Prophecy by J. F. Penn

22 Apr

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?

ISRAEL. 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.”

Dr Morgan Sierra, specialist in psychology of religion, travels to Israel to investigate the deaths and becomes embroiled in an international conspiracy that will use cutting-edge technology to carry an ancient curse to mankind.Prophecy

She joins agent Jake Timber at ARKANE, a secret government agency investigating the supernatural and together they hunt down the Devil’s Bible, pursued all the way by the evil forces of Thanatos.

From the catacombs of Paris to the skeletal ossuaries of Sicily and the Czech Republic, Morgan and Jake must find the Devil’s Bible and stop the curse being released into the world before one in four are destroyed in the coming holocaust. Because in just seven days, the final curse will be spoken and the prophecy will be fulfilled.

After reading Pentecost I was eager to get stuck in to Prophecy, and I enjoyed this novel even more. Prophecy picks up where Pentecost left off, and like Pentecost, Prophecy is fast-paced and well-researched. Again, I loved the combination of historical fact with fiction.

In this novel, we get to see a little more of the relationship between Morgan Sierra and Jake Timber, which is put to the test by Milan Noble. He is the CEO of Zoebios, a global company pioneering some interesting research that is intended for a very sinister purpose. I also enjoyed the fact that Jake was shown to be human and not entirely indestructible — up to this point, the characters managed to come out of every encounter mostly unscathed but for the odd flesh wound.

There was a little more violence in this book than I was expecting after the first novel, and there was more blood and gore throughout. The villain was definitely more chilling and seemed completely unhinged — as all good villains should, I suppose! The places Morgan and Jake visited were generally creepier as well.

I would recommend Prophecy for anyone who has read and enjoyed Pentecost. It’s a real page-turner and thoroughly unputdownable!

(Free review copy received.)

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