Sign of the Cross

Sign of the Cross

On a Danish shore, a Vatican priest is found—hanging on a cross. The next day, the same crime is repeated…this time in Asia and Africa. Meanwhile, deep in the legendary catacombs near Orvieto, Italy, an archeologist unearths a scroll dating back two thousand years, revealing secrets that could rock the foundations of Christianity. Its discovery makes him the most wanted cr...

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Title:Sign of the Cross
Author:Chris Kuzneski
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Sign of the Cross Reviews

  • Melie

    First of all I don't compare books with others books, because they ought to be reviewed based on the book alone. So yeah...

    I don't know how I ended up reading this, but I did which is awesome. I really enjoyed the suspense, the thrill, the mystery and the humor, especially.It had me gripping the book half the time, the thrill and the suspense it gave me. It had me going to bed really early, like 3 or 4 in the morning just to fulfill my desire to know what would happen next. That's ho

    First of all I don't compare books with others books, because they ought to be reviewed based on the book alone. So yeah...

    I don't know how I ended up reading this, but I did which is awesome. I really enjoyed the suspense, the thrill, the mystery and the humor, especially.It had me gripping the book half the time, the thrill and the suspense it gave me. It had me going to bed really early, like 3 or 4 in the morning just to fulfill my desire to know what would happen next. That's how good that book is in my opinion. Also, the humor that had me laughing, Jon and DJ's banter it's so good. I really can't put much words as to how much I loved this book.

  • Lisa James

    If you enjoyed Dan Brown's DaVinci Code & Angels & Demons, you will like this book. It starts with some mysterious person crucifying Vatican priests on 3 different continents, & it goes from there on a thrill ride that includes secrets that could turn the Catholic church on it's ear. Great read, it hooks you from the first paragraph!

  • Jasmine Darcy

    I am adding and reviewing this book two years later and so, can't go much into details.However,this book was a one of a kind.Not in a good way,but not in a bad either.The plot was a twisting, action-packed and thrilling journey with a diverse,humorous cast of characters.I have seen the criticisms for this book and nevertheless,I think it deserves at least a 3.5 stars/5. The only bad thing I can think of right now is that I wish the book had never been so into depth and detailed in the theologica

    I am adding and reviewing this book two years later and so, can't go much into details.However,this book was a one of a kind.Not in a good way,but not in a bad either.The plot was a twisting, action-packed and thrilling journey with a diverse,humorous cast of characters.I have seen the criticisms for this book and nevertheless,I think it deserves at least a 3.5 stars/5. The only bad thing I can think of right now is that I wish the book had never been so into depth and detailed in the theological aspect. I know-I know,the whole book is surrounded around the religious mystery.I just wish it never had went into the gritty details,because it can be uncomfortable at times.I would be okay if it kept the religious-thriller theme but just as a plot twist or an overview.As I am used to reading Agatha Christie and British crime fiction, it was a really refreshing change in atmosphere and perspective,to be reading from an American/European view.The characters,particularly the villains,were so realistic and jarring,and frightening to know that these kind of people exist in the world.The baddies reaped their reward,and my babies lived happily-ever-after(even though I technically can't be their mother at this age.Disappointing :( ). I did,also,appreciate,the nonchalant,hilarious,cool as well as witty personality of the main character,in contrast to the uptight,no-nonsense,genius stereotypical, fictional detectives in most crime fiction stories. Highly recommend this to mystery/sadists/Agatha Christie fans/crime-fiction addicts.

  • Rosalyn

    enjoy the banter between the two main (hero's) characters and the fast paced all action story with good interesting story lines

  • Christina

    Found this book in the effort of finding good-quality religious thrillers like Dan Brown's. Sign of the Cross is an okay book, pretty mainstream as in it's not Dan-Brown-good but it's not trash either. Everything's there: action, conspiracy, Christian leaders, cops--so it can't be too bad. The only downside to this is the believability in the details of the story. I find it so simplistic and lacking details at times, and the characters are unbelievably lucky at times too. Like avoiding a bullet.

    Found this book in the effort of finding good-quality religious thrillers like Dan Brown's. Sign of the Cross is an okay book, pretty mainstream as in it's not Dan-Brown-good but it's not trash either. Everything's there: action, conspiracy, Christian leaders, cops--so it can't be too bad. The only downside to this is the believability in the details of the story. I find it so simplistic and lacking details at times, and the characters are unbelievably lucky at times too. Like avoiding a bullet. Or a lucky escape. Or stumbling into some important findings without much apparent effort. Maybe the author can't be bothered going into too much detail and effort in detailing how the characters pursued the objectives of the missions?

  • ✿ Deni

    It could be an interesting story... if it would be properly written!.

    He tries too hard to give the two "main characters" a super-cool-cop personality which doesn't really work; gives hints what's going to happen next at the end of every chapter which I believe it's intended to keep the suspense, but does exactly the opposite! and keeps writing "anyway" and "anyhow" which does not make a good writing style, but feels more like some macho-wanna-be is trying to tell a story in a bar, specially whe

    It could be an interesting story... if it would be properly written!.

    He tries too hard to give the two "main characters" a super-cool-cop personality which doesn't really work; gives hints what's going to happen next at the end of every chapter which I believe it's intended to keep the suspense, but does exactly the opposite! and keeps writing "anyway" and "anyhow" which does not make a good writing style, but feels more like some macho-wanna-be is trying to tell a story in a bar, specially when he mentions things such as "his body odour screamed European"... I beg your pardon?!?

    What I disliked the most is the lack of proper research: talks about European border crossing as if there are actual borders when, in fact, one could drive all the way from Portugal to Greece without having to stop at any border whatsoever!

  • Tyson Adams

    Sometimes when I'm reading a book I'm not sure if I'm meant to be excited, enrapt, or cringing. It's taken me a few days to arrive at a decision and I've decided to cringe.

    Sign of the Cross is a fast paced action adventure novel in the vein of Steve Berry, James Rollins, or that guy who wrote the book that annoyed the Pope; what was his name? In the second instalment of Payne and Jones' adventures, the mercenaries are hired to hunt down two archaeologists who have uncovered a secret

    Sometimes when I'm reading a book I'm not sure if I'm meant to be excited, enrapt, or cringing. It's taken me a few days to arrive at a decision and I've decided to cringe.

    Sign of the Cross is a fast paced action adventure novel in the vein of Steve Berry, James Rollins, or that guy who wrote the book that annoyed the Pope; what was his name? In the second instalment of Payne and Jones' adventures, the mercenaries are hired to hunt down two archaeologists who have uncovered a secret that could bring down the Catholic Church. Meanwhile a team of killers are reenacting the crucifixion, because, you know, that's what Jesus would have wanted. With everyone hunting for Payne, Jones and their pet archaeologists, and a few murderers running around, who at the Vatican knows and who wants the secret, and do they want it for power or payback?

    This is the first Chris Kuzneski book I've read, and it will be my last. Now that I've had time to reflect upon the story and writing, I'm actually surprised I finished the novel. Kuzneski came up in my recommendations because he writes fast paced adventure novels like two of my favourite authors, the previously mentioned Berry and Rollins. Unlike those two, however, Kuzneski takes all of the same ingredients for a novel, mixes them in an overly large bowl (the book is over 400 pages), and manages to make gruel.

    The novel started well, but I noticed myself cringing at the end of the chapters with the ham-fisted foreshadowing. This continued until I would start preemptively cringing as I reached the end of each chapter. Seriously, it felt like the end of every scene or chapter Kuzneski would have a line like "Little did they know that only two of them would return." But wait, there is more. There is an underlying casual sexism and racism to the novel that is unintentional, but jarring. An early scene has one of the characters, Nick Dial, surprised to see a woman Interpol agent. Not that Nick was sexist, women could be just as good as men....... No, Nick explained that he wasn't sexist, but some of his bosses weren't as open minded. Yeah. I'm not sexist, but....

    These two points are just the major problems I had with the writing of this novel. And it is mainly the writing that lets this book down. In the example I just mentioned, there are many ways authors could discuss Nick's surprise at seeing a woman on the job. But the way the scene was written it sounded like the author was desperately trying to sound progressive and PC. This poor writing happened throughout the book, which actually has a reasonable plot, a bit of humour, and great pacing. Some readers may not notice these issues, although I note many reviews complain about the foreshadowing, and it was entertaining enough for me to finish reading, so others may find this enjoyable. But I would recommend reading anything by Steve Berry or James Rollins instead.

  • Amanda

    Have you ever had that experience that occurs when people find out that you're a reader and so the next time they see you, they're clutching a book in hand that they force upon you while insisting that you read it? And not when you can get around to it, oh, no, they want you to read it NOW. They look so damn hopeful that you, too, will love it that you just can't say no. That's how I came upon this little turd-nugget of a book. This is one of the most pitifully written books I've ever read. Ever

    Have you ever had that experience that occurs when people find out that you're a reader and so the next time they see you, they're clutching a book in hand that they force upon you while insisting that you read it? And not when you can get around to it, oh, no, they want you to read it NOW. They look so damn hopeful that you, too, will love it that you just can't say no. That's how I came upon this little turd-nugget of a book. This is one of the most pitifully written books I've ever read. Every other chapter ends with a statement like, "Little did he know that in two hours, he would be dead" or "Little did she know that she held in her hands a secret that could destroy history." Gee, foreshadow much? It reads as though it was written by a testosterone fueled 13 year old boy who just can't stuff a story with enough oozing blood, explosions, high tech weaponry, fast cars, and macho banter between two special ops characters. Now mind you, I'm all for the mindless bit of entertaining fluff as long as it's well written. However, this is so terribly written that I found myself groaning aloud and longing to fling it across the room. But I couldn't, because I have to return it and, with a forced smile, say it was entertaining and that, no, I have far too many books to read, so I really can't accept another.

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  • Melissa

    This book was so bad, I am embarrassed for the publisher. (Come on, Penguin, did you run out of Jane Austen novels to reprint or something?) It appears to have been researched on Wikipedia over a couple of lattes at the local Starbucks. Laced with painfully dated pop-culture references, preposterous dialog, and demeaning stereotypes, this book reads more like Dan Brown fan fiction penned by the author's high school students. Students to whom he apparently never explained the concept of verisimil

    This book was so bad, I am embarrassed for the publisher. (Come on, Penguin, did you run out of Jane Austen novels to reprint or something?) It appears to have been researched on Wikipedia over a couple of lattes at the local Starbucks. Laced with painfully dated pop-culture references, preposterous dialog, and demeaning stereotypes, this book reads more like Dan Brown fan fiction penned by the author's high school students. Students to whom he apparently never explained the concept of verisimilitude. I could go on but I do not wish to waste any more of my time on this book. Do yourself a favor and don't waste yours.

  • Gary

    I have had this book sat on the shelf for a few years, having picked it up in a lovely second hand bookshop. I sometimes enjoy this sort of high-speed, page-turning thriller, with religious artefacts and mystery. And so, having read woefully little this past year, I picked this as my first read of 2017.

    Oh dear. It's truly painful. The writing is that of an over-excited 14 year old who has just finished reading The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail for the first time. I would write about the au

    I have had this book sat on the shelf for a few years, having picked it up in a lovely second hand bookshop. I sometimes enjoy this sort of high-speed, page-turning thriller, with religious artefacts and mystery. And so, having read woefully little this past year, I picked this as my first read of 2017.

    Oh dear. It's truly painful. The writing is that of an over-excited 14 year old who has just finished reading The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail for the first time. I would write about the author's writing style here, but to use the word 'style' is to garner him with far too much praise. Every other chapter ends with a terrible attempt at foreshadowing. Like internet click-bait on the page. It made me cringe and angry.

    Then why did I finish it?

    Because it was my first book of the year and I didn't want to start by stopping. Also (and most importantly) my reading year can only get better! I can enjoy books and cleanse my pallet with, well, anything after this!

    I was also sucked in to choosing this by the quotes from other authors on the cover, which sang it's praises:

    "Makes you wish it would never end" -Clive Cussler

    I can only assume Clive is a masochist of the highest order. Or he got very confused and on another book cover is a quote which reads, "Christ this is awful!"

    "Kuzneski's writing has the same raw power as the early Stephen King" - James Patterson

    No James, it really hasn't. Early King is wonderful, his voice already blossoming and his use of the English language a surprising joy to find in'horror' titles. This writing is, at best, turgid.

    There's also a quote from Nelson Demille, but I weary of this review now. As I'm sure you do.

    What to do with this book now..? Do I pass it back into circulation, thus inflicting it on others? Or use it's pages for a craft project or ad-hoc sketch book? Yes, that is what I shall do. Humankind must be saved! Or so I thought. Little did I know that in two hours I would be fighting for my life..!

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