Elisha's Bones (A Jack Hawthorne Adventure Book #1)

Elisha's Bones (A Jack Hawthorne Adventure Book #1)

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by Don Hoesel
     
 

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Every 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

Overview

Every 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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

In this debut thriller, a billionaire offers antiquities expert Jack Hawthorne the chance to look for the bones of the prophet Elisha. Although cynical about this mission, Jack soon learns much more is at stake when he uncovers a clandestine society that will go to any lengths to protect its secrets.


—Tamara Butler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441208170
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Series:
A Jack Hawthorne Adventure , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
149,093
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Don 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. Elisha's Bones is his first novel.
Don Hoesel is a website 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. The Alarmists is his third novel.

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Elisha's Bones 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 175 reviews.
GinnyKY More than 1 year ago
An acclaimed archeologist has left the exciting life of active excavations and digs, and is living the dull but safe life of a college professor. Then he gets a call from one of the richest men in the world, and is asked to undertake a little project -- find the bones of the prophet Elisha, which are reported to resurrect the dead. The task takes him on a fast-paced globetrotting trip, uncovering a centuries-old trail and unearthing some dangerous people who will stop at nothing to keep him from his goal.

I really enjoyed this book! It reads like a cross between Indiana Jones and Robert Ludlum, a formula for sure-fire excitement. I don't know if the author really as been to all those exotic places, but he writes like he's intimately familiar with them. And this is his debut novel! I'm going to keep my eye out for Don Hoesel's future books.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel is a pulse-pounding action filled thriller in the vein of The DaVinci Code, but written well! Jack Hawthorne gave up working in the field as an archaeologist to work as a college professor after the mysterious death of his brother. He's lured back into one of his old digs in Venezuela when a reclusive billionaire hires him to find the biblical prophet Elisha's bones which are rumored to have the power to resurrect the dead. Hawthorne reconnects with his old fiance (and she reconnects her fist with his face), Espy, who is a language expert. But every time Jack and Espy make a discovery, someone dies, and they are on the run for their lives, especially when he learns that this quest is connected to his brother's death. Hoesel has created a humorous self-deprecating character who has a lot to learn about himself and relationships. Espy is more than just his female foil, she's smart with a lot of heart and wants very much to share her new faith with Jack, but he's not quite ready yet. I fully intended to go to bed at a reasonable hour Monday night, but I because so caught up in the story, I didn't get to sleep until I finished it, after 1:30 am. So this book comes with a reader's warning: Don't pick it up unless you have the time to finish it, because it's too good to put down!
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
While this book was very interesting and exciting in some ways, it was a little slow paced for me and it was hard for me not to allow my interest to wane. I feel the plot was good but the action was slow and there wasn't enough content there to really keep me addicted. I had a hard time with this one, while I enjoy Indiana Jones type stories at times there was something about this one that just didn't get my blood pumping. I do have to admit that this genre is not one of my top choices so that could be the reason why I didn't become as riveted as with some novels. However, I would recommend it to those that have a true love of the genre and especially those that enjoyed books such as "Angels and Demons" & "The Davinci Code" by Dan Brown. There is an underlying religious subtext to it that is very interesting and would likely capture readers of this genre in its grip.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on the mixed reviews, I wasn't sure if I would like this or not. I' m glad I took a chance. I thought it wass interesting, action packed and captivating. I liked the voice of the first person narrator. A smart, well written book. I don't give four stars lightly. Five stars are reserved for a few books I love beyond compare. So I really enjoyed this.
Boldingbroke More than 1 year ago
I was surprised that I actually wanted to finish the book. And I attribute that to the unique premise of the plot. While I expected more from the ending than it delivered, overall what disappointed me the most was the lack of transitions in the action. It read as a very jerky series of scenes that did not connect well to each other. And I attribute that to the writing style of the author. I expect that with more books under his belt that Hoesel will turn into a polished writer, but the mechanics of scene transitions were seriously lacking. The connective tissue (as in character development, glimpses into the minds of the actants, narrative explanations, etc...) that would have caused the action scenes to hang together into a cohensive whole was just MIA. Also, the first person narrative added to the jerky feeling of the action. It just got irritating after the first 10, no first 2 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book held my attention from start to finish. I recommend it to anyone who likes archeological adventure stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot of turns and twists and danger. A lot of fun to read you can't guess the ending.
readheadIL More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting concept and held my interest. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Lynn Gamble More than 1 year ago
Really good book. Loved the adventure and storyline.
Faith-Hope-LoveTW More than 1 year ago
This. Book was a fun book to read. Holds your interest. Reminds me of Indianna Jones. Very quick read that keeps you interested.
mama2disneyfans More than 1 year ago
Thisbiik had my attention through every page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think everyone should read this as a refresher course on the Old Testiment prophets. I really put some thought into the men of that age and how we could learn from them. Yes, I would read other books by this author.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
This book was OK. It started off well, kinda wavered in the middle and finished fast, probably too fast. While I really like the premise, there was just too much luck involved. The main character got out of too many life/death situations by mere luck, while his friends keep getting killed. Then, at the end, with all the dead people and the criminal investigations that would follow, everything just....goes away? If the sequel ends up as a free selection like this one did, I'll get it, but otherwise I don't think I'd make the investment. The eBook was formatted well with no obvious errors
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Can't wait to read more by author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really love the plot and characters, just not a fan of the present- tense, first person viewpoint for this kind of story. Because of the way it was written like that, the story seemed to just drag on in s few places. Other than that, it was an interesting, good read : ) - kayc
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe that Don Hoesel is a gifted writer. Elisha's Bones is a book that propels you from one page to the next. I found my eyes trying to catch up with my fingers as each page was turned in anticipation of the next. This is an author to keep an eye on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know about anyone else, but I really can't stand most novels written in the present tense. It seems to take a truly great writer to pull it off, and Hoesel, alas, is not up to the challenge. The tone that results is that of a person telling a dream that he had, something not real, not shaped, not believable. And that's a shame, because he has a story to tell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting, interest grabbing! In spite of other negative reviews I enjoyed this writer's unique writing style and story line. Couldn' t put it down! I'll be looking for more of his books!
barry2B More than 1 year ago
A thriller about the search for Elisha's bones because of thier amazing healing powers. Jack Hawthorne, a professor and an archeologist, is hired to find Elisha's bones. As he moves throughout central America and Africa he is also hunted by the group protecting the bones as well as the billionaire who orginally hired him. Pretty good story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellently written. Fast paced, enthralling, intriguing. Read this book, it is SO worth it. After I read the last page I sat there staring straight ahead for a good twenty minutes. Phenominal read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this fast paced thriller down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspense, thrller....a must read.
cocosmom More than 1 year ago
this was a great read--could hardly put it down--as exciting as Indiana Jones!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title says it. It just wasn't as good as most. Don't bother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed this one!