My Review of J.F. Penn Gates of Hell

Gates of Hell book coverSynopsis

An ancient manuscript that leads to the Gates of Hell. A woman’s revenge for the death of her father.

When the last of the Remnant is murdered at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, ARKANE agent Dr Morgan Sierra is drawn into the hunt for a supernatural Key. She’s joined by agent Jake Timber, who must face his own fears as they decipher clues left behind by Kabbalist scholars.

From ancient sites in Spain, to Israel and the Czech Republic, Morgan and Jake must follow the trail to the Key, while evading Adam Kadmon, a man consumed with a lust for dark power.

As the planets align, Morgan and Jake race against time to find the Key and destroy it before the Devourers and the Polluted of God emerge from the Gates of Hell to ravage the earth.

My Review

J.F. Penn did it again with another thrill ride. The thing I love about the Arkane series is that it takes you to places that most of us will never have the chance to visit. From swimming in the dead sea to the narrow streets of Safed. J.F. made me visit those places in mind with rich visual descriptions to the smell and sound of the locations. I think if I were to go there one day it would be like I was there already.

Another thing, I am hooked on is the characters, Morgan Sierra is at it again, blowing up things and saving her men. I love that she is so strong in her convictions, she is a great role model of strength and determination for women. Yes I know she’s fictional but after going through her journeys with her I felt like I could do anything. Jake Timber disappointed me a bit because he was more of a hinderance than a help in this one. However nothing was lost in the story because of it.

Not since I read IT by Stephen King as a child, that a book has scared me like Gates of Hell. In Gates of Hell, J.F. explored the dark side of religion as she does in most if not all of the Arkane series, but this one scared the crap out of me because she explored a religion that I had a very vague idea about. She had me wondering how much of this is really fiction. The research and time that she put into creating the books in the series definitely pays off and I for one really appreciate it.

From the first chapter in the book I was hooked and I knew it was going to be a good one. Gates of Hell was in interesting read, it had me devouring every page as I am dropped into the scenes with the characters.

I am looking forward to reading all the books in the series. This book is best suited for readers who enjoy reading about strong female characters, adventure, monster under the bed kind of thing, where reality and fiction is blurred. Don’t expect romance this is not that kind of book, you can feel the attraction between the characters but they never go there. With all the adventure going on there’s just no room for it.




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