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

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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 that in the Old Testament brought the dead back to life. A born skeptic, Jack ...
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Elisha's Bones (A Jack Hawthorne Adventure Book #1)

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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.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441208170
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: A Jack Hawthorne Adventure , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 105,074
  • File size: 984 KB

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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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Riveting Adventure Story!

    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. <BR/><BR/>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.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

    Action-packed pulse-pounding quest for the bones of a prophet

    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!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

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    DON HOESEL'S "ELISHA'S BONES" (A REVIEW)

    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.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Well written...

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Interesting plot, but lacking scene transitions

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2011

    An enjoyable read

    This book held my attention from start to finish. I recommend it to anyone who likes archeological adventure stories.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Very good book

    This book has a lot of turns and twists and danger. A lot of fun to read you can't guess the ending.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    High recommendations

    This was an interesting concept and held my interest. I really enjoyed reading this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Great!

    Great book!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Elishas Bones

    Really good book. Loved the adventure and storyline.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

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    Highly Recommend - Check it out!!

    This. Book was a fun book to read. Holds your interest. Reminds me of Indianna Jones. Very quick read that keeps you interested.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

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    Great book!

    Thisbiik had my attention through every page

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Highly Recomended

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

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    This book was OK. It started off well, kinda wavered in the midd

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Lie that it is free

    Not free, tries to charge credit card, WARNING!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Edge of your seat

    Great read. Can't wait to read more by author

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Good book

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Well written book.

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Not very readable

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Great read!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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