Pentecost. an Arkane Thriller (Book 1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481928434
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Having developed a great respect for the author through her Twit

    Having developed a great respect for the author through her Twitter and YouTube accounts, I've been meaning to read this book for quite some time.




    I have to say it's not really what I expected. I rather expected the title to be more metaphorical, that it would be a thriller with only passing hints (at best) at Christianity. What I got was something deeply entrenched in Christian history and tradition (and some extra bits made up and thrown in). Don't get me wrong, that's not a bad thing!




    Aspects of the story reminded me very much of Indiana Jones (only with a female protagonist), as the heroine goes on an epic quest to retrieve the twelve stones of the Apostles before time runs out. Along the way, we're treated to descriptions of some of the most beautiful and historically significant places in Christianity, and told a little of the history of each. 




    She's helped along the way by ARKANE, an international organisation dedicated to the preservation and understanding of relics from all sorts of faiths. Another strong image that kept popping into my head was at the descriptions of ARKANE's vaults and electronic library, where I couldn't help thinking of the television show, Warehouse 13.




    I enjoyed the story, and found the premise to be quite believable. Penn definitely did her research for this one, and her degree in Theology is evident in her knowledge (rather, her protagonist's knowledge) of the places and their histories.




    I just found the writing to be a little... amateurish. For one, my brain kept inserted comma's where there were none (but in my mind, should've been), and I sometimes did have to do double-takes to understand what was being said, when a comma would've made all the difference! The author's uses of the pronouns "he" and "she" is also confusing at times, when there are multiple "he"'s in a scene, and it's not immediately obvious which one she's referring to. Ms Penn furthermore has a tendency to over-use the phrase "tears pricked his/her eyes", and I could've used a little more variation in the language.




    Finally, I'm not entirely sure why Penn decided to use the US spellings of words like "color" (being British), while using the UK convention for title abbreviations like "Dr" and "Mr". Of course, this last point is just the editor in me coming out, and I'm sure no-one else will notice!




    All the above comments about language and punctuation are of course personal preference, though, and I'm sure people have had similar thoughts about my OWN writing.




    All said, it's a good story, and it held my attention enough that I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens next.




    I might just pick up the next story in the series!

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

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    Pentecost. An Arcane Thriller Book by: J. F. Penn. Jake and Mor

    Pentecost. An Arcane Thriller Book by: J. F. Penn. Jake and Morgan enter into their quest for stones of the Apostles. With help from a journal of finely drawn journeys, the stones may be found.

    Reality characters are interesting following their clues through living keepers of secrets. Possibilities are intriguing and dangerous as Jake and Morgan strive to save the lives of millions. “One of the men spotted Jake and shouted. He saw them rushing toward him, hands on concealed weapons and they spread out to trap him near the alter.” There are many thrilling events in the easily understood plot driving the story.

    Description and sources from antiquity to present weave character action, maintaining a suspense filled thriller.

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    I am OBSESSED with the Indiana Jones movies. (Not counting the l

    I am OBSESSED with the Indiana Jones movies. (Not counting the last one, because no.) So the thought of reading a book with a character like Indiana Jones, but female had me bouncing for joy. I didn’t always relate to her, but I did admire her. I’m drawn to novels with strong female protagonists, and found Morgan Sierra  to fit the bill. Morgan Sierra is pretty kick-ass…or at least she used to be before she gave up her Special-Ops life to live a more quiet life in England. Funny thing about living a quiet life is  no one ever expects you to have a past. What I loved most about Morgan is that she’s an intelligent heroine – I didn’t spend the novel yelling at her actions, or cursing her choices.

    If a female Indiana Jones met THE DA VINCI CODE, you’d get PENTECOST. It’s an exciting opening to a series, but would work well enough as a stand alone as well. (You guys know how I feel about that!) Like The Da Vinci Code, the story is woven through religious history, creating a fictional prophecy that needs to be unraveled so that the heroine can save the day – and her family.  This blend of fact and fiction seems to heighten the feel of adventure in the story for the reader.

    While being a story involving religion, religion doesn’t become a central theme. There’s no browbeating, preaching, or really any hints of what the author’s personal religious beliefs are. I found this important – and impressive – as I can’t read any book that feels like the author is preaching to me, whether I agree or not.

    High paced action? Check.
    Strong, well-crafted characters? Check.
    Adventure and excitement? Check.
    Romance? Check.

    All and all, I’d call this an intellectually exciting read. I had a hard time putting this book down – even when I had to read books that I had specific deadlines for.

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