The Hunters by Chris Kuzneski

Posted February 16, 2016 by Minx

The Hunters by Chris Kuzneski The Hunters (The Hunters, #1) by Chris Kuzneski
Series: The Hunters #1
Genres: Action, Adventure
Release Date: January 3, 2013
Publisher: Headline
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Pages: 480
ISBN: 0755386477
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Minx's Rating:

The first in a brand new series from the international bestseller Chris Kuzneski - "If you seek, they will find"

The Hunters: a team of renegades - an ex-military leader, a historian, a computer whiz, a weapons expert and a thief - financed by a billionaire philanthropist are tasked with finding the world's most legendary treasures.

The Mission: recover a vast Romanian treasure that was stolen by the Russians nearly a century ago. Fearing a Germany victory in World War 1, the Romanian government signed a deal to guarantee the safety of the country's most valuable artifacts until after the war. In 1916 two treasure trains full of gold and the most precious objects of the Romanian state - paintings, jewellery from the Royal family, ancient Dacien artifacts - were sent to the underground vaults in the Kremlin only to be lost to the Romanian people forever as Russia severed all diplomatic relations with the country and scattered the treasure to its outlying regions. With a haul valued at over $3.5 billion dollars, everyone wants to claim the vast treasure but its location has remained a mystery, until now.

Can the Hunters succeed where all others have failed?


I have been wanting to read this book for sometime now and with a movie deal in the works…I wanted to read it before the movie came out. So I got my hands on a copy and here are my thoughts on it.

I do like the action-adventure genre. I thought this book was good but not great. The writing was well done. He did a great job of researching the details and also including imaginative elements. For me it wasn’t great because the team was so spread out. They were like planets in a solar system, all doing their thing but not necessarily tied together. While reading the story I have to keep remembering where this character is and that character is and sometimes one of the team members is off doing something that no one knows about (including the reader). Not really what I like in an action adventure when a team is involved. To me a team, military or mercenary, should be like family…maybe dysfunctional, maybe estranged, but still family.

Although I did not think it was a great book, I am looking forward to seeing what the movie brings. I will keep reading this series because I have hope he will pull the team together as he has for his other series with Payne & Jones….they crack me up.

About Chris Kuzneski

Author Chris Kuzneski

Chris Kuzneski is a New York Times and Sunday Times (UK) bestselling author. His thrillers have been translated into more than 20 languages and have been released in more than 40 countries. His latest book, The Prisoner’s Gold, won the ITW Thriller award for 2016 Book of the Year. He is the first adventure writer to win a prestigious Thriller Award. His works have also been featured by the Literary Guild and honored by the Florida Book Awards. The first novel (The Hunters) in his new series is currently being made into a major motion picture. It will be released in 2017.

Chris just launched a new series called The Hunters: Origins, which will detail the backstories of the major characters in the Hunters in advance of the Hunters movie. His first novella in Origins is called Before The Storm.

Chris grew up in Indiana, PA, where he was voted Class Clown of his senior class and anchored the offensive line on a team that won back-to-back CENPAC championships. He continued his football career at the University of Pittsburgh ― playing with future NFL stars Tony Siragusa, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, and many others. Unfortunately, a freak foot injury ended his sports career. (That, and a severe lack of athletic ability.)

While at Pitt, he worked for the Pitt News, the Indiana Gazette, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, eventually earning his B.A. in writing and his M.A. in teaching. For six years, he taught English and coached football in western Pennsylvania and was selected to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. But in his mind, he still wasn’t doing what he wanted to do. He wanted to be a writer. So he quit his job and took a leap of faith….

After being rejected by every agent (and publisher) on the planet, he self-published his first novel, The Plantation. Most “experts” thought it was a bad decision that would ruin his writing career before it even started. Thankfully, the “experts” were wrong. The novel was praised by James Patterson, Nelson DeMille, Lee Child, James Rollins, Douglas Preston, and several of the top authors in his genre. Their endorsements gave him the confidence to continue writing. The praise also caught the attention of a young literary agent named Scott Miller, who was just starting at Trident Media. He asked to represent Chris, and the two have been together ever since.

Over the past decade, Chris has written ten more novels and has hit bestseller lists around the globe. To learn more, please visit: CHRISKUZNESKI.COM.

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