When the curator of the Museum of Antiquities is slaughtered in a horrific ritual by a group wearing the masks of Ancient Egyptian deities, local authorities ask for help from ARKANE, the agency tasked with investigating religious and paranormal events.
Then, in Washington D.C., a decapitated Arab body is discovered. The head is placed on the replica Ark of the Covenant along with a chilling message that warns of a terrifying escalation of violence in the Middle East.
ARKANE agent, British-Israeli psychologist Dr. Morgan Sierra, must race against time to uncover the real Ark - aware that her nemesis, the vicious mercenary Natasha, is also in the hunt and out for bloody revenge. Morgan travels across Egypt and Jordan, retracing the steps of the Biblical Exodus and following a trail of clues that takes her into the mists of history - and mortal danger...
The third novel in the bestselling ARKANE series, Exodus is a pulse-pounding thriller for fans of Dan Brown and James Rollins. Filled with puzzles, adventure and excitement, it also asks serious questions about the nature of religion...and the beliefs that lie at the very heart of humankind.
©2013 J.F. Penn (P)2013 Gryphonwood Press
Ark of Blood begins with Dr. Morgan Sierra on the search for the Ark of the Convenant without her partner Jake Timber. After hearing that the mercenary, Natasha is also looking for the Ark, Morgan is out for revenge. She wanted Natasha to pay for putting Jake in a coma. Someone wants to use the Ark to start a war in the Middle East especially when the region is so unstable.
As Morgan gets closer to locating the Ark, realization set in that there is more at stake than seeking revenge. The Ark is not an religious artifact that would bring peace to the Middle East. It is used as symbol to bring war to the Middle East if deliver to Jerusalem.
What is interesting is that the items in the Ark of Convenant were separated and relocated from Egypt, Jordon, Ethiopia, and Jerusalem. The story explored a theory that the items in the Ark were separated during King Solomon's time to keep the balance of power and possible sibling rivalry of claiming the power of the Ark.
In this story, there is a bit of Indiana Jones and James Bond elements added to Dr. Morgan Sierra's characteristics. In some way, the readers/listeners will realized that Morgan is still a woman utilizing all the skills she has learned in the Israel's military and the knowledge she has learned as a scholar and that she also has needs as a woman.
The narrator, Veronica Giguere gave another excellent performance. She is the voice for 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.
Yes, this is a well written book that covers history as well as fiction.
When Dr. Morgan Sierra unearthed religious relics, she was overcome with awe for what she was seeing
No, she narrated Exodus very well
Search for the Ark of the Covenant
There is so much action and adventure in this book mixed with historical facts. This is a work of fiction that includes contemporary events
Picking up where the last book ended Morgan once again finds herself on the hunt for a religious relic—this time the Ark of the Covenant. What I like about these books is that Penn focuses on more than just a thrilling adventure of the chase. We get to see the inner character struggles as Morgan “feels” things she can’t explain that jive with her religious beliefs. This makes the story rea,l and many can relate with those feelings and questions of belief. I think any reader/listener will enjoy this book if they love high stakes thrillers.
I would have been okay with a little less graphic violence, especially the scenes with Natasha. I learned things about Natasha’s past that still disturb me to this day. I wonder if some of those could have been left out or toned down a little. It is sad that those violent moments are the ones that linger.
I wish sometimes Veronica could have slowed down a bit. At times she seemed robotic. Also her accents were a bit mottled when swapping back and forth. I did enjoy listening to the series. I cannot imagine another voice for Morgan and i think Veronica brought that talent to the table.
Penn doesn't try to force you to believe one way or another. She tells it how it is and then lets you make up your mind. I like this because it moved in me a sense of belief and a reassurance of what I know to be the truth about God and his prophets.
I will say though that Penn has a way of drawing the reader in and leaving memorable impressions on the mind. This book is well thought out and riveting. I will be reading/listening to book 4 when it comes out.
Good, hard-hitting, fast-paced thriller. Like the previous books in the series, the ending really kept me on the edge of my seat.
Yes, If they're into Dan Brown and Biblical mythology
No, it's a bit long for that. I tend to listen when walking.
Sacrifice a-go-go! Ok I think there were only 2 ritual sacrifices throughout but there were threats of more. Natasha in the white robe sacrifice scene was the most engaging. The book opens with a grisly scene that had me grimacing in the street! And I thought Joanna Penn was ...like...nice! Yowzer.
The author has clearly enjoyed researching this book and I'm most tempted to visit the Masonic hall next time I'm in London. I didn't even know you could visit it.
A right fasciniating international trip through history and myth.
This was my first foray into J.F. Penn's ARKANE series and as a story I was not disappointed. Thrillers are outside of my usual genre but as it featured a strong female protagonist and an interesting plot I was intrigued. The opening scene and a couple of others in the book were a bit too gory for my personal tastes, however I was impressed by the wide range of characters which Penn created and could sense the huge amount of research which had gone into the book.
Unfortunately the narration let the book down for me. I found that Giguere had interpreted some of the voices very differently from how I would have imagined them. For example the strong female lead, Dr. Morgan Sierra was voiced with an insipid, overly posh sounding English accent. This is certainly not how I would have imagined her to speak and it sat at odds with the dialogue and action this character was given. The voice would have been more suited to an English heroine of a nineteenth century novel. She needed to be a bit more "kick-ass" and less "upper-cl-ass"!
I also found that Giguere had a tendency to over-enunciate some of her words, especially in the opening scenes and in the book trailer. Also, in a few places she spoke to fast during the fight scenes for me to catch all of the action. These three issues were rather off-putting and detracted from my enjoyment of a well-written story.
In other places however the narration was excellent. Her voice for Natasha (Dr. Morgan Sierra's nemesis) was very well portrayed. She also managed to distinguish between many other characters voices in the story and also have a separate voice for when it was plain narrative. Giguere has a great vocal range, and from what I've heard from her natural voice in an interview with Penn on her podcast has a great speaking voice. So it was a shame that for me the recording was marred by those few points detailed above.
In summary, a good story and a nice few hours escapism. Unfortunately much as I'm an avid devourer of audiobooks I think I'll read the rest of the series on my Kindle.
"Great diversity in settings and scenes."
The cross over between fact and fiction. really enjoyed the Egyptian aspects in the book.
really enjoyed the scenes involving the ark of the covenant, a fascinating subject.
Morgan won me over again, following this character throughout her travels and story arc really had me rooting for her.
A brilliant read, great settings and full of historic knowledge, fact or fiction, only the author knows and the reader must accept the clever merging of the two.
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