SIGN OF THE CROSS
Payne & Jones - Book 2



A BRUTAL PATTERN
The first victim is abducted in Italy then crucified over a thousand miles away. The next day, the same crime is repeated—this time in Asia and Africa. Three different continents but one brutal pattern: someone is reenacting the execution of Christ.

A WRONGFUL ARREST
While visiting Spain, Payne & Jones are arrested for crimes they supposedly committed during their military careers. Fortunately, the CIA brokers a deal on their behalf: all the charges will be dropped if they help catch Dr. Charles Boyd, a master thief who has stolen some of the finest treasures in Europe.

A RELIGION THREATENED
With little choice, the duo begins their pursuit, only to realize that Boyd is more than a criminal. He is one of the world’s top experts on Ancient Rome and is close to making a discovery that threatens to rewrite the basic foundations of Christianity.

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Clive Cussler, #1 international bestselling author—
“Harrowing, but always suspenseful, SIGN OF THE CROSS makes you wish it would never end.”

Nelson DeMille, #1 international bestselling author—
“Chris Kuzneski is a remarkable new writer, who completely understands what makes for a good story: action, sex, suspense, humor, and great characters.”

Steve Berry, #1 international bestselling author—
“A fast-moving adventure of sins and secrets loaded with atmosphere, intrigue, and suspense.”

James Rollins, #1 international bestselling author—
“Chris Kuzneski writes with an energy that is contagious! Action, suspense, mystery, and a biting thread of humor. What more can you ask from a novel?”

Allison Brennan, international bestselling author—
“SIGN OF THE CROSS starts with a bang and twists masterfully through a maze of truth, lies, betrayal, and hope. An intriguing blend of fact, fiction, and theory propel this unique story to a tense and exciting conclusion.”

John Gilstrap, international bestselling author—
“SIGN OF THE CROSS is one of those perfect bookstore finds. I was hooked at the first sentence—literally—and from then on, it was one continuous wild ride. Chris Kuzneski flawlessly and seamlessly combines truth and fiction to create a wonderfully entertaining story. He's the real deal.”

Thom Racina, international bestselling author—
“SIGN OF THE CROSS is like The Da Vinci Code on steroids. Wow! What a great book!”

Crime Squad (UK)—
“In SIGN OF THE CROSS, Chris Kuzneski has created an entirely original world-view and tells us an extraordinary tale with one hell of a sting to it. He writes like a dream and his thriller style is nigh on flawless. Indeed, the author has created a page-turning style that older thriller pros would give up serious appendages to perfect.”

MyShelf.com—
“I could say Kuzneski is the next Dan Brown but then that would be simply lumping him into a category and leaving him there. Kuzneski doesn’t deserve that lumping and leaving. He has so much going for him that it is really difficult to say how impressed I am with this young author…. This book is too good to put down and too interesting to want to finish. I have reviewed several of this type of book lately, and sincerely found this one to be the one that I will remember and look back on.”

Publishers Weekly
“Kuzneski knows what fans of the genre want: compelling and well-researched history, high-tech 21st-century sleuthing, and a lot of action.”

Robert Liparulo, international bestselling author—
“SIGN OF THE CROSS is one of those rare finds: a chilling tale told by a true craftsman. Whether for the superb writing or the nonstop, what-was-that-noise-in-the-other-room suspense, this one will keep you up at night. Daring in both plot and style, SIGN OF THE CROSS is a winner!”

Lewis Perdue, international bestselling author—
“SIGN OF THE CROSS is an immensely inventive and rewarding thriller packed with enough fascinating information and international intrigue to keep the reader's brain spinning long after the last page is read.”

Tess Gerritsen, international bestselling author—
“SIGN OF THE CROSS has several chilling scenes and a lightning pace. This story really flies!”

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(Payne & Jones - Book 2)

A BRUTAL PATTERN
The first victim is abducted in Italy then crucified over a thousand miles away. The next day, the same crime is repeated—this time in Asia and Africa. Three different continents but one brutal pattern: someone is reenacting the execution of Christ.

A WRONGFUL ARREST
While visiting Spain, Payne & Jones are arrested for crimes they supposedly committed during their military careers. Fortunately, the CIA brokers a deal on their behalf: all the charges will be dropped if they help catch Dr. Charles Boyd, a master thief who has stolen some of the finest treasures in Europe.

A RELIGION THREATENED
With little choice, the duo begins their pursuit, only to realize that Boyd is more than a criminal. He is one of the world’s top experts on Ancient Rome and is close to making a discovery that threatens to rewrite the basic foundations of Christianity.


PRAISE

Clive Cussler, #1 international bestselling author—
“Harrowing, but always suspenseful, SIGN OF THE CROSS makes you wish it would never end.”

James Patterson, #1 bestselling author—
“Chris Kuzneski’s writing has the same raw power as the early Stephen King.”

Nelson DeMille, #1 international bestselling author—
“Chris Kuzneski is a remarkable new writer, who completely understands what makes for a good story: action, sex, suspense, humor, and great characters.”

Steve Berry, #1 international bestselling author—
“A fast-moving adventure of sins and secrets loaded with atmosphere, intrigue, and suspense.”

James Rollins, #1 international bestselling author—
“Chris Kuzneski writes with an energy that is contagious! Action, suspense, mystery, and a biting thread of humor…what more can you ask from a novel?”

Allison Brennan, international bestselling author—
“SIGN OF THE CROSS starts with a bang and twists masterfully through a maze of truth, lies, betrayal, and hope. An intriguing blend of fact, fiction, and theory propel this unique story to a tense and exciting conclusion.”

John Gilstrap, international bestselling author—
“SIGN OF THE CROSS is one of those perfect bookstore finds. I was hooked at the first sentence—literally—and from then on, it was one continuous wild ride. Chris Kuzneski flawlessly and seamlessly combines truth and fiction to create a wonderfully entertaining story. He's the real deal.”

Thom Racina, international bestselling author—
“SIGN OF THE CROSS is like The Da Vinci Code on steroids. Wow! What a great book!”

Crime Squad (UK)—
“In SIGN OF THE CROSS, Chris Kuzneski has created an entirely original world-view and tells us an extraordinary tale with one hell of a sting to it. He writes like a dream and his thriller style is nigh on flawless. Indeed, the author has created a page-turning style that older thriller pros would give up serious appendages to perfect.”

MyShelf.com—
“I could say Kuzneski is the next Dan Brown but then that would be simply lumping him into a category and leaving him there. Kuzneski doesn’t deserve that lumping and leaving. He has so much going for him that it is really difficult to say how impressed I am with this young author…. This book is too good to put down and too interesting to want to finish. I have reviewed several of this type of book lately, and sincerely found this one to be the one that I will remember and look back on.”

Publishers Weekly
“Kuzneski knows what fans of the genre want: compelling and well-researched history, high-tech 21st-century sleuthing, and a lot of action.”

Robert Liparulo, international bestselling author—
“SIGN OF THE CROSS is one of those rare finds: a chilling tale told by a true craftsman. Whether for the superb writing or the nonstop, what-was-that-noise-in-the-other-room suspense, this one will keep you up at night. Daring in both plot and style, SIGN OF THE CROSS is a winner!”

Lewis Perdue, international bestselling author—
“SIGN OF THE CROSS is an immensely inventive and rewarding thriller packed with enough fascinating information and international intrigue to keep the reader's brain cells spinning long after the last page is read.”

Tess Gerritsen, international bestselling author—
“SIGN OF THE CROSS has several chilling scenes and a lightning pace. This story really flies!”


BOOKS | EXCERPT | FOREIGN