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    Over useage of describing words and drawn out a text. Not I must say her best work I feel let down by this rather long awaited Arkain 6 .
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    Thrilling Book With Intelligence And Style

    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. Kadmon will not let Pereira's death deter him from finding the key and unleashing the horrors of hell on the earth. Right there, in the prologue, my heart clenched in terror and I was hooked. The rich details of the scene, the atmosphere, the mounting tension between Santiago and Kadmon scared the daylights out of me. The Gates Of Hell were about to be opened. All that was needed was the Key, and Kadmon was not going to back down from his mission. Sierra Morgan, a woman who never backs down from anything, receives a mysterious letter from her father who had been killed three years earlier, telling her she is now the last of the Remnant and must protect the Key. The what? What's a Remnant? Who sent this letter, and why now? And how can the manuscript that arrived at ARKANE, deep below Trafalgar Square in London, be deciphered and lead to the key? The Key to the Gate Of Hell is thought to be another religious artifact to be added to the ARKANE collection, perhaps an undertaking not worth the effort. But Sierra's loyalty and trust in her father smiles in defiance at the director's orders, and another bone-rattling battle between the ancient forces of good and evil begins. This book is simply amazing. There is depth and background to the story of ARKANE and Sierra Morgan's life that all weaves together into storytelling at its best. The threat of hell being set loose builds as Sierra and her partner travel to Spain, the Dead Sea, Israel and a castle in Prague in an effort to find the artifact before it becomes the instrument of doom when it falls into the hands of Kadmon. If you want to go places, stick with Sierra Morgan, but be careful. This tough lady has a taste for danger, drives really fast, and dives deep into the depths of Jewish Kabbalah mysticism. This author and her protagonist will take you to places and ancient mysteries in a way that makes them real, right now, and always on that brink we can only go to on the imagination of a major talent. This is the sixth book in the ARKANE series, and I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of it for an honest review. Honestly, read this book. Fall into the world of Sierra Morgan and the mysteries she hunts down behind the veil of the seen world. You'll be entertained in a most frightening way, and not a second of your time will be wasted.
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    A Real Page Turner

    As usual, J.F. Penn serves up another tasty thriller as we follow ARKANE agent Morgan Sierra through historical locations in Spain, Israel and eventually to a heart-thumping climax in the Czech Republic to retrieve a key said to be capable of opening the Gates of Hell. Penn has a talent for weaving real historical and religious threads with tightly spun fiction to make a totally believable narrative even for those who dismiss the idea of the mysticism and magic associated with the occult. Penn always does impeccable research into the settings of her stories as well, and that is again on display as she paints vivid pictures of the land and cityscapes that her heroine finds herself in. All in all, a relatively short, fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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    I had the privilege of receiving this book as an author preview, and have read it in two days - I just couldn't put it down!! I have read the other titles in the ARKANE series and like the others, this one didn't fail to deliver. The attention to detail in her research of history, religion, folklore and mythology is a gift which sets the author far and apart from other writers. Combine that with a kick-arse heroine who you can believably connect with, and an organisation that could actually exist (who would know?)... well, what more do you want??? 'The Gates of Hell' brings in the other ARKANE books, but don't let that stop you from reading it first - Then you'll have the pleasure of reading it again when you (undoubtedly) start the series from the beginning. Here, Morgan and Jake find themselves travelling the world once again, after one of them is personally thrust into the dark side of Jewish religion and the Kabbalah. Old wounds are opened and thoughts regarding those they have loved and lost are changed forever... Joanna - I'm waiting for book #7!!!
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    What is the Key to the Gates of Hell?

    I was given a copy of Gates of Hell for a honest review. JF Penn has written another fast paced, exciting adventure as Jake and Morgan try to find the key to the gates of hell that her late father talked about in the manuscript that was sent to Morgan.. They start there journey in Spain and from the moment they land they are pursued by Sam Kadmon and his thugs. Jake and Morgan are chased, shot at as the thugs leave behind death and destruction trying to catch them. From Spain they take off for Israel to where her late father lived. When they get there they meet Mikael, a student of her fathers'. Mikael joins them in there search for the key to the gates of hell. They go to the Dead Sea and there they meet up with Sam Kadmon. Will they find the Key to the Gates of Hell? What does it do? What part does Mikeal play in all this? Read this exciting adventure as Joanna blends in archeology, religion, history and anything else that will add another dimension to the story. In her great way of telling a story Joanna has written another great book in the ARKANE series. You can read this book as a stand alone, but to fully understand all the nuances begin with book 1.

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