THE PLANTATION
Payne & Jones - Book 1



A VENGEFUL PLOT
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 several months in advance, then executed with a singular objective in mind: revenge.

A BRUTAL ABDUCTION
Ariane Walker is one of the victims, dragged from her apartment with few clues to follow. The police said there is little they can do for her, but that isn’t good enough for her boyfriend, Jonathon Payne. Thankfully, he has the skills to do something about it.

A NEW BREED OF HERO
With the help of his best friend David Jones, Payne gives chase, hoping that a lead in New Orleans somehow pays off. Together the duo uncovers the mystery of Ariane’s abduction and the truth behind the South’s most violent secret: the Plantation.

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James Patterson, #1 international bestselling author—
“THE PLANTATION is a rip-roaring page-turner based on an ingenious idea. No reader will forget it.”

Lee Child, #1 international bestselling author—
“Excellent! High stakes, fast action, vibrant characters, and a very, very original plot concept. Not to be missed!”

Nelson DeMille, #1 international bestselling author—
“Wear your running shoes when you read THE PLANTATION. This is the most action-packed, swiftly paced, and tightly plotted novel I’ve read in a long time.”

James Rollins, #1 international bestselling author—
“Chris Kuzneski displays a remarkable sense of suspense and action in THE PLANTATION. A riveting ride from start to finish as an ex-soldier searches for the kidnappers of his girlfriend, leading to an international man-hunt that will leave readers breathless and up much too late. Don’t miss it!”

Douglas Preston, #1 international bestselling author—
“THE PLANTATION is a powerful read with a great plot twist. Right from the opening scenes the book takes off, and all I can say is, hang on for the ride. This is quite a first novel!”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“The concept is chilling…. The book has what it takes to be optioned by Hollywood.”

Midwest Book Review
“Kuzneski is a talented and passionate writer whose tightly paced plots, intense characters, and excruciating detail produces a book guaranteed to make the reader squirm even as it mesmerizes us. His action is nonstop; his love story is tender and fresh; and the moral circumstances of the story are accurate and educational, no matter how painful it is for us to take in…. THE PLANTATION is not only a smash beginning for this versatile and knowledgeable wordsmith; it is the advent of a career that will rival the masters who helped put him on the map.”

Thom Racina, international bestselling author—
“THE PLANTATION is powerful stuff. It's a gripping novel that smells of gunpowder and reeks of heroism, with a beautiful girl, some crazed characters, and lots of sadistic revenge…. Wow! Chris Kuzneski has written a sick, sensational yarn. I can't wait for the next one.”

Martin J. Smith, international bestselling author—
“THE PLANTATION is scary good, and Chris Kuzneski is a writer to watch. The chase starts on page one and doesn’t stop until Kuzneski has wrung you dry.”

MyShelf.com—
“I have to start off by saying that I loved THE PLANTATION. I was breathless wanting to read every last word slowly so I wouldn’t miss a single thing. When I reached the ending, it was phenomenal, everything was all tied up into a nice tight bow. This is one of those books that I couldn’t stop thinking about how awesome that it was. Thank goodness that Mr. Kuzneski is working on another Jonathon Payne novel. Three cheers.”

Murder Express (UK)—
“I am rarely so effusive about a first novel, but THE PLANTATION is undoubtedly deserving of my praise. I enjoyed it from start to finish and I feel that all thriller fans will do so too. Jack Higgins look out, there is a new kid on the block!”

Robyn Glazer, reviewer for Mystery News
“THE PLANTATION is the kind of book that can skyrocket an author’s career. The writing is crisp and never falters…. I absolutely loved this book!”

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(Payne & Jones - Book 1)

A VENGEFUL PLOT
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 several months in advance, then executed with a singular objective in mind: revenge.

A BRUTAL ABDUCTION
Ariane Walker is one of the victims, dragged from her apartment with few clues to follow. The police said there is little they can do for her, but that isn’t good enough for her boyfriend, Jonathon Payne. Thankfully, he has the skills to do something about it.

A NEW BREED OF HERO
With the help of his best friend David Jones, Payne gives chase, hoping that a lead in New Orleans somehow pays off. Together the duo uncovers the mystery of Ariane’s abduction and the truth behind the South’s most violent secret: the Plantation.


PRAISE

James Patterson, #1 bestselling author—
“THE PLANTATION is a rip-roaring page-turner based on an ingenious idea. No reader will easily forget it.”

Lee Child, #1 international bestselling author—
“Excellent! High stakes, fast action, vibrant characters, and a very, very original plot concept. Not to be missed!”

Nelson DeMille, #1 international bestselling author—
“Wear your running shoes when you read THE PLANTATION. This is the most action-packed, swiftly paced, and tightly plotted novel I’ve read in a long time.”

James Rollins, #1 international bestselling author—
“Chris Kuzneski displays a remarkable sense of suspense and action in THE PLANTATION. A riveting ride from start to finish as an ex-Special Forces soldier searches for the kidnappers of his girlfriend, leading to an international man-hunt that will leave readers breathless and up much too late. Don’t miss it!”

Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author—
“THE PLANTATION is a powerful read with a great plot twist. Right from the opening scenes the book takes off, and all I can say is, hang on for the ride. This is quite a first novel. I'm anxious to read the next one.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“The concept is chilling…. The book has what it takes to be optioned by Hollywood.”

Midwest Book Review
“Kuzneski is a talented and passionate writer whose tightly paced plots, intense characters, and excruciating detail produces a book guaranteed to make the reader squirm even as it mesmerizes us. His action is nonstop; his love story is tender and fresh; and the moral circumstances of the story are accurate and educational, no matter how painful it is for us to take in…. THE PLANTATION is not only a smash beginning for this versatile and knowledgeable wordsmith; it is the advent of a career that will rival the masters who helped put him on the map.”

Thom Racina, international bestselling author—
“THE PLANTATION is powerful stuff. It's a gripping novel that smells of gunpowder and reeks of heroism, with a beautiful girl, some crazed characters, and lots of sadistic revenge…. Wow! Chris Kuzneski has written a sick, sensational yarn. I can't wait for the next one.”

Martin J. Smith, international bestselling author—
“THE PLANTATION is scary good, and Chris Kuzneski is a writer to watch. The chase starts on page one and doesn’t stop until Kuzneski has wrung you dry.”

MyShelf.com—
“I have to start off by saying that I loved THE PLANTATION. I was breathless wanting to read every last word slowly so I wouldn’t miss a single thing. When I reached the ending, it was phenomenal, everything was all tied up into a nice tight bow. This is one of those books that I couldn’t stop thinking about how awesome that it was. Thank goodness that Mr. Kuzneski is working on another Jonathon Payne novel. Three cheers.”

Murder Express (UK)—
“I am rarely so effusive about a first novel, but THE PLANTATION is undoubtedly deserving of my praise. I enjoyed it from start to finish and I feel that all thriller fans will do so too. Jack Higgins look out, there is a new kid on the block!”

Robyn Glazer, reviewer for Mystery News
“THE PLANTATION is the kind of book that can skyrocket an author’s career. The writing is crisp and never falters…. I absolutely loved this book!”


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