A gripping thriller, The Lost Throne tells two parallel, seemingly unrelated stories in two different parts of the world at the same time. The first story follows best friends David Jones and Jon Payne, ex-military, who start the story in Florida where Payne ignores a phone call in the middle of the night. By the time there are seventeen missed calls, two voicemails, and a text message Payne realizes that this might be serious. He traces the call to a Doctor who is in Russia, running for his life. Payne and Jones leave for Russia to try to help and meet with Allison, an expert on a specific treasure hunter from many years ago. Payne and Jones realize that treasure hunting must be involved in their current antics but what exactly is going on?
Meanwhile, Nick Dial, the head of Interpol's Homicide Division gets called out to Greece where a group of monks have been violently beheaded in their monastery. While Dial attempts to track down the killers, he finds that he's also involved with a treasure hunt.
Despite the two stories being told interspersed in bits in pieces, this book was easy to follow. I found the dialogue a bit amateur. It was like the author was trying too hard to make the reader like the characters, which was unnecessary because the characters would be likable without their fake-feeling introductions.
In the end, this ended up being quite a page turner. A little ancient Greek history is thrown in to help make the story feel more realistic (though in the end, it doesn't feel all that realistic). I would pick up another Chris Kuzneski book with enthusiasm.
First Line: "The greatest secret of Ancient Greece was silenced by a death in Italy."