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Pentecost. A Thriller. Paperback – January 5, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: The Creative Penn (January 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987055305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987055309
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,868,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By cglawrence on February 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Camel Club Move Over!!

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".

For a first novel attempt, Joanna Penn should be congratulated on weaving a darn-good story. The Pentecost experience in the Bible is one of the most pivotal moments in the telling of the Gospel. Penn has crafted an intriguing play on that story that keeps the reader's attention throughout. Readers are taken on a pulsating journey through some of the most significant cities in Christian history as they follow the undaunted efforts of heroin Morgan Sierra. Sierra is a main character you instantly begin to appreciate as an intellectually gifted and physically capable heroine. Penn should be applauded for developing such a capable heroine moving away from the typical male bravado that's used to characterize the heroes in most current-day thrillers. Overall, Pentecost has all the necessary elements to be called a page-turner. This is a good read!!

Ultimately Penn leaves a nice set-up which makes the reader wonder if we'll see more from Morgan Sierra and the secretive ARKANE organization. I can only hope so. Congratulations Joanna Penn on a truly enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MKT on January 24, 2011
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Joanna Penn has written non-fiction and blogs regularly at TheCreativePenn.com. This book is her first work of fiction, a religious thriller that spins a web of fast-paced action. The story blends intriguing facts and myths about the twelve apostles with modern-day fanatics who search for the keys to unlock the powerful force of Pentecost. In addition to her main characters, Morgan and Jake, Penn includes an old monk, some quirky scientists and enough evil men to keep us worried until the very end. While the story begins in India, the author also takes us to Tabriz, Jerusalem, Rome, Amalfi and other places where Christianity first spread its message. If you like Kate Mosse or Kathleen McGowan, you should give Pentecost a read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AnnabelCandy on May 2, 2011
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Let's face it, when you go up against that other religious thriller by Dan Brown you expect to come up with criticism. Yet while there are always points of improvement (but nothing that couldn't be fixed with a tight final edit) I have to give this a rave review.

Author Joanna Penn has a Masters in Theology from Oxford University no less and really knows her subject matter inside out. The story pulls together that knowledge and unique locations around the world to make you wonder if this really is fiction or if there could be some element of truth to the myths surrounding the Pentecost stones.

Penn shares where some of her ideas come from at the end of the book but even then I'm still left wondering about the blurred lines between reality and fiction!

I love that Pentecost has a smart, gutsy heroine - we can never have enough of them. This is one of those rare thrillers where all the elements of a gripping thriller combine to make it just that. I look forward to seeing how the rest of the series develops.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Blanchard on March 11, 2011
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Joanna Penn's Pentecost. A Thriller.is a fast moving, thriller. If you don't do anything else, take a look at the first chapter peek and see for yourself. It conjures up memories of the opening fifteen minutes of Raiders of the Lost Ark...action filled, exciting and creating more questions than answers.

I'm not a fiction reader. I obtained a copy of Pentecost. A Thriller. for my wife's Valentines Day gift. Now a point of disclosure here: I have corresponded with Joanna on a few occasions about her blog and writing ideas. She is a wealth of information for the writing community. I felt an obligation to read Pentecost. A Thriller. so I could enter a review here in return for all she does for her fellow authors.

Was I ever surprised! I enjoyed the book; I enjoyed it immensely! It truly is a book that you cannot put down once you start reading it.

At times I almost begged that the suspense and twists would take a breather so I could take a bathroom break. (Disclosure again: I ended up taking it to the bathroom. TMI?)

As I was reading this thriller I was struck again and again and again with the visual images that she paints with words. This book would certainly qualify for a movie production. Since the writer is a female, the stories protagonist, Morgan Sierra, is a female, why not go all the way and have Kathryn Bigelow, director of THE HURT LOCKER, put this one into film? It would be the perfect marriage of talents.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Gilliam on March 8, 2011
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I must say I love this type of thriller, however, I wasn't looking for it or any book for that matter. I am a subscriber to Joanna Penn's Blog [...]. I'm a first time author myself and I was visiting her site to get some information on how to make a book trailer to promote my book. After playing the book trailer for PENTECOST--twice--I immediately logged on to Amazon and ordered the book. The trailer was excellent and I'm happy to report that the book didn't disappoint. If anything it was better. Joanna Penn's educational background in theology and psychology serve her well as the author of one of the best religious thrillers I've had the pleasure of reading since THE LAST TEMPLER.

The simple formula for good fiction is: Character + Conflict = Drama. The drama in PENTECOST literally drips off the pages of this exciting novel starting with the vivid decriptions of the funneral pyres on the first page of the prologue. The first keeper of one of the stones is burned alive; my heart was in my throat at this point. Prologues are often overlooked by readers because many of them are not done very well, however, this one was done exceptionally well. It immediately hooked me and set me up for the excitement starting with chapter one where I was introduced to Morgan Sierra the protagonist and seeker of the stones of the deciples. Morgan was not the only seeker however, and she is immediately embroiled in a deadly race to recover the stones to save her sister and niece who are kidnaped by a rouge agent of an evil group known as Thanotos. Both Morgan and her sister Faye are keepers of two of the stones. Morgan's motivation is the rescue of Faye and Gemma. Accordingly, she is forced to accept the help of Jake Timber an agent of the super secret British agency known by its accronym--ARKANE.
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