Book Review: Elisha’s Bones

22 Jul

EBEvery year, professor of antiquities Jack Hawthorne looks forward to the winter break as a time to hide away from his responsibilities. Even if just for a week or two. But this year, his plans are derailed when he’s offered almost a blank check from a man chasing a rumor.

Billionaire Gordon Reese thinks he knows where the bones of the prophet Elisha are-bones that in the Old Testament brought the dead back to life. A born skeptic, Jack doesn’t think much of the assignment but he could use the money, so he takes the first step on a chase for the legendary bones that will take him to the very ends of the earth. But he’s not alone. Joined with a fiery colleague, Esperanza Habilla, they soon discover clues to a shadowy organization whose long-held secrets have been protected . . . at all costs. As their lives are threatened again and again, the real race is to uncover the truth before those chasing them hunt them down.

14584Don Hoesel is a Web site designer for a Medicare carrier in Nashville, TN. He has a BA in Mass Communication from Taylor University and has published short fiction in Relief Journal. He lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.

My Impressions:

I signed up to read and review Don Hoesel’s book Blood and Bone and finding out it was the 3rd book in a series, I decided to read book 1, Elisha’s Bones first. I am so glad I did. I found the book to be a thrill ride a la Indiana Jones, but with one big difference. Hoesel’s characters not only grapple with mysteriously powerful artifacts and enemies around every corner, but with spiritual issues that make the book not just another archaeological adventure.

Jack Hawthorne lives a quiet life as an obscure college professor after giving up an active archeology career following the death of his brother Will on an Egyptian dig. When contacted to do some research on the Biblical prophet Elisha and his life-giving bones, Jack sees this as a means to liven up his winter break while getting his hands back in the game. What he finds are ancient secret societies and modern day killers — some looking to discover the bones, others to keep them hidden. Jack reconnects with his ex-fiance, and together they embark on a wild and dangerous ride across 3 continents.

I liked Hoesel’s writing style — fast-paced and detailed, but not bogged down in minutiae. The story is told in first person with Jack’s emotions and wry humor very much at the forefront. The reader also gets a good look at the other characters through Jack’s eyes — pretty much unbiased and objective. The premise is presented in a plausible and very believable manner. Jack struggles with anger towards God. He grew up with a church background, but pain and loss has caused him to dismiss God’s interest in mankind. He grapples with these issues throughout the novel, even at the most crucial part when God’s help is all he has left. An added bonus for the reader is a little talked about account in the Old Testament; something to get you flipping through your Bible.

If you like adventure, history and a Biblical thread, pick up Elisha’s Bones. And be sure to check back in a few days when I will post the review of Blood and Bone, book 3 in Jack Hawthorne’s adventures.


(I purchased Elisha’s Bones for my Kindle. All opinions are mine alone.)

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3 Responses to “Book Review: Elisha’s Bones”

  1. SusanB July 22, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    I have read this book as well and enjoyed every moment of it. Like you, I was caught up in it from the get go. Plan to read the rest of the series. Thanks for the review.

    • rbclibrary July 22, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      I missed Serpent of Moses, but Blood and Bone was a great continuation of this story. My review in a few days. Thanks for stopping by!


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