Blood and Bone
I loved this book. It was really exciting. I enjoy any story with secret rooms and hidden treasure and all that interesting stuff! Although this book did not really seem like Christian fiction, there was nothing bad in it. The characters just did not talk about God very much. Other than that, Blood and Bone was a great book!
October 22, 2013
A Race to Find Treasure Around the World Chased by
Blood and Bone jerks you into the story with a phone call to an average appearing family, but the tale broadens as the reader learns about the past. It is highly enjoyable for both the rapidly moving story and the tour of the world. The added dimension of the children in danger pulls at the heart of parental fear. This is kind of a mature Indiana Jones with a family. I totally enjoyed it, and will definitely be picking up more of Don Hoesel. I recommend it to readers who enjoy suspense with lots of twists and turns.
September 28, 2013
Exciting Adventure with a Biblical Indiana Jones
Blood and Bone is the third (and, I assume, final) book in the series by Don Hoesel and is just as exciting as Serpent of Moses.
In this book, Jack and Espy have married and settled into a "normal" life with their two boys. But it seems that their adventure with the bones of the prophet of Elisha is not quite over, and this time there is more at stake. When their boys are kidnapped, Jack and Espy find themselves once again traveling the globe in search of the bones that have reportedly given life back to the dead.
As Jack returns to his life of adventure, he is reminded of what is really important in his life. Through his journey with the bones, he sees that the true miracle is from God - not the bones.
While I enjoy Hoesel's writing very much, I feel that he misses an opportunity to point the reader to Christ when he is addressing such a biblical subject. In fact, at times, this seems just like an Indiana Jones-type story without God in the center. After all, Indiana Jones was always in search of biblical artificats as well.
I would recommend this book as a good read but not for its spiritual content.
This book was given to me in exchange for my opinion by Bethany House Publishers.
September 1, 2013
Modern Day Indiana Jones Adventure
Jack Hawthorne, a modern day Indiana Jones, has settled down to a life of teaching and raising a family with his beautiful and fiery wife Espy. He's content with his lot until someone makes a decision - one that turns his world upside down.
In an instant Jack, Espy and their two sons - one seriously ill - are on the run from a government agent. An agent who has gone rogue in a battle to save his ailing wife. What is he after? The bones of the prophet Elisha. Bones that he buried in the Australian outback a good number of years ago.
Before long, Jack and Espy are embroiled in a race to not only retrieve the bones but to save their sons who have mercilessly been kidnapped.
During their frantic quest the seasoned historian and archaeologist meet new enemies and reacquaint themselves with old ones. From London, Paris and St. Petersburg, the couple strive to stay one step ahead of the enemy be it American, Israeli or British. Will the dynamic duo get their hands on the revered bones a second time? Can they do it in time to save their children?
Hoesel's third book in Jack Hawthorne's adventures of biblical artifacts is fast paced and dramatic. With explanations on the history that's discovered combined with detailed descriptions of the couple's environments makes for an exciting read. The author's style of writing doesn't make this a heavy read and the dialogue and interactions between characters are good.
I thought I may feel a little lost as I hadn't read the first book where Jack uncovers Elisha's bones but the book can still be read as a standalone as the author intersperses recollections from the previous adventure. I like the people met and the plot of uncovering artifacts and secret cults is riveting. However, I wasn't keen on the ending as it seemed almost an anticlimax. With all the will they/won't they get these bones throughout, the final chapters came across as almost rushed. Overall though, this is a good book especially if you're a fan of historical fiction infused with factual events and places. A recommended read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for review. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.
August 21, 2013