Fans of Indiana Jones and DaVinci Code will enjoy this fast-paced adventure involving mysterious, ancient, secret organizations, biblical relics, and global chases. Dr. Jack Hawthorne, a professor of archaeology at a small North Carolina university, was first introduced in the book Elisha's Bones. The bones of the Old Testament prophet, Elisha, are believed to have curative powers and have been hidden away for centuries in the possession of an ancient society of protectors. In this third novel featuring Hawthorne, the bones once again are sought by a mysterious adversary who resorts to kidnapping to force Hawthorne and his wife, Espy, to travel to Australia, London, St. Petersburg, and finally Paris in search of the bones, which have disappeared from their hiding place. A good read, full of excitement, mystery, and tension. Recommended.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review
Two things make this book really stand out: the People, and the Adventure.
So my brief thoughts on both will follow!
The people: Mainly Jack and Espy Hawthorne.
Years after surrendering Elisha's Bones to the soil of the Australian desert,
Jack and Espy Hawthorne are settled down in Ellen, North Carolina.
The fact that they live a relatively quiet life does not mean that they gave up their adventurous spirits, not at all! They both live for a new passion now, and have discovered a new challenge: raising a family! Jack and Espy have two sons, Alex and Jim. Jim suffers with cystic fibrosis, and watching him suffer caused Jack and Espy to wonder if Elisha's Bones might help heal their son.
Instead of digging up the ancient bones and hoping that healing power would work through them, the Hawthorne's chose to trust the God whose Power sustains in sickness
and works mighty miracles through of all space and time.
They left the bones buried, where they hoped no one could find them,
not even themselves to use for their child.
Indirectly, however, it is love for their sons that sends Jack and Espy back into the world of danger that they thought they had buried with the Bones....
Even without reading the first two books of their saga, I still cared about them and quickly grew attached to them as I read, which tells you how vivid and memorable
their characters were.
Espy really impressed me as a female lead: resilient, brave, strong, faithful,
and Jack is a very good hero: enterprising, resolute, willing to die to protect his family...and praying that he won't have to.
And the Adventure? Well, it is Adventure with a capital A.
Underground rooms, clues left amidst the tombs, secret societies with enough power and money to have connections in every country, the CIA and the Israeli Mossad
mixed up in the middle of it...
and Jack and Espy not knowing for sure who they should fight, who they should run from,
or where they need to travel next, just being led by the words and the evidence left for them to uncover at each step of the journey.
And all the while, the sand is draining out of the hourglass of time as they race to find the Bones and get their boys given back safely.
Thank you Don Hoesel and Bethany House for my review copy of Blood and Bone!
I think I need to read the rest of the trilogy now!
Within the covers of this novel lies a mystery of epic proportions_what many are seeking can be used for either for good or evil purposes. While I will now read the authors novel Elisha's Bones, the first one of his books I read was called, The Serpent of Moses. Here is a small segment of that review: "In the Old Testament, Numbers chapter 21, the Israelites were grumbling and doubting not only Moses, but God. The Israelites battled with and voiced their grumblings, so God acted. He sent snakes to bite them. To save them, Moses was to make a snake emblem, place it on a pole, lift up that pole, and anyone who looked at it would be saved. There are many biblical artifacts that have never been located here on earth. The author takes a true historical event and creates a fictional story that is engrossing and enjoyable." My rating was a 5+ for The Serpent of Moses and Blood & Bones deserves no less a rating.
With power being sought, Jack, along with his family, is pulled out of their normal daily routine by those who seek the bones of the prophet Elisha. During the escape from people seeking to do them harm, what looks like an avenue of escape and freedom for the family turns into a nightmare. Jack and Espy must follow the instructions given if their hopes of being reunited as a family are to come true.
The challenge to locate the artifact causes the couple to travel the globe trying to stay one step ahead of danger. With options running out, Jack turns to Mossad for help to travel to a foreign country with enough currency to live on until the job is done. However, no longer is the man who forces them on this dangerous mission the only one who has the money and power to acquire the relic. As Jack tries to locate and turn over the relic with the hopes of being able to return to a normal life, those with a darker past catch them. Now what is going to happen to Jack and Espy as well as their sons?
In a work of fiction that is sure to stir the heart and mind of the reader, Blood and Bone brings to light the battle for dominance and self-preservation. Some go into archeology for greedy reasons, others just to prove what some assume isn't the reality of God, but a myth. The choice before the archeologist is whether to put the relic into the hands of a dangerous being or hide the artifact at the risk of losing the sons he most treasures. I loved the action, adventure and how the husband and wife worked together and supported each other on the dangerous journey. Above all, I love how when it all comes down to it, the author shows what the most important find is for all mankind.