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3.0 out of 5 starsMeh....
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2018
Let me preface my comments by stating that I have read all of Chris's books. Liked most of them, loved some of them. I had looked forward to the book coming out for a long time and I have to say I was rather disappointed. I would have given this two stars if it weren't for the fact that his books are usually really good and I just couldn't bring myself to give him two stars. The first thing...why do authors feel it necessary to have a mixed (male/female) cast of characters. It's okay to just have male characters. Romantic involvement isn't a requisite to draw women into reading the book. The dialogue between the female and the men tended to be cheesy. The interaction between Jon and David was snappy and witty as usual but as soon as the female character entered into the conversation it became juvenile and caused the book to drag. The second thing...I love history and learning about time periods and people I've not been previously familiar with but for three quarters of the book, pretty much we sit in one place getting a history lesson. No action accept for briefly at the beginning and briefly at the end. I think Chris has been involved in other endeavors and just quickly turned out this book so maybe we didn't forget about him (as if). This book won't stop me from getting any subsequent books because for the most part they tend to be a good enjoyable read.
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2019
the story was a poorly written thriller/caper with frat boy humor ( tell the author junior high school is over), a character who stereotypically mangles the English language with B movie circa 1930 dialogue , and the "out takes" extras were embarrassing at best …... more of a history and travelogue of Malta ( the only thing that kept me reading til the end)..I usually donate my books to our local library...this one goes directly to the recycle bin ( sorry the tree gave its life for this drivel)...never again will I buy another book by this author... ....i'm done spending my hard earned cash on poorly written nonsense...maybe the author should pay for a plot and an editor with what he makes from selling this stuff...
3.0 out of 5 starsGood history but with frat boy banter and antics
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2018
The good news is that Kuzneski gives us good insight to Malta and its fascinating history, which I found quite interesting. The bad news is that his three main male characters, Payne, Jones, and Jarkko, spend almost all their time in the novel keeping up a type of frat boy banter and incessant joking that becomes old after the first few chapters. At times it is even inappropriate, such as when Jones supposedly jokes that he's a primary target for Malta police and doing jail time because he's black, producing a laugh from Payne. Sorry, but these days in our current social climate this is really no joking matter, and it especially shouldn't warrant a laugh from his supposed best friend. The introduction of a female character only ups the joking to a series of sexual innuendos that, for some reason, she sits back and tolerates. (I can't help but think most women would probably slap them and walk away forever.) So, unfortunately I can only give 3 stars to what would otherwise have been a good historical mystery with a more serious cast of characters.
Finally! Payne andJones are back. It’s like coming home to visit your best friend that you haven’t seen in forever. You pick right back up where left off. Amazing action, great characters, witty banter, and History. Chris’s ability to weave action and humor into amazing historical scenarios is second to none. Can’t wait for the next installment. Hopefully there will be another Hunters book to tide us over. Thanks for another fun read!
5.0 out of 5 starsA new adventure with Payne & Jones...at last!
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2018
What better way to get me through the insane retail holiday season that a fascinating adventure with Payne and Jones? This journey starts with a dual retirement and an unexpected reunion with an old friend in Malta. A search for the lost treasure of the Knights Hospitallers, a vicious Russian crime lord, witty banter and a visit to the Ulster Archives combine to make this another thrilling quest. As always seeing the actual place through the virtual book tour on Chris Kuzneski's website is the cherry on the sundae for me. Thank you Chris for allowing me to live vicariously through Payne & Jones for another great venture!
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2020
Ever since Payne & Jones appeared on the scene, I have enjoyed their episodes and exploits, and #9 is no different. However, their rapport has become more explicit with sexual implications, and that detracted from the conversations. Other portions were understandable, but that became a turnoff. I'll be more prepared when #10 comes along.
I read a lot of books. When I buy one, I almost always know whether I am going to waste time finishing it when I am about 10% along. I almost put this one down at that point because I found the dialogue stupid and not well thought out for the situations, but I kept reading because I really believed that, once the action started, there would be less dialogue between the two "heroes". I was wrong. I can't believe Clive Cussler read this book before recommending it.
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2018
It's been too long since the last Payne and Jones adventure, so it is nice to have them back in the Malta Escape. It does not disappoint either. Great story mixed with historical facts and myths as well as the best part of Payne and Jones banter!! Well done! Awesome read.
2.0 out of 5 starsAbout 200 pages too long. So much filler!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 5, 2019
Honestly, the author is normally excellent and I've enjoyed all of his other books immensely but the magic has deserted him on this effort. Far, far too much filler - long periods of exposition and scene setting. The fight sequences are limited and the last one feels like so much effort was expended in setting it up that the author just wanted it over and done with. The banter, normally so good between Payne and Jones was also very stretched - and including several other characters in the banter just created yet more filler. The author tells us towards the end of the book that he only came across Malta thanks to a letter from a fan, and then wrote the book after the Malta tourist board gave him a free holiday. Maybe he felt he needed to write a novel to say thanks, and that's not a good basis for a novel. There was enough here for a novella, but definitely not for a full novel. Hopefully Chris will get back to his best for the next one.
I was looking forward to reading this as I’m a fan of the author, however 50% of the book appears to be a publicity guide for the Maltese tourist board. Lovely islan and I’ve been there many times but come on we don’t need to be brainwashed throughout most of this story. Take out thetourist bits and it’s just a novella.
1.0 out of 5 starsMoronic, Amateur, Numpties, Inane, Asinine, Complacent - 'MANIACs'
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 29, 2018
How amazing that these racist, misogynistic, Laurel and Hardy-like pair have survived this far. The detailed self-deprecating humour of the lackey, aka Jones, had me nauseated within the first few pages. If you like white supremacy, circa 1950, this is definitely the book for you. For me, it's the last of this author I will read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 30, 2018
The author always writes well, researches well and creates page turners. It's just a small quibble of mine that the filler is getting a bit too big for its boots. By filler, I mean the banter between characters. They are in danger of becoming parodies of themselves, to say nothing of overly predictable. Does Ulster need to go on a several paragraph long lack of focus EVERY time he speaks?
The characters are likeable and well written. Also well established which makes things easy for both author and readers. Perhaps it is time to introduce a few new ones instead of the same old faces miraculously finding themselves involved together yet again. And, interesting as his diversions may be, perhaps it's time for Ulster to gain just a shred of focus when time is pressing.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother brilliant installment with Payne & Jones!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 1, 2019
Clearly my all time favourite author! A welcome return of "the boys", and a fast paced read. I love Kuzneski's style of writing! Humour, banter between Payne & Jones has you giggling; even when things are getting tough. Clearly Kuzneski's love of this beautiful island shines through as we delve into the dramatic history that gave rise to this amazing little country. Great to see some old faces return, and rather nice (if not enviable), that Payne might be getting romantically involved again. Brilliant plot, good pace of drama and thrills. Please let these boys be around for a long time to come! Thanks Chris ❤