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The Plantation (Payne & Jones #1)

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One by one, in cities across America, people of all ages are taken from their homes, their cars, their lives. But these aren’t random kidnappings. They’re crimes of passion,
planned and researched several months in advance, then executed with a singular objective in mind. Revenge.

Ariane Walker is one of the victims, dragged from her apartment with few clues to follow. The p
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 28th 2002 by Paradox Publishing (first published 2000)
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Chris Eddy
Oct 23, 2010 rated it did not like it
Couldn't be bothered finishing this book. Wasn't enjoying it at all, and life is too short to read bad books!
Sep 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller
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
Jul 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-so-much
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
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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
Jan 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
A later book in this series was recommended to me, so I thought I'd start at the beginning. I can only hope later books improve in plot depth, character development, and believability. This was a monumentally stupid book, with more flaws than anyone could possibly list.
Helen Belton
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Dec 10, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read various reviews about this book, and it seemed to attract either a review panning it or praising it, but nothing in the middle ground. In the introduction the writer admits that originally this was his first foray into writing, and as such had to self publish. Now that it has been more widely released corrections have been made.
The plot line seems fairly original, with a series of seemingly random abductions taking place across America. The abductees wind up in an old Plantation area
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 bite us in the rear, and the execution of such. I found the premise of this book to be refres
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
Dee Haddrill
I have to be honest, the first time I tried to read this book, I struggled and didn't finish it. I went on to read other books by Mr Kuzneski and thoroughly enjoyed them. So I decided to try this one again and I worked out what my problem with it was in the first place.

The reason was twofold.

1 - I didn't understand or appreciate the way Payne and Jones responded to stress, violence, etc. Having since read more and loving the banter between the two, I've realized so much more how they deal with
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, crime
This is the first in the Payne and Jones series and I must say I really enjoyed it, which after reading the following six books I wasn't expecting as the first is often not as good as the others. But this opens the series with a bang and fully embraces the banter that exists between the two and how they just can't help but take matters into their own hands, killing a bad guy or two (dozen) along the way. This books finds Payne's girlfriend kidnapped and him on the trail of the kidnappers but the ...more
Charlotte Smith
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thrillers
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.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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!
Alex Young
May 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Awful. In every respect.
I love action movies and if they have one of the 80's legends like schwarzenegger, Van-Damme or Stallone then all the better. Unfortunately I suspect one of those listed may have written The plantation.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
I read this book to start the series of Payne and Jones, but I can only hope that the writing is getting better. Too many clichés, stilted language, not very deep character development. I'll give the second book in the series a chance in the hope of improvement.
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.
Chris Carroll
Jul 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015-read
Jan 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
Overly violent. When even the 'good guys' come across as homicidal psychopaths there's a problem.
Geoff Battle
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
The Plantation, re-released after hitting the big time, is a standard military action novel. Think the 'A Team' with one white guy and one black guy and you're in the zone. The dynamic duo find themselves up against the insidious 'Posse' as they track down a missing girlfriend and subsequently utilise their black ops training to unleash havoc. The twists can be seen from miles away, however then action is tightly contained (except the bolt-on finale) which is refreshing in today's travel-the-wor ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Didn't do it for me. Took me forever to get through. I'm thinking that I'm so used to this particular reader (I listened on audio), who has been the narrator for so many other mysteries I've read that his inflections have become associated with other protagonists. The"good" guys in The Plantation approach killing with the same kind of glee that the horrid slave owners did. Very off-putting. Also, good vs. evil with no in between? Payne's ardor for Ariana was also a little off-putting, it was so ...more
M. Sprouse
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
From what I've heard Chris Kuzneski has become a highly touted author. He has written several books that have gotten mostly good or better reviews. However, this book was painfully inadequate. I wish I would have counted the number of times I cringed when reading some of the cheesy lines and almost the entire thing was as predictable as the sunset.

The good news is that we know at least a partial ending for the Chris Kuzneski story. He does improve and becomes rather successful. I don't know if
John Boyda
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This 1st novel was published after others in the series, but I've read it 1st without reading any of his other books. I'm reading Kuzneski based on some reviews of later books. Like many first novels, this book relies on improbable coincidences to help tie the plot together, however there were enough plot twists to keep me piqued. It will be interesting for me to see how Kuzneski has improved in his later writings.
Heather McAuliffe
I don't understand why there are so many 1 star reviews for this book. It was a engaging read! Yes, there were parts that were shocking and quite disturbing (not at all the kind of thing I would choose to read normally) but this was how people were treated, it shouldn't be sugar coated.

It's written very well, and had me hooked from the start. Ready to start the second in the series now!
Lori Mills
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved this book. I read a couple of books out of order, but now starting with the first! One thing I really like are Payne and Jones and their humor, even at the darkest time. If you haven't read these books, do so. You will be as hooked on them as I am.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in the Payne & Jones series of books by a fantastic writer, Chris Kuzneski. Chris is also "The Hunters" author, another series of outstanding books. All of Chris's books have great humour that makes you laugh out loud but you want to keep reading until the book is finished, then you realise you want to read them all. Great book with a huge amount of action!! Can't wait for more.
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love serials.
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