When I first requested this book, the main character sounded familiar. What I found in my pre-reading research was that I had the first novel in the series, Elisha's Bones, on my personal bookshelf to be read. So, before I even cracked open the spine of Blood and Bone, I read Elisha's Bones( #1) and Serpent of Moses (#2) in the series.
Elisha's BonesAlthough you do not have to begin with the first book in the series, I believe it did help me to get a feel for the characters and their personalities. Jack Hawthorne, an archeologist turned college professor, is lured back into the field in Elisha's Bones by a millionaire seeking the healing powers rumored to be in this prophet's bones. But, the bones have been, are still are, protected by a secret society spanning 3,000 years. With the help of his former girlfriend Esperanza and her brother, Jack must not only locate the bones, but stay one step ahead of those who will kill to protect them. From a sleepy town in North Carolina, the duo hop from continent to continent seeking these biblical relics.
2 Kings 13.20-21: "20 Elisha died and was buried. Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. 21 Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man's body into Elisha's tomb. When the body touched Elisha's bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet."
Serpent of Moses - By: Don Hoesel Jack's archeological adventures continue in Serpent of Moses (#2). Within 3 years of locating Elisha's bones, Jack has returned to archeology full-time. While his absences from Espy are expected, this one is different. Esperanza receives a odd call regarding Jack from an antiquities dealer with troubling news. After she follows Jack oversees, she soon realizes that he may be in trouble. Espy and her brother begin to follow the clues that Jack had previously. He not only has one entity after him but three: the Libyan government, the Vatican, and an Egyptians assassin. Once again, the search for a biblical relic has brought another life or death possibility to Jack and those he cares about.
Numbers 21:8-10: "8 The Lord said to Moses, "Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live." 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived."
Finally, in Blood and Bones, Jack and Espy marry and settle down with their two sons into a college professor's quiet life... or so they thought. Now, 10 years after the Serpent of Moses had been found, he receives an emergency call to flee his home and find sanctuary elsewhere. With the help of a co-professor and ex-CIA agent Ducky, Jack disappears into the night with his family. Yet, while they follow Ducky's lead, the boys are kidnapped and the only possibility of their safe return hinges on relocating Elisha's Bones to trade for their own. Once again, we join Jack and Espy on a globe trotting adventure.
I thoroughly enjoyed all three books by Don Hoesel! Today, on Barnes and Noble, you can download Elisha's Bones for free! How's that for a preview of this terrific series! I don't know how long this will last. So, what are you waiting for?
My rating: A+
6 out of 5 stars
I received a complimentary copy of Blood and Bone from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. I bought Elisha's Bones and Serpent of Moses for the pure enjoyment of a great story!
Know first off that this book is part of a series. While it did an ok job of standing alone for someone who hasn't read any previous works by Hoesel there was much I still felt I didn't know by not reading the first two books.
But just on reading Blood and Bone, it was good. I loved Espy and Jack. I loved their relationship and how they were equals and were able to play off one another's strength's and weaknesses. There love for their boys was known from the beginning.
The story itself felt a like it had some holes but that could have been from not reading the previous books. I will go back now and read the previous two in hopes to fill in any holes.
I say read this book though. It is a fast paced adventure that is set all over the world. Its fun and I look forward to seeing if their will be any more Jack Hawthorne adventures
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. No other goods were exchanged.
Secret Societies, Global Adventure, Action Thrille
August 6, 2013
Don Hoesel in his new book, "Blood And Bone" Book Three in the Jack Hawthorne series published by Bethany House Publishers gives us another adventure with Archaeologist Jack Hawthorne.
From the Back Cover: Keeping the Secret of the Bones Could Leave Jack With Blood on His Hands
After his many adventures, Jack Hawthorne has finally settled down. Married to Espy, and with two sons, he's content to live the life of a mild-mannered university professor. That all changes when someone discovers the secret of the prophet's bones Jack buried in the desert thirteen years ago. With just a single phone call, Jack's back on the run...with even more at stake than ever before. Determined not to risk the lives of his family, he knows the only way to finally be safe is to deliver the bones once and for all.
Except they aren't there. Someone got to the unmarked grave in the Australian outback first, leaving Jack and Espy empty-handed. Desperate, the two begin another globe-spanning race, following the tiniest of clues, to find the one thing that will either save their family or tear apart everything they hold dear.
Archaeologist Jack Hawthorne is back in a new thrilling adventure. The events in "Blood And Bone" take place years after the events of "Elisha's Bones". Jack is now a teacher, settled down, married with two sons, one of whom has a disease. Jack wonders if he should dig up the bones and see if they can heal his son but decides against that. However there are others who want those bones and will do anything to acquire them. "Blood And Bone" is a page-turner, heart-racing, action, suspense thriller. Jack and Espy's lives are in deadly danger as they square off against a secret society and regain their children back alive. Don't start this book late at night because it will be very difficult to put it down or stop thinking about it. I recommend this book highly and am greatly looking forward to Don Hoesel's next adrenaline rush.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Not far into this book I realized this was part of a series, and that while much of the ground work of the story is repeated in this book, it probably would have made more sense had I first read the other two books in this trilogy by Don Hoesel: Elisha's Bones, and Serpent of Moses. However as I mentioned, much of the previous storyline is mentioned in this novel, making it possible to just read this one book and have a pretty good understanding of the whole series. This book also reminded me a lot of the Babylon Rising series which I read several years back.
Jack Hawthorne and his wife Espy have had many dangerous adventures in the past, but are now living the quiet life of university professors and raising their two young sons, happy to have given up the life of adventurers/archeologists. That all changes one night when they are forced to run for their lives from a group of mysterious strangers invading their home on campus. During their flight, their two young sons are taken hostage and in order to get them back, Jack is told that he will have to recover the bones of the prophet Elisha, which he and his wife had found in a previous adventure, but had hidden in the outback of Australia. Racing to elude the secret society from whom these bones had been stolen as well as a rouge CIA agent desperate to gain control of the bones in the hopes that they would heal his dying wife, Jack and Espy arrive in Australia and dig up the place where they'd hidden the bones over a decade before...only to find that someone else had already discovered their hiding place and moved the bones. After that it's a race against the clock - over several continents - to discover the bones, reveal the mysteries of this secret society, evade the assassins of several different groups who all want them dead for various reasons, and save their boys.
I found the book to be well written, interesting, and hard to put down! A very good story...I just wish I had read the other two books before jumping into this one. :)
I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this unbiased review.
I had mixed feelings about "Blood and Bone." It is a cross between an "Indiana Jones" movie and "CSI." The story did drag a bit in places, where it felt like it would've been better to move on. It was an average read.
A much older, married with children, Jack Hawthorne, professor of Archaeology, is taken by surprise when his friend and neighbor warns him to take his family and leave their home immediately. A rogue CIA agent wants an artifact Jack buried thirteen years ago in the Australian Outback. The artifact/s have been conferred with healing properties by God. In fact, they are the bones of the prophet Ezekiel. The agent's wife is dying of cancer and he is desperate to find a cure. He is so desperate that he kidnaps Jack and Espy's children. He promises to kill the boys if the bones are not given to him.
The Hawthorne's find themselves in a cross the world odyssey. The bones are no longer in Australia. Clues take them to Great Britain, Russia and France. They follow a Pictish symbol from a Venezuelan temple to the Bath Abbey Cemetery. Following the clues, one night they return to the cemetery and exhume a grave. The grave holds an old box with more clues that lead them to Russia. In Saint Petersburg, they scope out the Peter and Paul Fortress and there find an ancient, underground meeting chamber of the Priests of Osiris. Writings in another old book found in the chamber lead them to Paris.
Pursuing the bones of the ancient prophet Ezekiel is not without risks. Jack and Espy's lives are constantly in danger as they are chased across the globe by the rogue agent, The Priests of Osiris and Mossad. It is a breathless journey as they follow a trail leading to the bones and try to evade their would be captors. Earlier I mentioned that this is an average read but I enjoyed it.