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Chris Kuzneski
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Book Description

July 1 2009 Payne & Jones Series (Book 1)
The first to disappear is a ski instructor in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Hours later, a pregnant woman is abducted from a crowded hospital. Two places, two incidents, a single motive. And so it begins… 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 years in advance with a singular objective in mind. Revenge. Ariane Walker is one of the victims, dragged from her apartment with few clues to follow. The police said there’s little they can do for her, but that isn’t good enough for her boyfriend, Jonathon Payne. With the help of his best friend, Payne gives chase hoping a tip about New Orleans somehow pays off. Together, the duo slowly uncovers the mystery of Ariane’s abduction and the shocking truth behind the South’s most violent secret: THE PLANTATION.

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"Excellent...High stakes, fast action, vibrant characters, and a very, very original plot concept. Not to be missed!"

"A great plot twist...all I can say is hang on for the ride."


"Chris Kuzneski has what it takes."

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

Even though this is Chris Kuzneski's first novel, it has been universally praised by some of the biggest names in fiction: James Patterson, Nelson DeMille, Douglas Preston, Lee Child, etc. In the years to come, we're confident that Chris will join them on the national bestseller's list. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to its blurbs March 13 2004
I don't even know where to begin with a review of this novel. What is it that bothers me so much about this story? Is it the constant adolescent, homophobic banter between the two main characters? Is it the fact that the characters are all one-dimensional without any seeming motivation for their behaviors or even a shred of realistic humanity about them? Is it the cartoonish "I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling kids" twist that the story kept taking? Was I just in a bad mood while reading this story?

Perhaps the author is writing for a demographic that doesn't include me. That's fine, and I can accept that. Perhaps I just don't understand the inner male mind. I can accept that as well, although I have to say that I do not know any *adult* males who joke constantly about gay sex, genitals, buttocks, and bodily functions. Perhaps I was just unable to suspend disbelief to the extreme that I would have needed in order to relax and enjoy a story like this. I will accept the blame on all counts.

But this story just never rang true for me at all. The villains were not very believable. The "slaves" were passive sheep with no independent thought. Ariane was, at best, a watered down version of a heroine. Payne and Jones were supposed to be super trained military experts who were the best in the world but who couldn't figure out some pretty basic things about their quest. Every character seemed more like a caricature to me rather than a real human being. For me, this book read like a straight-to-video action movie screenplay.

This novel features some rather graphic violent scenes. Actually, these were the highlights in my opinion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Plantation March 16 2003
Isn't it wonderful that we don't all like the same things? How boring life would be! I am not going to repeat the basic plot because I think it has pretty much been covered. For a first book, I thought Chris Kuzneski created a book that will really hold your attention. The first 50 pages are too loosely connected, but the reader begins to see where the plot is heading. I am an avid reader, and I devour two to three books per week. I found it hard to put this one down once the girlfriend was kidnapped. Yes, the characters needed to be rounded out a little better, and I wanted to warn Payne & DJ not to trust Levon. Their approach to the problem doesn't match what special forces soldiers would do. They are just too trusting. Even I questioned the scene at the tattoo parlor; however, the suspense starts to build, and I am afraid I neglected my chores so I could finish the book. It is a very entertaining read. I was not offended by the black enslavement of whites, as one reader noted. The writer did a nice job of justifying why a black man would be motivated to create this project. It was plausible. I did get a little squeamish over the torture scenes, but the sexual byplay was minimal. I can imagine what an author like Jack Ketchum would have done with the scene in the cabin or the one with Susan Ross and the knife. This is not great literature, but I don't think anyone would consider their money wasted. I, also, look forward to the next book, but I hope his characters are a little more developed.
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It's not often that writers are also football players. But Chris Kuzneski played football at the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated with a degree in writing and a masters in teaching. After teaching for five years, Chris produced his entry novel, The Plantation, to rave reviews from people such as James Patterson and Nelson DeMille.
People are being kidnaped. Jonathan Payne is oblivious, being otherwise occupied with his 13,000 foot mansion; his position as CEO of his family's company; and his stunning girlfriend, Ariane Walker. As a ex-member of an elite military team called the MANIACS, Jonathan has little to fear. He and Ariane are looking forward to a long weekend, which doesn't materialize when Payne finds her kidnaped from her apartment:
"Well, my guess is that she was drugged or knocked out. The set of three footsteps that the Listener originally detected were Ariane's and the two assailants. They broke into her place, gagged her, drugged her, then dragged her out. That's the only thing that fits the facts."
Payne and his best friend, former MANIAC partner, and employee David Jones (no relation to the Monkee) embark on what turns out to be a trap that ensnares them into a White slaving operation borne out of an intense desire for revenge by a group of Black Supremacists. Payne and Jones have to pull out all the stops, including calling upon their old unit, to match wits and break up a slaving operation that crosses continents.
Kuzneski is a talented and passionate writer whose tightly paced plots, intense characters, and excruciating detail produces a book guaranteed to make the reader squirm even as it mesmerizes us.
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