A power kept secret for 2000 years. A woman who stands to lose everything.
India. When a nun is burned alive on the sacred ghats of Varanasi, and the stone she carried is stolen, an international hunt is triggered for the relics of the early church. Forged in the fire and blood of martyrs, the Pentecost stones have been handed down through generations of Keepers who kept their power and locations secret.
The Keepers are being murdered, the stones stolen by those who would use them for evil in a world transformed by religious fundamentalism. Oxford University psychologist Morgan Sierra is forced into the search when her sister and niece are held hostage. She is helped by Jake Timber from the mysterious ARKANE, a British government agency specializing in paranormal and religious experience. Morgan must risk her own life to save her family, but will she ultimately be betrayed?
From ancient Christian sites in Spain, Italy and Israel to the far reaches of Iran and Tunisia, Morgan and Jake must track down the stones through the myths of the early church in a race against time before a new Pentecost is summoned, this time powered by the fires of evil.
The first in the ARKANE series, Pentecost is a fast-paced thriller that explores the edges of faith against a backdrop of early Christian history, archaeology and psychology.
©2013 J.F. Penn (P)2013 Gryphonwood Press
Daddy's Girls Book Reviews
I have been anxiously waiting for this book to become available as an audiobook and I was not disappointed. I encourage friends, family, or anyone who likes thrillers to listen to this audiobook. JF Penn writes an explosive thriller that keeps you listening to the very last minute. With rich action and conspiracy concepts in this book make it one to rival Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. The character of Morgan is dynamic, relatable, and real—I can’t wait to read more about her adventures with Arkane. I liked the way the book was written, jumping around from one character to the next, it gave the feeling of a movie, and it wasn’t hard to see the action playing out in my head.
It reminded me a lot of the Da Vinci Code because it is fasted paced and about religious conspiracies. The main character Morgan reminded me a lot of Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider series.
Veronica Giguere, did an excellent job performing all the different rolls Penn had crafted. I think the narrator can make or break a great audiobook and Giguere did not disappoint.
It kept me on the edge of my seat.
I am an avid listener of audiobooks and this was put together pretty good. I can always tell I have had a good experience when I am waiting for more to follow after it has ended. When you don't want the experience to stop--you know you have a good book. Well done JF Penn!!
The reading speed of the narrator made this book impossible for me to follow, despite multiple attempts and constant use of the skip back key.
The story itself wasn't too bad. It dragged a bit in spots, but if I had been reading it, I would have finished the book. The narrator was just too sing-song whiny for me to continue to listen to.
Compelling story and fantastic narration. I bought the next 2 books in the series the same day I finished this one.
fast action and an intriguing story line
The suspense increases dramatically in the last two chapters. Morgan Sierra is an interesting character, as is Everett
The narration on the audio book is very good, my only complaint on that score being that it's by an American, and so she uses American pronunciation for words like "shone" and "route", rather than the British. That's a minor complaint, though.
The time frame means that events happen too quickly to be realistic, but it keeps the reader interested.
The opening scene with the nun definitely had me hooked and sickened so loved it.
What I didn't like about this recording was that the pauses between chapters was too long. Dead air is not good especially when listening to a thriller. I also wasn't keen on Jake's voice.
Morgan is a great character. This is a fast paced thriller with some sickening moments that propel you into the action. My only feedback would be to slow the story down a bit and add even more suspense. The reader is jettisoned from scene to scene and country to country without much insight into places, feelings or personal insights - I wanted to know more. I really enjoyed the story and characters and look forward to reading book 2.
"The worst narration I have ever heard."
If the narrator had read, read and reread the book. Then. Read the book.
Anything not by this narrator.
Under extreme duress, torture or possible threat of death... maybe...
Inapropriate accent/ emphasis and cadence.
No rythem/ metre or pace.
I want a refund so I can buy the hardcopy... :-)
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