The Einstein Pursuit by Chris Kuzneski

The Einstein Pursuit by Chris Kuzneski

A lab destroyed.

An explosion in Stockholm claims the lives of an elite collection of scientists. Evidence suggests the blast was designed to eliminate all traces of their research. It’s up to Interpol director Nick Dial to uncover the truth about the lab and the attack.

A scientist on the run.

When Dr Mattias Sahlberg learns of the incident, he knows his life is at risk. He turns to the only men he can trust: ex-Special Forces operatives Jonathon Payne and David Jones. Together, they must save Sahlberg from the unknown forces that want him dead.

A miraculous discovery.

As Dial’s case intertwines with Sahlberg’s past, Payne and Jones uncover hidden truths and secret agendas involving the world’s greatest minds. But there are some who are desperate to keep such radical advances in the dark and will stop at nothing to have their way.

One of the things I really enjoy with Kuzneski is his ability to draw the reader in to a world of fiction and make believe and keep them entertained from start to finish. The Einstein Pursuit is another example of a thriller that entertains. It’s a great fluid read. Just suspend belief to a certain point and go with the flow. With bullets flying all around, explosions, hand to hand combat and the obligatory puzzle to solve, it’s a simple foundation but works well and is incredibly effective.

I’ve read Kuzneski before but this is the first Payne and Jones book I’ve had the opportunity to read and I was enthralled with their partnership. Infectious would be the first descriptive word I’d use, whenever they are in a scene the book comes alive and their eclectic humour and no nonsense attitude is addictive. They made me laugh and when a book does that you know the author is on the right track – especially when the book isn’t a comedy, merely a by-product of very good writing.

The bromance is there for all to see and read. Payne and Jones work, simple as that really. They both bring different things to the table, all that was missing in this book for me was the Jerry Maguire’s “You complete me” quote. Thinking about it a little more, their partnership reminded me of Tom Selleck’s Magnum and his relationship with helicopter pilot TC. I’m really going to town with comparisons in this short review today, best stop!

The narrative is clean and sharp and together with a few interesting sub plots working alongside the main storyline the book is over before you know it.

A high octane read, this may have been my first Payne and Jones book but it most certainly won’t be my last. Believable and well written.

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (2 Jan 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0755386531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755386536
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