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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This book makes you think Jan. 15 2010
By Brenda Pink TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book caught my attention on the first few pages with the brutal abduction of an innocent man and through the pages lead me into a look at the dark, brutal life of a slave on the plantations of the south. The author did thorough research on slavery in the south and even "softened" up some of the stories to make it more readable. This first book from the author was unpublished until the author self-published and sold out of the trunk of his car. One buyer happened to be a publisher that snapped him up quickly after reading the book. The book starts out with what appears to be random crime stories of abduction around the US. You are given hints as to what is about to occur (abductors dressed in Ku Klux Klan type outfits, only in black), but it doesn't prepare you for the sinister brutality of the actions taken against slaves. The author didn't dream these up, they are actual accounts from actual slaves and the mentality behind those actions are from actual slave/plantation owners. The reason why certain people are abducted is not a surprise as the justifications are hinted at throughout the book. The MANIAC group is the weak part of the book, a seemingly infallible group of government mercenaries that ride in to the rescue. But we are, after all, reading a fictional adventure/thriller story here. I recommend this book, but be prepared to read about, and think about, the brutal reality of slavery.
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By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy reading it though. I also heard some just didn't like the playful banter and immature jokes that came from Jonathon and David. It didn't bother me. In fact, I enjoyed it and saw it as a form of comic relief. It's playful - however sometimes unnecessary but when things come to a head they do smarten up and stop with the immaturity.

Aside from the action and the fast pace, this story caught my attention and I actually dropped a couple of books just to finish reading this one. I knew the story had to be predictable. I already had an idea on what was happening and sort of what was going to happen although the ending rather threw me off track. Nevertheless I thought it was still an enjoyable read. The action really made up for it's pitfalls because it just felt like such a huge adrenaline rush and an engaging read.

I liked both main characters; David and Jonathon. They are your typical dynamic duo! and the way they work together is fun to read - not to mention they playful banter. Ariane on the other hand, is strong and suitable for Jonathon. Although you don't really read much about her, she's really in the background for most of the time - even though she's the object of their rescue. Which rather irked me.
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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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