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Donald F. Kaminski
4.0 out of 5 starsIt's not the Objective
Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2019
It's not the objective of the book but the road to getting there that's the fun. Like most of these artifact search books, the achievement of the goal at the end makes the book fall apart. The mystery of the murders and the two different lines of the story finally merging at the end was good. The Spartan stuff was a bit far fetched as was the lost treasure. Perhaps a single artifact would have been more plausible.
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2009
The Lost Throne follows two seperate story lines, one a rescue operation/treasure hunt beginning in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the other the investigation of the beheading of several monks in a montaintop monestery in Greece. At times it was difficult to remember the story line of either operation. Also, the author's continual usage of incomplete sentences was annoying to me. The author writes with redundencies--he tells and then he shows. That the damnsel in distress needing rescuing was weak. She could have rescued herself by buying a plane ticket and flying home. I also found the need of the Spartans to murder all people they encountered just so they could locate a book of questionable importance. The ending was blah. I was excited to read this book but found myself hurrying to finish it so I could get onto something else.
4.0 out of 5 starsBook is okay...His writing has definitely developed with each succeeding book...
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2015
Okay, so first and foremost, I am a huge Kuzneski fan. That being said, I didn't care for this book as much as some of his later ones. I'm glad that his character John Payne has developed of the course of his writing to loosen up and not be so uptight and rude as I felt the character was in this book. The story line and everything else I found to be good, but this character kept irking me. I sort of started reading his books in the middle and wanted to catch up and read them all. Perhaps I should leave well enough alone and just keep going from where I'm at.
3.0 out of 5 starsWhat Was Important Enough for Murder?
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2014
Kuzneski did much research in order to write this book about Christian abbeys being attacked, monks being assassinated. He tells us about the ancient Spartans, a warrior people who trained their youth to kill. The title and the page turning story made me have an idea about what the Spartans were searching for. In my opinion, the end did not measure up to the build up. Sorry!
4.0 out of 5 starsA contrast in the old and new worlds.
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2019
The book or rather two books in one, as two different stories run side by side,ending in one climax. I thought it was well done and well written. It really is a good thriller book, that mystery readers would like.
I am not sure how many books Chris Kuzneski wrote before this one ,I have read a few, but not only is this a very good read but it is also fun to see an author come of age. With "The Lost Throne", Mr. Kuzneski has found his voice.The two characters of Payne and Jones have become recognizable as intelligent and serious military men who never lost their sense of humor. The stories don't seem to follow a formula so each book is different. A totally enjoyable read. I am looking forward to the next one.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2014
Move over Indiana Jones. Payne and Jones have stolen your crown. A rollercoaster ride through ancient history, with a bit of action thrown in. Treasure, monks and Spartans vie for attention as Payne and Jones rescue a damsel in distress and thwart the murderous attempts of the Spartans. Throw in Nick Dial from Interpol and you have a heady mix which keeps you going to the last word.