A bomb explodes in the center of London and a fragment of an ancient Hindu sculpture is stolen from the ARKANE Headquarters by a secret organization bent on mass murder. If the sculpture is put together again, it will reveal the key to the Brahmastra, a weapon with the power of a nuclear explosion.
As those they love are threatened, ARKANE agents Morgan Sierra and Jake Timber must search for the pieces of the relic before it can be activated at the Kumbh Mela, the greatest pilgrimage on earth.
In a fast-paced adventure from the slums of Mumbai to the temples of Kolkata, the Taj Mahal in Agra to the killing fields of Rwanda, Morgan and Jake must find the pieces of the sculpture before it's too late.
Destroyer of Worlds is Book Eight in the ARKANE action adventure thriller series, but can be listened to as a stand-alone story. If you love an action-packed conspiracy thriller, download a sample or buy Destroyer of Worlds now.
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Dr. Morgan Sierra and Jake Timber returned in the eighth book, Destroyer of Worlds. The ARKANE Headquarter has been bombed and a piece of Hindu artifact has been stolen. Marietti, their Director has been severely injured. As Morgan and Jake placed the pieces together, they discovered Shiva Nataraja is so dangerously that it can end the world, the sculpture has been broken in three pieces and hidden in three locations in the world. Now Morgan and Jake must retrieve the pieces before an unknown enemy.
Destroyer of the Worlds is a fact-paced action packed adventure that takes the readers to the slums of Mumbai to the temples of Kolkata, the Taj Mahal in Agra to the killing fields of Rwanda. The author has done a very thorough research on the Hindu culture and its important Holiday, Kumbh Mela, the greatest pilgrimage on earth. This is one of the main reason, readers will never be disappointed in the ARKANE series and will keep coming back for more and to discover more about Morgan and Jake.
The narrator, Veronica Giguere has a wonderful voice to listen to. What can I say, she is one of my favorite narrator who can really bring a story to live.
I was given this ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated or influence in any way for writing this review.
This is my first foray into the world of ARKANE. The basic concept reminds me of the TV series "Warehouse 13," in that the organization is in the business of recovering, researching, and hiding dangerous artifacts. If you liked that series, I predict you'll like this story as the ARKANE team races to find the pieces of a statue of Shiva, the Destroyer of Worlds, before they can be reassembled. This detail (Shiva statue divided into three pieces) is eerily similar to another book I recently read. I don't know who wrote what when, but I'm deducting an originality point...just because.
I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.
I liked that author's take on what a global terror even could be. Stepping outside the box and incorporating ideas from a culture that I'm not very familiar with added an exciting dimension to the book, as I was learning about this culture as I read.
I liked the ending the least. After all of the buildup and detective work, the pivotal scene seemed anticlimactic at best. It was on and then gone all too quickly for my taste.
Again, I thought that the ending was slightly thin and lacked the thoroughness that had gone into the rest of the book. It felt very abrupt and a little too "cookie-cutter" compared to the rest of the book. Then again, perhaps the first 3/4 of the book was so well-written, exciting and interesting that the ending could not keep up.
She narrates at a good pace, and all of the characters sound distinct from one another. She ups the pace during action scenes and inserts timely pauses during critical thinking/ detective scenes which allow the reader to catch up and/or think of solutions for themselves.
Perhaps a movie but not a TV series. I could easily see the basic premise being made into something like Mission: Impossible.
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I love the fast-paced action in this story. We are whisked from London to India and many spots between. Each scene is presented with just the right level of detail to paint a clear picture. Penn excels at this light touch with her adjectives.
Morgan - readers have gotten to know her well over the previous books in this series. This work keeps her arch going. I'm not going to spoil any of the details, but you will like how she progresses in this book.
Towards the end at a huge Hindu religious festival. Incredible scene, it felt like I was there with the characters.
Some of the parts made my stomach turn a bit. I thought to myself, "ugh, nasty!"
One thing did not happen in this book that I really wanted to happen. I'm hoping it happens in the next book in the series. I can't wait to see what Penn has in store for these characters next. If you like Dan Brown or Indian Jones, but with a lot more true facts and historical detail, this book is for your.
This was a very good book. I haven't listened to the other books in this series, but after listening to this book, they're now on my list. The book has a great story line and is full of action. The narrator did a very good job and brought the characters to life.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
JF Penn writes exciting, action-packed page-turners which you don't want to put down. This is one more, although the narration was a bit lacking in the ability to convey the intensity and differences between characters. Great story and concept. Enjoyed the book and will recommend.
Fantasy & UF reader/blogger/writer. Content Editor. Photographer. I prefer to live in my own version of the world,no matter how weird it is.
J.F. Penn always starts us off quick with a huge event. I love these beginnings. They make me curious and hold my attention. I thrive off of every word when we start because I know it's going to set the events of the book to come. So much hinted at, so many questions. And we get all the connections and answers through out the story.
The story never seems to slow down for me either. There is always a closeness to the timing to keep me held to the words I'm hearing. I don't want to stop listening as there is so much to learn or action to live through. But I do stop, so I can piece together what I've learned, and it does all piece together.
I find Veronica to be one of the best narrators with pauses and speed of speech to go with the events of the story. She adds the right amount of suspense in the moment of pause and she picks up the cadence of speech with the race of the moment. All taking us along for the ride, drawing our hearts to slow and race with the story. She also adds different voice tones and accents for characters making listening a great pleasure.
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.
Another thing, other than the story/plot writing that holds my attention is the characters. I enjoy Morgan and Jake as a team. The personal tension between Morgan and Jake starts to surface here. Maybe they'll grow closer? Hints have lead up to them possibly doing so. Then their's Director Mariette. Mariette plays a more important part in this book, even if he's not with our two agents throughout the book. We learn more about him and his past. And we get the story from the 'bad guys' POV as well. To see their thinking and actions is always a great addition to moving the story along and keeping me enthralled.
This book could be read/listened to on it's own. Sure, the previous books are mentioned, and may have you curious and wanting to go back to them. But the mentions are not detailed to the point that you feel you've missed something. The characters are human and their previous cases and what they've learned will linger with them in their minds, maybe even help them in the current situation, but you will get the information you need if that's the case.
A good listen makes for an amazing day!
The flow of the book made for a thrilling ride which captured my mind and delivered a great audiobook.
"This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost."
I would listen again to Destroyer of Worlds because of the totally engrossing storyline. The characters are so realistic that you feel as if you know them. ARKANE always solves the problem.
Morgan Sierra, the character has depth and seems like someone you could have a cuppa with
The book was read in a polished fashion, many different voices.
There are many places in this book that are very emotional. The almost hidden love between Morgan and Jake, keeping the secret organization from finding all the pieces of the statue and basically needing to save the world!
Originally, I read this book on my kindle, but hearing it read brought out new dimensions. JF Penn is an awesome writer who researches her stories with the utmost care. You can't go wrong with one of her books.
In such a busy, busy world, it is a wonderful, relaxing experience to sit back. close your eyes, and just listen. When the narrator is really talented, and the story is well written, the performance given by the narrator becomes a memorable experience.
I rated five stars because the story was fast paced, very exciting, and kept my interest all the way through. The bad guy in this story was really bad and you were kept on the edge of your seat rooting for Morgan and Jake to, in this case, literally "save the world."
The scene at the cremation grounds with Asha sitting inside the circle surrounded by the Aghori sadhus - what happened next was absolutely horrifying.
I found that the incredible detail of the culture and traditions from this part of the world fascinating. I love J.F. Penn's stories since through her words you actually travel with and experience the adventures along with the characters.
The beautiful descriptions and minute details of the cities and towns and countrysides were wonderful. Since I enjoy the immersion reading capability, I thoroughly enjoyed looking up each artifact or temple or palace that was referred to as the story unfolded. If you are already a fan, the main characters are, of course, well known and well developed, and you already know how they think and feel and their capabilities. In this story, we finally got to know more about Marietti's mysterious past. Just a note, the author provided me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for a fair review.
"Gripping plot and globe trotting action"
I've read or listened to all the books in JF Penn's Arcane series. I especially enjoyed Destroyer of Worlds because the plot hit the heart of the Arcane organisation and I got to know more about other Arcane members. I'd like to read more storylines that weave in the roles and lives of the wider Arcane team.
The Arcane series is a good choice for anyone who enjoys the Da Vinci Code.
Veronica Giguere's performance is professional and she can bring light and shade to each of the characters with subtle changes to her voice. I am not over keen on the voice of the main heroine Morgan Sierra, but it does tell you a lot about her - feminine but strong.
Jake and Morgan, a brief moment of nearly telling each other how they feel for one another. I like the small hints of will-they-won't-they that is developing over the series.
The author works hard at transporting you to locations in the book that you can visualise, where you can hear the bustle of the streets and smell the spices in the air. I think the descriptions come across even stronger in the audio version than the written version.
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