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Arkane Thrillers, Books 1 - 3

Stone of Fire, Crypt of Bone, Ark of Blood
By: J F Penn
Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
Series: An ARKANE Thriller, Book 1-3
Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Meet Morgan Sierra. Ex-Israeli military psychologist, specialist in religious cults at Oxford University, Krav Maga expert, and now recruited to work for ARKANE, a secret British government agency investigating supernatural mysteries around the world.

Three full-length thrillers in one box-set.

Stone of Fire #1

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. Morgan Sierra is forced into the search when her sister and niece are held hostage. She's helped by Jake Timber from the mysterious ARKANE. 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, before the fires of evil are summoned again.

Crypt of Bone #2

The prophecy in Revelation, declares that a quarter of the world must die .

Israel. A man jumps to his death from the top of the Western Wall, his body smashed on the ancient stones. Another disembowels himself under the scrawled figure of the Pale Horse of the Apocalypse. As she investigates the deaths, Morgan Sierra becomes embroiled in an international conspiracy that will use technology to carry an ancient curse to mankind. Working with ARKANE agent Jake Timber, they hunt down the Devil's Bible, pursued all the way by the evil forces of Thanatos.

From the catacombs of Paris, to the skeletal ossuaries of Sicily, and the Czech Republic, Morgan and Jake must find the Devil's Bible and stop the curse being released into the world, before one in four are destroyed in the coming holocaust. Because in just seven days, the final curse will be spoken, and the prophecy will be fulfilled.

ARK OF BLOOD #3

Egypt. The curator of the Museum of Antiquities is ritually murdered by a group wearing the masks of Ancient Egyptian deities.

USA. In Washington DC, a decapitated head is placed on a replica Ark of the Covenant, with a chilling message that warns of a terrifying escalation of violence in the Middle East.

Morgan Sierra must race against time to find the real Ark, while her nemesis, the vicious mercenary Natasha, is in the hunt and out for bloody revenge. Morgan travels across Egypt, Jordan, and back to London, following a trail of clues that takes her into the mists of history - and mortal danger.

©2012, 2017 J.F.Penn (P)2017 J.F.Penn

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  • Terri-ann
  • HAMPTON PARK, Australia
  • 06-09-2017

A master Thriller - Awesome setting and history

Joanna Penn is a master of setting giving you the full sense of place with a thriller plot. It is obvious that Joanna is very intelligent and I felt like I inadvertently learned some history. Morgan, the main character is a wonderful choice and I particularly love that she has Israeli roots, is tough and an awesome role model. These are fast-paced thrillers with plenty of action, fight scenes, and intellect. LOVE them, can't wait to read/listen to the rest.

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  • Ann Keeran
  • 25-11-2017

Another Hit for Penn!

Three exciting ARKANE thrillers in one superb audio book. Veronica Giguere brings these books to life with her unique intonation. Wonderful to listen to.

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  • Gina Johnson
  • 22-11-2017

Didn't want to stop listening

This was a thrilling story intertwining Biblical prophecy and other religions myths. It was full of adventure taking place in Europe to the Middle East. Israel and Egypt being key. The heroine is a tough woman who cannot be beaten down. She will do what is needed to stop the evil from permeating the world. I received a complimentary audio and my review is voluntary.

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  • Mark D. Wecht
  • 20-08-2019

Sounds like Alexa is reading the book

This has been the worst performance I have heard. It is to fast and it sounds like Amazon’s Alexa is reading it. I tried slowing it down but then it is too slow. I want to hear the story which seems to be good but I can’t take any more of the performance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-09-2017

Good story, hard to listen to

I enjoyed the story lines even though they are pretty much formulaic. A few mis-used (or mis-pronounced) words caused some stumbling in the flow. But the narrator's voice is altogether too strident and too high-pitched. I had to slow it down by 10% before I could bear to listen.

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  • August
  • 07-09-2017

Intriguing

While not my usual genre, I enjoyed these books. The concept alone is gripping, though the execution wasn't quite to my liking.

Keep in mind this is all opinion, and these books may be perfect for you.

My real issue was with the pacing. Everything happened a little too quickly, with answers to mystical-type questions being a bit too convenient. While every answer wasn't immediate, and every bit of conjecture wasn't perfect, the mystery solving was still too quick for me to believe. This took a lot more suspension of disbelief than I'm accustomed to, and I usually read fantasy.

That aside, characters are solid, and the adventures are a lot of fun. Giguere's performance is exceptional, bringing an extra layer of life to the narrative.

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  • lynda
  • 11-08-2017

An Awesome Listen

Very enjoyable series. The characters are well written, with enough back ground information to understand them, but not bore you. It was fast paced and kept you turning pages. It was great to be able to listen to all three together. Looking forward to more adventures.

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  • jenny
  • 12-01-2018

Thrilling Stories Thrillingly Narrated

Excellently paced, exciting, engaging stories satisfyingly told! Great value box set devoured over a few days. Highly recommended.