Friday, 17 July 2009

Review:- Chris KUZNESKI - “The Lost Throne”

Publ: 2008
My own copy
ISBN: 978-0-718-15432-5
Genre: Crime / Thriller
Pages: 592p
Found by Serendipity in charity shop
Rating: ***** ****

What led you to pick up this book?
Sounded in the blurb like a darned good yarn - and it was.

Describe the plot without giving anything away.
Some monks in a Greek monastery are killed by warriors carrying ancient weapons. Meanwhile, In St Petersburg, a man is shot dead. Two separate sets of heroes set out to solve these crimes and in so doing begin a search for a centuries old secret treasure.

What did you think of the characters?

Although they have appeared in three previous books, which I haven’t read, the main heroes, Payne and Jones, are laid out in such a way that reading this volume out of sequence doesn’t matter.

What did you think about the style?
Racing, non-stop page-turner. The switch between the two sets of heroes is always made at a key moment so the suspense is never-ending.

What did you like most about the book?

Original plot, plenty of travel and suspense.

Was there anything you didn't like about the book?

Thoughts on the book jacket / cover.

Would I recommend it?
Yes - any crime or thriller reader would enjoy this.

Chris Kuzneski, born 1969, attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he played football, wrote for three newspapers, and passed most of his classes. He earned a master's degree in teaching, then taught English for five years before pursuing a career in writing. His first novel, THE PLANTATION, introduced the characters of Payne and Jones, and received rave reviews.


  1. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed THE LOST THRONE. Why? Because I wrote it!

    (I've never had a nine-star review before. In America, the star system stops at five.)

    For more info about my books, please visit my website:

  2. Gosh, a comment by the author himself. My blog is suitably honoured and I'm glad the book merited 9 out of ten. Imagine if an author had visited me and I'd lambasted their efforts!


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