Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 70-75,000 words
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Based in London, England, Joanna Penn is a blogger, speaker, and business consultant. Although this is her first novel, she has previously written three non-fiction books. For more, visit her website.
Each of the Apostles took stones from Jesus’ tomb after his resurrection. These stones, which have special powers, were passed down through the generations via “Keepers,” who kept the powers and the locations of the stones secret. Someone is tracking down the Keepers and murdering them for the stones.
Pentecost combines the ancient (traditional religious history along with some purely fictional additions) with secret organizations, a touch of academia, and some cutting-edge science, to construct a thriller plot that feels like a Dan Brown creation.
The protagonist, Morgan Sierra, splits her time between private practice as a clinical psychologist specializing in issues related to religion and as an academic, lecturing at Oxford University. She is happy with her life and only reluctantly pulled in to assist a secret government organization who needs her expertise. Morgan takes the reader on a fast-paced quest around the world as she struggles to meet an immovable deadline. The author does an excellent job with a plot that weaves a broad range of the world’s religious history and settings from around the world into story that, while far from simple, doesn’t overwhelm the reader with its complexity.
The author uses UK spelling conventions.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars