One Day In Budapest by J.F. Penn

12 Sep

A relic, stolen from the heart of an ancient city.One Day in Budapest

An echo of nationalist violence not seen since the dark days of the Second World War.

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.

One Day In Budapest is a chilling view of a possible future as Eastern Europe embraces right-wing nationalism. A conspiracy thriller for fans of Daniel Silva, where religion and politics intersect.

I’ve started reading more novellas recently, and the more I’ve read, the more I’ve enjoyed them. A novella is great if you have a couple of hours to spare one afternoon or evening and want something you can complete in one go. That’s exactly what I did with this novella.

This is the kind of story I’ve come to expect from Penn—well researched, with a depth of history that really makes it come alive. The plot of One Day In Budapest looks at the possibilities of where right-wing nationalism might lead eastern Europe in the future. Don’t be put off by the political references—I’m not a fan of anything highly political but I absolutely loved this.

Although One Day In Budapest is more political than the ARKANE books (which err more towards the supernatural than the political), it features Dr Morgan Sierra from the series. It can be read as a standalone story, however, so if you’ve never read anything by J.F. Penn, this novella is a great place to start. I’m sure as soon as you’ve finished reading this, you’ll be desperate to get stuck into the ARKANE books!

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