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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, Stone of Fire 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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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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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!!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fun and exciting

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!

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History geeks, take note!

Got this on Whispersync for less than $3.
While the historical aspects are excellently researched, and the heroine is great, and the organization known as ARKANE seems to be the landlubbers equivalent of Cussler's NUMA, the plot needs strengthening and smoothing. Fortunately, with book series (unlike TV and movies), the writing gets better and better with each addition.
I enjoyed this thriller and also doing further research into things unfamiliar to me. The publisher's summary is adequate and spoiler free.
The narrator has a voice quality that I find grating, but that's just me.

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Story had great potential

JF Penn is a favorite, but the narrator sounds high-strung and too excited. She too has potential and is probably great for other ears. Just not mine. Too fast and too forced.

I couldn't hear that he story for to the high pitch of excitement by narrator.

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A Raidersv of the Arc type thriller

Filled with action and cramped with facts. A real page turner. Could not put it dowm

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Reading This Will Make It Better

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.

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Unbelievable

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.

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Good story with lots of action

If you could sum up Stone of Fire in three words, what would they be?

Great Series Start

What did you like best about this story?

Penn sets up a good foundation for the follow-up books in the series.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Research pronunciation of words... too many to count. A standout was Worcester (pronounced /wʊstər/). Also, you can hear background noises from her recording sessions.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A Woman with Stones! (I know, don't give up my day job)

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  • Chris Tickner
  • 01-26-15

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

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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.<br/>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.<br/>

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • ClaireM
  • 04-13-16

Gripping

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Great story, very fast paced. Similar to Dan Brown stories if you like that kind of thing. I've already purchased book number 2!

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  • Scott
  • 08-28-13

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. <br/>No rythem/ metre or pace.<br/>I want a refund so I can buy the hardcopy... :-)<br/><br/>Please.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • PABLO
  • 08-27-17

Terrible in my opinion

Probably the worst orator I've had the displeasure to listen to. The story was very weak.
Sorry Veronica nothing personal, just didn't enjoy your narration.

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  • Lisa Holton
  • 09-23-16

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

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  • judith
  • 09-22-16

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!