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The Lost Throne | [Chris Kuzneski]

The Lost Throne

In 1890, a man collapses near the Piazza della Santa Carita in Naples, Italy. Strangers manage to revive him, but he is unable to speak. Police carry him to the nearest hospital, where he is not admitted because he has no money or identification. Frantically trying to communicate, he scribbles notes in ancient Greek and German that would have told the world about a discovery of immense importance - if anyone had read them.
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In 1890, a man collapses near the Piazza della Santa Carita in Naples, Italy. Strangers manage to revive him, but he is unable to speak. Police carry him to the nearest hospital, where he is not admitted because he has no money or identification. Frantically trying to communicate, he scribbles notes in ancient Greek and German that would have told the world about a discovery of immense importance - if anyone had read them...

Reaching from the wonders of ancient Greece to a harrowing quest in modern-day Europe, The Lost Throne features Jonathon Payne and D. J. Jones former members of a top secret, very special unit of the armed forces. Now as private citizens they still get recruited from time to time for the most delicate - and dangerous - missions. Payne and Jones must race to recover the lost treasure that could rewrite history, before it is destroyed by a group of men who will stop at nothing to conceal the secret.

©2009 Chris Kuzneski; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Lórien Santa Barbara, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-21-09
    Lórien Santa Barbara, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "The best Kuzneski yet"

    I liked this fourth Kuzneski thriller the best so far. I enjoyed the idea of using the Greek monastery from the James Bond movie "For Your Eyes Only" in the plot. Kuzneski brings two independent ongoing investigations of the same crime together in the story's exciting denouement. The relationship between the two main characters -- Jonathan Payne and David Jones -- has developed since the beginning of the series, so that they not only save the world, but provide comic relief in the process. Even Dick Hill's reading, which previously annoyed me in earlier audiobooks, has improved. He is now providing excellent voices and accents without over-acting the way he used to. Altogether, I recommend "The Lost Throne" to anyone who likes well-researched, well-written thrillers.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    steven phoenix, AZ, United States 12-08-10
    steven phoenix, AZ, United States 12-08-10

    Dont let the narrarator ruin your listening to a good book! I read waaay to many "critics" who go on and on about a bad narrarater, so what!

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    "not as good as the Kuzneski books"

    I do get a bit tired of the Payne as lone ranger and Jones as Tonto routine. Also, spartan armor under NO circumstances is bullet proof, especially at close range. Stupid. Also, as usual no one has night vision etc. Hell im not a secret spy and i have a cheapo night vision scope. Fairly accurate portrayal but the idea of the Spartans still existing in modern day Greece and so forth is a bit loony. Probably my last Kuzneski book, at least for now, and okay book and the writers comments at the beginning and end are always interesting in any book. Always interested in the "making of" type shows and this is fun. Good general story and narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 09-21-09
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 09-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "The best Kuzneski yet"

    I liked this fourth Kuzneski thriller the best so far. I enjoyed the idea of using the Greek monastery from the James Bond movie "For Your Eyes Only" in the plot. Kuzneski brings two independent ongoing investigations of the same crime together in the story's exciting denouement. The relationship between the two main characters -- Jonathan Payne and David Jones -- has developed since the beginning of the series, so that they not only save the world, but provide comic relief in the process. Even Dick Hill's reading, which previously annoyed me in earlier audiobooks, has improved. He is now providing excellent voices and accents without over-acting the way he used to. Altogether, I recommend "The Lost Throne" to anyone who likes well-researched, well-written thrillers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rachel Yakima, WA, United States 07-15-10
    rachel Yakima, WA, United States 07-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good easy listening mystery"

    Despite a few places where the violence and gore are a little too much for my tastes, this was an easy, enjoyable listen.
    No great literature; it won't change your life, but if you have some tedious task to preform (I was loading a kiln) it will improve the experience.
    The narrator was good and character voices were distinct which helps me follow the dialogue and change in location.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 07-09-10
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 07-09-10 Member Since 2008

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Worth the read!"

    This book is fast paced and has the cool historical/conspiracy aspects to it much like Dan Browns novels...though you don't fall in love with the characters as much as Browns...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Williamsport, MD, United States 06-11-10
    Craig Williamsport, MD, United States 06-11-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Listen"

    Kuzneski has written a seriously non-formulaic actioner. The premise is pretty much hidden from the listener until well into the book, but that is not a problem since the action and the characters drive the plot. There's a compelling - real world/not so real world - mix of story lines which all converge without strain. I enjoyed The Lost Throne and will listen to more of Kuzneski (who uses his own name in a character's mispronounced reference to the unibomber - clever and funny).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James columbus, OH, United States 04-23-10
    James columbus, OH, United States 04-23-10 Member Since 2006

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "Great Book"

    From start to finish this is an excellent book. It keeps you engaged in the activity. The reader does a great job. This is a must read. I put this book in with the great adventure books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-05-10
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Messy trip through Europe"

    Dick Hill and Chris Kuzneski team up to produce a darn good historical thriller. Rather than the usual Catholic church related intrigues of many contemporary thrillers, this one takes place all over Europe excluding Italy. As such, it lends itself to abit more interest, learning and fun.
    Somewhat violent in places, it held my interest to the end, and the narration is up to Hill's usual fine standards.
    Worth it for what it is for , which is entertainment!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    carol green 08-17-11
    carol green 08-17-11 Member Since 2006
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    "very enjoyable"

    This is a great travel book, not too girly for the guys, enough likable charecters for the girls and a fast paced mystery for all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Colorado Springs, CO, United States 08-21-10
    Ronald Colorado Springs, CO, United States 08-21-10
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    "fun & exciting"

    this is a very exciting booking, the writting is excellent and i really did enjoy the way it came together. Great writting in my opinion.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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