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Off the coast of South Korea, a young boy discovers a cave that is coated in human blood. Less than a week later, everyone in his village disappears…. In Saudi Arabia, a female archaeologist unearths an artifact that threatens the historical foundation of Islam. To some Muslims, it is a discovery that must be silenced at all costs. Meanwhile, in a secret bunker run by U.S. i Off the coast of South Korea, a young boy discovers a cave that is coated in human blood. Less than a week later, everyone in his village disappears…. In Saudi Arabia, a female archaeologist unearths an artifact that threatens the historical foundation of Islam. To some Muslims, it is a discovery that must be silenced at all costs. Meanwhile, in a secret bunker run by U.S. intelligence, the unthinkable has happened. While interrogating one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists, an American soldier is brutally executed and no one knows why. Jonathon Payne and David Jones, his former commanders, offer to spearhead the investigation. They quickly realize that there is more to this atrocity than terrorist reprisal—there is a plot in motion that will burn the world in the fires of a holy war. And it's up to them to stop it.


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Off the coast of South Korea, a young boy discovers a cave that is coated in human blood. Less than a week later, everyone in his village disappears…. In Saudi Arabia, a female archaeologist unearths an artifact that threatens the historical foundation of Islam. To some Muslims, it is a discovery that must be silenced at all costs. Meanwhile, in a secret bunker run by U.S. i Off the coast of South Korea, a young boy discovers a cave that is coated in human blood. Less than a week later, everyone in his village disappears…. In Saudi Arabia, a female archaeologist unearths an artifact that threatens the historical foundation of Islam. To some Muslims, it is a discovery that must be silenced at all costs. Meanwhile, in a secret bunker run by U.S. intelligence, the unthinkable has happened. While interrogating one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists, an American soldier is brutally executed and no one knows why. Jonathon Payne and David Jones, his former commanders, offer to spearhead the investigation. They quickly realize that there is more to this atrocity than terrorist reprisal—there is a plot in motion that will burn the world in the fires of a holy war. And it's up to them to stop it.

30 review for Sword of God

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Save for the, God Delusion, I won't read or listen to stories with god in the title as too much religious focus gets attributed. Save for the, God Delusion, I won't read or listen to stories with god in the title as too much religious focus gets attributed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julian Lees

    An easy read with plenty of action but I found it wasn't taut enough. An easy read with plenty of action but I found it wasn't taut enough.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    Book 3 in the Payne and Jones series, and it is easy to see that the writer is gaining in confidence. Once again this was a fairly easy read, quite fast paced, although as others have pointed out you do need to suspend belief at certain points. I seem to have read an early version as the number of typo's soon got to be frustrating, hopefully they have now been corrected. Once again the writer has blended fact and fiction together. Initially there seemed to be 3 different plot lines, and they just Book 3 in the Payne and Jones series, and it is easy to see that the writer is gaining in confidence. Once again this was a fairly easy read, quite fast paced, although as others have pointed out you do need to suspend belief at certain points. I seem to have read an early version as the number of typo's soon got to be frustrating, hopefully they have now been corrected. Once again the writer has blended fact and fiction together. Initially there seemed to be 3 different plot lines, and they just about tied together in the end. Sometimes cliches were overused, and there was a definite attempt at stereotyping going on. Possibly a book which will not appeal to all, but if you are travelling, or on a holiday, this might entertain. Some advance warning is given about various plot twists, but not all of these twists lead anywhere, and either get ignored or discarded. Not an engrossing read, but something that you can put down and pick back up again without having to think too hard about the plot.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tim Pendry

    This was surprisingly good considering it is yet another of the surge of books mixing Middle Eastern politics and at least the implication of ancient secrets. Kuzneski can write without cliche when he wants to, but when he does cliche, wow does he go to town - the 'machismo' of the hero and his sidekick (who kept reminding me of the Lone Ranger and Tonto for some reason) in the early chapters was just OTT. But, despite this caveat and the usual necessary unbelievabilities which are part of this This was surprisingly good considering it is yet another of the surge of books mixing Middle Eastern politics and at least the implication of ancient secrets. Kuzneski can write without cliche when he wants to, but when he does cliche, wow does he go to town - the 'machismo' of the hero and his sidekick (who kept reminding me of the Lone Ranger and Tonto for some reason) in the early chapters was just OTT. But, despite this caveat and the usual necessary unbelievabilities which are part of this genre, this is worth reading because the investigation of the dark side of the war on terror is spot-on. Enough of interest to make it a good light read thriller: it would also make a good Denzel Washington-type movie, with a bit of tweaking (unfortunately, because of the subject matter, this film will never be made ... read it to work out why).

  5. 5 out of 5

    William Bentrim

    Sword of God by Chris Kuzneski Novels that read like current events are frequently frightening. This portrayal of an orchestrated mass murder to unite the diverse elements of Islam is very disturbing. The disturbing aspect is that it seemed eminently probable. Jonathan Payne is larger than life and a good combination of Bruce Lee and John Wayne. His side kick D.J. Jones is a tad more believable. The novel does a nice job in the portrayal of feared elements both abroad and in our own government. Sa Sword of God by Chris Kuzneski Novels that read like current events are frequently frightening. This portrayal of an orchestrated mass murder to unite the diverse elements of Islam is very disturbing. The disturbing aspect is that it seemed eminently probable. Jonathan Payne is larger than life and a good combination of Bruce Lee and John Wayne. His side kick D.J. Jones is a tad more believable. The novel does a nice job in the portrayal of feared elements both abroad and in our own government. Sadly some of the behavior of those who wish this nation harm lead to an acceptance of deplorable means to stop them. This is a sobering look at terrorism and what it creates in both perpetrator and victim. This is slam bang, thank you mum action and violence that is entertaining, easily read and digested but not for the faint of heart. I recommend the book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cheryle Leggett

    WOW! What an author. Chris Kuzneski definately has a way with words. The characters are fantastic, as are the stories. It's a great thriller, but it's got it's funny moments in it - mostly due to the two main characters. When I wasn't near the book, all I wanted was to read it, and when I was reading it, I just wanted to know what would happen next. It really is gripping. WOW! What an author. Chris Kuzneski definately has a way with words. The characters are fantastic, as are the stories. It's a great thriller, but it's got it's funny moments in it - mostly due to the two main characters. When I wasn't near the book, all I wanted was to read it, and when I was reading it, I just wanted to know what would happen next. It really is gripping.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Geoff Battle

    Sword is the third book by Kuzneski featuring the two US military characters, Payne and Jones and is a standalone story, with little connectivity between previous volumes. The author is clearly becoming more confident with the characters as the series progresses, creating more banter between the likeable protagonists. Kuzneski has adapted his writing style to feature less of the pointless cliffhangers than marred his previous book. The distracting feature of Sword of God is that for most of the Sword is the third book by Kuzneski featuring the two US military characters, Payne and Jones and is a standalone story, with little connectivity between previous volumes. The author is clearly becoming more confident with the characters as the series progresses, creating more banter between the likeable protagonists. Kuzneski has adapted his writing style to feature less of the pointless cliffhangers than marred his previous book. The distracting feature of Sword of God is that for most of the book it feels like two distinctly separate plots. That said, this approach does keep the reader keen to see how they ultimately converge. In fairness, the Sword of God title is although a minor point in the story, almost added to ride the Dan Brown coattails, and as a result Sword of God is less religious-thriller than you would think. To explain the genre would be to spoil the suspense, yet the fact remains that Sword is a fascinating read, even though it's rather simple and derivative.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angie Rhodes

    Once again Chris Kuzneski has written a book to loose yourself in, one that brings to mind Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider, an ancient scriptures is what makes Shari Shashmeen travel to the holy city of Mecca, while halfway around the world a covert military bunker holds a secret, and both of these could lead to Armageddon. It will keep you turning the pages at break - neck speed! Loved it

  9. 4 out of 5

    Santosh

    Disappointing. Could not finish the book and left it midway. The suspense is not potent enough to hold you even after 100+ pages and the religious angle does not hold promise for a great reading experience. May be worth read of you have no books packed on a long flight but surely you will deviate if you have 100 books waiting to be read on your kindle.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Allan

    Like his previous novel, The Sign Of The Cross, this is a fairly fast-paced action thriller and a very easy read - ideal holiday or travel reading. With Payne and Jones back as the main heroes of the piece and with several plot twists, it's an entertaining read. Like his previous novel, The Sign Of The Cross, this is a fairly fast-paced action thriller and a very easy read - ideal holiday or travel reading. With Payne and Jones back as the main heroes of the piece and with several plot twists, it's an entertaining read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Daizymaine

    It was an ok read. Entertaining, good mystery with a lot of twists but some of them went no where. Some of the characters are never really fully developed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Casey

    Fun Read

  13. 5 out of 5

    Raza Mustafa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book Review: Sword of God The premise of the book is a planned attack in the heart of Islam à la 9/11. The plan is masterminded by an Arab Muslim who recruits highly trained American soldiers for the task; the idea is to unite all the Muslims and all the sects and schisms of Islam to fight against the mighty US in the wake of the catastrophe. Not only is the premise preposterous, but the book that is supposed be a thriller gives away the plot when you're half way through it. All the Arab men are d Book Review: Sword of God The premise of the book is a planned attack in the heart of Islam à la 9/11. The plan is masterminded by an Arab Muslim who recruits highly trained American soldiers for the task; the idea is to unite all the Muslims and all the sects and schisms of Islam to fight against the mighty US in the wake of the catastrophe. Not only is the premise preposterous, but the book that is supposed be a thriller gives away the plot when you're half way through it. All the Arab men are described as barbaric with no emotions in them whatsoever; there is an exception of a young Arab man, who the author shows has a change of heart just so that the book could reach its conclusion. The only reason I wanted to finish the book was to find out how it would pan out. During the last 50 pages, I lost interest and was skimming through pages.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bourke

    Cuts to the heart of cultural differences. Another killer story with Payne and Jones in the thick of it. I really enjoy the scale of the stories so far in the series. While, like all action stories, there are things that are quite contrived and just too lucky to be true, these can be overlooked for the sheer entertainment value. Bring on the next international saga for Payne and Jones to tackle!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Syazwanie Winston Abdullah

    Kuzneski is my new favourite author! Just read this and I hope his other books are as amazing as this one too! I learned so many new things about Mecca, the black stone, Jeddah, and other places of interests surrounding Mecca and Madinah. I also learned a lot about Jeju Island, its origin and people and places to visit! And this is from a book that combined action thriller and an archaeological interest! Splendid!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Helen Birkbeck

    Similar style/content to Dan Brown and Paul Sussman (RIP) but in my view nowhere near as good. The characters were one-dimensional with no development and the author couldn't seem to decide whether he was trying to be humorous or not. The plot seemed disjointed and what it had to do with any sword of God I'm still not sure! Similar style/content to Dan Brown and Paul Sussman (RIP) but in my view nowhere near as good. The characters were one-dimensional with no development and the author couldn't seem to decide whether he was trying to be humorous or not. The plot seemed disjointed and what it had to do with any sword of God I'm still not sure!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Warren Thoms

    3.5 stars It would have been 4 stars except I thought the ending was a little rushed. Other than that a good book with lots of action and the main characters Payne and Jones. The last book barely had them in the book until the 100th page. It will be interesting to see where the series goes from here.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Graeme

    There is nothing bad to say about this book. I highly recommend it. The story grabs you and pulls you in from the moment you start to read. The two characters are brilliantly written. They bounce off each other which gives the book some fun. I would recommend this to anyone who likes action, adventure with a bit of history mixed in for good measure.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anjali V Raj

    Chris Kuzneski's books contain lot of information on mythology and cultures. Good ground work is done before writing the story. This book is an average thriller with information on Islam and Mecca. Some jokes made by Payne and Jones are unrealistic for the situation other than that the book is fine. The story is built up well but the climax doesn't create an impact. Chris Kuzneski's books contain lot of information on mythology and cultures. Good ground work is done before writing the story. This book is an average thriller with information on Islam and Mecca. Some jokes made by Payne and Jones are unrealistic for the situation other than that the book is fine. The story is built up well but the climax doesn't create an impact.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tove R.

    The third book in the series, and not my fave this far. It left me wanting more, and I felt it was just a story, the series didn‘t seem to move forward at all, neither did the characters. Stakes are high since Kuzneski is an excellent author! The previous one was just so fantastic, maybe that‘s why this one didn‘t live up to expectations. Will most definitely continue reading the series. 3,5 stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    Monica Metzger

    Great action novel, spanning from Vietnam to US to Saudi Arabia. A retired marine is called in to save the world from a gruesome attack in the holy city of Mecca, that could affect the whole world. The worst part: one of his past marine partners is at the root of it. Loved it, great read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    John Betts

    I found it very hard to get into, it is what I call an easy book to put down, the story does come together but took me 9 months to get through.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ian Willey

    Possibly better than the first book of the serries I read but I would not buy more of them, though I actually have about another five so will read them.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Suresh Vijendran

    A good page turner. I felt it would've been good if the time with villain could've extended. It ended quite fast. A good page turner. I felt it would've been good if the time with villain could've extended. It ended quite fast.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    A good read, highly recommend

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    Totally enjoying the series of payne and jones books . Fun action easy to read

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Well written but didn't enjoy as much as the 1st two. Well written but didn't enjoy as much as the 1st two.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Don Weymouth

    Bad start, but once you get past the gruesome cave, it's a great plot! Bad start, but once you get past the gruesome cave, it's a great plot!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Not what I was expecting but it was a really good page-turning read. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Larry

    Totally enjoying this series. Look forward to the next book in the series.

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