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The Malta Escape

(The ninth book in the Payne and Jones series)
A novel by


AN ANCIENT TREASURE: While visiting the scenic country of 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 of 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.

Filled with action, suspense, and side-splitting humor, THE MALTA ESCAPE is Chris Kuzneski at his very best.


CLIVE CUSSLER, #1 international bestselling author—
“Chris Kuzneski writes as forcefully as his tough characters act.”

JAMES PATTERSON, #1 international bestselling author—
“Chris Kuzneski’s writing has the same raw power as the early Stephen King.”

NELSON DEMILLE, #1 international bestselling author—
“Chris Kuzneski is a remarkable writer, who completely understands what makes for a good story: action, sex, suspense, humor, and great characters.”

VINCE FLYNN, #1 international bestselling author—
“Chris Kuzneski is a master in the making.”

JAMES ROLLINS, #1 international bestselling author—
“Chris Kuzneski writes with an energy that is contagious! Action, suspense, mystery, and a biting thread of humor. What more can you ask from a novel?”

LISA GARDNER, #1 international bestselling author—
“Kuzneski has mastered the art of the quest novel, bringing to life lost treasures, exotic locales, and fresh conspiracies, as his heroes rely on their elite skills to slay bad guys, solve riddles, and save the day.”

DOUGLAS PRESTON, #1 international bestselling author��
“Chris Kuzneski is a master storyteller who never disappoints. Payne & Jones are fabulous.”

W.E.B. GRIFFIN, #1 international bestselling author—
“Chris Kuzneski is a fresh new voice you won’t forget.”

Genre: Thriller

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"Kuzneski writes as forcefully as his tough characters act." - Clive Cussler

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