Sign of the Cross

  • Title: Sign of the Cross
  • Author: Chris Kuzneski
  • ISBN: 9780141030845
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sign of the Cross No secret will keep for ever A Vatican priest is found murdered on the shores of Denmark nailed to a cross in the shadow of Hamlet s castle He is the first victim in a vicious killing spree that spans
    No secret will keep for ever A Vatican priest is found murdered on the shores of Denmark nailed to a cross in the shadow of Hamlet s castle He is the first victim in a vicious killing spree that spans the world Each horrific murder exactly mirrors the crucifixion of Christ Meanwhile, deep in the Roman Catacombs of Orvieto, an archaeologist uncovers an ancient scroNo secret will keep for ever A Vatican priest is found murdered on the shores of Denmark nailed to a cross in the shadow of Hamlet s castle He is the first victim in a vicious killing spree that spans the world Each horrific murder exactly mirrors the crucifixion of Christ Meanwhile, deep in the Roman Catacombs of Orvieto, an archaeologist uncovers an ancient scroll dating back two thousand years The scroll, he knows, holds the key to a dark and treacherous secret that will rock the very foundations of the Church But only if he can decipher its lost meanings and only if he can live long enough to reveal them The enemies of the truth know no law of man

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    About Chris Kuzneski


    1. Chris Kuzneski is a New York Times and Sunday Times UK bestselling author His thrillers have been translated into than 20 languages and have been released in than 40 countries His latest book, The Prisoner s Gold, won the ITW Thriller award for 2016 Book of the Year He is the first adventure writer to win a prestigious Thriller Award His works have also 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 released in 2017.Chris just launched a new series called The Hunters Origins, which will detail the backstories of the major characters in the Hunters in advance of the Hunters movie His first novella in Origins is called Before The Storm.Chris grew up in Indiana, PA, where he was voted Class Clown of his senior class and anchored the offensive line on a team that won back to back CENPAC championships He continued his football career at the University of Pittsburgh playing with future NFL stars Tony Siragusa, Craig Ironhead Heyward, and many others Unfortunately, a freak foot injury ended his sports career That, and a severe lack of athletic ability While at Pitt, he worked for the Pitt News, the Indiana Gazette, and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, eventually earning his B.A in writing and his M.A in teaching For six years, he taught English and coached football in western Pennsylvania and was selected to Who s Who Among America s Teachers But in his mind, he still wasn t doing what he wanted to do He wanted to be a writer So he quit his job and took a leap of faith.After being rejected by every agent and publisher on the planet, he self published his first novel, The Plantation Most experts thought it was a bad decision that would ruin his writing career before it even started Thankfully, the experts were wrong The novel was praised by James Patterson, Nelson DeMille, Lee Child, James Rollins, Douglas Preston, and several of the top authors in his genre Their endorsements gave him the confidence to continue writing The praise also caught the attention of a young literary agent named Scott Miller, who was just starting at Trident Media He asked to represent Chris, and the two have been together ever since.Over the past decade, Chris has written ten novels and has hit bestseller lists around the globe To learn , please visit CHRISKUZNESKI.


    914 Comments


    1. Have you ever had that experience that occurs when people find out that you're a reader and so the next time they see you, they're clutching a book in hand that they force upon you while insisting that you read it? And not when you can get around to it, oh, no, they want you to read it NOW. They look so damn hopeful that you, too, will love it that you just can't say no. That's how I came upon this little turd-nugget of a book. This is one of the most pitifully written books I've ever read. Ever [...]

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    2. I am adding and reviewing this book two years later and so, can't go much into details.However,this book was a one of a kind.Not in a good way,but not in a bad either.The plot was a twisting, action-packed and thrilling journey with a diverse,humorous cast of characters.I have seen the criticisms for this book and nevertheless,I think it deserves at least a 3.5 stars/5. The only bad thing I can think of right now is that I wish the book had never been so into depth and detailed in the theologica [...]

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    3. Μου θύμισε περισσότερο σενάριο περιπέτειας και όχι μυθιστόρημα. Άσε που νομίζω ότι προσπαθούσε να πιάσει τον Νταν Μπράουν

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    4. This book was so bad, I am embarrassed for the publisher. (Come on, Penguin, did you run out of Jane Austen novels to reprint or something?) It appears to have been researched on over a couple of lattes at the local Starbucks. Laced with painfully dated pop-culture references, preposterous dialog, and demeaning stereotypes, this book reads more like Dan Brown fan fiction penned by the author's high school students. Students to whom he apparently never explained the concept of verisimilitude. I [...]

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    5. First of all I don't compare books with others books, because they ought to be reviewed based on the book alone. So yeahI don't know how I ended up reading this, but I did which is awesome. I really enjoyed the suspense, the thrill, the mystery and the humor, especially.It had me gripping the book half the time, the thrill and the suspense it gave me. It had me going to bed really early, like 3 or 4 in the morning just to fulfill my desire to know what would happen next. That's how good that boo [...]

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    6. It could be an interesting story if it would be properly written!. He tries too hard to give the two "main characters" a super-cool-cop personality which doesn't really work; gives hints what's going to happen next at the end of every chapter which I believe it's intended to keep the suspense, but does exactly the opposite! and keeps writing "anyway" and "anyhow" which does not make a good writing style, but feels more like some macho-wanna-be is trying to tell a story in a bar, specially when h [...]

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    7. If you enjoyed Dan Brown's DaVinci Code & Angels & Demons, you will like this book. It starts with some mysterious person crucifying Vatican priests on 3 different continents, & it goes from there on a thrill ride that includes secrets that could turn the Catholic church on it's ear. Great read, it hooks you from the first paragraph!

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    8. Found this book in the effort of finding good-quality religious thrillers like Dan Brown's. Sign of the Cross is an okay book, pretty mainstream as in it's not Dan-Brown-good but it's not trash either. Everything's there: action, conspiracy, Christian leaders, cops--so it can't be too bad. The only downside to this is the believability in the details of the story. I find it so simplistic and lacking details at times, and the characters are unbelievably lucky at times too. Like avoiding a bullet. [...]

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    9. I have had this book sat on the shelf for a few years, having picked it up in a lovely second hand bookshop. I sometimes enjoy this sort of high-speed, page-turning thriller, with religious artefacts and mystery. And so, having read woefully little this past year, I picked this as my first read of 2017.Oh dear. It's truly painful. The writing is that of an over-excited 14 year old who has just finished reading The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail for the first time. I would write about the author's [...]

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    10. Extremely bad writing and plot. The most apalling book I've read all year.

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    11. Δεν με κράτησε. Ο συγγραφέας προσπαθεί πολύ παραπάνω απ' ότι θα έπρεπε να χτίσει τη δράση αλλά και ένα κάποιο χιούμορ χρησιμοποιώντας πολλά κλισέ και περιττές περιγραφές. Η ιδέα ότι κάποια στοιχεία θα μπορούσαν να καταστρέψουν τη βάση του χριστιανισμού θα προσέφερε αγωνία [...]

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    12. Sometimes when I'm reading a book I'm not sure if I'm meant to be excited, enrapt, or cringing. It's taken me a few days to arrive at a decision and I've decided to cringe.Sign of the Cross is a fast paced action adventure novel in the vein of Steve Berry, James Rollins, or that guy who wrote the book that annoyed the Pope; what was his name? In the second instalment of Payne and Jones' adventures, the mercenaries are hired to hunt down two archaeologists who have uncovered a secret that could b [...]

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    13. Although, like so many of these thrillers, it falters towards the end as everything has to get tied up without too many loose ends, this is one of the better contributions to the conspiracy/thriller genre in terms of straight simple story telling. It precedes Sword of God as a Payne/Jones actioner and, although the second is better in writing, plotting and, dare one even contemplate the term, credibility, this is a good read, simply because Kuzneski does not try to be over-educated to his audien [...]

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    14. "Sign of the Cross" proves that just because a book is published doesn't mean it's any good. The author, riding the popularity of the super-secret religious thriller wave (thanks, Dan Brown!), sets up a mystery involving Jesus that only a pair of wise-cracking cops can solve.I'm all for literary fluff - a good mindless read that requires the suspension of belief, but the writing here is simply atrocious. The plot is predictable, but most of the plots of this genre are. Where Kuzneski fails is in [...]

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    15. Sign of the crossAuthor Chris Kuzneski.Genre: thriller, Christian mythologyPublisherISBNAn interesting fictional thriller, narrated in a comfortable pace. The author takes us through the Christian lore, and the politically savvy Roman Empire. He has used the available roman historic factors and academic debates to weave a thriller from Boston to Beijing, from Denmark to Libya while the action is cantered at the intersection in the catacombs of Orvieto. Where an archaeologist uncovers an ancient [...]

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    16. There's a WARNING in the author's notes at the end of this book which says some major plot twists will be spoiled if you read this note first. When I gave the book up on page 216 and I couldn't care I read the note and for the life of me I couldn't work out what twists have been spoiled. The problem with this book is it's all been said before: the Da Vinci, the First Apostle. Basically find some remote scroll Christianity is threatened blah blah. I loved Kuzneski's first book The Plantation, it [...]

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    17. I really enjoyed this book despite some questionable reviews. Each to their own, I guess! Anyhow, I thought there was an effective balance of action and suspense. Hints were given at the end of each chapter as a tease to what was coming. Some may see this as a poor cliff hanger but for me it just served to make me read on! The relationship between Jon and D.J was well drawn and a pleasure to read. Also, thanks to good background information and rich description characters were easy to visualise. [...]

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    18. Really, I would give this story 3.5 stars. It was what a religious thriller should be, exciting, action packed, informative. Interesting premise revolving around Christ, Tiberius and "the laughing man". A lot of characters, but all of the "shtick" seemed a little out of place and unnecessary.I just realized that this is the second book in a series. I would read the others.

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    19. It was a total waste of time.

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    20. Someday someone will write a Ph.D. thesis on the penchant of American authors to write books about human superheroes who have usually been members of an secret elite force (in this case the MANIACS, that's highly amusing *sarcasm*). The heroe(s) of these books can cause mayhem all round whilst managing to avoid all the attempts to maim or kill them, a few kickings apart. These thoughts occurred to me while reading this farrago of nonsense. It gets 2* as the writing isn't that bad and the story, [...]

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    21. Sign of the Cross is an easy read. The characters are paper thin as is the mysteries presented within, however, despite these prominent flaws it remains just interesting enough to hold your attention. Two of the protagonists appeared in Kuzneski's previous book, The Plantation, but this is a standalone novel and previous reading is not required. The style of narrative is occasionally distracting, with 'cliffhanger' type foreboding frequently used at the chapter ends, which were completely unnece [...]

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    22. How best to describe this thriller is tough. It contains spies, Vatican conspiracy theories, police procedural elements, archeological digs, and murders. Yet the book brings these elements all together in a way that ultimately holds together . It is an entertaining read. The one real thing that is irritating was the author's tendency to close chapters or scenes with heavy handed hints as to what will happen next. If I had been the book's editor these "hints" would have been deleted. Those who ha [...]

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    23. At some points, I wanted to scream - are you trying to get on the 'sensational' band wagon by writing this? Perhaps, I'm tired of church-bashing stories - there are too many of them.Or perhaps, it was the frivolous nature of Jones and Payne against the seriousness of the book's core plot. Like they were having a good time of it all. Eventually, the story came together well, toward the end. This is my second C.K. book; I'm going to read more, but the image of 2 men, being so close to be crowding [...]

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    24. I loved this book. For me, it was one of those books that you wish didn't end.

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    25. Just try to sleep while reading this. For those willing to explore their own beliefs and how they came to be I kept searching my own Sunday school lesson of 70 years ago.

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    26. I just couldn't let go until I finished the last page. The end was unexpected

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    27. In the realm of Dan Brown - excellent religious conspiracy novel and with a new take that I was not expecting.

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    28. The ending ruins everything.

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    29. I enjoyed this as I did the other payne & Jones I've read! I will pick up some of the others.

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