Hunter's Moon

Hunter's Moon

by Don Hoesel
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Hunter's Moon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
lipto96 More than 1 year ago
While I was thinking about what I was going to write for my review of the book, Hunter's Moon, this one phrase kept coming to mind. I should have read it sooner! This was a book that I received awhile ago to review, along with a few others. I just kept shuffling it to the bottom of the pile. My favorite types of books are contemporary and mystery. And this is a good mystery book! I should have read it sooner! CJ Baxter left home 17 years ago, vowing never to return. With him, it took one of the families darkest secrets. When the death of his favorite uncle brings him back home, he comes face to face with the past that he had been running from. With CJ's brother Graham running for Senate, how far will the family go to keep CJ and his secret quiet? This is a good book, with twists and turns to keep you interested. A good mystery -- with a small twist that I didn't see coming until the last minute. Definitely a must read for anybody who loves a good mystery! This book was published by Bethany House. Click here to read more!
JDyan More than 1 year ago
The ending of this book reminded me of a little version of a modern day Cain and Abel. However, I have to say that I was disappointed with this novel, it was rather bland for my taste. It brought to mind the image of a huge plate of gorgeous food that you just can't wait to devour only to be disappointed once you taste it only to realize it is flavorless. I guess my high expectations for Hunter's Moon were to high because it definitely did disappoint. I would not recommend this book to anyone I know, its just not worth it.
Sneezybee23 More than 1 year ago
Hunter's Moon is a gripping story of family secrets that have never been told, but have haunted CJ Baxter for years. CJ Baxter is a bestselling novelist whose stories are closely related to the real life secrets he has known for so long. When his grandfather dies, he returns to is home town of Adelia, NY, where he must face the family that he left so long ago. An old flame, a pending divorce, a bitter custody battle over his dog, a suspicious business deal and a decades old secret all serve to complicate CJ's life and he soon finds that he must release the secrets he has kept for so long. at any cost. The author did a great job of pacing this story out. There was always some mystery that kept me wondering until the end. The plot was well-crafted with many intricacies that all linked together to make the story work. My favorite character in this story was Artie, an old-man who talks to scarecrow and knows more of the Baxter family secrets than he should. Definitely a book I will read again.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Don Hoesel in his new book, "Hunter's Moon", published by Bethany House takes us in a different direction than he did in his first book but he still showcases his masterful ability to capture our attention and immerse us in his story. The patriarch of the Baxter Clan, Sal Baxter, dies and the family is recalled for the wake and funeral and the phone call is made to C.J. to return home as a sign of respect. C. J. Baxter left Adelia, N.Y. after college 17 years before and vowed he would never return but because he loved his grandfather he makes the exception. C.J. is a well respected NY Times bestselling author and many feel that his novels, while fiction, are really autobiographical and that put a further estrangement between him and his already estranged family. And now, after 17 years, C.J. returns home. While Mr. Hoesel's first book was an action thriller this second book is a psychological thriller. What is the difference? In both the hero is in danger but the danger begins like food in a pressure cooker slowly and then you just wait for the steam to be let off while the hero fights for his life. The first portion of this book builds the pressure as Mr. Hoesel explores all of his characters, how they interrelate with each other and the deadly secret that a handful are aware of that threatens the future of the family. This is not a fun read as it is deeply psychological however it is a thriller and Mr. Hoesel does know how to deliver on a page turner. If you missed the interview for "Elisha's Bones" and would like to listen to it please go to where it is available On Demand. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station 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."
Yiya More than 1 year ago
A book that should come with popcorn!! The Baxters are a family of power and tradition who settled in Adelia, NY. At present, the older brother, Graham, is running for the Senate, position for which he will fight - and make the family fight - at all costs, despite who gets in the way. CJ Baxter, the youngest brother, is a writer who left his hometown for college, never come back, and has used his books as a refuge from his past; the secret he's carried for years has crippled him to enjoy his present and has permeated in his writing, to the outmost displeasure of his relatives. He goes back to Adelia when his grandfather passes away; little did he know that his life would change drastically in about a month by going back. CJ was expected at the funeral, but to everyone's surprise, he stays in Adelia without an apparent purpose; however, CJ is fleeing a nasty divorce and his uncertainty of himself as a writer, making him unwilling to leave. Facing truths and confronting himself, CJ learns that he has fed his anger and that he must decide to let it go. In the process, he finds out that his brother's campaign is tainted with personal interests and support from whom CJ least expects; if this information goes public, Graham will never make it to Senator and might face prision, along with the others involved. Before arriving to Adelia, CJ had been asked to write an article about his brother; with everything he's found out, his life is now imperiled. The beginning of the book is a little slow. The author describes family members thoroughly; even the homestate, which I consider to be one of the main characters and loyal portrait of the Baxter character, gets a fine picture done throughout the pages. But this proves its importance as the plot develops. All those aspects help to shape the main characters, and make the ending more thrilling, as the reader has enough information now to venture a guess into CJ's fate, and is no longer able to put the book down!! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for review, but this does not bias my opinion on the book nor the author.
sdslangford More than 1 year ago
With his grandfather dying, author C.J. Baxter heads back to a place he hasn't been in over 17 years - home. The power hungry Baxter family and their home have been sitting atop Franklin County's highest point for over 200 years. Their goal to become as powerful as the renowned Irish-American Kennedy clan only succeeds as far as the town of Adelia. Even though he has become something of a hometown celebrity, C.J. isn't welcomed by his own family. However, once he is there, Adelia, N.Y. seems like a good place to escape from a failing marriage, bad book reviews, a probable lawsuit and possible arrest. After being attacked by his older brother Graham, C.J. decides he can be as ruthless as his family and determines to reveal the deep, dark family secrets. Risking much, he begins to write an expose'. Graham Baxter is running for Senate and in his grab for power the last thing he wants is for C.J. to write about his transgressions. Graham, his father, and his campaign manager struggle to keep C.J. quiet in order to save the run for election. Hunter's Moon is the second novel of Don Hoesel. I completely enjoyed reading this captivating mystery! The suspense in the novel kept me reading late into the night, and the outcome was completely unexpected. The Library Journal is quoted on the cover saying, "This intelligent drama will appeal to readers who enjoy stories about...the faith that guides one through life." With that, I disagree. There was very little faith mentioned in the book - C.J. is a new Christian struggling to forgive but you really don't see his character seeking God to direct his many decisions. However, the book is a great read and I look forward to reading more from Don Hoesel. Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
tiffanibelle More than 1 year ago
Hunter's Moon by Dan Hoesel is not your normal "Christian Fiction." First, aside from Frank Peretti, most of the Christian fiction I see around is romance-novel-ish. I love mysteries, and action stories, though, so I thought this book would be right up my alley. And indeed, it did have a good mystery, a lot of tension, and a fairly exciting ending. But I'm getting ahead of myself. C.J. is a novelist who, despite his efforts, cannot keep his hometown of Adelia out of his books. There is only one problem... some people may not want their histories shared with the world. When C.J. returns to Adelia to attend his grandfather's funeral, he finds himself confronted with a family secret he ran away from, and a number of family members who are and aren't happy to see him. C.J.'s brother, Graham, is running for senate, and meanwhile C.J.'s messy divorce and other family happenings are sort of mucking up the plan. All the while, C.J. is rediscovering who he is and who God is calling him to be. Here is the bottom line: this book wasn't half bad. I thought there were too many characters right off the bat, and too many with similar names which made it hard for me to keep them straight (George and Graham for instance). That and the fact that the mysterious family secret was revealed pretty early in the story were my only "cons". I thought the author did a really good job of presenting C.J.'s young faith in Jesus without being super preachy but still being authentic to the character and to Christianity. The story did meander a little bit, but I was engaged in C.J.'s life, so it was actually OK. And the end kept me up past midnight because I didn't want to go to bed without finishing it, which if nothing else at least shows that the book had caught me pretty well by then. Hunter's Moon is a pretty solid read, not great, not the best book I've read in a while, but good. If you like mysteries and suspense, you'll probably like it. 4 scarecrows out of 5.
khager23 More than 1 year ago
I have minor issues with the cover of the book, because it makes it seem like a thriller, and this really isn't. It's a novel about family and about integrity. Most of the book is literary fiction at its best (and while I say that term with a mighty eyeroll, it's true). The writing is crisp and evocative and the whole book is wonderfully paced and plotted. (This is not to say that the last 50 pages or so aren't action-packed. They are--I think I read them in about 20 minutes and I was unable to read fast enough.) CJ is a very likeable character; I hope there's a sequel.
Trinity-Rose More than 1 year ago
Hunter's Moon is an excellent book. I really like the picture on the cover of the smoking gun and the title of the book. I always look in the book to find out what both of these mean. I thought this book was clear on what they meant. CJ is an author and his grandfather passed away, CJ decided to return to his hometown to attend the funeral. That is when all of the past comes at him. All of the things he has tried to cover up or forget his whole life. Hunter's Moon has many things, secrets, domestic violence, anger, bitterness and you can see how all of this affects the family. One holds a secret about the other that has shaped the entire families lives and could destroy their future. CJ Baxter has only recently become a Christian, and he is still struggling but makes the right life choices in the end. CJ has been away from his hometown for many years, but finds in the end that it is a special place. This book is full of action, adventure, happiness, sadness, betrayal, and life. Like I said Hunter's Moon is an excellent book, but it started out slow and I would have loved the ending to have been more to it. I would have liked having the ending wrapped up more and find out what is going on with each character. This would be a great book to have a sequel to. Overall I really love this book. It held my interest very easily and I would recommend it to anyone
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Hunter's Moon by Don Hoesel is the powerful sophomore novel by the writer of Elisha's Bones. CJ Baxter, a famed novelist, is summoned home to Adelia, NY after being gone for over seventeen years by the death of his grandfather. The Baxters have long hoped to build a political dynasty like the Kennedy's and those hopes are finally coming to fruition with CJ's brother Graham. But not is all it appears between the brothers. One holds a secret about the other that has shaped the entire family's life and could destroy their future. CJ is a likable character, new in his Christianity, who just keeps seem to let his temper get the best of him; he's on the brink of divorce, facing charges for assaulting a critic, and running from a bench warrant for breaking into his house to steal back his dog. Hoesel carefully builds the drama slowly, ratcheting up the tension so carefully as to be almost imperceptible except for the building tightness in the reader's chest. The dialogue rings incredibly true. A character returning home to face a family crisis and drama is an often used device, but Hoesel avoids the cliches that come with it, making the story brilliantly fresh. The scene of teenaged Graham's threat toward ten-year-old CJ is haunting and CJ's gut-wrenching fear is palpable. This is a story that will stick with the reader long after the final page.