Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Audio Book Review: One Day In New York

One Day In New York: An ARKANE Thriller

By:  J.F. Penn

Publish Date:  March 13, 2014, Audiobook June 18, 2015

Format:  Audiobook - 2 hrs 25 mins
Narrated By:  Jeffrey Kafer

Genre:  Thriller

Series:  7th in ARKANE series (stand alone in series)

Impression:  Wow! Paranormal mysteries in the religious aspect.

New York is built upon a dark secret. If this knowledge falls into the wrong hands, the city will crumble.

When a woman is crucified on a burning cross in downtown Manhattan, it marks the beginning of a dangerous crusade. The Confessors seek the powerful relic of a dark angel and they will stop at nothing to get it.

ARKANE agent Jake Timber is in New York to investigate the eleventh century Cloisters Cross alongside Naomi Locasto, a linguist, when they become entangled in the mystery.

As his past threatens to overwhelm him, can Jake find the relic of the angel before the Confessors destroy the city?

First Sentence:
For all the hypervigilance of New Yorkers at the slightest possibility of terrorism, they embrace anything that could be construed as modern art.

Purchase At:
Amazon  /  Barnes & Nobles


My Thoughts and Summary:
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.

I'm not going to try and summarize this book as the description is wonderful, and if I do I will probably give away something that you'll enjoy learning as the story goes.

This story is a novella (as it's only 2 1/2 hrs long and 100 pgs print) and stands well on it's own. I've not read/listened to any others in this series and understood what was happening and the characters. But Dang! I WANT THE REST OF THE SERIES!

I listened to the story from Audible. Jeffery's voice is a strong, deep sound that rolls through the story with ease. From the beginning I didn't even realize he was reading me a story. This is a wonderful thing from narrators, as they do not distract from the story but add to and heighten it. I could easily see his voice being the representation of Jake's. His strong voice is attractive to listen to while he's reading the story. When he sets into Jake's, Naomi's, or any other characters dialog you can feel the emotions take over. This story is a thriller, mystery case that his voice fits perfectly for. Oh! He does the high pitched voice of a curator at the museum, it fits well!

There are drops of Jake's partner and other cases they have worked on in this story. I'm guessing these are cases of previous books. But with listening to this one I did not need to know that past. However, I'm now curious to listen to them! The writing and crafting of all present to the story is amazing. There is so much here to read/listen too. (I could go wild with my sticky notes.) Such a depth that it makes me want to continue with the series and learn all I can.

I listened to the first chapter twice. There was a great strength in this first chapter that drew me in. The people who, and how they, burned the woman on the cross. I wanted to absorb every detail I could. With the first sentence, I knew that sentence was leading somewhere and I wanted to know from the end of reading it.

There is a religious aspect to this story. But DO NOT let that push you away if you don't read religion. This is NOT preaching to you. This is NOT the religion you would think of at first thought. It's more of a deeper and possibly darker side to it. There are so many aspects that are looked into with the religious writings, and that's used here. An old feel to it that reminds me of the Freemasons secrets or similar to The Da Vinci Code. All with a paranormal twist to it as well, with angels and healing and more. It draws me in to the mystery of what it is. Why did they do this? What is the relic they are looking for?

This is a story that pulls at my attention. Holding me to listen to every word to understand all the items connected to the relics and history.

I loved how this story was presented and how everything flowed into what's to come with grace. This is a novella and there is not one wasted word present. All is needed to lead you to where you need to be and bring you there with bated breath. Then where we end up! Oh, I'm not telling you as I want you to enjoy the experience as much as I did.


Blodeuedd said...

That is nice and short on audio

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh some novellas work so well. I'm curious about this one and might be perfect when I need something short.

LilyElement said...

Sounds like an enjoyable audiobook! I love when the narrator really channels the character and heightens the experience :)

Braine TS said...

I don't do audio (sad I know) but I could read this. It's a shorty plus the burned woman is a good hook!

Jennifer Bielman @ Bad Bird Reads said...

I don't really do audiobooks but I want to try them out while I am driving.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Blodeuedd, it was. And an amazing story that I was not expecting. :D

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (B&T) I hope you give it a try. And you might end up like me and need the whole series. lol. (which I'm working on getting through now. :D)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

LilyElement, it really was a great audiobook. Really surprised me and has me hooked on the series now. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Braine TS, it's okay about the audio books. I use to not listen to them at all, and struggled something fierce with them. But yes! I highly suggest reading the novella here and the series! :D

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Jennifer Bielman. I struggle with audio while driving as I want to put more attention into listening. lol. But this would be an amazing book for reading too!