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.
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!!
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!
I love stories and traveling in a world beyond my own. I write them, read them, view them and now listen to them!
I picked up a free Kindle version and paid another $2 for the audiobook, just so the author could make something.
I did enjoy the story, a mixture of Indiana Jones, Lara Croft and the Da Vinci Code. Parts of it became slightly confusing with the cast of characters entering and leaving, but at the heart of the story, Penn really gets at the religious aspects of what the final scene should hold. It's a very interesting book, the narrator diminished it for me is all.
When I listen to a book, I imagine someone telling me a story or being the character(s) they portray. This one felt like a play reading, very articulate and felt forced with some accents. I don't know many people who talk so crisply enunciating every syllable perfectly.
First, I want to say the narration was flawless and the only thing that let me keep listening to this book. Another book about tracking religious artifacts though obscure trivial knowledge. Powerful men and organizations have been looking for the stones, yet this woman can find them in one week. She happens to find the right places and happens to convince people to give her the stones or there happens to be a drone with a drill just when she needs one. I felt nothing for the characters, the main character is looking for the stones to ransom her sister and niece but I honestly didn't feel the desperation and didn't care if they were rescued.
What can be said about me that hasn't already been said in about a dozen restraining orders?
Great Series Start
Penn sets up a good foundation for the follow-up books in the series.
Research pronunciation of words... too many to count. A standout was Worcester (pronounced /wʊstər/). Also, you can hear background noises from her recording sessions.
A Woman with Stones! (I know, don't give up my day job)
Having mostly enjoyed Joanne Penn's non-fiction books (which are first-rate), I was very curious to see how I would like her fiction material. It turns out that I like it a lot. This was a fast-paced thrilled with a backdrop in religious artifacts.
When the narration started, it actually calls the book "Pentecost" which apparently was the original title, but it took me a bit to realize it is in fact the same book. Anyway, I like the new title better.
To round of my little review, I am certain that I will check out other fiction titles by Penn.
As far as the narration, it was good, but not great.
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.
"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.
"Love the story but the narrator irritated me loads!"
I won't be able to download anymore books read by her ... Sounds like a voice machine rather than a person
"Good story, awful narrator"
I think that I will have to read the rest of this series of books myself. The narrator has an awful accent which really detracts from the story line. Botched attempts at giving the characters their own"voices" and an inability to pronounce words correctly! Sepulchre for instance! The American English is another issue, but for other listeners may be tolerable. Not my best experience by a long chalk!
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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