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
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
Nice surprise...the cover caught my eye, and the description intrigued me. I found it very enjoyable and at the end was looking for the next installment. With both the characters and the situations being well written with the details you need to be absorbed into the story.
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 storyline might have been okay but the reader did such a poor job my husband and had to force ourselves to listen on a long car drive. She was overly "breathy", childish sounding. We finally gave up.
The Historical aspect in a fast pace action adventure.
I know the author is from Europe, the character is from Europe, and the narrator has the European accent to go with it, but her fast start to sentences and slow ending gets really annoying. Especially when it is every single sentence.
I thought it was quite enjoyable and an exciting read. The pace was fast, and the research was interesting. It does have the Dan Brown, "Da Vinchi Code" feel to it.
I really enjoyed the book, I wish there was a different narrator, but that's only my personal opinion. I would be interested in reading the next books in her series.
Eat Well, Move Well
Sort of a modern day Indiana Jones, but from a woman's point of view (and what a kick-ass woman, too!).
I found the book because of my own interest in ancient paranormal lore, and I was not disappointed. I'm looking forward the the next one!
Stone of Fire begins with the murder of a nun for the Pentecost stone. Someone is searching and killing the Keepers of the Stones. Someone is trying to reunite the 12 stones for the upcoming Pentecost that hasn't happened since the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Morgan Sierra, Oxford University religion psychologist expert, unknowingly has one of the two Pentecost stone given by her father on her 21st birthday and the other stone to her twin sister. When her twin sister and niece were kidnapped and ransomed by a wealthy billionaire for the rest of the Pentecost stones to deliver them by Pentecost, Jake Timber from the ARKANE, offered his help to Morgan.
Another agency, THANATOS is also searching for the stones to begin a religious war. Morgan and Jake have to stay one step ahead of THANATOS if Morgan is to be able to rescue her sister and niece.
As Morgan searched for the stones, she is also warned by her father's friend not to trust ARKANE. With time running out, Morgan has to decide if she could trust Jake.
What I like about this story is the background information of the Pentecost stones. I like the way the author provide the information of how the stones came to be and why the stones were separated. Whether the stones is handed down from keepers to the next generation of keepers, this part of the story could be possible.
The narrator Veronica Giguere, gives a good performance of providing voices to Morgan and Jake. I was able to distinguish the characters' voices while focusing more on work.
Stone of Fire provided the readers of how Morgan got involved with ARKANE. Morgan is not your typical heroine. She is an ex-Israel militant and a scholar. She is trying to find her role since her father's death and then recently her husband's death and at the same time trying to forge a relationship with her twin sister's since her parents' divorce. Morgan does know how to take care of herself.
There is also an physical attraction between Morgan and Jake. While Morgan's story tells the readers of where Morgan came from, Jake's past is not completely told. There are bits and pieces of Jake's past.
It is a good start to the characters and the ARKANE society. I am looking forward to reading the next story in the ARKANE series.
I was given this audiobook by the author in exchange of an honest review. I was not compensated or influence in any way for writing this review.
Got this on Whispersync for less than $3.
While the historical aspects are excellently researched, and the heroine is great, and the organization known as ARKANE seems to be the landlubbers equivalent of Cussler's NUMA, the plot needs strengthening and smoothing. Fortunately, with book series (unlike TV and movies), the writing gets better and better with each addition.
I enjoyed this thriller and also doing further research into things unfamiliar to me. The publisher's summary is adequate and spoiler free.
The narrator has a voice quality that I find grating, but that's just me.
There are different POV's in the chapters broken by the heading of place and time. There is also a long pause between these sections so they do stand out in audio as they would in reading. That long pause is nice to transition me to knowing there is another section highlighting someone else coming, but at times I felt the long pause meant my device shut off. This is an older audio and there are moments the vocal sounds a teeny tiny bit of a twang to the voice.
At times my interest waned in some of the religious descriptions.
I'm hooked on listening to these books. Veronica shines in her talent of voices. There are male and female voices along with different accents. She easily differentiates personality and tones with each person. There is a moment where she even reads an article from a news paper and has the formal sound of the news. Veronica uses the emotion and rush of the moments in her voice to accent the rush of the moment. When things get moving, and hearts pumping, Veronica does speak with the speed of the moment.
Penn has a great way of writing a thriller where we get the evil doers POV as well. I like that we get to see the human side of the man who wants these powerful stones, and why. But what he does to get them. *chills* He's in need of help. But! There is mention of another entity here that is skating the trails of Morgan and Jake. We learn just enough to make us curious of this other group, and that they are dangerous. But not much more on them or why they are after the stones, or any powerful religious artifact. This entity feels like an extra that will lead to more in the future.
Penn has an amazing way of describing the city through the religious view and feel of the people. I find this attractive as it tells of the city and it's personality along with the people here, setting a whole stage easily. I was really glad Penn didn't waste time on the uneventful trips but focuses on the search. The search of the cathedrals and citadels is where she blends in their history and the story, along with great action. Who the characters are is why they are here, so she accents their strengths to get the job done.
This is the first book of the series and well worth a try if you are a fan of Indiana Jones type adventure/searches along with the feel of The Da Vinci Code. Wow, what a blend.
James the Mad
Had a great time listening to this. The story grabbed me and refused to let go until the end. I love it when an author let's us see their struggle with the spiritual rather than having it all be tightly wrapped in a neat little package.
"A fascinating read and great story."
A gripping read.
Morgan. a well rounded character that you connect with and root for throughout the story.
The Church of Santiago de Compostela. mysterious and at times humorous, really enjoyed listening to this section.
The Story gripped me from the start and after an hour I was almost in the action myself, rooting for the protagonist. Wonderful settings and full of intrigue and religious mystery. I would highly recommend to anyone even slightly interested in supernatural thrillers and even to those who aren’t into supernatural thrillers, this is a great read to pull someone into the genre. The fast paced and constant need to find out what happens next made sure I listened to it all in almost one sitting.
The narrator does a good job of keeping the reader deep inside the story-line from start to finish and conveys the different characters with skill. Looking forward to listening to the next one in the series.
Great story, very fast paced. Similar to Dan Brown stories if you like that kind of thing. I've already purchased book number 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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