Blood and Bone

Blood and Bone

by Don Hoesel


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Blood and Bone by Don Hoesel

More Archaeological Adventures from Popular Suspense Writer Don Hoesel

A decade after Serpent of Moses, Jack is married to Espy and back teaching at Evanston University. They have two sons, one of whom has cystic fibrosis. Despite this challenge, life is comfortable. But that all changes when the CIA, while combing through the papers of the late Gordon Reese, uncovers the secret of Elisha's bones. Jack's world is then turned upside down by an urgent call from his old friend Duckey, who's been alerted to the CIA's probing by one of his former contacts. Jack and his family escape from their home just ahead of the CIA, and he decides to do what he should have done long ago: recover the bones and destroy them. Except the bones aren't where he left them.

So now Jack is in a race, for the last time, to find the bones. And he's not the only one. Pitted against both the CIA and an organization that will kill to protect their secrets, Jack and Espy follow hard-to-decipher clues across the globe before arriving in the catacombs of Paris for a final showdown that will either save their family—or tear apart everything they hold dear forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764209260
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Don Hoesel, the acclaimed author of four novels, including Elisha's Bones and Serpent of Moses, lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his wife and two children. Don holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Taylor University. Learn more at

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Blood and Bone 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
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."
I_like_clean_reads More than 1 year ago
The third installment of Hoesel's Jack Hawthorne books started out with a bang and with plenty of energy and suspense, but it seemed to fizzle out for me two thirds of the way through. A little more glimpse of how the sons were faring would have helped, and, I just don't get a good feel that the characters of Jack and Espy have THAT much of a faith in God...seems that's just thrown in since they're chasing Elijah's bones once again. 
gjo50 More than 1 year ago
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.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
Third installment of an adventure series a la National Treasure. I thought there was enough info given about the previous books to warrant this being a stand-alone novel. Although the whole plot is centred around the two young sons of the main characters being kidnapped, they seemed to forget it a lot. The parents would be so engrossed in their treasure hunt that the two boys became an afterthought. That aspect of the storyline felt insincere. Then again perhaps I just felt that there was a complete lack of concern missing on the parents part. Every tight situation had a covenient solution and the ending was a little picture perfect. It was an ok read.Plenty of potential and with a little more depth it could be a cracking one. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
((Sorry. What are we doing?))
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Count me in..he piuts on iron blade toothed claws..and iron fangs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is confused. ((Frozen read my post at sneering res one. Itll clear things up.))
libraryboy More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Jack Hawthorn series.  I have read the first two and was excited to see that  the third book was being published.  I knew that another great adventure was just waiting beyond the  cover of the book. This book finds Jack and Espy about 10 years after the end of “Serpent of Moses”.  They have settled  into a regular family life in North Carolina.  Jack has returned to the profession of teaching that he has  dreamed of.  They have a comfortable, stable life with two sons, one which has cystic fibrosis.  And all  it takes is one phone call to shatter their tranquil lifestyle.  With his family in danger, Jack and Espy set  out to recover the bones of the prophet, Elisha and the healing power that they hold.  Being chased from  country to country by the CIA and a clandestine group bent on protecting their secrets, this story takes  you on an adventure never seen before.  Can they track down the bones after so many years? Who is  behind all of this danger his family is in?  If he can find the bones, should he turn them over to the group  threatening him or should he keep them to heal his son?  Danger abounds and questions are answered, but you will only find out if you BUY THE BOOK! Once again I was not disappointed with the writing style of Mr. Hoesel.  The story hooks you from the  beginning and takes you on a wild ride.  He develops realistic characters, characters that make you cheer for them, characters that make you down when tragedy befalls them.  Yes, I felt there were some  issues with storyline, (ie – A couple on the run but can hop from country to country without fear of being  stopped along the way, their children being kidnapped but the parents acting as if that happened to them  every day and they had already gotten used to the ideal) but this is a fiction book, so  I’ll let it slide this  time ¿ Is this a guy’s book?  There doesn’t seem to be any reason that a guy wouldn’t read this book, unless  they haven’t read the other books in the series, then they just need to buy them all.  The action, the adventure, the settings all will draw you into this book and keep you reading for hours *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He forcemates Lunastar.
IBELIEVE2BK More than 1 year ago
Reviewing BLOOD and BONE by Don Hoesel This is a very good fiction book and I emphasize the word 'fiction'. This is a very fast-paced book with lots of twists. On the negative side, readers must remember this is not scriptural but has references to the scriptures. With that in mind you will enjoy the exploits of Jack Hawthorne and his wife Espy. I would recommend reading the previous books in the Hawthorne adventure series first. There is a very good ending to the book that both my husband and I enjoyed. I received this book free from Bethany-Baker Publishers for review without any restrictions as to my opinion. BevK IBELIEVE2
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
Years ago, Dr. Jack Hawthorne traded in his life of dangerous adventure for one as an unassuming university professor, husband to Dr. Esperanza “Espy” Habilla-Hawthorne and father to two boys. A past choice has returned to haunt him when someone demands that the bones of Elisha the prophet be brought to him. It is said that Elisha’s bones not only have the power to heal, but restore life. A rogue operative wants them and will use whatever means necessary to obtain them, even stooping to use Jack’s sons’ lives as leverage. Unfortunately for Jack and Espy, the bones are not where they buried them thirteen years ago. To complicate matters, they are being pursued by two factions that’d like to see them dead, and the one faction has its own discord which affects the Hawthorne parents. They are both the helped (at unexpected times) and the hunted. Will they also be the saved? One thing’s for sure: the Hawthornes would walk through fire and brimstone if they had to in order to reunite with their sons. They’ll span the globe to sort out the clues and get their boys back. It is apparent that Hoesel is a talented writer. In this Christian suspense fiction novel, well-researched history and fiction gray the lines between fact and the writer’s imagination. The suspense isn’t suspenseful in a scary way and the plot moves right along. The only thing I didn’t really care for were all the adversarial groups. One is understandable to make a story. Two can work to give the story layers and more depth. But a rogue operative and two adversarial groups, one of which has two faces? That can be overkill. But fortunately, Hoesel makes it work. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
DeannaM More than 1 year ago
Bethany House provided a complimentary copy of Blood and Bone: A Novel by Don Hoesel in exchange for an honest review. Blood and Bone takes the reader across the world alongside Dr. Jack Hawthorne and his wife, Espy. Thirteen years ago, they held in their hands the bones of the prophet, Elisha, burying them in Australia. With the burial, the couple had hoped they had hidden their old life of antiquities and hunting trading it in for the life of a suburban family. Much to their surprise, one call changes their pace of life and sends them on the fast track of the hunting trail once again. Between having a CIA agent and a secret society in charge of protecting the bones on their tail, their very lives are in peril. During a two-week journey that leads them to several cities on five different continents they find themselves seeking refuge in dark corners, all the while looking for the bones. Jack and Espy need these bones in exchange for their two sons. This book is certainly different from my usual reading fare. It was a nice change of pace, once I finally was drawn into the book. The first chapter was slow going. By page 75 though, I was hooked. For all the twists and turns Blood and Bone keeps the reader's attention. Some parts I found a little confusing as the scene quickly changed and read over them to make sure I was keeping up with the turn of events. I guess every mystery needs exhilarating, heart-quickening exchanges between characters. I use to be a fan of the Alex Cross series, although the obscene language was bothersome. In fact, that is why I don't read them anymore. The language in Blood and Bone is pleasant and yet, the emotions that Hoesel wanted to portray come clearly off the page. When Jack is seething with anger, you get the gist. There are a few gruesome scenes but, nothing I couldn't stomach. If the thought of skeletons bother you, then this mystery is not for you. I appreciated the history behind the story. Blood and Bone is a bit far-fetched but, intriguing. If you are fan of mysteries or history, then this book is recommended. If you are looking for something different, then it might be for you as well. The best portion is towards the end. It makes you question: Who or what is your God?
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
When Jack’s past comes back to terrorize his family, he and Espy will stop at nothing to save their kidnapped children from the clutches of a powerful, wealthy and determined kidnapper. Elisha’s Bones is about the race between three determined factions to find the ancient relics with miraculous qualities. Jack and Espy were the last to see them ten years prior, but discover they have been moved. Will Jack find the bones first to save his children? Why is the CIA involved? Who is the secret group who should be protecting the bones? Don Hoesel writes a powerful story that moves quickly, filled with hairpin plot twists and unlikely heroes as he brings another addition to Jack’s story to life in book 3 of the Jack Hawthorne Series. 5 Stars for edge of the seat action and intrigue! I received this ARC copy of Blood and Bone from NetGalley and the Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date: July 1, 2013.