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A non-stop thrill
The Plantation - Chris Kuzneski
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The Plantation - Chris Kuzneski
Advantages: A fantastic read
Disadvantages: Only recently released in the UK
When shopping online for Chris Kuzneski's latest book, "The Prophecy", I thought I'd check how much I could get this one for. I knew that it had only recently been released in the UK, though available in the USA for ages. Since it was the bargain price of under £4.00, I bought it immediately. When they arrived, I decided to first read his new book, and then to read this after. If you read my previous Kuzneski review, you will know I wasn't too pleased with The Prophecy, but knew when I started this one that I was into a good book..
The book opens with a foreword, written by Chris himself, giving a little information about the book, he mentions how he nearly gave up trying to be a professional author, after receiving so many rejections from agents and publishers. That was, until he discovered Print on Demand, meaning he could get the books printed after orders were received - saving the expensive upfront costs. He wrote to many of his own favourite authors, and gave them copies of the book to read, and they all loved it, and endorsed the novel. At this same time, an agent had bought his book at a store in Philly, and loved it so much he e-mailed Chris, who had just completed writing his second book. It was then that his career was truly born.
The book is the first in the series of books featuring David Jones and Jonathan Payne, best friends and ex-MANIACs, an elite force of the US military, and the story evolves around the kidnapping of Payne's girlfriend, Arianne. Jones and Payne travel across state borders into New Orleans seeking clues for her location, they call in all the help they can, including that of Levon Greene, an ex-professional American football star, who has tonnes of underground contacts.
At the same time the story of a number of different people come in, these people are illegally imprisoned, and subjected to some rather brutal emotional and physical torture.
Jones and Payne soon end up stumbling upon a much bigger story than just Arianne, with the disappearance of many other people.
After being so disappointed with The Prophecy, I was in a bit of an annoyed mood, and really hoped that this book would be better. I was not to be disappointed again.
I have read all of Kuzneski's books to date, and this was by far the best read. It had all the elements a good book needs, characters you could really get into, parallel stories that you aren't sure of how they connect, and more twists than imaginable.
There were so many points in the story I didn't know what would happen next, how an issue would be resolved, or whether they would even get out of that scrape alive. It was brilliantly written, and proved to be really hard to put down, there was a few nights I ended up staying awake too long, purely because I wanted to read just one more chapter, then another, then another.
The twists in this book were incredible. They were so unexpected, and I was genuinely shocked when they unfolded, the way they were written in was genius, and they fitted in with the book perfectly.
I can honestly recommend this book be purchased immediately, for yourself, for a Christmas present, whatever, if you enjoy reading books like this, then this is bound to be loved. I hoped I was going to like it, but could never imagine having loved it this much. It is no surprise that Chris Kuzneski managed to enter the professional writing market with a story like this, it really is incredible.
Summary: A non-stop thrill