Stone Of Fire: An ARKANE Thriller Book 1 (Volume 1)

Stone Of Fire: An ARKANE Thriller Book 1 (Volume 1)

J F Penn

Language: English

Pages: 290

ISBN: 150890149X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A power kept secret for 2000 years. A woman who stands to lose everything. ** From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author J.F.Penn ** India. When a nun is burned alive on the sacred ghats of Varanasi, and the stone she carried is stolen, an international hunt is triggered for the relics of the early church. Forged in the fire and blood of martyrs, the Pentecost stones have been handed down through generations of Keepers who kept their power and locations secret. Until now. 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. Morgan must risk her own life to save her family, but will she ultimately be betrayed? 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 fires of evil. The first in the ARKANE series, STONE OF FIRE is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller that explores the edges of faith against a backdrop of early Christian history, archaeology and psychology.

















didn’t touch it, but wrapped it in a pure white linen cloth, feeling the last of the warmth it contained. He headed out in the dawn, back towards the city and the hospital, leaving his men to clean up the mess. Perhaps this time … Chapter 18 Santiago de Compostela, Spain. May 20, 2.45PM Jake arrived back at the airport in a Spanish police vehicle and bounded up the steps into the plane. Morgan lay back reading one of the Moleskine journals on the reclining seats. “Coffee?” Morgan lifted the

have time to scream. Blood spurted over Jake’s arm and as the body dropped he shoved it into the back of the first man, ripping the gun from his hand and firing it into his body.  It was done in less than thirty seconds. Jake’s breath came heavily and fast. He slowed it purposefully, calming the adrenaline rush. He had not killed in a while, but his pent up anger and knowledge of what these men would have done to him and Morgan had left him no choice. There was too much at stake here to let

that had stood guard over the square since the twelfth century. One column was topped by St Mark’s winged lion gazing out to sea, symbol of the gospel writer himself. St Theodor, the first protector of Venice, perched on the other, with an ancient dragon-crocodile beneath his feet. The original pagan saint had been displaced by St Mark in the ninth century. Morgan smiled, thinking that a gospel writer would always trump a lesser known saint. Between these two pillars in ancient times, criminals

It looked like there was a small grey stone embedded there, a plain marker against the gold and jeweled ceiling. Overshadowed by the number of bright stones, it could hardly be seen at all, but Morgan wondered whether it was actually the real jewel of the mosaic.  Had Pius hidden the Apostle’s stone in plain sight? “What do you think?” Morgan passed the binoculars to Jake so that he could see it too. Her excitement was clear in her voice as she asked. “How can we get a closer look?” “There’s

cover as he prepared for the men’s entry. She needed to defend herself as well.  Morgan felt around the base of the desk for the compartment she had fashioned in the old wood. She had hidden the gun there when she moved to this office, daring to hope she would never have to use it. Despite feeling it was a crazy precaution and one that could get her arrested, she had cleaned it and kept it ready just in case. She had felt guilty at the possibility of betraying her oath but she couldn’t stop the

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