Friday, March 15, 2019

Audio Book Review: Valley of Dry Bones

Valley of Dry Bones

By:  J.F. Penn

Publish Date:  January 6, 2016, Audiobook Release January 21, 2019

Format:  Audiobook - 6 hrs 4 mins
Narrated By:  Veronica Giguere

Genre:  Suspense

Series:  10th in ARKANE series; Book 1 ~ Stone of Fire, Book 2 ~ Crypt of Bone, Book 6 ~ Gates of Hell, Book 7 ~ One Day in New York, Book 8 ~ Destroyer of Worlds, Book 9 ~ End of Days

Impression:  Facing what they've lived through, and more.

An ancient prophecy.
An occult secret.
The power to raise the dead.

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, J.F.Penn.

When a long-hidden tomb and a body covered in Voodoo symbols are found in New Orleans, ARKANE agent Jake Timber discovers a mystery that stretches back to the Spanish Empire and the bloody dungeons of the Inquisition.

But he is not the only one who seeks the Hand of Ezekiel. A shadowy billionaire, backed by those who seek immortality at any price, will stop at nothing to find the relics that can turn bones to living flesh.

When disaster strikes in the heart of the Louisiana bayou, Jake calls on ARKANE agent Morgan Sierra to help him once more as they race against time across the outposts of the Spanish Empire.

From Madrid and Toledo to the Philippines, Peru, and on to New Orleans and San Francisco, can Morgan and Jake find the relics and stop the resurrection of the dead?

A page-turning archaeological thriller with elements of the supernatural and occult, Valley of Dry Bones blends religious mystery with Indiana Jones-style action adventure.

Valley of Dry Bones is book 10 in the ARKANE action adventure thriller series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel.

First Sentence:
The screaming didn't stop until just before dawn.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I'm thrilled to listen to Veronica again. I love her voice acting. She's got many great voices for different characters along with accents. And she's so clear in her speaking that I have no problems knowing what words she's saying. Veronica has brought the same love and caring for the characters in this world back to life for us. One thing I noticed in this audiobook is there isn't much of a pause at the end of the chapter. It feels like it's a shock to hear Chapter (number) when I hear it. I don't realize that a chapter has ended until I get the quick next chapter announcement. Lost in the book, I am.

I love that J.F. lets the story dictate the length. Some stories need more pages, other not so much. This is a shorter audio book, at 6 hours, so it's a shorter book. But she hits it all hard along the way, keeping up moving along to find out what they learn and what they will face. The story moves forward constantly. Each scene an important part of the mission in finding the relics. I like we don't get the down time of the characters, but what impacts the story line or the characters relationships.

Where we left off with Morgan in previous book, she had a big possibility of not returning to work for ARKANE. I even thought she might not return but Jake goes on with a new partner. We do get to see Morgan again in this book. The best part, we watch Morgan struggle with what she's seen and make a huge choice that will affect her life... Whether to work for ARKANE or go on with mundane life after all she'd seen and lived through. Jake does return for the current case and is partnered with Naomi, who we meet in a previous book. I like Naomi, but like Jake knows, she's new to the world of ARKANE cases.

What Morgan and Jake have lived through and seen, even sees in this book, has impacted them. It's hard to see and know about things the ARKANE deal with. There's a line that people could cross that questions morality, all for power. The relic found here could bring anyone to cross that line for love or power.

The ending felt as though Morgan and Jake have changed with all they've learned. They act on what they've seen and know. This feels like a turning point for them. This has me curious to read more stories with them and relics they will find.

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