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The Prophecy (Jonathon Payne & David Jones #5)

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The next exciting, action-packed thriller from the national bestselling author.

Michel de Nostredame, the French apothecary commonly known as Nostradamus, has gained a cult-like following, a loyal band of enthusiasts who credit him with predicting numerous world events-the Great Fire of London, the rise of Napoleon and Hitler, and the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima. How
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 8th 2010 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2009)
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This was my first Chris Kuzneski read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the topics and the issues he tackles while he entertains us through words. Well written and well done. Dick Hill as narrator is as usual at his best. 9 of 10 stars
Although it's difficult not to associate any novel of this genre to The Da Vinci Code (there is even a joke made about The Da Vinci Code in this book), the most notable thing about this one that sets itself apart from The Da Vinci Code is the fact that it's not about religion. So that was refreshing without deviating from the genre too much.

My main complaint is that the character development isn't great. I consider limited character development to be expected in a fast-paced novel - it's not rea
Ariadne Elle
First of all, totally blown away by this one! I fell in love with the two main characters Payne and DJ a few books ago. This is just the latest in their adventures...and it held true to form.

The banter between the two main characters is hilarious and keeps the story from weighing down. You actually feel as if your standing between two buddies.

Payne and DJ cross paths with a woman with a mysterious letter who is killed before she tells them anything. They backtrack her path and end up with a myst
Holly Martin
I feel like this was the guy's version of chick lit. Most typical 'guy' topics were covered and it was SO literal - there was no alluding to the characters thoughts, etc. Everything was just stated like a screenplay. Probably a good book for some but it just wasn't for me.
Wendy Kobylarz-Chouvarda
Not a very good review, but:

Way too much testosterone in this novel. Far too much.

Far too much enjoyment of the military and violence, far too much obsession with wealth as a good thing, and the most annoying use of the description of a woman as "a gorgeous brunette," because apparently "gorgeous" means the same thing to everyone. (yes, that is her major characteristic).

However, it is entertaining in some respects and it was helpful during a long plane ride because in some ways, thankfully, it d
OK, this started off really, really bad. These two handsome, rich, sophisticated, ex-special forces, Indiana-Jones type, do-gooders who live in PITTSBURGH (yes, I said Pittsburgh) get drawn into DaVinci Code type mystery when a mystery woman shows up at a fund raiser that they are, of course, hosting. Next thing they know people are trying to kill them for what they may or may not know.

At one point they were getting ready to go to a Steeler game when someone tried to kill them. I thought, "Now
Paul Pessolano
“The Prophecy” by Chris Kuzneski, published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

Michel de Nostredame, or as he is better known Nostradamus, is probably the worlds most studied prophesier. He is best known for his Quatrains where his predictions were written in verse. He also used several languages to disguise his predictions because of his fear that he would be arrested by the Catholic Church for heresy. Some of his predictions include the rise of Napoleon, Adolph Hitler, and the b
Well right off the bat I was intrigued. And growing up in Pittsburgh, I loved the descriptions of the Cathedral of Learning and hearing the familiar sights and streets he talked about.

As if that wasn't enough, now they are in Philadelphia, close to where I went to college. So now I am getting to hear tons of references to more familiar sites and sounds.

I think I have a new favorite author in the thrillers camp. Lots of pulse pounding action, fascinating characters, vivid imagery in this story.
Neil Wright
The first Kuzneski novel I've read. The titles in his catalogue do not have to be read in order, you can pick one up and polish it off on a Sunday afternoon before dinner and reflect with a nice glass of wine, write a review and start another book before bedtime!

The teaser on the back cover claims Kuzneski land is a cross between Indiana Jones and the Da Vinci code. Well, this may be true of other CK books but not The Prophecy, it is a story based on the characters of 'Payne and Jones', the hero
Scott Rhee
Imagine Tom Clancy's military techno-thriller pyrotechnics blended with Dan Brown's conspiracy theory suspense, throw in a little Indiana Jones for good measure, and you pretty much have Chris Kuzneski's "The Prophecy", which is part of a series (that I have not read) involving his protagonists Jonathon Payne and David Jones, ex-military operatives-turned-private investigators/archaeologists. I was really hoping to like this book a lot, because as full of shit as I think Dan Brown is, I loved th ...more
Kislay Verma
From SolomonSays:

The problem with The Prophecy is that there is literally no prophecy, no big-bang mystery revealed at the end, which is the least a reader expects after several hundred pages of incessant gunfights. The author chose a sensational historical personality (Nostradamus) but was quite clueless about what to do with him. So he slopped together a story of a treasure bequeathed to a remote descendant, passed from family to family. There is no exploration of the historical context, of No
“The Prophecy” is sixth in a series of books by Florida-based author Chris Kuzneski. One of his books, “The Plantation” showed up on my Goodreads Recommendations list, so I checked this one out of the library.

The book involves the lineage of so-called psychic and futurist Nostradamus (known in the book as Michel de Nostradame). A letter sent to a Pittsburgh resident, Megan Moore, and a vault containing a box believed to have been owned by Nostradamus set the plot rolling downhill like a snowbal
These books are very formulaic -Payne and Jones are two former "MANIAC" US special forces soldiers who now run various businesses and are conveniently both very rich AND well-connected, with friends in Interpol, plus a useful friend who just happens to run... an academic research facility in Switzerland to help them hack into otherwise secure computer systems or decipher old puzzles or mysteries. I'm pretty sure that some of the explanatory paragraphs setting up the characters for new readers ar ...more
This one I got cheap from the Porthcawl RNLI second-hand book section.

And just as well.

I suppose I shouldn't be too harsh on it, as it didn't exactly cost me a whole lot, had been on my Amazon 'Wish List', so it could have been a lot worse.

It's a story based around Nostradamus, both the man and his predictions. But that seemed to be pushed a little too much into the background, for my liking. It seemed just a frame-work for what is really a pretty formulaic (the main bad guy is a re
I had first read a blurb of this on Suzanne Beecher's Email Book Club. I was immediately intrigued by the story - mysterious woman, being elusive at a benefit gathering, housed in the Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh. The blurb drew me in, made me want to learn more about the two men who seemed to be the main focus of the book - Jonathan Payne and David Jones.

I wanted to love this story, I really did. As the story itself goes, it held my interest. I continued to keep on reading because I tru
Trish Wylie
Page-turning read (which I devoured on one rainy Sunday afternoon) with a mystery to be solved and plenty of action along the way.

I particularly loved the repartee between Payne and Jones and their relationship made the book for me, despite the 'open to interpretation' ending which may be viewed as an unsatisfactory conclusion for some readers. My only problem with the book was the number of times exposition intruded into the story, delivering chunks of information which on several occasions cou
Meh. I was charmed by this book because the heroes live in Pittsburgh, and there's some pretty good local color -- at one point the heroes were actually in the classroom in the Cathedral of Learning where I taught Latin. So points for that (and for an excellent use of Pittsburgh's bus lanes). The heroes are pretty spectacular Mary Sues, but at least they're affable Mary Sues: they go around charming and joking around with everyone, rather than showing off and making people look bad. On the other ...more
Brilliant - I really enjoy the way Mr Kuzneski has such fun with his characters and plots. Such entertaining reading. I love Payne and Jones, their interactions add the right amount of levity to the gun toting that accompanies their adventures.
This is probably one of my favourites so far, Nostradamus provides a rich vein of possibilities.
Definitely recommend this title.
Following on from Payne and Jones' adventures in The Lost Throne, this book finds them drawn into the world of prophecy and the life (and death) of Nostrodamus. Once again Kuzneski combines modern day action with a historical mystery of epic proportions (lets face it what bigger mystery is there than Nostrodamus). Although this wasn't as good as Lost Throne it was still very enjoyable with all the bits I loved in his previous novels, the banter between Payne and Jones is as amusing as ever and t ...more
Ravi Jain
Critics had showered praises on Chris Kuzneski when his book “The Plantation” was released in 2002. They hailed him as the “God of Historical Fiction”. I, being a fan of the genre, was delighted and made it a point to read all his books. After “The Sword of God”, this is his second book that I’ve read. I was very apprehensive initially because The Sword of God was NOT, and I mean NOT, a Historical Fiction. It was just an action packed mumbo jumbo. But once I started reading this, all my fears we ...more
This is also an easy read mainly because the print was so big and the pages weren't wide enough to fit many words per page. I didn't think the author captured my attention at first, but within the first couple chapters I was proven wrong...but then he lost my interest completely until about halfway through the book. Suddenly, the plot became interesting; you can clearly tell where the author excels in knowledge when writing. He does not excel in creating interesting and relevant filler between m ...more
David Pain
Very bad. Got given it as a gift. Wouldn't have bothered finishing it expect that I really like the person who bought it for me and stopping books half-way through unsettles me.

It plays like a cliched action film from the mid-80's with some recent historical fiction touches thrown in to jump on the bandwagon. The characters are stereotypes, the dialogue is cringe-inducing, prose is flatter than a pancake. I felt the author was in love with his two invincible-wise-cracking-ex-special-forces-actio
There is too much wit and humour between the two main characters Payne and Jones in tense situations which kills the mood.

The book is very prone into going off on tangents through-out the story. For example, at one point in the book there is irrelevant statistical analysis on why American snipers are amongst the deadliest due to having a vastly superior shot-to-kill ratio over their M-16 counterparts.

Too many references to previous books in the series. So be prepared to feel left out of the lo
I thought the story line was very interesting. It is an action packed book that kept me up very late reading it. It is fast paced and great with detail. I can't wait to read the next one.
Jill Manske
I read about 160 pages of this book and just got fed up with it. The author's attempts at witty banter between characters fell far short - not witty and not even interesting. When his characters went to Philadelphia, he spent nearly a page describing Philly cheesesteaks, how they're made, and the rivalry between 2 local restaurants. It felt like a travelogue, not a novel. The plot is pretty silly, the characters are like cardboard cut-outs and some of the ideas (an ultra-secret military group ca ...more
Scott Lupo
I haven't read a fiction book in awhile and this one fit the bill. If you liked Dan Brown's Davinci Code books you will enjoy The Prophecy since it is in the same vein. A young woman is given cryptic messages and codes that involve her in an adventure of mystery and prophecy all brought on by the prophetic Nostradamus. With the help of two ex-military best friends, the threesome overcome a series of assassins and snipers attempting to kill them for the treasures of Nostradamus. A quick and enjoy ...more
Justine Cole
The first of Kuzneski's I read. Gripped me from the get go. Love Jon and DJ and their banter. Cant recommend this book enough.
Very cool example of the archaeology-/lost documents/suspense genre that has become so popular.
A young woman in Philadelphia receives an ancient document. It's stolen before she even knows she has it. The thief is killed. In step Payne and Jones, ex-super secret special ops leaders. They team up with the young woman to track down the clues left by Nostradamus.
The characters of Payne and Jones really play off well against each other. Well-written and suspenseful until the end.
Highly recommended
A very quick, light book despite the 500 odd pages and genre. The dynamic between Payne and Jones is brilliant.
Leaves you underwhelmed. The book starts at a cracking pace but too many pages are spent on the buildup. The final push is too little, too late. The 'prophecy' comes up after about 300 pages and Nostradamus gets involved only in the last third of the book.

The two central characters share a lot of banter but it gets repetitive and even irritating after a point of time. The author tries to do a Dan Brown and Matthew Reilly rolled into one but is way short of the mark. The Prophecy is a fast paced
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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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Other Books in the Series

Jonathon Payne & David Jones (8 books)
  • The Plantation (Jonathon Payne & David Jones, #1)
  • Sign Of The Cross (Jonathon Payne & David Jones, #2)
  • Sword Of God (Jonathon Payne & David Jones, #3)
  • The Lost Throne (Jonathon Payne & David Jones, #4)
  • The Secret Crown (Jonathon Payne & David Jones, #6)
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