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Blood and Bone by Don Hoesel

Blood and Bone (edition 2013)

by Don Hoesel

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Fiction. Suspense. Christian Fiction. Thriller. When Elisha's bones resurface, archaeologist Jack Hawthorne knows what has to be done. But can he destroy the only thing that could heal his son?
Title:Blood and Bone
Authors:Don Hoesel
Info:Bethany House Publishers (2013), Paperback, 320 pages
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Blood and Bone by Don Hoesel


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Hidden enclaves, secret societies, and mysterious codes await the reader of this book; as do car chases, gun fights, and the discovery of skulls in dark catacombs. Archeologist and adventurer, Jack Hawthorne can’t seem to shake such dark discoveries as he makes his way around the globe. And in this third and final book detailing his adventures, Hawthorne will finally come to the end of himself and unravel the secrets of an ancient society, thousands of years old and as evil as they come.

"Blood and Bone" is the third and final book in Don Hoesel’s adventure series following the life of archaeologist and bounty hunter, Jack Hawthorne. In the earlier books, "Elisha’s Bones" and "Serpent of Moses", Hawthorne makes improbable discoveries of biblical relics with miraculous power. Along the way he makes enemies and raises the ire of fellow bounty hunters and government officials the world over.

Hawthorne’s adentures takes him to five continents, and lands him in impossible situations and dire predicaments more times than can be remembered. His weapons are his wide grasp of archeology and ancient languages, dumb luck and his slowly growing faith in the God of his youth. This tale finds him married to his long-time girlfriend who happens to be a world-class authority on ancient cultures herself. She doesn’t let him venture off alone as together they race to meet the demands of the kidnappers who have stolen their two children.

In this final installment, Hoesel pulls all the stops and delivers a top-notch adventure that gets to the bottom of the secret society Jack has tangled with in the first two books. Along the way, Jack finally discovers the faith that has eluded him, and the adventure series reaches a satisfying finish.

Unlike the second book in the series, this one returns to the high level of artistry Hoesel accomplished in his first title. The books cover fantastic and unbelievable tales, but the stories themselves are well-written, and credible. The characters are intricately developed and suspense and discovery take turns dominating the narrative.

Readers looking for a fast-paced, mystery tale in the vein of Indiana Jones or Paul Maier’s A Skeleton in God’s Closet, will eat up this series from Don Hoesel. This is archeological fiction at its best. I highly recommend it.

Disclaimer: This book was provided by Bethany House Publishers. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a positive review. ( )
  bobhayton | Jan 7, 2014 |
A Race to Find Treasure Around the World Chased by Killers

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. ( )
  Glenajo | Sep 28, 2013 |
My husband and I love stories where action and adventure are central to the plot. We love stories that take us on journeys to exotic locations and thrill us with exciting twists along the way!

That’s why we’re both excited about Blood and Bone by Don Hoesel!

Blood and Bone is the third book in an exciting series about Jack Hawthorne, a mild-mannered antiquities professor who is trying to build a normal life with his wife, Espy, and their two sons. Things are going well until he learns that the CIA has dug up secrets from the past that Jack thought he had laid to rest. From that moment on, nothing is the same for Jack and his family, and Jack and Espy find themselves on a mission with life-or-death consequences.

Here’s what my husband says about Blood and Bone:

It has been a long time since I have read a book that I would love to see on the silver screen, but Blood and Bone by Don Hoesel is one of those books. Although I have not read Don’s previous books, that did not diminish the sheer fun and joy I experienced while reading this book.

While I found the first couple of chapters slow as it laid the ground work for the story and provided a primer for those uninitiated into the series, once it hit its stride, there was no turning back. Don Hoesel writes in a manner that makes you feel as if you were watching a movie.

I traveled around the world with Jack and his wife Espy dodging bullets, solving puzzles and trying to…. Well, that’s for you to discover. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed Blood and Bone and would encourage anyone interested in taking an action-packed adventure to read this book!

For a wonderful treat, why not add Elisha’s Bones and Serpent Of Moses – the first two books in the series – to your reading list as well?

To read more of my reviews – or to read my reviews in their entirety – visit Create With Joy .

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. ( )
  CreateWithJoy | Sep 4, 2013 |
Archeologist, Dr. Jack Hawthorne, has had more than his share of adventures which include finding the bones of the biblical prophet, Elisha. It was said the bones can bring the dead back to life. Thirteen years ago he made the decision to bury the bones in a desert. Presently he works as a university professor and enjoys a quiet life with his wife, Espy, and their two sons. In Blood And Bone, by Don Hoesel, one phone call changes all their lives. The secret of the bones power has been discovered by a man desperate to have them- his wife is dying. Holding those who mean the most to Jack and Espy hostage, he demands the bones be brought to him.
Believing no other option is available, the Hawthorne's embark on a quest to retrieve the bones only to find that they are gone. Jack and Espy are in a nightmare beyond imagination. Following confusing clues and requesting help from surprising sources while trying to out run people who are trying to kill them, the Hawthorne's embark on the race of their lives. Finding the bones became a matter of life and death.
Blood And Bone is a well written archeological thriller. Well paced, terrific attention to detail, vivid characters, solid prose and suspense keep the reader involved in the story right up to the end.

I received this book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers and I give this review of my own free will. ( )
  SAMANTHA100 | Aug 10, 2013 |
Reading Blood and Bone was my first experience with author Don Hoesel. I was interested in reading this novel because, in all honesty, there aren’t a lot of men writing Christian suspense novels and I appreciate a change from the more usual female-authored inspirational fiction.

Blood and Bone takes you on an exciting journey as professor Jack Hawthorne’s children are kidnapped and held for ransom–a very special ransom: the bones of the prophet Elisha. Travel with Jack and his wife Espy, a language expert, as they travel the globe hunting down the relics with a divine power of healing. A journey that could easily get them both killed.

Blood and Bone is an enjoyable, plot-driven suspense novel with a number of twists and turns to keep you on your feet. Generally speaking, I enjoyed the plot and the characters. It felt like a modern day Indiana Jones meets the Bible. Artifacts, anthropology, hieroglyphics, secret societies, CIA, Mossad and more. The writing, from a male perspective, was a refreshing change of pace from most inspirational fiction.

However, I had a few reservations about this book. At times, I felt that the back story to the plot and characters was lacking–I suspect because I should have read the books in order and would already know the characters by book three. But I didn’t. The writing itself was fairly good, and although the plot became bogged down in details in some places, it was fairly quick paced.

I also felt that the book was sometimes inconsistent. Early in the plot, the two young sons of Jack and Espy are kidnapped and the rest of the plot hinges on this. But at times you almost forget, or feel as though the main characters have forgotten, that their sons are in peril. The lack of depth in their concern left me questioning their credibility.

As I read, one phrase came to mind time and again: Deus ex machina. It’s a literary term that literally means “god from the machine.” Wikipedia describes it pretty well: “a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is suddenly and abruptly resolved, with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability, or object.” In other words, when Jack and Espy are in dire straights, someone or something comes out of the blue to rescue them. Left to their own devices, these two characters would never have survived.

I liked the action and imagination Don Hoesel utilizes in Blood and Bone, but I would probably recommend that you start with the first book in the series to avoid some confusion.

I received a complimentary copy of Blood and Bone from Bethany House Publishers, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine. ( )
  Holly_Combs | Aug 5, 2013 |
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