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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 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 the fires of evil are summoned again.

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.

>>>>> If you love a fast-paced, rollicking read, download a sample or buy STONE OF FIRE now.

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Stone of Fire (ARKANE Thriller Book 1)
Average rating
4.1 / 5
Applicable
January 3rd, 2016
Interesting history throughout the story Should write a follow up to the book or make trilogy for the readers
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Stone of fire
January 3rd, 2016
It is a Grasping story. Worth reading. I could move with the characters to the different locations which are described very realistically.
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1 review
Want to read the next
January 2nd, 2016
Kept me interested all the way through.will be reading the rest of this series as long as I can get them all on ereader
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1 review
Great read
December 11th, 2015
If you're a fan of action adventures with a little bit of history thrown in, then this is a must buy. Great storyline well thought through characters. Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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Great story, but not enough exposition
December 8th, 2015
"Show, don't tell." JF Penn seems not to know this cardinal rule of writing. This is a fantastic story poorly written. She tells most of the story from an omnipotent outside POV that summarizes the most important parts of the story. I wanted more of each location, more dialogue and less interminable summaries of what happened. Otherwise it's a good story. She just tells it in a boring way. See anything by Stephen King or Tom Clancy for perfect examples of showing events, not telling of them!
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Warehouse 13 & Torchwood in a book
November 15th, 2015
This is my first foray into Christian thriller fiction, & I love it! This book talks about a secret organization (ARKANE) that works under the auspices of several government & religious organizations (similar to Torchwood) to look for sacred religious relics that, if left out in the world, could bring about its destruction (similar to Warehouse 13). This book is about the race between ARKANE & another group, Thanatos, to get the 12 apostle stones to usher in another Pentecost & a new era of power & miraculous healings worldwide, not to mention a possible religious war.
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Stone of fire
October 10th, 2015
Brilliant work of fiction Cant wait to get engrossed in the rest of the series..
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Pentecost
October 6th, 2015
Interesting plot but a few distracting editing problems. Morgan needed help to find the Pentecost stones to exchange for her sister and niece.
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A good holiday read.
September 9th, 2015
Well written and a good story line. Characters believable and concept plausible. Well put together. Try the next one.
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Exellent
June 2nd, 2015
Another very good read from j e Penn looking forward to reading more by the same author very soon. Very absorbing
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Loved the characters!
May 24th, 2015
I could not put the book down once I started to read this fast paced adventure. I also love the idea that there are sequels to this book.
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Stone of fire
May 4th, 2015
Great read. Fast paced with lots of interacting action and characters. Thoroughly enjoyed this style of book
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1 person found this helpful
Excellent Action Thriller
May 4th, 2015
In "Stone of Fire," (previously Pentecost), we are introduced to Morgan Sierra, an Oxford University psychologist who is more than what she seems. The action starts immediately as she is quietly awaiting an appointment in her office. From the first action sequence to the last, we are treated to one non-stop action thrill ride. When Morgan comes into contact with ARKANE and meets Jake Timber, the two are off on a globe-hopping quest to find the twelve stones of the Apostles. With menacing villans and unceasing resistance coming at them from every direction, Morgan manages to hold her own, extricate herself from each dilemna and find the artifacts she's looking for. She is a very strong and believable female lead who takes things into her own hands and doesn't wait around for Jake to come and help her. This is escapist fiction at its finest; however, the author has managed to pack an incredible amount of detail and facts into the story without it slowing down the pace or detracting from the action. You'll be extremely glad there are already several books in this series because you won't be able to stop with just one.
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1 review
Whirlwind tour of intrigue
March 21st, 2015
Laura Croft meets Romancing the Stone meets Da Vinci Code meets theologian meets IDF Krav Maga woman.
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1 person found this helpful
A real page turner.
January 6th, 2015
It's an amazing read. Kept me engrossed for hours wanting to know 'what's next?'. Love the plot, the adventures encountered by both, Morgan and Jake across various parts of the globe, and the unseen tension that is portrayed throughout the pages.
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Pentecost. An ARKANE thriller
October 8th, 2014
Can't wait for book 2
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Pentecost
October 6th, 2014
Great read, brilliant research
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Pentecost
October 6th, 2014
Great read, brilliant research
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2 reviews
Pentecost
September 19th, 2014
I could not put it down
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
Pentecost. Arkene 1
July 19th, 2014
Amazing book. Leads me to read bible thoroughly..
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1 review
Fast paced and awesome
July 12th, 2014
Really brings to mind Mathew reilley an amazing talent. You will not be sorry for reading this novel
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Pentecost
July 4th, 2014
Good story. Kept me interested and guessing what was next!
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
Excellent
June 17th, 2014
Great read, well formed characters and great action.
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Petacost
June 7th, 2014
I really enjoyed the integrating between historical fact and intelligent story telling. Hopping around the world with the characters and the detailed descriptions of locations kept me interested and engaged. What great book!
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Pentecost
May 27th, 2014
Very interesting first book. Finished it and bought the rest of the triology. My kind of a book. A mix of Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum and James Rollins.
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Pentecost
May 26th, 2014
Quite a thrill ride. Once begun, the book is difficult to put down. I feel that Morgan's character needs further development. She's rather one-dimensional at this point and I hope the next book clears up some of her parents' secrets and motivations. Her berserker rages also need elucidation. On the whole far superior to Dan Brown. It's a shame JF Penn's profile is not higher.
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Pentecost
January 15th, 2014
Awesome thrill ride
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Pentecost
December 25th, 2013
It was a great read. Going to start the next book. Like the characters.
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1 person found this helpful
November 4th, 2013
Very good read , spellbinding to the end! I have and would recommend this book to others!
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
November 3rd, 2013
I really enjoyed this book and have since read all in the series. Her fast paced accounts of events involving mysteries in different churches or "holy" places around the world remind me a bit of Dan Brown's novels .Shorter reads and vey exciting.
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November 3rd, 2013
Well writen within great chacters
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November 2nd, 2013
Really great book, reccomend it
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October 6th, 2013
J.F.Penn has done a great job on the series of "ARKANE". It is a thriller on every page with suspense and leaves us believing such a group exists. Pentecost is the first in a series of 3. Before completing the 1st book, I ordered the next 2 in the series. I would suggest the complete series to everyone .I am now a J.F.Penn FAN and continually look for more books by this writer.
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October 6th, 2013
Really. Great read
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1 review
October 5th, 2013
Fast paced in the style of Dan Brown with enough plot twists to keep you reading, could hardly wait to read the next book to see what happened next
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October 5th, 2013
Pentecost is an intriguing book. Although I do not usually read religious books this one is along the lines of a Dan Brown DaVinci Code. It is fast paced and keeps you on edge.
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October 4th, 2013
If someone was to tell me I like religious fiction I would tell them they were crazy. Well, I must be crazy. This is well written. This makes the reader a believer in what is going on. The places in the book are real places on earth (an occassional stretch of the truth). This is an adventure with a time limit. There are mercenaries, religious zealots, historians, keepers of faith. What more can you want. I usually like to read James Rollins.
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October 1st, 2013
The novel opens with a startling scene and the momentum keeps propelling it forward. The protagonist, Dr. Morgan Sierra, is a fascinating and kick-ass hero, one who is immediately pulled in to a fascinating 2000 year old mystery and protected secret. Penn has crafted a compelling thriller that fans of James Rollins or Dan Brown would immediately love.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
September 2nd, 2013
It was very hard getting into the story. I am not literate in the history of religion and I got lost a number of times. I trust that Mr Penn wove his story around real historical religion. It did come across that way. I am into the story at the end of this book and readytv to start book 2.
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