Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Sword of God Review
Sword of God by Chris Kuzneski
Genre: Adult Fiction
Source: Personal Library
Retired soldiers Jonathon Payne and D.J. Jones return to action (after last year's Sign of the Cross), investigating a secret bunker off the coast of Korea where a gruesome scene and a missing squad from their former unit, an elite counterinsurgency team, indicate that secret interrogation proceedings have gone terribly wrong. Piecing together the facts of the case lead Payne and Jones to Mecca, where a plot to blow up the Grand Mosque suggests a global conspiracy to align forces against the United States. Soon Payne and Jones have to risk their lives to infiltrate Mecca (where non-Muslims can be summarily executed) to save the city and, ultimately, the world. Kuzneski's novel is taut and largely fast-paced; though occasionally bogged down in historical exposition, it's a fair trade that gives the book a rich sense of authenticity and plausibility. Though characters are short on depth, Kuzneski knows how to maintain a nuanced moral landscape while wresting maximum thrills from contemporary Western fear of terrorism. This globe-crossing action thriller, like its predecessor, evokes the spirit of Dan Brown, with welcome doses of Lee Child's ex-military tough-guy grit.
I’ve read several of the books in this series and I’m never disappointed. The action is non-stop and the history is interesting. Payne and Jones are a couple of fun guys who will do whatever it takes to get the job done.
The main story revolves around Islam and the author does a good job of giving us the history of the religion and how some of its followers become fanatical and extreme in “preaching” their beliefs.
If you like Dan Brown, Steve Berry, then you’ll enjoy this fast paced action thriller.