The Plantation (Payne & Jones Book 1)

The Plantation (Payne & Jones Book 1)

Chris Kuzneski

Language: English

Pages: 372

ISBN: 0971574367

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The bestselling thriller that launched the award-winning Payne & Jones series!

One by one, in cities across America, people of all ages are taken from their homes, their cars, their lives. But these aren't random kidnappings. They're crimes of passion, planned and researched several months in advance, then executed with a singular objective in mind. Revenge.

Ariane Walker is one of the victims, dragged from her apartment with few clues to follow. The police said there's little they can do for her, but that isn't good enough for her boyfriend, Jonathon Payne.

With the help of his best friend, Payne gives chase, hoping that a lead in New Orleans somehow pays off. Together, they uncover the mystery of Ariane's abduction and the truth behind the South's most violent secret.

Praise for THE PLANTATION:

James Patterson, #1 international bestselling author—
“THE PLANTATION is a rip-roaring page-turner based on an ingenious idea. No reader will forget it.”

Lee Child, #1 international bestselling author—
“Excellent! High stakes, fast action, vibrant characters, and a very, very original plot concept. Not to be missed!”

Nelson DeMille, #1 international bestselling author—
“Wear your running shoes when you read THE PLANTATION. This is the most action-packed, swiftly paced, and tightly plotted novel I’ve read in a long time.”

James Rollins, #1 international bestselling author—
“Chris Kuzneski displays a remarkable sense of suspense and action in THE PLANTATION. A riveting ride from start to finish as an ex-Special Forces soldier searches for the kidnappers of his girlfriend, leading to an international man-hunt that will leave readers breathless and up much too late. Don’t miss it!”

Douglas Preston, #1 international bestselling author—
“THE PLANTATION is a powerful read with a great plot twist. Right from the opening scenes the book takes off, and all I can say is, hang on for the ride."

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thing he could see was the spiraling glow of the ATV’s headlight as it turned over in a series of violent flips. “It was nice bumping into you!” Holmes howled. Little did he know that Payne was still along for the ride. THE initial sound came from behind, and it made Blount’s heart leap with fear. It wasn’t a distinct noise like a bark or a howl, but Blount still knew what had produced it. It was Tornado, the hound from Hades. The bloodthirsty dog had paralyzed him and was coming back

desperation, Edwards struggled to his feet, pretending nothing had happened, but the lightning bolt of pain that exploded through his tattered leg was so intense, so agonizing, he collapsed to the ground like a marionette without strings. “Shit!” he screamed, suddenly realizing the hopeless-ness of his situation. “Who the hell are you? What do you want from me?!” Unfortunately, he was about to find out. CHAPTER 2 Mars, Pennsylvania (13 miles north of Pittsburgh) THE alarm

sign my own death warrant. My blood’s gonna be on your hands!” And in a blink of an eye, Sam’s words became prophetic. CHAPTER 21 THUNDER echoed from across the street as the sniper pulled the trigger on his rifle. His first shot shattered the window of the tattoo shop, sending thousands of knifelike shards in every direction. As they fell to the floor in a melodic song, the bullet entered the right eye of its victim, obliterating Sam’s brain and skull in a single flash. Without

into the fetal position against the back corner of the room. He was lucky he did. The cylinders ruptured on contact, creating a bright ball of flame that tore across the cabin in a tidal wave of heat and light. Thunder ripped through the enclosed space with the ferocity of a jackhammer, stinging Jones’s ears despite the presence of his hands. Shards of metal sliced through the mattress, narrowly avoiding the exposed flesh of his back. Slightly dazed from the jolt, Jones peeked over the

Lazarus have to say? Is the light as bright as they claim?” Payne ignored the sarcasm and answered the first question. “That’s the strange part. He kept repeating the same thing over and over, but it didn’t make any sense.” Intrigued, Blount spoke. “Maybe it will make sense to me. What did he say?” Payne frowned as he thought back on the urgency of Webster’s statement. “Paw it. He kept repeating the phrase paw it. Does that mean anything to you?” “Not off the top of my head, but give

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