I think we have a pretty good writer here but he uses, to my way of thinking, gimmicky plots to carry his books. I think he would be a fine writer without the gimmicks and I hope that as I go through the series, the plots become less gimmicky.

As for this book in particular, it was another in the long life of Vatican-secrecy plots. They seem very common these days. While I think he's a skilled writer, I found many of the comments about the what sc
Kislay Verma
From my review at SolomonSays:

The second Payne and Jones adventure is as gripping a religious thriller as they come. It features all of Kuzneski’s soon to become hallmark styles – a controversial religious plot, fast paced action, multiple mysteries converging onto a single thread, and the inimitable duo of Payne and Jones. The author has skilfully merged a series of ritualistic murders with an almost routine operation to capture a single man. In a quest style novel like this one, it is essentia
Bruce Henderson
Mar 16, 2008 Bruce Henderson rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody.
This book is another in the recent spate of papal suspense novels. Only so-so at best. Some of the better features are the use of religious theory regarding past events of the Roman Catholic church, such as the premise that the (likely mythic) Pope John VIII was really female (or "Pope Joan," if you will), and not to be confused with the real Pope John VIII who was male; or catacombs used as long-term storage of papal documents, which may or may not have been hidden for specific reasons. However ...more
"Sign of the Cross" proves that just because a book is published doesn't mean it's any good. The author, riding the popularity of the super-secret religious thriller wave (thanks, Dan Brown!), sets up a mystery involving Jesus that only a pair of wise-cracking cops can solve.

I'm all for literary fluff - a good mindless read that requires the suspension of belief, but the writing here is simply atrocious. The plot is predictable, but most of the plots of this genre are. Where Kuzneski fails is in
Tracy Terry
Though hardly an original story if you like religious conspiracy theories and can get past the fact that at times this feels all a bit like Scooby Doo then you may well enjoy this offering ....... at least for a while. I know I did.

Starting off so well, sadly Sign Of The Cross went slowly down hill until far from finding it difficult to put it down as in the beginning I found myself finding it a chore to read, the stereotypical characters more and more irritating, the lack of research increasing
Daniel Duckett
I didn't expect this book to be as full of humour as it was considering its genre, but I was pleasantly surprised. Why do religious thrillers always have to be so serious? Can't folks have a laugh? So, yes this book was a good read and it was one of the few I really wanted to get back to each time I had a chance.
Are the characters a little stereotypical? Probably so. Does that make for a bad book? No. If you're looking for the next literary breakthrough full of intellect, you'll probably be let
Toby Sugden
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 ...more
I liked this book. It was a bit of 'DaVinci Code' but, I thought, more believable. It's another Vatican/Jesus conspiracy theory, very fast moving and minus the love story. More CIA, Interpol and realistic contacts. I also found the characters much more believable than 'DaVinci Code', which I thought was very over-rated.
Holly Vane
This is my first Chris Kuzneski book. I had wanted to read the sigh of the cross for a very long time, and finding it in a bundle that I bought I started to read it.
The main thing I loved about the book was its two main characters Payne & Jones, they made the book comical at times and I really enjoyed their character progression as the story went on.
As religious conspiracy thriller’s go, this one wasn’t that bad but in my opinion not as good as the Da Vinci code (love that book.) But it did
Kathleen Benedetta
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a unique story that takes the reader into a twisted adventure. I love that the author is direct; I can't stand reading through hundreds of pages describing the surroundings. The author doesn't waste time telling the story. Looking forward to my next read.
Sign of Cross was the first novel I picked up for Chris Kuzneski. Loved his style of writing. The duo is exciting and funny. Plot choice good. Flow of the book excellent.

Would love to read more from him. Expect good things from him. :)
This story was fast-paced, full of action, mystery, history and a fun entertaining read. Payne and Jones are great characters and add a great deal to the story. Looking forward to my next adventure with these two wonderful characters.
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Chris Kuzneski (born in 1969) is a New York Times bestselling American author. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages and have been published in more than 40 countries. His works have also been named a Literary Guild's featured selection and honored by the Florida Book Awards. Due to his success in the United Kingdom, his books are released in the British market several months ...more
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Jonathon Payne & David Jones (8 books)
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