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Here's the set-up for Joanna Penn's Pentecost, just 99 Cents on Kindle:
A powerful secret kept for 2000 years. A brotherhood broken by murder. A woman who stands to lose everything.
When Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead, the Apostles took stones from his tomb as a symbol of their brotherhood. At Pentecost, the fire of the Holy Spirit empowered the stones and the Apostles performed miracles in God’s name throughout the Empire.
Forged in the fire and blood of the Christian martyrs, the Pentecost stones were 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.
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 fire of evil.
From the reviewers:
"If you like Indiana Jones action, a Lora Croft style heroine and a mystery steeped in Christian myth and mysticism, then Pentecost is the book for you.Full of fast-paced action this book hits the ground running from the beginning." --Review by Virginia Ripple
"If you enjoy a fast-paced thriller that brings an intriguing mix of history and fiction, then Pentecost by Joanna Penn should be on your list of must reads".-- Review by CG Lawrence
"This book has elements that will appeal to all thriller fans - there's a bit of Indiana Jones, a bit of Wilbur Smith, a bit of Dan Brown and a lot of Joanna Penn and I have no hesitation in recommending it. It's a rollicking good read.."-- Review by Alan Baxter
"Penn has a gift for describing the various cathedrals, basilicas, and lands that Morgan and Jake journey to, making the setting vibrant and alive throughout the book. Penn is also a master at weaving in religious information throughout the story that pushes the plot along. The pacing of the story is unparalleled ..."-- Review by Melanie Hawthorne
"The most awesome book I have read in a long time. A page turner from the beginning to the end. Even the author's note is interesting."-- Review by Sharon Flood
"I happen to love books with religious themes. I couldn't put down Dan Brown's books. I couldn't put this book down either. A strong woman, a lot of action, and unfamiliar religious history hooked me. I knew nothing about the religious background behind this story and I found it very interesting. If you love action, and esoteric religious history, you will really like this book."-- Review by Janis Friesler
"Joanna Penn hooked me immediately with her understanding of church history, and geography and historical documentation. PENTECOST is more than a fictional pleasure read; it is the stuff that movie producers drool over, keeping them up at night wondering why they hadn't thought of such an intriguing premise." --Review by Jeff Bennington
"Intriguing, Dramatic, Suspenseful...these are the first words that come to mind when recalling Joanna's Pentecost. This book has been compared to Dan Brown and Indiana Jones. However, as I read it I was reminded of two of my favorite authors, Sidney Sheldon and Dean Koontz, despite the different genres they all write in." --Review by Cynthia Tucker
I'm an author, speaker and business consultant based in Brisbane, Australia although I'm British. I've just started writing religious thriller novels and my first one is Pentecost.
I'm passionate about digital publishing and using the internet to build a platform, market and promote books worldwide. It is an exciting time in publishing! Authors have the chance to get their work out worldwide using new technologies. Brilliant!
I love books, podcasts, self development learning, scuba diving, travel, my cat Shmi, writers festivals, Lindt & Sprungli chocolate, Indian saris made into skirts, funky jewelry and my iPhone.--Joanna Penn
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