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From the Author
The idea for the Pentecost stones came from a visit to Venice where there is a huge golden mural in one of the domes of St Mark's Basilica showing the Holy Spirit descending at Pentecost. I love Venice and was there in the floods, so the scene set there came quickly. I wanted to have a book about a religious mystery that could be plausible and set in the modern day, but that also investigated what became of the Apostles, as well as weaving in my fascinations with Carl Jung and modern psychology. I found some amazing links that prove fact is stranger than fiction.
I studied the early church during my Masters degree but revisited the research in order to find out where the bones of the Apostles are kept in the present day. This search took me from India and Iran in the east, through Israel, Spain, Italy, Tunisia and eventually over to the USA. I have visited many of the locations myself as travel is an immense passion of mine. I also enjoy describing fascinating settings and believe the location should be just as interesting to the reader as the action and characters.
Dr Morgan Sierra is indeed my alter-ego. I am an experience-junkie and the adventures I send her on are such stuff as dreams are made on. I hope you enjoy the vicarious ride as much as I have done.
About the Author
J.F.Penn loves action-adventure thrillers and cites as writinginspirations James Rollins, Steve Berry, Andy McDermott, Matthew Reilly, Clive Cussler as well as Dan Brown.
Penn loves scuba diving, traveling with her backpack, Pinot Noir, reading in the hammock and constant change.
- ASIN : B004JHYA6A
- Publisher : Curl Up Press (January 2, 2014)
- Publication date : January 2, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2163 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 406 pages
- Lending : Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#7,641 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #16 in Travel Adventure Fiction
- #17 in Religious Science Fiction & Fantasy (Kindle Store)
- #27 in Occult Suspense
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Master in religious studies J.F. Penn is indeed also master of writing of the arcane in an authoritive voice that reverberates through this book concerning the stone relics wrought from the cave of Jesus's grave after his resurrection.
Like in many relic myths, like the spear of Longinus, the shroud of Turin and the chalice of the last supper, belief is in the mind of the individual.
Perhaps that would account for a human monster believing that the so called stones of the apostles would restore his brother's lost mind to sanity in a new Pentecost event. Or perhaps insanity just runs in his family.
Whatever the reason, it inspires the utmost in Morgan Sierra and Jake Timber to rush from one exotic locale to the other in order to find and bring together the apostle stones in order to save Morgan's sister, Faye, and Faye's little girl, Gemma.
It is an action packed thriller and nerve wracking at times, almost an Indiana Jones type of adventure at times and highly entertaining. Hats of this author. Enjoy;
Toss in some loyalty and betrayal, a three-pronged motivation to gain the stones, some sexy, fit characters and boom – you’ve got the story.
Action starts fast – a nun burned alive in Varanasi with some weird atmospheric occurrences. The Pentecost stones – scattered through the ages – hold power that can cause great good or harm. Now the race is on to gather the stones to save or destroy the day. Toss in some cool religious architecture, and super-secret agencies, a tight timeline, and there you are.
Like I said – it was entertaining. This book (and I assume the others) are travel reads and/or guilty pleasure escapism.
This book takes the reader on a roller coaster trip to some of the most intriguing religious destinations in the world. Her descriptions are vivid in a way that makes the reader cringe when silence is broken in the sacred sanctuaries. (your mom always told you to be quiet in church--right?)
Imagine the diversion of a man dangling from a rope in the high dome of an ancient cathedral. That's the kind of action J.F. Penn packs into her novels. Think Indiana Jones meets the Pope.
Clearly, Ms. Penn has first-hand knowledge of the places she romps through with her characters. This wild, action-packed, "novel" vacation is an education as well as a tour.
One drawback to reading Stone of Fire. It's a series and you'll be hooked on reading them all.
Top reviews from other countries
This whole novel felt rushed and not is a tense, pacy kind of way. The dialogue was stilted, and the characters felt a little shallow, their motivations and actions questionable. And this was after I made allowances for this being a debut novel.
I really wanted to enjoy this - I admire the writer for her work helping independent authors - but I couldn't.
That she has written and produced numerous YouTube videos on the subject of novel-writing gives her huge credibility in how to craft a thriller. A small but important difference between Penn and some other self-publishers that massively adds to be enjoyment: the punctuation, continuity and spelling errors have been eliminated - she seems to understand the value of a competent edit.
I found myself riveted to the story, and she kept me hanging on until the end. Thanks Joanna for the super novels, and also for your support to the writing community.
Joanna writes a wonderful and entertaining thriller that should appeal to all readers regardless of their faith or views on religion. Her book has a lovely mix of fact and fiction. There is lots of history and background in this story which is gently explained. You do not need to be a religious scholar to understand what is going on because as this story unfolds, the characters explain both the nature of faith and the importance of the Pentecost stones.
I found Stone of Fire a very interesting read because of all the detail within the plot. Joanna has done a tremendous amount of research to build her story around the Pentecost and this depth is a joy to read. This book works on a number of levels, the concept of faith, conspiracies, secret rooms and societies plus adventure and the thrill of the chase. The whole feel of this book is very similar to the average Dan Brown novel but for all the right reasons.
Stone of Fire was a pleasure to read. I loved the writing style which was very descriptive, educated, informative and with an extensive vocabulary. The whole story was bright and refreshing. It was a very entertaining tale and because I am an Atheist, I found it very funny! Joanna does not poke fun at religion but it made me laugh! She writes a very convincing tale that is verified by lots of detail and background. It was lovely that when the story ends she includes some author notes to explain which parts were fact and which were fiction in case you were confused. She gave me what I want from my reading experience, a refreshing trip into another world and for that I vote her the top score of 5 stars.
I used to read a daily newspaper and did not bother with books. But a passenger left behind a copy of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown on my coach and I took it on holiday with me in June 2007. I enjoyed reading it so much that I abandoned my daily newspaper and moved onto books instead. I have never looked back and I feel that a novel like Stone of Fire can very easily turn on people and make them want to adopt reading books as a hobby. I view Stone of Fire as a stepping stone for readers to get the bug of a media that can give them years of pleasure.