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The Death Relic

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The New World, 1545...

Vanquished by the Spanish Empire, little remains of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. From the ashes of their cities, a unified legend emerges: the Christians who conquered them possessed a mysterious object, an artifact so powerful-so deadly-that it was known throughout the Americas as "the death relic."

Yucatan Peninsula, present day...

When Maria Pelati's research team disappears in Mexico, Jonathon Payne and David Jones embark on a perilous mission to find the missing archaeologists. The duo quickly finds a link between the group's work and its recent disappearance. Following the clues left behind, the duo tries to solve one of the darkest mysteries of the new world, but their quest for the relic might cost them their lives.

From Publishers Weekly

12 November 2012 – Former Special Forces operatives David Jones and Jonathon Payne race to the rescue of Jones s old girlfriend, Italian archeologist Maria Pelati, in Kuzneski s fast-moving seventh thriller featuring the wisecracking duo (after 2012 s The Secret Crown). At the invitation of American anthropologist Terrence Hamilton, Maria leaves Rome for Canc n, Mexico, where Hamilton, a Mayan expert, tells her he needs her help with an important discovery he s made. When Hamilton is kidnapped, Maria calls in Jones and Payne, who soon get on the trail of a Mayan super weapon known as the Death Relic and a treasure hidden beneath a pyramid. As usual, Jones and Payne joke incessantly with themselves and others, while various scientists and historians recite long swaths of exposition. Readers who find the sophomoric jokes funny will enjoy the hijinks. Those looking for a thriller with action beyond the occasional gun battle should search elsewhere.

Customer Reviews


Another brilliant book by Chris kuzneski featuring Payne and Jones. well written book and couldn't put it down nonstop excitement throughout.

The death relic

Brilliant Chris is back to his best !!!!!! Great read great story well laid out and just a lot of fun to read well worth a read again and again

An ok read

As usual this book has you hooked and the need to read more. However the story seems quite predictable and goes on for too long in parts. Probably the worst so far, but Kuzneski is still my favourite author.

The Death Relic
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  • £3.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Thrillers
  • Published: 29 September 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 512 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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