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The Plantation (Jonathon Payne & David Jones #1)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,786 ratings  ·  129 reviews
A ski instructor disappears in the mountains of Colorado. Hours later, a pregnant woman is taken from a crowded hospital, and no one notices. Two places. Two incidents. One motive. And so it begins...

One by one, people are being abducted. But these aren't random kidnappings. They're precisely planned crimes with a singular objective: revenge. The latest victim is Jonathon
Paperback, 391 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Berkley (first published 2000)
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Jeez, this was bad (and no, I didn't finish it). The dialogue was generally false sounding. The characters do things totally out of character. The plot -- well, the plot was unbelievable. Yes, I believed the historical info about slavery etc. It's the author's use of it for his plot that I disliked.

Besides, one of my favorite books has the same plot -- unbalanced person seeking redress for historical wrongs, abducts wealthy people and makes them slaves on a plantation -- it's called "Last Day in
Chris Eddy
Couldn't be bothered finishing this book. Wasn't enjoying it at all, and life is too short to read bad books!
53% read and I just couldn't bring myself to finish it. It was a bit too disturbing for me.
Pain is something everyone must deal with, and those that deal with it the best will succeed the most.

I won this book through a GoodReads giveaway and would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for being able to read and review this amazing book!

People are mysteriously disappearing, being abducted by the same unknown force. These taken individuals were specially selected for a reason, and this reason centers on revenge. The kidnappings are going on right under everyone's radar
I'd actually give this book 3 1/2 stars (I have to REALLY like it for 4 stars, and that's pretty rare for me, but I more than just liked this book). This is a good quick read for anyone who wants a thinking action book. I almost didn't read the book based on all of the reviews that were turned off by the violence in the book. To be honest, I didn't find it that violent. Yes, there is violence. But it seems appropriate to the story (i.e. you have people put on a plantation meant to understand wha ...more
Andrew Watson
I got about half way through this before abandoning it. For the most part it is reasonably well written although the beginning is a bit hard to follow as it is a series of disjoint sequences that presumably make sense later in the book. Once past that it settles down into a fairly linear storyline.

It just isn't my kind of story. A book should stir up emotions and this certainly did - just not the sort I wanted stirred up. Without giving too much away, the "activities" that take place on the pla
Helen Belton
I usually love Chris Kuzneski's books from this series, however i found this one very disturbing and at times very upsetting. The other books from this series are a lot more light hearted.
This was one of the most action packed books I have ever read. It was like watching a movie most of the time. I enjoyed it. Immensely. I can sort of understand why some people might not like it. There are heavy racial overtones in this book and perhaps there are some that are not comfortable with that kind of subject matter. Then there are some reviews I have read that thought this book was filled with such cheesy action it was like a Hollywood movie. I admit, it does have a Hollywood feel to it ...more
Charlotte Smith
Ok, so that was irritating. You see, I always like to start at the beginning, so whilst Kuzneski's other books have better reviews, I started here. Ooops. It's not great. The dialogue is slightly ridiculous - not very realistic at all. The plot twists are too much like an afterthought than an intended part of the storyline. And I found the relationship between Payne and Jones to be odd, to say the least.
So, whilst it's not the worst book I've ever read, it's very far from the best. As it's his
Meghant Parmar
There's a lull before a storm approaches. Payne & Jones are immersed in their daily banters and life until mysterious disappearance of Ariane causes an uproar is Payne's life. But Jones is there to lend support. It will take more than experience of their past lives to hit the mark and save the lives of Ariane. But who holds her and for what? Who the nemesis is and what are they up to? Is it going to be tough for the ex-Maniacs or will it be a walk in the park? That's what the story is all ab ...more
David Eppenstein
I've managed to read all of Chris' books except his first two. Now I've read his first and I'm almost at a loss on how to review it. Yes, it's well written and an action packed thriller but the subject matter is quite disturbing. In his forward Chris talks about this book came into being and how he received one rejection letter after another from publishers that didn't know how to market a book like this. Really? Apparently Chris didn't understand their problem. Slavery and violent racism are pr ...more
This book was the first book I have read from Mr. Kuzneski. I liked it, but it seemed to drag on a bit too long. When I first started reading this book I couldn't put it down. I loved the mystery to the plot. Who kidnapped Ariane, where did they take her and why and why did they kidnap the other people. My mind was full of questions and theories and wondering who the good guy were and who were the bad guys. I got a little bored after the plantation blew up. I think a lot of that had to do with h ...more
An excellent premiere novel by Kuzneski, exploring slavery and plantations on which slave worked... with a twist. While I see a lot of the polishing and updates he eludes to in the foreward, I am shocked this novel was not picked up when it first came out!
Chris Kuzneski is a "new author" for me. Looking for a new series of novels or a new author, I came across the title of one of Kuzneski's books. I decided to do a quick search of his books and decided to start with his first novel, The Plantation. It was first self-published which really interested me.

Finding this new author and his block of work was my holiday treat. The first book in the Payne and Jones series was one of the most unexpected finds I could have stumbled across.

Let me suggest t
Many reviewers have panned this book giving it only one star, or saying "I read one of the later books, and this one just doesn't cut it." Let's look at the book on its' merits. It is the first book of an author. It's a little rough in areas. Sometimes the flow isn't very smooth. There are the downsides.

On the upside, the author takes a refreshing concept on the issue of slavery, the past coming back to bit us in the rear, and the execution of such. I found the premise of this book to be refresh
I am so glad that I read his other books first, because had I read The Plantation before the others, my adventures with Payne and Jones would have ended. Very dark and harrowing. The plantation is exactly what you think, a plantation. Except, Whites are being suppressed instead of Blacks. Payne's girlfriend is kidnapped and taken to the plantation because she is descended from the original owners. A descendant of the former slaves has chosen to take revenge on the family by punishing the offspri ...more
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Exciting story with lots of action, a few interesting plot twists, and a unique concept.

Jonathon Payne is fortunate to be the heir to his grandfather's company, wealthy and charming, but - as he admits himself - not much of a businessman, he lets other do the business and contents himself with being the public face of the company by working with charities and schmoozing.

With his best friend, D.J. who works for Payne Industries, and his gorgeous girlfriend Ariane in
I'm confused whether to give this book 3.5 stars or 4.
I read this book after reading all other books of Payne and Jones so I guess the effect of the book was not as much as it should have been.
At first I thought that the plot is crazy but then again, I realised that the plot was just shedding some light on the racism issue, how some people interpret it and would want to take revenge for it. All those who feel that they were wronged will definitely look to get even but in this case it was kinda e
While I really liked this book, it is also deeply disturbing. There are some parts which contain some fairly graphic violence, but it is not just for the shock value, it is an important part of the story. All in all, for a first novel, The Plantation is well written, and really makes you wonder about man's inhumanity to man. <><
This book has lame characters who do not seem able to behave as adults, the premise is stupid, the English is mediocre at best, the plot unfolds awkwardly. I could not get engaged and did not finish the book. I did sneak at the end and it is just as contrived and poorly written as the rest. Avoid this book.
This is really more of a 3.5 for me. It was gripping and action-packed like a thriller should be. However, it got really complicated toward the end, the dialogue got cheesy and elementary, and there were some questions that were left unanswered for me. Good overall, and I think it was a good choice for my first thriller; I could just see room for improvement.
With a few big thriller/action authors, putting in their two cents and praise on this debut... I thought that it might be pretty darn good.
They should get a refund. In Mr. Kuzneski's foreward, he self published it first, sold it to whomever. **I'll give him that**
Then he asked and sent a copy to - Lee Child - James Rollins - Douglas Preston. **I'll give him that also...for trying to get the word out there** Buuut...., these guys must have seen something in the story, that I sure as hell didn't s
Mj Turner
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Kelli Baker
I fully enjoyed the wild adventures of Payne and Jones; the storyline was intriguing, and several plot twists kept me turning the pages. The violence, while admittedly graphic, seemed necessary to give the plantation itself a more realistic aspect. However, I felt that the resolution crudely tied together several loose ends, and I couldn't stop myself from noticing grammatical errors throughout the novel. (Hopefully these were corrected in later print editions--my copy is several years old). I w ...more
Chris Carroll
I made it to page 149 and has to give up. The dialogue is really bad. It almost looks like it wasn't edited. My copy wasn't an ARC, but there were errors throughout, which was distracting. I know it's his first book, but this was just a waste of time and money.
Tight plot and crisp narration with a due lag during the pre-climax. As always, the conversation between the duo MANIACS enhances the readers' ease to stay in touch with the Author.
I made it to the third page of the second chapter. It reads as if a high school student is writing it.

You gave your hometown of Indiana, PA a bad name, Mr. Kuzneski. Unreadable.
This book had a lot more "Deep Topic" to it. But it made it easier to understand and see the points of view so clearly. Chris has a gift of really making the topics understandable from the readers standpoint. Payne and Jones keep their humor, but keep the gravity of the situation in hand and stay on task. It may have been more violent than the other previous stories, but understanding how others may take situations such as these too far makes us keep ourselves in check. I take the moral values t ...more
Claire Feenicks
I'm a big fan of Kuzneski's work, so of course, I had to pick up his first novel. It was intense, but not necessarily in a good way.

It reeked of 'evil black man' and 'good white saviour' and was pretty racist to boot. One of the things I like about Kuzneski's works is that one of his main characters is a black man, and he often introduces and subverts racial issues, but The Plantation was NOT one of the good subversions.

I liked it at first, but thinking back on it, I know why I was uncomfortable
Jordan Anderson
I really wanted to give "The Plantation" a solid 5-stars because, for the most part, I really enjoyed the 3 days I spent reading it. I
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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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