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The Plantation | [Chris Kuzneski]

The Plantation

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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

What the Critics Say

"The Plantation is a rip-roaring page-turner. No reader will easily forget it." (James Patterson)
"Excellent.... High stakes, fast action, vibrant characters, and a very, very original plot concept. Not to be missed!" (Lee Child)

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    Char Omaha, NE, United States 07-11-09
    Char Omaha, NE, United States 07-11-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Incredible Story"

    This was an awesome book. The author did much research to put it all together. Writing is one thing and research also for accuracy of subject content is totally appreciated. I've read one other book by this author and it was good. This one was awesome. Some parts were hard to emotionally deal with but excellent. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries and thrillers. Dick Hill is also my favorite reader. Should have been an actor. He can change dialects and accents 4 times in a paragraph with ease. I sometimes search by narrators name to see what's new. This one is on audible only a few days and is a very good book. I will read it again sometime for sure.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Bordentown, NJ, United States 09-04-09
    Robert Bordentown, NJ, United States 09-04-09 Member Since 2008
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    "This one's a Winner"

    I find myslef purchasing books I have never heard about from authors I know nothing about soley due to the narrator (in this case Dick Hill). This story was different, an interesting take on a typical theme (a reversal of roles). I found it very enjoyable... I have downloaded the remaining books by this author and hope they stand up to his first effort.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    WILLIAM BLACKSBURG, VA, United States 09-07-09
    WILLIAM BLACKSBURG, VA, United States 09-07-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Read"

    I think this was a great book. The narrator is one of the best and my favorite. The only disappointment was not finding out how everyone made out from the tramatic forces they endured. Other than that the book gave great insight into one of our most distubing times in America.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    shelley Raleigh, NC 03-25-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 03-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "This book was a totally unexpected surprise"
    What did you love best about The Plantation?

    This had a great plot, ditto for story telling, characters etc. after reading some of the not so great reviews I had this in my wish list for about a year and finally decided to give it a try. So sorry I waited so long. This book had everything going for it. I will definitely be purchasing more from this author.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Oh yes! The brutality of the acts carried out by these kidnappers in the name of revenge was horrible. Not too horrible to listen to for entertainment purposes though.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Dick Hill is one of my FAVORITE narrators and as always did a fantastic performance!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 01-02-13
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "To many heroics to pull off believeably"

    I was able to finish this book, and am a fan of the genre but this book seemed more Hollywood than literature, and sometimes that works but in this instance I was only mildly entertained by it. The ending was never in doubt and the heroics so easily pulled off and accomplished amid bad actors who seem vulnerable to every move the "elite of the elite" (which is becoming to cliche all in itself) military squad is able to make. I am trying to think of the reason I listened to the whole book and like bad fried rice it is forgotten as soon as it is out of sight, which may in the end be the best thing about this book.
    If you are a fan of the genre, like me, you may work through the book with a mild bit of entertainment, if you are not a fan then this is not going to be a good book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edith San Antonio, TX, USA 07-24-10
    Edith San Antonio, TX, USA 07-24-10
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    "Chris Kuzneski great new author"

    Mr. Kuzneski has new and intriguing material. It took a couple of chapters to get past the background, but well worth the effort. He has obviously done his research, and I was left wondering what was real and what was fiction. Dick Hill, as always, does a great job with the narration. He makes the charterers come alive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick San Francisco, CA, United States 01-23-10
    Patrick San Francisco, CA, United States 01-23-10
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    "Good thing I listened to his other books first"

    I loved the Sword of God and The Lost Throne. This book, however, too gratuitously describes the torture and the brutality and masochism of the antagonists. I think it is easy to create tension by raising the spector of violence agaist women and children.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Tucson, AZ, United States 04-23-14
    Keith Tucson, AZ, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2000
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    "Truly dreadful, avoid at all costs..."
    What would have made The Plantation better?

    This was a first novel, so perhaps one should have more tolerance for "rookie errors". However, this was so poor, that I doubt that I would try any others in this series. On the positive side, it has an interesting premise, and this kept me listening until the end. However, the plot is overly intricate in highly improbable ways - major plot lines just evaporate, never to be resolved; the primary characters have potential, but just don't come across as human, overcoming impossible obstacles without comment.


    Has The Plantation turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but it has made me believe that this author is talentless.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill is a master narrator, but even he seems to be struggling with the scripts hyperbole.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Plantation?

    The white slave trade to Africa might be an interesting element, but largely superfluous to the primary "reversed roles" revenge plot. It adds, but creates complexities that the author has to go through unlikely contortions to resolve - e.g. how does an ex-special forces officer manage to persuade a full team to leave their duty on his say-so, deploy with full equipment to Africa, engage in a private war, and then come back blameless? Really?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Washington, DC, United States 06-26-13
    Carl Washington, DC, United States 06-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Dick Hill was wrong for this role on all fronts"
    Would you try another book from Chris Kuzneski and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes/Yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Chris Kuzneski? Why or why not?

    Yes


    How could the performance have been better?

    This may not be PC but Dick Hill cannot read for African American voices - Really!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura LEXINGTON, MA, United States 08-15-12
    Laura LEXINGTON, MA, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2005
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    "audio performance cannot compensate for plot"
    What would have made The Plantation better?

    Where to begin - a plot that makes sense? some character development? I know this was a first effort and I now can understand why it was rejected by so many book agents as "too novel." I could not finish listening and gave up after about an hour. It just made me squirm - maybe it was supposed to be ironic but if so I guess I am just not intellectual enough to go there.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author if this is representative.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The audio performance was very good.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't waste your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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