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Pentecost. An ARKANE Thriller (Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

J.F. Penn

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Présentation de l'éditeur

A power kept secret for 2000 years. A woman who stands to lose everything.

** From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author J.F.Penn **

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, PENTECOST is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller that explores the edges of faith against a backdrop of early Christian history, archaeology and psychology.

"fast-paced, with shades of Dan Brown and James Rollins"

Bestselling action-adventure author David Wood

"a clever fast-paced tale from Christian myth and mysticism" IndieReader.com

"the stuff that movie producers drool over"

Bestselling supernatural thriller author Jeff Bennington

˃˃˃ The bestselling ARKANE series of books in order:

Pentecost, An ARKANE Thriller, Book 1

Prophecy, An ARKANE Thriller, Book 2

Exodus, An ARKANE Thriller, Book 3

One Day In Budapest, An ARKANE Thriller, Book 4

** Bestsellers in International Mystery & Crime, Action Adventure, Conspiracy Thriller **

**Other Books by J.F.Penn:

Desecration - a crime thriller

A Thousand Fiendish Angels - Dark short stories inspired by Dante's Inferno.

Be the first to hear about J.F.Penn's new releases by signing up to the newsletter here: JFPenn.com/list

If you love a fast-paced, rollicking read, download a sample or buy Pentecost now.

Biographie de l'auteur

Oxford educated, British born J.F.Penn has traveled the world in her study of religion and psychology. She brings these obsessions as well as a love for action and adventure to her writing. Her fast-paced ARKANE thrillers weave together historical artifacts, secret societies, global locations, violence, a kick-ass protagonist and a hint of the supernatural.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 296 pages
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  • Editeur : The Creative Penn (2 janvier 2014)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Solid debut; More along the lines of Indiana Jones/National Treasure 10 février 2011
Par Melanie Hawthorne - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I am a HUGE fan of Joanna Penn's The Creative Penn website and have been looking forward to her debut thriller novel, Pentecost. I purchased both the paperback and Kindle editions and don't regret a single penny spent.

However, I have a few disclaimers to put out before I continue my review: I am an editor (so I notice mistakes a bit too easily, but inevitably there will be one in this review), and I am an aspiring novelist (which forces me to study other novels for plot, characterization, technique, etc. rather than simply reading for the enjoyability of it).

Pentecost is a solid fiction debut from Penn. It's supposed to be a religious thriller along the lines of Dan Brown's Da Vinci code, but I found the style and pacing had more in common with the Indiana Jones and National Treasure mystery adventure genre. Pentecost takes readers on a global trip from India to England, from Italy to Tunisia, from Iran to the US.

After the resurrection of Jesus, the 11 remaining Apostles took 12 stones (later used to cast lots for Judas's replacement) from the tomb of Jesus as a symbol of their brotherhood. After the ascension of Jesus into heaven, these stones were empowered by God through fire at the first Pentecost in which all manner of wonderful signs and miracles occurred. After Pentecost, the 12 Apostles scattered throughout the world, taking the stones with them and passing them on to Keepers for preservation.

Now some 2000 years later, the day of Pentecost is fast approaching along with a meteor shower that hasn't been seen on earth since the first Pentecost. A mysterious group named Thanatos (that may have some link to Nazis during Hitler's heyday) wants to gather all the stones together for evil and usher in a religious war. Joseph Everett, an Arizona politician who already possesses two stones, will stop at nothing to get all the stones in one place in time for Pentecost so he can heal his mentally ill twin brother, Michael. Even the British government agency ARKANE (Arcane Religious Knowledge And Numinous Experience Institute) is vested in getting the stones, and it has commissioned agent Jake Timber to find them.

Enter the Israeli Morgan Sierra, a psychologist interested in religious occurrences who has holed up in Oxford academia in order to get to know the twin sister (Faye) she was separated from shortly after birth. Unbeknownst to Morgan and Faye, they are each Keepers of an Apostle's stone. Everett, knowing Morgan's Keeper status and her academic research background, has Faye and Faye's daughter Gemma kidnapped so that Morgan is forced to recover the remaining stones in an effort to save her sister and niece from the flames of Pentecost. Morgan works in conjunction with Timber/ARKANE to access the worldwide resources needed to accomplish her quest of finding the stones and saving her family.

Pentecost starts off quickly in Chapter 1 and the reader keeps flipping the pages to the end of Chapter 44. If you're looking for a quick, easy read, I'd recommend Pentecost.

My recommendation of the book comes with small reservations. (See my disclaimers above.) As a reader, I had a few questions that still weren't answered by the time I read the final page. For example (and perhaps other readers/reviewers can chime in the comments if they've read the book):

1. How does Ben know Faye and Morgan's mother? What was their connection? What is the promise that he made to their mother (other than that he has to protect the twins)?
2. At the end of Chapter 14, it seems that Timber hides the stone somewhere but not even the reader knows where he hides it. If he does hide it, how does he get it back?

Another reviewer mentioned that the reader is able to sympathize better with Everett, something I discovered to be true as well. While I rooted for Morgan because she was the heroine, I felt like I wasn't able to identify with her and her foibles like I could with Everett and his deep love for his brother. It is mentioned that Morgan had a one-night drunken affair with Faye's husband, but Morgan immediately regrets it and I'm not sure it adds anything to her characterization or any of the plots. I wish I had been able to identify with Morgan more on a human level and not simply through her need to save her family.

I also noticed a few grammatical mistakes (most commonly "its" and "it's" were mixed up and sometimes the tenses switched to present instead of remaining past), but perhaps these are issues I noticed only because I have an editor's eye. These things may not matter to most readers.

Overall, the story is well told. Penn has a gift for describing the various cathedrals, basilicas, and lands that Morgan and Jake journey to, making the setting vibrant and alive throughout the book. Penn is also a master at weaving in religious information throughout the story that push the plot along. The pacing of the story is unparalleled and has me looking forward to Ms. Sierra's next adventure in Prophecy (to be released in 2012).
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Too Many Holes 16 juin 2011
Par Nancy B. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book opened with a great scene. The vivid description really had me hooked. But in the end, there were just too many holes in this story to make this a good book.

Why is it that Morgan is able to figure out the one and only hiding place of nearly every stone, yet she is stumped by the only riddle most laymen can answer 3 pages before she does (Who is the father?)?
Why doesn't Morgan, at least once, have to deal with authorities when she's in the middle of mayhem?
Why doesn't Morgan INSIST that ARKANE (I'm supposed to take a name like ARCANE seriously?) and Marvin get Robert's cell phone location and sic the US authorities on this guy from the get-go?
Why does Morgan feel she can trust Jake, a total stranger who breaks a promise before they've known each other an hour?
And speaking of trust. Why do monks feel comfortable turning over holy relics they are charged with keeping safe to a total stranger, on the basis of a 2 minute conversation?
Why is it OK to kill strangers to save the lives of your own family?
Am I the only one who read this book that questions Morgan's possession of all the stones she finds? There was a loose explanation about this arrangement making Morgan more comfortable toward the end of the book. But she carries them around with her? This woman is supposed to be smart.
Why is David, and his alcohol struggle, so richly described, when he is then dropped from the story altogether?
Why does the author assume that the average reader is familiar enough with Biosphere construction and layout that it's safe to skimp on the description, making the finale difficult to follow?
Why doesn't the author find a better way for our heroes to escape than -SPOILER ALERT- the antagonist stops paying attention to them?

I can supply more why's. And I haven't even touched on the how's, what's or when's. But what's the point? The plot is not tight. The protagonist, although possibly clairvoyant when it comes to finding tiny stones in big cities, is not as smart as her resume makes her out to be. Jake is a cad. The other bad guys are conveniently not present when they would be inconvenient to the story. And we never do find out why they want the stones or what the connection is among the bad guys and Morgan's parents. The only reason I finished this book was that I thought we'd have a better explanation of the stones by the end.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A great thriller 27 janvier 2011
Par Alan Baxter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Pentecost by Joanna Penn is a religious thriller and a damn good one. Penn is a non-fiction writer, blogger and public speaker who has turned her hand to fiction and this is her first novel. It's a great achievement. A long time fan of thrillers, you can see Penn's passion for the genre in every part of this book.

Morgan Sierra is a great character - a real female hero without being contrived or cliched. The ARKANE group is a great invention, with a solid history making them very believable. The novel races around the world and Penn's research in location and religious mythology is clear, with every aspect of the plot considered and fleshed out in fine detail. The pace is high, the stakes are higher and very quickly we care about Morgan, her family and whether or not she'll succeed.

This book has elements that will appeal to all thriller fans - there's a bit of Indiana Jones, a bit of Wilbur Smith, a bit of Dan Brown and a lot of Joanna Penn and I have no hesitation in recommending it. It's a rollicking good read and a cut above a lot of stuff out there. Penn tells us there are more Morgan Sierra books on the horizon and I'm glad. If she's started out this strong, I'm excited to see where she goes next.
27 internautes sur 32 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 A nonsensical plot 2 avril 2012
Par M. Rainis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I had high hopes for this book. However, it went down hill fast. The character descriptions were shallow and for the most part pretty cookie cutter. The main characters solve centuries old mysteries with a few hours of thought. A western intelligence agency travels by private company plane into Iran with no problem. The main characters enter a christian church and steal a pentacost stone evading Iranian police and security with ease. They kill two people and fly out of the country like they are on a commercial flight leaving JFK??? Oh and by the way one of the people on the plane is ex-Israeli military. This chapter alone is unbelievable beyond belief. The author just has things happen with no rational explanations. I know this is a work of fiction.....but there has to be some level of believability.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Trash to be Avoided 27 mars 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book is a poor attempt to tie in to the Dan Brown inspired fad for novels which mix religion, church history, mysticism, magic, along with violent adventure.

And it clearly does not succeed very well in the attempt.

By definition, any novel with such a basis is going to stretch and challenge credibility, but the stretch on this one is beyond the pale. The heroine, who is a Mossad agent killer/college professor of religion and psychology at Oxford (get the idea??) is, for all her incredible background and qualifications, incapable of common sense. She goes careening around the world to obtain 12 Pentecost stones, which were supposedly the scattered and lost property of the 12 original disciples of Jesus, in order to use them to secure her sister's and nieces's release from a madman who has kidnapped them. And she does so with the assistance of a secret but incredibly powerful agency -- ARKANE -- which intends to cheat her anyway.

ARKANE, with all its computer power and combat teams stationed all around the world is portrayed as far more powerful than the CIA and NSA combined. Yet, the agency can't be bothered to simply track down the madman and neutralize him. Sure, they have a higher goal in mind -- like possessing all the powers of mysticism in order to stop another alphabet named group which intends to use this black magic to create the end of days.

The end of the book -- yes I slogged all the way through it, much to my great disgust since it got worse, not better, at the end -- is followed with many pages of the author's touting of her next 2-3 novels in this arcane book series. Not me! Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

I simply cannot comprehend the majority of the reviews for this book with 3,4,5 stars. It has shaken my confidence in the on line reviews of other books to buy. I know this sounds supercilious, and I apologize for that, but "what in the heck are they thinking; did they read the same book?" keeps jumping up in my thoughts.

Save your money and reading time for something better. It won't take much expense or effort to find someting better than this poor effort.
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