My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Part 1: From The Book Cover
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.
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, action-packed thriller that explores the edges of faith against a backdrop of early Christian history, archaeology and psychology.
Part 2: Recommendation
Stone of Fire was previously published with the title of Pentecost and this is the first fiction book that I read from J.F. Penn.
Stone of Fire is a very well-edited work of fiction, action-packed with like-able characters headed by psychologist, Dr. Morgan Sierra. Sure, she has her flaws and is haunted by her past but they don't make her weak. She is smart, strong and real. As for Jake, and the rest of the ARKANE gang, I'm still trying to make up my mind if I want to trust them or not.
The storyline of Stone of Fire feels very much like Lara Croft meets Dan Brown with bullets flying, traveling to different countries, going into churches to retrieve the Pentecost stones, and one false move could mean death all in a span of a few days on top of dodging this evil group of thugs called Thanatos. I really enjoyed the book as well as J.F. Penn's writing style.
So, if you love action, adventure thrillers revolving around religious mysticism, archeology and psychology, you will most likely enjoy this book. Me, I'm looking forward to reading and collecting all the books in the series.