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About the 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 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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Goodreads rating: 3.95

Paperback, Published in Sep 2010 by Penguin

ISBN10: 0241952123 | ISBN13: 9780241952122

Page count: 465

From the mountains of Bavaria to the secret tunnels under King Ludwig II's castles, no one is safe when they search for the Secret Crown.

Hidden among the crates in a recently discovered World War II bunker are documents stamped with an elaborate black swan, the insignia of the murdered King Ludwig II. According to legend, Ludwig stockpiled a massive treasure in the years before his death, a cache of gold and jewels that would finance the construction of the largest castle of all time. But in the years since his death, no one has found any evidence that Ludwig had hidden anything. Until now.

Jonathon Payne and David Jones are pulled into the mystery by a colleague of theirs, a former supply sergeant in the U.S. military who asks them to investigate. They agree to help and quickly find themselves in a life-or-death struggle to uncover the truth about Ludwig's murder and his mythical treasure.

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