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Pentecost. A Thriller. Paperback – January 5, 2011
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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. I have this vision of Penelope Cruz and Johnny Depp doing this one.
I kept hoping that the protagonist's sidekick would also be a woman, but it turns out to be man called Jake. That's fine, the formula works well, but it's becoming an overplayed format. Why not two strong females, is that not possible? Thelma and Louise worked for me. This suggestion is coming from a male reader.
Joanna is very skillful at marching through the religious minefield and not stepping on anyone's religious sensibilities--truly a sign of genius.
If there is any deficiency in the book, it lies with some editing errors and typos. With e-books, those errors are easily corrected and the print-on-demand version also faces quick turn-around to fix things and I expect those errors will vanish shortly.
Is the Penn mightier than the sword, the sword being traditional publishing vs. Indie publishing? This book certainly brings Indie publishing to new heights. She is certainly head and shoulders above many of her suspense-writing peers. I may not be a fiction reader, but I anxiously await her next work.
Dennis R. Blanchard
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. The ARKANE Institute is also in possession of one of the stones. Jake's motivation is to keep all of the stones from falling into the wrong hands. Thanatos is the major criminal group likewise seeking all of the stones for the power they possibly contain. Throw in a psycho named Everett, the kidnapper of Faye and Gemma and you have a spellbinding page turner that you can't put down except, perhaps when you require sleep or food. The hair raising travelog moves from country to country like the Orient Express.
If you like books like ANGELS AND DEMONS, THE DA VINCI CODE, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, or THE LAST TEMPLER you can't go wrong if you choose to add PENTECOST to the list. I intend to read it at least a couple of more times in the coming weeks. I can't wait for Joanna's next book PROPHECY. I am going to sign up for the pre-launch specials at [...].
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