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A Brand-New Religious Artifact Thriller with a Strong Female Lead: Love it!

Joanna Penn’s Pentecost, her first fiction novel and first in a series with main character Morgan Sierra and a covert British company call ARKANE, is definitely a thriller full of action and pulse pounding events.  Although there is not a certain mystery involved to keep me reading and guessing, it wasn’t needed as the motion of the book kept me from wanting to put it down. I became interested in seeing the character solve the situation before evil won out!

The action moves so quickly in this book, as well as the story line, that you just want to keep reading in hopes of helping the characters move faster in finding the religious artifacts that are at the cust of the story.  Morgan, an independent, strong woman previously trained in the Israeli army can certainly hold her own as she bounds throughout several international countries with covert organization ARKANE on her heels trying to assist her for reasons unknown to her.  Their employee, Jake, and Morgan work tirelessly together and seem to have some unspoken chemistry that brings just enough hint of romance to the novel. 

Morgan is not just after the stones for herself, even though she is a Keeper of a stone, as well as her twin sister.  When her sister and niece are kidnapped, and other Keepers murdered, Morgan is motivated to find the stones fast. These twelve stones are rumored down history to be stones cut from Jesus’ tomb by his 12 disciples, which were taken with them into their new lives in other ancient countries such as Italy, Iran, Spain, and more. If joined together, the stones could bring about great power and another Pentecost, creating the power to destroy the world.  Morgan needs to stop the stones from being used for evil before it is too late!

ARKANE is realized to be a covert organization that is always keeping tabs on anything that has to do with religious artifacts and in the end, they wish to recruit Morgan.  After having placed her stone in the care of ARKANE’s artifact vault she leaves the reader waiting for more. Penn does expect a second book in this series with Morgan, called Prophecy, to come in 2012.

Penn is a self-published author based in Australia (even though she is British).  This is her first novel. Her Masters in Theology and a post-graduate diploma in psychology brings her academic interests to the fiction writing stage. Her expertise certainly hovers over all the religious locations and relics presented in this book to make it a very believable story. Joanna herself explains the book as being a religious and psychological thriller, a Lara Croft meets Dan Brown.  However, though religious relics and theology abound, it is more an action thriller than a religious or historical thriller. Penn’s character development is superb.  It will be one you won’t want to put down until the end.

To read more about Pentecost, you can view information here (as well as a book trailer): http://www.thecreativepenn.com/books/. It is available from Amazon in paperback and immediately to your Kindle for a great price. Grab it up!

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One of the most gripping young adult thriller series in 2009

It’s not too late to take the ride on this super thriller about an australian teenager named Cal, who on New Year’s Eve is told he has 365 days only to try and survive. Thinking his father died of a mysterious illness, he is warned by a stranger that his father may have been murdered and now he is next.  This sends him running like a fugitive and begins a fast-paced, page-turning first book entitled Conspiracy 365: January.  It is a short read for adults, but more on the level of 10 to 18 year olds (depending on reading level, my 5th grade son read it quick but he has an adult reading level).  This said, it is still much fun for everyone!  There are 12 books in the series, starting with January and each one is named for each subsequent month.  Cal is on the run in each book, with each ending in a cliffhanger!  You can also check out Cal’s blog called www.teenfugitive.com to get even more involved in the story!

The author of the Conspiracy 365 Series is the award-winning Australian writer Gabrielle Lord (www.gabriellelord.com), who prior to this young adult series wrote adult crime thrillers (14 in fact!).  Now that all 12 books in the series are complete, she has plans for several more adult and young adult books.

Kane//Miller is the publisher (owned now by Educational Development Corporation) and specializes in bringing foreign titles to the United States. They have a dedicated website for Conspiracy 365 at www.conspiracy365US.com which has more information about the book, author, social networking links, and activities to accompany each book. I definately recommend that you check it out!

If you are interested in ordering the first book of the series, or the entire series (which can be purchased in one lump sum), they are nice hardback books at $10.99 each or there is a series price.  This series is only available from Usborne Books and More independent consultants (it previously was to be sold to bookstores and through Scholastic also).

My son thought these books were exciting to read each month (he’s 10) and he liked to read the book all in one sitting.  He didn’t like to wait for the next one! I would recommend these for children who are avid readers and like a quick thrilling title, but also reluctant readers who need a book that really motivates them to keep reading.

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