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The Prophecy (Payne & Jones #5)

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The legendary Nostradamus predicted numerous world-changing events. But his most important prophecies remained hidden. After discovering a message written in a series of codes and ancient languages a young woman is prompted to seek out former Special Forces Operatives Jonathan Payne and David Jones for help. Unfortunately, their meeting is interrupted by an assassin whose ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 29, 2014 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anne Wright
Jul 31, 2015 Anne Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure lovers
The Prophecy by Chris Kuzneski

I loved this book and all the Payne - Jones books I gave it a 5 out of stars.

Chris Kuzneski has a knack of leaving you wanting more when you read his books, he creates an exciting story of action and suspense.

A party is interrupted by a beautiful woman who stands out in jeans - when everyone else is in evening dress. Jon and Dave out two hero's go after her and find her near her car- she says she made a mistake coming to the party and will talk to them tomorrow, bu
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
Feb 05, 2016 Stevie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, own, crime
Funny, witty and a real page turner. Even though it is part 5 of a series, it didn't feel like it.
I laughed out loud several times while reading it - the banter between DJ and Jon is fantastically written.
The only thing that irked me was the info dumps every now and again. I realize they were necessary to understand the story at times, but at some points less would have been more.
Apr 04, 2016 Neil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Compared to the previous book in the series (The Lost Throne) I found this book to be a lot weaker. There were the usual shootings and explosions, but it was read with a sense of deja vu, it all seemed so familiar to the previous books. As a thriller, the plot never really got going, and the supporting characters often seemed superfluous. Even the villain of the piece was largely ignored, although sending assassins after Payne and Jones he remained very much in the background.
I was actually look
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.
Jun 18, 2015 Marissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quick and easy read. My first of this author, so I didn't know at first that the main guys show up in his other books. It took me awhile to get into their style together - so macho and over-the-top, but once I slogged through that, the book did get better as the plot and mystery surfaced a bit more.

It's very Da Vinci Code, but not as good. There was some humor I appreciated and some suspense, but then the end came and I was like...seriously? I read all of that for NOTHING? There is no prophecy,
Apr 06, 2014 Wendy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Jones
This was my first Kuzneski (read quite a few years ago) - intrigued by the blurb I purchased it and gave it a read. Have to say I was left wanting. Didn't know if I liked it or not. It was a quick read, but I found the 'heroes', Payne and Jones annoying with their juvenile banter, the fact that there was no real conclusion to the story narked as well. But there must have been something in the story-telling, as I have returned to Kusneski time and again, thrilled and annoyed in equal parts. Obvio ...more
May 27, 2016 Phoenix rated it it was ok
Well the word "Too" pops to mind. Too mus too strong, too beautiful, too sappy, too kitsch, too vulgar, too many "shits and fucks" tossed about, too randomly. Just too, too, too much.
The heroes are overblown, sort of a salt and pepper team of politically correct, delicate (yet vulgar) pro-feminist, super soldiers like none who have ever walked the earth. The mention of their exploits from previous sagas only makes it worse, they should have been insulted from that connection, but apparently the
Aug 31, 2015 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another really amazing book by an amazing author. Loved this all the way through. kept me hooked, and loved every bit of the journey.

My only beef was a very small thing, but it impacted on the conclusion, and I feel like it took the edge off a bang ending in a great book. I read that people thought he'd left it in a cliffhanger - a not-quite-finished thing, but I had no problem with that. As he explained, it was an echo of the air of mystery around Nostradamus himself. I was fine with that.

Sep 20, 2011 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 26, 2012 Kislay Verma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 29, 2011 Speesh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
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
Jun 28, 2011 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 26, 2014 Trish Wylie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 15, 2014 Chrys rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 03, 2010 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
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
Mar 13, 2012 Elyse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Peter Cotter
Jun 15, 2015 Peter Cotter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of Chris Kuzneski that I have read. I will be looking for more.

Thoroughly enjoyable suspense, thriller, "treasure hunter" book. Twists and turns, international assasins, and lots of intrigue.

David Pain
Jul 21, 2010 David Pain rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chris Kuzneski is a New York Times and Sunday Times (UK) bestselling author. His thrillers have been translated into more than 20 languages and have been published in more than 40 countries. His works have been featured by the Literary Guild and honored by the Florida Book Awards. The first novel (The Hunters) in his new series is currently being made into a major motion picture. It will be releas ...more
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