Quick Review: Sign of the Cross by Chris Kuzneski

Summary from Goodreads:

No secret will keep for ever …

A Vatican priest is found murdered on the shores of Denmark – nailed to a cross in the shadow of Hamlet’s castle. He is the first victim in a vicious killing spree that spans the world. Each horrific murder exactly mirrors the crucifixion of Christ … Meanwhile, deep in the Roman Catacombs of Orvieto, an archaeologist uncovers an ancient scroll dating back two thousand years. The scroll, he knows, holds the key to a dark and treacherous secret that will rock the very foundations of the Church. But only if he can decipher its lost meanings – and only if he can live long enough to reveal them …

The enemies of the truth know no law of man …

My Thoughts: 

I don’t often read books from a series out of order, but this time I did. Sign of the Cross is book 2 in the Payne and Jones series by Chris Kuzneski. I have mixed feelings about this book, hence the three stars. As a thriller, it is fairly solid if overly long (my copy runs to over 600 pages), with plenty of action and stuff getting blown up. However, I didn’t connect with any of the characters and as I read I got the distinct impression I probably wasn’t the target audience for the book. Not sure why. I certainly enjoy thrillers paired with crazy conspiracies and “what if” stories. Will I read any more from this series as Goodreads informs me there are nine books so far in it? Not sure.


5 thoughts on “Quick Review: Sign of the Cross by Chris Kuzneski

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    • I think you’re right, Crispina, and I don’t mind Dan Brown’s books at all. In fact, I find them entertaining and get easily swept up in the drama of them. I had expected Sign of the Cross to be similar to one of those, but something about it just fell flat for me.


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