A relic, stolen from the heart of an ancient city.
An echo of nationalist violence not seen since the dark days of the Second World War.
** An Amazon Bestselling Book in International Mystery and Crime and Conspiracy Thriller from New York Times and USA Today Best-selling Author J.F.Penn **
Budapest, Hungary. When a priest is murdered at the Basilica of St Stephen and the Holy Right relic is stolen, the ultra-nationalist Eröszak party calls for retribution and anti-Semitic violence erupts in the city.
Dr Morgan Sierra, psychologist and ARKANE agent, finds herself trapped inside the synagogue with Zoltan Fischer, a Hungarian Jewish security advisor. As the terrorism escalates, Morgan and Zoltan must race against time to find the Holy Right and expose the conspiracy, before blood is spilled again on the streets of Budapest.
One Day in Budapest is a chilling view of a possible future as Eastern Europe embraces right-wing nationalism. A conspiracy thriller, where religion and politics intersect.
If you love an action-packed, fast-paced thriller, download a sample or buy One Day in Budapest now.
One Day In Budapest features Dr Morgan Sierra from the ARKANE thrillers, but is a stand-alone novella and can be listened to separately from the ARKANE series.
©2013 Joanna Penn (P)2014 Joanna Penn
Trying hard to show that Nazis are alive and well in the very countries that they brutalized decades ago, the terrible narrator literally speed-reads this. I thought that my iPhone must have accidentally switched to double speed; but no, just awful narration.
The premise is valid, the scare warranted, but the book is not literature. From this sample, I would never consider this author or narrator again, and it was a waste of even the token amount spent on this book. It is not a "story", it is a warning.
The narrator is so difficult to listen to as her inflections and reading make it sound as if English is her 2nd or 3rd language. The sentence end like questions, the voice rising and falling at inappropriate times that it is painful to actually try to get through this audiobook. I lasted 25 minutes and couldn't continue. Perhaps I will buy the book. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and most of the narrators are good or better. This one is difficult to categorize as even poor!
Get someone else to read the book.
This book had an interesting premise, but it was such a shallow story and not fleshed out in any depth. It just jumped in, told a very short story--and ended. Shortest book I've ever listened to.
I won't ever read another book by this author, if this is an example of his/her work. I think I got this one on a "Daily Deal," so I must have been intrigued by the story description--I love a good thriller and a good neo-Nazi thriller would have been right up my alley. But, this one was definitely a disappointment, to say the least.
I thought this was one of the worst audiobook performances I have ever listened to. I'm not sure how to describe it, except to say her voice grated on me horribly (high and chirpy) and there was no nuance or inflection in the reading--just a breathy over-dramatic sameness to every sentence. It was awful! I will definitely keep track of her name and make sure I never buy another book read by her.
I listen to 90% of my books these days, and I am very sensitive to how a book is read--would I have emphasized that word there, used that inflection if I were reading it to myself? Most of the time, it's just an occasional "I wouldn't have read that sentence that way" feeling--but from the first paragraph to the end, this reading seemed all wrong to me.
Very enjoyable listen.
Story moved along at a good pace with new interesting characters added to another great adventure for Morgan.
Morgan of course
Yes and I did.
My only complaint is that, it was just a tease since it ended so quickly. Can't wait for the next full novel.
It is obvious that J.F. Penn looks into the history of her subject and then adds her unique twist to her novels. One Day in Budapest is no exception with violence and suspense, leaving you wanting more.
Daddy's Girls Book Reviews
I enjoyed this one a lot. It was a lot milder in the violence area than other books in the Arkane series and I enjoyed the break. That doesn’t mean it was a book about butterflies and picnics—this is a high action, fast paced adventure read. It deals with terrorism and the horrors that come with it. Main character, Dr Morgan Sierra finds herself once again in a dilemma of good versus evil. I enjoy reading about the outer trials (the battle against terrorism) and the inner trials (Morgan’s battle against her religious beliefs and the conflicted feeling between her heart and mind).
I loved the point of view of the young woman kidnapped by the terrorist band in the shop. It was very real and helped me to see into the lives of not just the Jews, but the Jewish women.
Yes. And I felt like she was more comfortable in this book. Perhaps because she is now familiar with Dr Morgan Sierra's character. It flowed a lot better than the other Arkane books.
I love the way JF Penn brings the story to a close. I love the moments where Morgan questions her beliefs OR finds connections to the places she visits. I believe like, Penn, we are tied to our family and the places they come from.
Overall I believe this was an excellent addition to the series. I liked how you can read these books in practically any order.
“We are fiercely proud of our Hungary, but sometimes she bares her teeth.”
And indeed she does.
From the “gunmetal grey” that Budapest is painted in as the prologue opens to the bizarre and profane rituals taking place beneath the city as the story unfolds, One Day in Budapest is darkly mesmerizing.
Dr. Morgan Sierra, self-possessed, brainy and feisty heroine of the Arkane thrillers, has arrived in Budapest on an uncomplicated errand that should see her on her way back to London in a few hours. As she arrives, she marvels that a short flight or train trip can transport you to another time and place – almost like having an adventure.
Careful what you wish for!
In this two-and-a-half hour novella, Joanna Penn achieves many of the effects of a full-length novel. Her characters are fully fleshed – there’s enough backstory to give them depth and enough detail that you find you’ve come to care for them, and you gasp in disbelief when they’re killed off. She uses shifting point of view in an interesting way, too – especially in those scenes in which a character meets a grisly end.
The imagery is atmospheric and sometimes jarring – the grey architecture is mirrored both in the landscape and in the subject matter that harkens back to the horrors of Nazi Europe. And the recurring visual of blood-spattered glass reminds us that this story and its subject aren’t for the timid.
Finally, this story moves along quickly – the pacing is good and isn’t impeded by too much description. The narrator does a good job with this, too. She has an expressive voice, and she manages to distinguish between the various characters impressively.
This is a thoroughly satisfying listening experience – highly recommended!
It is at the top of my list. Great story, wonderfully presented.
The plot was very intriguing as it mimics the tenuous nature of society when deep seeded hatred flows beneath the surface. This is the type of event, sadly, that could occur just about anywhere when mob rule and generational bias boil over into something ugly.
She did an excellent job, giving urgency and clarity to the story and enveloping the characters in their own, distinctive voice.
The book made me appropriately uncomfortable and tense when it shows how ignorance and a collective will can become murderous and evil.
Penn's story is well crafted and involves such deep and subtle detail that can only come from someone who has been there, visited the locations, understands the culture and knows how to present a possible future if bigotry and ignorance were to reign. The characters are rich and well formed, making this audio book a very enjoyable listen.
Yes. Very exciting story. I read the Kindle version last year, and this audio version was just as exciting. Being read to allows your imagination to run in lots of directions.
There are actually two for me. The first is the issue of the shoes, where Anna and the store patrons blindly go to their death. I'm sure they really never believed that this situation could actually happen again. The second was the scene in the square just after Morgan inserts the thumb drive into the computer - when the mesmerized crowd wakes up and can't really believe what they were about to do and about to have done to them.
No I haven't. She is an excellent reader and has wonderful inflections in her voice. At times, the reading was a little fast and I had to back up to make sure I heard it correctly. But this was a very, very minor issue. I look forward to listening to more of her readings.
Since I had previously read the e-book, I knew the story, but it still is mind-boggling on how people know better, and want better, but still totally lose their self and become a crowd.
Looking forward to the next ARKANE adventure. I've read them all several times and will continue to do so in the future.
I loved the historical references, the scenic/topographic descriptions and especially the strong character development.
Characters accents and voice control. Sometimes, when adjusting from male to female in conjunction with changing accents, the emphasis of the sentence as lost. Pronounciations=perfect. Lovely voice.
Chapter three was significant to me as the protesters became increasingly hostile, and the police had not yet arrived. I read this book alone so it was significant to learn the reasons why 1) there was a murder 2)why/who was there protests 3) be introduced to the characters. Although a series, this book can stand alone also (Congratulations!)
"A gritty action packed thriller"
yes, this story is a great break from the norm in the series and well worth a listen.
any of the Arkane series by J.F Penn all of them are gripping and this one is especially packed with action.
Veronica immerses the listener and her great vocal abilities shine through.
it kept me on edge the whole way through due to its high action level.
A great read and interesting diversion from the other books in the Arkane series. Crammed with action, historical interest and the unusual setting of Budapest.
"Gripping and well researched novella"
I would recommend this novella to thriller and history buffs as well as anyone who likes their stories a bit dark because it is a well researched, creates a vivid and chilling picture of Budapest's past,present and a hypothetical future where the horrors of the past could easily be enacted again.
Morgan Sierra is a kick-ass heroine with the right combination of superior intellect and combat skills.
The scene with the shootings of innocent people at the shoes on the Danube was evocative and poignant. The horrors suffered in WW2 could so easily be suffered again.
I had already read the novella on Kindle but I also enjoy listening to J.F.Penn's books too. There is a different feel to it on audio - it becomes even more chilling. The length of the novella is a great for listening to during commutes. Bring on the traffic jams...
Zoltan makes a good hero. There is definitely sizzle between him and Morgan.
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