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  • One Day in Budapest

  • By: J. F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Budapest, Hungary. When a priest is murdered at the Basilica of St Stephen and the Holy Right relic is stolen, the ultra-nationalist Eröszak party calls for retribution and anti-Semitic violence erupts in the city. Dr Morgan Sierra, psychologist and ARKANE agent, finds herself trapped inside the synagogue with Zoltan Fischer, a Hungarian Jewish security advisor. As the terrorism escalates, Morgan and Zoltan must race against time to find the Holy Right and expose the conspiracy, before blood is spilled again on the streets of Budapest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gritty action packed thriller

  • By Chris Tickner on 18-02-15

A gritty action packed thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, this story is a great break from the norm in the series and well worth a listen.

What other book might you compare One Day in Budapest to, and why?

any of the Arkane series by J.F Penn all of them are gripping and this one is especially packed with action.

What does Veronica Giguere bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Veronica immerses the listener and her great vocal abilities shine through.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it kept me on edge the whole way through due to its high action level.

Any additional comments?

A great read and interesting diversion from the other books in the Arkane series. Crammed with action, historical interest and the unusual setting of Budapest.

  • Ark of Blood

  • An ARKANE Thriller, Book 3
  • By: J.F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

When the curator of the Museum of Antiquities is slaughtered in a horrific ritual by a group wearing the masks of Ancient Egyptian deities, local authorities ask for help from ARKANE, the agency tasked with investigating religious and paranormal events. Then, in Washington D.C., a decapitated Arab body is discovered. The head is placed on the replica Ark of the Covenant along with a chilling message that warns of a terrifying escalation of violence in the Middle East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great diversity in settings and scenes.

  • By Chris Tickner on 16-02-15

Great diversity in settings and scenes.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-15

What did you like most about Exodus?

The cross over between fact and fiction. really enjoyed the Egyptian aspects in the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Exodus?

really enjoyed the scenes involving the ark of the covenant, a fascinating subject.

Which character – as performed by Veronica Giguere – was your favourite?

Morgan won me over again, following this character throughout her travels and story arc really had me rooting for her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

A brilliant read, great settings and full of historic knowledge, fact or fiction, only the author knows and the reader must accept the clever merging of the two.

  • Crypt of Bone

  • An ARKANE Thriller, Book 2
  • By: J. F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The prophecy in Revelation declares that a quarter of the world must die and now a shadowy organization has the ability to fulfill these words. Can one woman stop the abomination before it's too late? A victim of Jerusalem Syndrome jumps to his death from the top of the Western Wall, his body smashed on the ancient stones. Another disembowels himself under the scrawled figure of the Pale Horse of the Apocalypse with the chilling words, "God told me to do it."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun.

  • By Mr B on 08-07-15

Tense and exotic religious thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Prophecy to be better than the print version?

having not read the print version i assume most audiobooks much more engrossing and this was no exception.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Morgan. A great female protagonist with surprising skills wrapped up in a decent moral character.

What does Veronica Giguere bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

immersion was key in this audiobook and Veronica brought the story to life.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

very tense moments throughout kept me engrossed until the end always rooting for the goody characters.

Any additional comments?

A Gripping story line, once more bringing back the main characters from Pentecost to solve another religious mystery and moral dilemma for Arcane. A fantastic continuation from the first book in the series Pentecost and places the main protagonist Morgan in situations and places more exotic each time. Tense and suspenseful I found the story full of diverse characters, good and bad, each with their own moral guidelines for life which clashes in moments throughout the book. Deeply enjoyed reading and looking forward to the next in the series.

  • Desecration

  • By: J.F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Rosalind Ashford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

When the body of a young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. She enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant clairvoyant, to help her discover the message it holds. When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie has nothing left to lose and she must race against time to stop the mysterious Lyceum claiming another victim. As Jamie and Blake delve into a macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and the genetic engineering of monsters, they must fight to keep their sanity, and their lives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dennis Wheatley meets Barbara Cartland and they drag each other down.

  • By martin g cummins on 06-07-16

A enjoyably dark yet deeply disturbing read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, anyone with an interest in human nature, or at least the darker side as well as murder mysteries will thoroughly enjoy this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Blake. he brings a different viewpoint on solving crimes due to his unusual skills....

What does Rosalind Ashford bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Rosalind did a fantastic job of narration throughout the story, the underlying emotions of the characters comes across really well. The setting also feels interactive when narrated by someone who is "there".

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The first scene of the hospice.

Any additional comments?

A enjoyably dark yet deeply disturbing murder mystery. This is the first of the genre I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The tension builds up throughout the story whilst at the same time delving deeper into dark a gritty world of inhuman nature. I highly recommend Desecration to anyone with a passion for disturbing murder mysteries. The story unfolds perfectly bringing the morals of human nature into question. At the same time giving glimpses into the minds of those who commit acts of depravity or immorality and the underlying reasons behind their actions. I was shocked at times throughout the story and that kept me intrigued to find out how dark the novel goes...

  • Stone of Fire

  • An ARKANE Thriller, Book 1
  • By: J. F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

A power kept secret for 2000 years. 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating read and great story.

  • By Chris Tickner on 26-01-15

A fascinating read and great story.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-15

If you could sum up Pentecost in three words, what would they be?

A gripping read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Morgan. a well rounded character that you connect with and root for throughout the story.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Church of Santiago de Compostela. mysterious and at times humorous, really enjoyed listening to this section.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

The Story gripped me from the start and after an hour I was almost in the action myself, rooting for the protagonist. Wonderful settings and full of intrigue and religious mystery. I would highly recommend to anyone even slightly interested in supernatural thrillers and even to those who aren’t into supernatural thrillers, this is a great read to pull someone into the genre. The fast paced and constant need to find out what happens next made sure I listened to it all in almost one sitting.
The narrator does a good job of keeping the reader deep inside the story-line from start to finish and conveys the different characters with skill. Looking forward to listening to the next one in the series.

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