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Stone of Fire: An ARKANE Thriller, Book 1 | [J. F. Penn]

Stone of Fire: An ARKANE Thriller, Book 1

A power kept secret for 2000 years. 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. Until now. The Keepers are being murdered, the stones stolen by those who would use them for evil in a world transformed by religious fundamentalism.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Until now.

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

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    The Lone Mopper Brookfield, WI, United States 01-20-14
    The Lone Mopper Brookfield, WI, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2014

    Ken Galo

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    "Fantastic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Pentecost to be better than the print version?

    Compelling story and fantastic narration. I bought the next 2 books in the series the same day I finished this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    fast action and an intriguing story line


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lynda 03-02-15
    lynda 03-02-15
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    "Nice Surprise"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephenson Family Murray, UT, United States 09-02-13
    Stephenson Family Murray, UT, United States 09-02-13

    Daddy's Girls Book Reviews

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    "I love a good thriller and this one is AWESOME!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Pentecost to and why?

    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.


    What about Veronica Giguere’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It kept me on the edge of my seat.


    Any additional comments?

    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!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 08-12-15
    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 08-12-15
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    "Religion far deeper and adventurous than thought"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What does Veronica Giguere bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Pemberly Denver, CO 06-05-15
    Richard Pemberly Denver, CO 06-05-15 Member Since 2015

    James the Mad

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    "Loved it"

    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.

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    L. Brown Sardis, MS United States 04-18-15
    L. Brown Sardis, MS United States 04-18-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Guess this just isn't my cup of tea. Boring."

    Narrator was good but story was boring with too many unnecessary details. Sometimes it reads more like a book report than a novel. The story stretches suspension of disbelief to the limit. Like I said, this probably just isn't my kind of book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Hartland, WI, United States 03-30-15
    Michael Hartland, WI, United States 03-30-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.

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    "Dissapointing and predictable. "

    This is like a Dan Brown novel without the thought. It is a predictable story that always has convenient ways for the characters to get what they want. I listened to the last 2 hours on 3x speed just to get through it.

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    Amazon Customer 03-24-15
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    "Enjoyed it"

    It was a very exciting book to listen to. I would have preferred a different voice reading it, but the narrator did a very good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-03-15
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    "Great Adventure"

    This book reminded me of a modern day Indiana Jones. Look forward to reviewing more of the series.

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    Russell Phillips 08-29-13

    Russell Phillips

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    "Not entirely realistic, but fun"
    What did you love best about Pentecost?

    The suspense increases dramatically in the last two chapters. Morgan Sierra is an interesting character, as is Everett


    What about Veronica Giguere’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    The time frame means that events happen too quickly to be realistic, but it keeps the reader interested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    8/28/13
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    "The worst narration I have ever heard."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the narrator had read, read and reread the book. Then. Read the book.


    What will your next listen be?

    Anything not by this narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Veronica Giguere’s performances?

    Under extreme duress, torture or possible threat of death... maybe...


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All three.


    Any additional comments?

    Inapropriate accent/ emphasis and cadence.
    No rythem/ metre or pace.
    I want a refund so I can buy the hardcopy... :-)

    Please.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Tickner
    1/26/15
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    "A fascinating read and great story."
    If you could sum up Pentecost in three words, what would they be?

    A gripping read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Morgan. a well rounded character that you connect with and root for throughout the story.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The Church of Santiago de Compostela. mysterious and at times humorous, really enjoyed listening to this section.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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