This is only the second Arkane novel I’ve read, but I’m already looking forward to the third. (Actually its is the second Arkane novel, however I have been known to read series horribly out of order). What J.F. Penn is serving up here is a dose of pure escapism. It’s a rush of exotic locations, over the top peril and characters who are endlessly smart and resourceful even when facing the greatest of danger. Obviously it’s not a book for the snooty nosed literary connoisseur, no one is going to be caught in a bookshop deciding between this and the latest Martin Amis. But if you want the roller coaster thrills of a big Saturday night action adventure popcorn movie, only in book form, then you can do a lot worse than the Arkane series.


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