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AN ANCIENT TREASURE: While on vacation in Malta, Jonathon Payne and David Jones bump into an old friend, who has come to the islands to search for a long-lost treasure of the Knights Hospitallers, an organization that dates back to the First Crusade in 1099 AD. A VENGEFUL CRIMINAL: When Ivan Volkov—the ruthless leader of a Russian crime syndicate—is betrayed, he is willing to AN ANCIENT TREASURE: While on vacation in Malta, Jonathon Payne and David Jones bump into an old friend, who has come to the islands to search for a long-lost treasure of the Knights Hospitallers, an organization that dates back to the First Crusade in 1099 AD. A VENGEFUL CRIMINAL: When Ivan Volkov—the ruthless leader of a Russian crime syndicate—is betrayed, he is willing to do anything to get retribution. Protected by a team of hackers and henchmen, he travels to the Mediterranean where he leaves a trail of bodies in his wake. A FINAL SHOWDOWN: Before returning home, Volkov learns about the ancient hoard, one with possible ties to Paul I and the Russian Empire. With pride and riches on the line, he focuses his wrath on the only people who stand in his way, but Payne and Jones refuse to back down as they try to locate one of the most important treasures of antiquity, while battling one of the world’s most dangerous criminals in a deadly fight to the finish.


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AN ANCIENT TREASURE: While on vacation in Malta, Jonathon Payne and David Jones bump into an old friend, who has come to the islands to search for a long-lost treasure of the Knights Hospitallers, an organization that dates back to the First Crusade in 1099 AD. A VENGEFUL CRIMINAL: When Ivan Volkov—the ruthless leader of a Russian crime syndicate—is betrayed, he is willing to AN ANCIENT TREASURE: While on vacation in Malta, Jonathon Payne and David Jones bump into an old friend, who has come to the islands to search for a long-lost treasure of the Knights Hospitallers, an organization that dates back to the First Crusade in 1099 AD. A VENGEFUL CRIMINAL: When Ivan Volkov—the ruthless leader of a Russian crime syndicate—is betrayed, he is willing to do anything to get retribution. Protected by a team of hackers and henchmen, he travels to the Mediterranean where he leaves a trail of bodies in his wake. A FINAL SHOWDOWN: Before returning home, Volkov learns about the ancient hoard, one with possible ties to Paul I and the Russian Empire. With pride and riches on the line, he focuses his wrath on the only people who stand in his way, but Payne and Jones refuse to back down as they try to locate one of the most important treasures of antiquity, while battling one of the world’s most dangerous criminals in a deadly fight to the finish.

30 review for The Malta Escape

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Chris Kuzneski is back with another novel in his popular series, full of action, humour, and history likely unknown to most readers. While Jonathon Payne sits atop his family’s empire of power and riches, he is not happy. He pines for the days that he was a military operative, rather than being shackled to a desk at Payne Industries in Pittsburgh. Taking the drastic step of leaving the company his grandfather founded, Payne is finally free to live life off the grid, in a way. His best friend, Da Chris Kuzneski is back with another novel in his popular series, full of action, humour, and history likely unknown to most readers. While Jonathon Payne sits atop his family’s empire of power and riches, he is not happy. He pines for the days that he was a military operative, rather than being shackled to a desk at Payne Industries in Pittsburgh. Taking the drastic step of leaving the company his grandfather founded, Payne is finally free to live life off the grid, in a way. His best friend, David Jones, is just as tired of his regimented life and pulls the plug on his own company. Now, these two men are free and still have access to Payne Industries’ private jet, with the world as their playground. Both soon find themselves in Malta, as island community off the coast of Italy. It is not only full of beautiful sights, but has a rich history, about which they know little. While strolling through the centre of the capital city, Payne and Jones come across an old friend, Jarkko, a Finnish fisherman who happens to be in town on a mission. One of Jarkko’s business associates handed him a stash of documents purporting to lead to a sizeable treasure. Payne and Jones are interested and, after a few phone calls, have a historian at their disposal. However, it would seem that the treasure’s existence is not entirely a secret, as a gang of Russian thugs have arrived and are ready to shed blood to get their hands on it. Working through the vast history of Malta, Payne, Jones, and Jarkko learn of the Knights Hospitaller and their connection to the Russian Crown from centuries ago. What follows is a scramble to detect where the treasure might be found and how Malta has been able to keep it quiet for so long. With bullets flying and bad puns landing at every turn, this is one adventure no one will soon forget. Kuzneski is back on the scene with a captivating addition to this series that will have fans of his Payne and Jones novels devouring this piece. Highly recommended to those who love the series, as well as readers who enjoy learning much about history alongside adventure. My long-standing love of all that is Chris Kuzneski was strongly supported with this book, another gem in his collection. Kuzneski is able not only to create a great adventure story, but also fills his pages with history that might not be readily known to many readers. This enriches the experience, educating those who want to know a little more, while entertaining readers who are here for the hunt. Jonathon Payne and David Jones are two strong protagonists who are always up for an adventure. Their banter is quite entertaining, though they readily admit that adventure is what fuels them. This is an interesting crossroads for them both, as they have left their ‘stuffy office jobs’ behind and are now living life to the fullest. Should the series continue, this could make for some even more interesting storylines. Many of the secondary characters who return offer their usual flavouring of the narrative, particularly Jarkko, whose salty comments and less than perfect understanding of English keep the reader laughing or rolling their eyes. He adds to the banter, but is also a useful person to have around in the event of a skirmish, as he does not shy away. With constant access to the Ulster Archives and some friends who can penetrate most any technological roadblock, Payne and Jones are ready to face anything. The story is rich with history, as are many of the novels, and Kuzneski weaves much of it throughout the narrative. He does leave many a thread hanging for those who want to know more, but does not skimp on what is offered herein. The story pulls on hidden and undiscovered treasures or valuables, leaving the group to push through whatever barriers exist before reaching the ultimate prize. The reader is taken on quite the trip, through history, gun-toting Russians, and some strong romantic chemistry. Kuzneski has left the doors open to many interesting options, should he return with more of these novels. As always, they are a treat to read and their length should not deter the curious reader. Kudos, Mr. Kuzneski, for another wonderful adventure. I have been patiently waiting for this publication and was not disappointed in the least. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    latest in the payne & jones does not disappoint and takes in the island of malta in a fast moving page turner mix in Russians treasure and bits of history in this historical thriller action adventure.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Wood

    Awful. If I didn't know better I would think that this was written by someone pretending to be Chris Kuzneski, the first 60% of the book (I read this on kindle) is filled with puerile back and forth "humour" between Payne and Jones, thats literally all that happens, then they embark on an adventure that could and should have been a short story. I have read all the Payne and Jones series and loved them all but this is terrible, the characters personalities have been changed from the earlier books Awful. If I didn't know better I would think that this was written by someone pretending to be Chris Kuzneski, the first 60% of the book (I read this on kindle) is filled with puerile back and forth "humour" between Payne and Jones, thats literally all that happens, then they embark on an adventure that could and should have been a short story. I have read all the Payne and Jones series and loved them all but this is terrible, the characters personalities have been changed from the earlier books Payne now appears as almost manic depressive, shifting between angry outbursts and grovelling apologies. Jones now has a huge chip on his shoulder about being black and makes constant "funny" references to it and how badly treated he could potentially be and Petr Ulster appears to now suffer from Dementia. I get the distinct impression that this has been done in an effort to be funny, its not. The final nail comes when the book is finished and you discover the "blooper reel" at the back, what on the earth the author (surely not Kuzneski) was thinking I do not know but please stay away from humour, it is not your forte. The series can recover from this but the next book needs to be something special. Sorry

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dee Haddrill

    In what could easily be described as a "love letter to Malta", Chris Kuzneski has written one of his best Payne and Jones thrillers to date. Everything you have come to know and love about this series is here - fast paced action, excellent story filled with interesting history, and hilarious snark between the two leads. Don't miss this book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    What better way to get me through the insane retail holiday season that a fascinating adventure with Payne and Jones? This journey starts with a dual retirement and an unexpected reunion with an old friend in Malta. A search for the lost treasure of the Knights Hospitallers, a vicious Russian crime lord, witty banter and a visit to the Ulster Archives combine to make this another thrilling quest. As always seeing the actual place through the virtual book tour on Chris Kuzneski's website is the c What better way to get me through the insane retail holiday season that a fascinating adventure with Payne and Jones? This journey starts with a dual retirement and an unexpected reunion with an old friend in Malta. A search for the lost treasure of the Knights Hospitallers, a vicious Russian crime lord, witty banter and a visit to the Ulster Archives combine to make this another thrilling quest. As always seeing the actual place through the virtual book tour on Chris Kuzneski's website is the cherry on the sundae for me. Thank you Chris for allowing me to live vicariously through Payne & Jones for another great venture!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Haeja

    I really, really wanted to like this one. In fact, I even put a reminder on my phone. However, not even halfway through the book, I had to stop reading it when I read Jones or Payne said "sooo". What?? They don't talk like that! Right off the bat, the characters felt off. I understand they were going through some changes, but they felt too much, and too unfamiliar. Actually it didn't feel like it was Chris Kuzneski writing this. The action was fun, the setting was beautiful, but I did not feel t I really, really wanted to like this one. In fact, I even put a reminder on my phone. However, not even halfway through the book, I had to stop reading it when I read Jones or Payne said "sooo". What?? They don't talk like that! Right off the bat, the characters felt off. I understand they were going through some changes, but they felt too much, and too unfamiliar. Actually it didn't feel like it was Chris Kuzneski writing this. The action was fun, the setting was beautiful, but I did not feel the familiar comfort and exhiliration I usually get from reading a Payne & Jones book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rae

    Jonathan Payne & David Jones are back and what a fun ride it is with theses guys again! Each book in this series is funny, action packed and are in my top list as the most enjoyable books I have ever read! With a great story line set in Gibraltar the boys take a break but get caught up in a Russian attack. Action packed and funny I laughed so much that tears were rolling down my face😂 Chris is an outstanding writer and with this book is again outstanding, but this time he has had to publish Jonathan Payne & David Jones are back and what a fun ride it is with theses guys again! Each book in this series is funny, action packed and are in my top list as the most enjoyable books I have ever read! With a great story line set in Gibraltar the boys take a break but get caught up in a Russian attack. Action packed and funny I laughed so much that tears were rolling down my face😂 Chris is an outstanding writer and with this book is again outstanding, but this time he has had to publish it himself as his publisher believed that this “type” of book was no longer getting ratings, well I can tell you this, Chris’s books are extremely entertaining in not just this book but in all of his books! He was also writes the series called “The Hunters” a series of books that are totally different to Payne & Jones series, this series is about a group of people who all have different skills and are treasure hunters for an extremely wealthy billionaire. These books are being made into a movie of which his readers will be thrilled with, all action but with laughs and tomfoolery to keep you entertained. So come on read go out and purchase not one but all of his books, I promise you you will laugh until it hurts. Thank Chris for these great books, hurry up with the next one please!!!!!! One a last note DO NOT reading until you get to the very last page! I promise you will never regret it!!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anita Birtles

    Adventure and humour all the way Another excellent adventure with Payne and Jones. Easy to read going from one exciting adventure to another. The mixture of history, chases and intrigue keep you wanting more. I'm sad that I have finished this book. Can't wait for another one to be written

  9. 5 out of 5

    Agnes Melissen

    A great book, as all the others in the series. I couldn't stop reading it. A lot better than the other series you wrote the last few years. One minor note to the writer: a bit less with the jokes would be appreciated. Now it felt they were in it because it was obliged, not because it fitted there.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Simon Busk

    Another brilliant Payne and Jones novel Chris's writing is very good and he creates characters that you care about, which is so important in good fiction. Jarkko got a bit annoying, but also made for some good humour, so fair trade. I hope this solo endeavour works for Chris and there is more to come from Payne and Jones.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Rourke

    He has done it again! If you are in the mood for a great adventure, look no further! Chris combines action, history, and fun into every chapter. You'll be hooked on his writing for life once you read this book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donald E. Burton

    Toss it. Couldn’t wait to get to the end of this boring book. The endless banter between characters was wearing thin after the first few pages. Kuzneski needs to find another line of work

  13. 5 out of 5

    Robert Bradberry

    Gag Great characters and super setting for a rip roaring treasure hunting adventure. I heartily recommend ( though the gag reel made me pause ). Definitely a fun read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Maleary

    Brilliant adventure Thrilling from start to finish just like all of Chris's books. My favourite author and would definitely recommend reading this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    Love everything this author writes. Laugh out loud funny and also full of action. Why cant these be made into movies.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Baudains

    Another top rated book. Never fails to have you on the edge of your seat

  17. 4 out of 5

    Larry Oxman

    thoroughly enjoyed the book

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wade Baker

    Great book The author is amazing I love all his books a must read in the Payne and Jones adventures great book

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steve Wiley

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dale Aldrich

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tara Roland

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kanishka Sirdesai

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kari Loeser

  24. 5 out of 5

    Douglas

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Conroy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Arron

  27. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Wiley

  28. 4 out of 5

    Martin Wright

  29. 5 out of 5

    lew adsett

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam Point

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