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One Day In Budapest (ARKANE Book 4) by [Penn, J.F.]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
Book 4 of 8 in ARKANE (8 Book Series)
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About the Author

Oxford educated, British born J.F.Penn has traveled the world in her study of religion and psychology. She brings these obsessions as well as a love for thrillers and an interest in the supernatural to her writing. Her fast-paced ARKANE thrillers weave together historical artifacts, secret societies, global locations, violence, a kick-ass protagonist and a hint of the supernatural.

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  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492827819
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ENX5MRQ
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Having visited Budapest on three separate occasions I was able to relate very well to this story. I also knew something of its troubled past. This novella begins with the killing of a Catholic priest and the subsequent stealing of a holy relic. As on so many occasions in Hungary's history the Jewish population are being persecuted as rumours and lies spread that this holy relic was stolen by them. The story moves on at a fair pace and parts of it are definitely not for the squeamish. Nonetheless it makes for an interesting take on what could happen again in Budapest's unhappy past. The characterisation was strong and the story believable. I was particularly impressed with the author's notes at the end and the numerous links to the city's history.
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On the surface, it's another 'action movie' kinda book from the Dan Brown, Jason Bourne school.

On a whole other level, it's a salutory reminder that the 'old days' are never far away if we let fear-full thinking gain a foothold.

Well done for encapsulating so much of a point in a book that takes less than a day to read. Am heading to Budapest next year as it happens and my itinary will be guided by the places in this novella. Big thanks for the history lesson.
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Condensing a well plotted narrative into novella form is an art, one which Joanna Penn has clearly mastered.

I must admit I haven't read a great many novellas, but those I have read have sometimes left me with the impression that something is missing. That `something' might be lack of story, or character depth, or background research, but none of that applies here.

What `One Day In Budapest' delivers is a fast paced narrative which brings this vibrant Eastern European capital to life. Pretty soon we're immersed in a world of murder and intrigue, and as the plot thickens the menacing shadow of fascism looms ever larger.

On the face of it Dr Morgan Sierra and her associate Zoltan Fischer are in a race against time to find a stolen relic, but they soon become embroiled in a darker world altogether, where political machinations are conspiring to ease the re-emergence of far right dictums.

Many will find it quite chilling, and some may argue that the author has overplayed her hand, but scratch beneath the surface of many `respectable' European governments and you will find those who are itching to blame others for their woes... and they're poised to prey on vulnerable targets.

History ought to provide shelter from such extreme philosophies, but the danger that some will forget how frighteningly easy it was for the Nazis to wheedle their way into authority have a timely reminder here.

This story will keep your intrigue and provide unsavoury food for thought. Some of the settings are most vivid and bring the old and the new of Budapest into sharp focus. A Thoroughly rewarding read.
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I like Penn's novels, they are well researched, well written and assume that the reader has a similar level of intelligence. This is what might be referred to as a novella as it is a very comprehensive short story all set within 24 hours. Although there are some nods to the Arkane background there is no need to have read any of the series as this is a stand-alone story. It might lead you to give Penn's other stories a go, if you enjoyed this one then you'll enjoy those.
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After the Arkane trilogy of books, come a superb short story. It may be short, but it is full of head on descriptive action. A really interesting read that Iv come to expect from J.F.Penn. she is a wonderful author and I can't wait to read book 5 in the Arkane serious. Once again this writer doesn't fail to provide the reader with a fascinating enjoyable experience.
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Book 4, in the Arcane series

This chilling and pulse- pounding suspense drama brings us to modern day Budapest in a conspiracy where religion and politics intersect. J.F Penn has absolutely created a captivating and well researched fictional tale and has skillfully painted and handled tension and fanaticism to a tee.

I admit not being too enthused with the series after reading “Stone of Fire”, the first book. How wrong was I to think this? The second book I read I became hooked and realised how outstanding Ms. Penn’s writing style is. She subtly weaves into a rich narrative politics, religions and history and keeps us involved from the opening page in non-stop action.

Although the drama may be a fiction and very entertaining it is also educational. “One Day in Budapest” transports us to Budapest to witness the dark side of the city, its sad past and the growing concern in today’s politic atmosphere.

The story starts with the murder at the Basilica of St-Stephen and the Holy Right relic is stolen….the main players are Dr. Morgan Sierra, psychologist and Arkane agent and Zoltan Fischer, a Hungarian Jewish security advisor. Two excellent roles perfectly played. Blood spilled again on the streets of Budapest.

Excellent novella
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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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