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Review of the Novel – Pentecost, a Thriller

PentecostPentecost by Joanna Penn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pentecost. A Thriller. (Kindle Edition)

Readers of action adventure and suspense-thrillers will love Pentecost by Joanna Penn. Get ready for a globe hopping journey that will take you from India to Arizona with numerous stops in-between.

Morgan Sierra once served with Israel’s IDF and she knows her way around in combat. She left that life to become an academic trained at Oxford as a biblical scholar and in psychology. She and her twin sister possess what is said to be Apostle’s Stones, stones taken from the tomb of Christ after the resurrection. There are people who believe these stones give the holder great power. This leads to the kidnapping of Morgan’s sister Faye and niece Gemma.

Two powerful organizations are determined to collect all of the stones. They believe these stones were the source of astonishing events on the original Day of Pentecost in Act 2 of the New Testament. Morgan will do anything to rescue Faye and Gemma. One organization, Thanatos collects occult and religious objects and believes that if they follow Morgan she will lead them to the stones in her effort to affect a rescue.

Morgan is eventually persuaded to join forces with ARKANE against her own better judgment. It is the lesser of two evils as far as she is concerned. ARKANE does have advantages. Using powerful computers and a massive network of resources, they promise to help Morgan in her quest. ARKANE will do anything to keep Thanatos away from the stones because Thanatos will stop at nothing that gets in their way.

As the story unfolds the reader follows Morgan as she uses data gained from research to track down the remaining stones. It is a race against time and unimaginable consequences.

Joanna Penn’s Pentecost is filled with vivid images taken from holy shrines around the world. If you’re into action and fight scenes, you won’t be disappointed. Readers of historical fiction will enjoy revelations gleaned from painstaking research.

Joanna’s work has been compared to Dan Brown and Morgan Sierra to Lora Croft. I’d venture to suggest that fans of Clive Cussler will enjoy the book as well. Get a copy of Pentecost and you have a real pager turner in your hands. You will not be disappointed.

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