When the last of the Remnant is murdered at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Arkane agent Dr. Morgan Sierra is drawn into the hunt for a supernatural Key. She's joined by Agent Jake Timber, who must face his own fears as they decipher clues left behind by Kabbalist scholars.
From ancient sites in Spain to Israel and the Czech Republic, Morgan and Jake must follow the trail to the Key while evading Adam Kadmon, a man consumed by a lust for dark power.
As the planets align, Morgan and Jake race against time to find the Key and destroy it before the Devourers and the Polluted of God emerge from the Gates of Hell to ravage the earth.
©2015 Joanna Penn (P)2015 Joanna Penn
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I never read this author's works previously, the title was intriguing, so I asked to read it for review. I love audio books, but sometimes I doze off, etc...which I did...but this was good enough to make me back up and listen to it all. I was intrigued by the subject matter (Jewish supernatural ideas) which I don't see too often. The performance was very well done...especially since a woman narrator had to do male voices, and did them quite well. I know I will want to read more with these characters...it is obvious there is a lot going on with them and there were just enough hints to make me curious. All around, a great read/listen.
"When All Hell Nearly Breaks Loose"
An amazing thriller that travels the world and walks the thin line between the real and surreal. I read the book when it was first published, but since I got an extra credit for re-joining audible, I thought I'd give this a go as an audiobook. Listening to the book I was taken on a journey with even more depth and fine storytelling than in the reading. A good night's sleep was lost on this one, and without regret.
It begins when Rabbi Santiago Pereira falls to his bloody death at the feet of the sculpture of Christ on the Sagrada Familia basilica in Spain. He's been running in hopes of escaping a man, now known as Adam Kadmon, determined to know where the Key to the Gates of Hell is hidden. Hell is real in the world created by Penn, and there is a key. It can fall into the wrong hands. The rich details of the book become more vivid in the audiobook, which I hadn't expected, and the tension keeps growing until the terrifying end of the book. Penn's writing is so well done that there isn't a moment when the fear of God and hell don't scare the living daylights out of the listener. Angels and golden letters, a Golem and rituals of ancient Jewish mysticism mix with one tough lady for quite an adventure.
I was a bit surprised by the narration. I would have expected the weight of the subject matter to be told by by a deeper, more threatening voice. But as the action ramped up, so did the narrator's intensity. It was very well done, just a surprise at first.
I'd highly recommend this audiobook for anybody dealing with a boring commute or in need of something that keeps them focused as the world around them disappears. Simply fabulous.
Book 6 is an excellent addition to the tale. The fast paced novel takes Morgan back into her past as she helps save the future. It was great to see Jake again. I listened to the whole thing in one sitting. Can't wait to get the next adventure.
"This book is awesome"
I loved the audio book it was fast paced and I learned things I did not know. The narrator is fantastic.
"Gates of Hell"
This is a story about family ties,numerology and religious ideologies. Morgan is thrown into a maelstrom when the last of the remnants is killed and she recieves a letter from her dead father.It was written long before he died.She is now the only one to find the 'key' and prevent Adam Kadmno,a vicious man who has personal history with her family,opens the gates of hell.
I was given this book free for an honest review.
"So good I want to listen to the first 5"
I've listened to about 150 audiobooks and I would say this is in the top third
When they were in the caves fighting for their lives
Yes, but I try to pace myself
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Joanna has written another great story featuring Arkane agent Morgan Sierra, along with Jake Timber, as they try to find a supernatural key that opens the gates to hell. Adam Kadmon is set on getting to the key first and opening the gate. this dirty is exciting up until the very end.
I received a review copy of this book but it in no way influenced my review.
I absolutely love the amount of detailed research the author puts into her books.
Yes, I want to find out what happens to Jake and Morgan.
A bit flat
I'm a big fan of J. F. Penn's nonfiction work, so I thought I would give her fiction a try. As someone who's interested in mysticism and Kabbalah, I thought the overall story was pretty good. The author has done a decent amount of research into Jewish mysticism, which gives the story a nice layer of detail. The only real problem I had with this book was I felt the narrator's performance came up a little short. The action scenes weren't read with the energy and passion that I would've expected. Plus, the narrators British accents were terrible. All of this made the whole experience a bit less enjoyable for me. However, I still enjoyed the story enough that I intend to buy the rest of the series. Note: I received a free review copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.
"Apocalyptic Occult Adventure Thriller"
I would to someone who liked this genre. It is a high octane adventurous ride.
Mikhail. He was the ultimate classical hero. Altruistic, tragic and self sacrificing. He will be the key to defeating Adam.
She did a good job with the accents and with giving the various characters their own unique individual voices.
Yes it full of action and suspense and could be listened to in one sitting.
Louise now calling himself Adam Kadmon has a major chip on his shoulder and hates all of mankind. He is intent upon opening the gates of hell and bringing the world into darkness, chaos and destruction. He was bullied as a child, maimed by one of his tormentors and rivals as a young man and then scorned in love. He vows vengeance not only on the perpetrators of his misfortune and anguish but also on all of mankind. His once beloved teacher and mentor, who was the father of the girl who scorned him is a respected member of a brotherhood of rabbis who specialize in the occult that are called the Remnant. Before Adam kills this Rabbi he gets a message out to Dr. Morgan Sierra. Adam is wiping out the Remnant of which Morgan's father was a member and one of Adam's victims.
Morgan and her companion Jake set out on an Arkane mission to thwart Adam and destroy the key to the door to hell. They will be joined by Morgan's father's apprentice and successor Mikhail.
This well written and developed book was full of action and suspense. There are sexual sparks between Morgan and Jake, although they maintain a professional relationship.
This was the first book I've read/listened to in the series and I do need to go back and listen to the preceding books. If you like an exciting adventure fantasy thriller then this book would be a good choice.
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"Where Angels *must* tread"
When the last of the Remnant is murdered at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Arkane agent Dr. Morgan Sierra is drawn into the hunt for a supernatural Key. She's joined by Agent Jake Timber, who must face his own fears as they decipher clues left behind by Kabbalist scholars. From ancient sites in Spain to Israel and the Czech Republic, Morgan and Jake must follow the trail to the Key while evading Adam Kadmon, a man consumed by a lust for dark power. As the planets align, Morgan and Jake race against time to find the Key and destroy it before the Devourers and the Polluted of God emerge from the Gates of Hell to ravage the earth.
Although this is not the first book in this series (and I will be searching that out), it does provide a more than adequate introduction to what I think will be a group of very readable and fascinating books. The author, who has degrees in theology among other things, researches her material, and so the supernatural elements are, for the most part not only interesting, but accurate as well. The writing is accomplished, as is the character development. As a bonus, the author has a keen eye for setting and atmosphere, using description to make her exotic settings spring into vivid life. All in all, I found this an excellent read, good enough, in fact, to search out and read the rest of her series.
While the narrator did an adequate job, I found her reading speed a bit too fast, and often felt as though she was trying to rush through the book. Book narration is not just reading out loud. It is a dramatic art, containing elements of both elocution and theater, and requires skilled use of the voice, which includes pitch, breath control and expression. I have listened to recorded books for most of my life, so I can easily recognize truly fine narration when I hear it, and I did not hear that, here. However, the narrator has, potentially, a lovely speaking voice, and could become a very fine narrator, I think.
I especially liked the author’s note at the end of the book, which put some things into perspective, and explained some of the arcane material she used.
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