Verdict: An avid researcher, Penn continues to mix truth with fantasy to a satisfying conclusion.
Prophecy opens with a quote from Revelation 6:8 that warns of a holocaust that will claim the lives of one-fourth of the earth’s population. “Behold the pale horse,” the prediction goes. “The rider was named Death and Hades was following close behind him.”
This chilling start to the second book in the ARKANE thriller series draws the reader into a world of danger and suspense as successfully as Penn’s first book, Pentecost. The author’s skillful mix of strong characters and exotic plot locations enables her to once again weave a gripping tale based on religion and mythology.
In this sequel, Penn further utilizes her knowledge of theology and psychology to delve deeper into the supernatural. An avid researcher, Penn continues to mix truth with fantasy to a satisfying conclusion. The time frame for the book is seven days, an interesting choice as, if the Bible is to be believed, it took seven days for God to create the earth.
In true Penn fashion, the action shifts continuously. On Day 1 we are in Jerusalem witnessing the death of a religious fanatic at the Western Wall. The action moves to Oxford, where we meet up with Dr. Morgan Sierra, the heroine of Book 1, as she considers reuniting with Jake Timber to work for ARKANE, a British government agency that investigates the paranormal. Morgan’s friend, a deputy director at the Ezra Institute in Jerusalem, calls to discuss odd events at the Institute, which treats victims of Jerusalem Syndrome, a condition marked by abnormal behavior associated with religious aspects of the Holy City.
Deaths abound and the image of the pale horse drawing is always present. As the days progress, the action shifts to the Czech Republic, Portugal, Sicily, Paris and London. Morgan takes us on a tour of catacombs and ossuaries as she searches for the Devil’s Bible, which contains the curse that can destroy humankind. Together with Jake, she battles the CEO of a biotech company who purports to work toward improving world health while secretly leading the evil Thanatos organization. His mission is to create a master race and destroy the undesirables that make up one fourth of the population.
Penn’s research on the Devil’s Bible, and the use of audio and deep trans-cranial stimulation through headsets—i.e., the Persinger God helmet—lends authenticity to her chilling plot. We leave Morgan as she is about to embark on the hunt for the still missing Devil’s Bible. Next up, Egypt, and more thrilling adventures.
Reviewed by Eveline Speedie for IndieReader
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