The Lost Throne

by Chris Kuzneski | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9780399155826 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 7/20/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Monday, July 20, 2009
In 1890, a man collapses near the Piazza della Santa Carità 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.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, July 29, 2009
This book should contain a warning: Beware, nothing will be done until the last page is read.

Jonathon Payne and D.J. Jones, former members of an elite special forces unit, are called by a man being pursued in St. Petersburg, Russia. The calls are missed and upon investigation they find out the calls are from Richard Byrd, an American archaeological smuggler. After a frantic call from Byrd's assistant they find themselves on the way to Russia to save Allison, a doctorate candidate. Allison has seen Byrd murdered in front of her and doesn't know what to do next. She is doing research on Heinrich Schliemann a quirky treasure hunter of Grecian artifacts from the 1800s. Schliemann collapsed and died in Naples after mumbling incoherent words in 22 languages. Was he on to another important discovery? Scliemann had connections with The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Did Byrd hope to find a trail?

In Meteroa, Greece in a monastery on top of a stone pillar a group of ancient warriors invade and behead the monks inside. Nick Dial of Interpol and a young Greek policeman try to solve the mystery. Where did this group of ancient warriors come from and what did they want? Why were the monks beheaded?

These two groups work in parallel solving the mystery. The bodies keep on piling up and what the treasure is is slowly revealed. This book is a fantastic thriller which will keep you up all night turning the pages.

I also appreciated the Afterword by the author where he stated that some parts of this unbelievable story are true.

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Reading now!

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, August 19, 2009
A gripping thriller, The Lost Throne tells two parallel, seemingly unrelated stories in two different parts of the world at the same time. The first story follows best friends David Jones and Jon Payne, ex-military, who start the story in Florida where Payne ignores a phone call in the middle of the night. By the time there are seventeen missed calls, two voicemails, and a text message Payne realizes that this might be serious. He traces the call to a Doctor who is in Russia, running for his life. Payne and Jones leave for Russia to try to help and meet with Allison, an expert on a specific treasure hunter from many years ago. Payne and Jones realize that treasure hunting must be involved in their current antics but what exactly is going on?

Meanwhile, Nick Dial, the head of Interpol's Homicide Division gets called out to Greece where a group of monks have been violently beheaded in their monastery. While Dial attempts to track down the killers, he finds that he's also involved with a treasure hunt.

Despite the two stories being told interspersed in bits in pieces, this book was easy to follow. I found the dialogue a bit amateur. It was like the author was trying too hard to make the reader like the characters, which was unnecessary because the characters would be likable without their fake-feeling introductions.

In the end, this ended up being quite a page turner. A little ancient Greek history is thrown in to help make the story feel more realistic (though in the end, it doesn't feel all that realistic). I would pick up another Chris Kuzneski book with enthusiasm.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, March 28, 2010
mailed today to Loriped who won this in the Best of 2009 swap

Journal Entry 6 by loriped from Keizer, Oregon USA on Saturday, April 03, 2010
I really look forward to reading this book. Thanks for offering it up in the swap.

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