Serpent of Moses

Serpent of Moses

by Don Hoesel


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Serpent of Moses by Don Hoesel

A Fast-Paced Follow-up to the Bestselling
Suspense Elisha's Bones!

Just three years after the recovery of Elisha's bones, Dr. Jack Hawthorne has given up teaching and resumed the practice of archaeology, although his frequent absences have put a strain on his relationship with Esperanza. Things heat up when Esperanza receives a call from an antiquities dealer with troubling news about Jack, and her fears are confirmed. Jack has gone to Libya in search of another biblical artifact: the Nehushtan, the serpent staff of Moses.

After Jack arrives in Libya, he soon discovers he isn't the only one searching for the Nehushtan. Later, in attempting to steal it, he finds himself in the hands of a man who just might be his match. Jack and his friends must stay one step ahead of the Libyan government, an overambitious member of the Vatican hierarchy, and an Egyptian assassin--if they stand any chance of staying alive long enough to recover the staff.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764209253
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Don Hoesel, the acclaimed author of Elisha's Bones, Hunter's Moon, and The Alarmists, lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his wife and two children. Don holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Taylor University. When not writing novels, he spends his days working in the communications department of a large company.

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Serpent of Moses 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Thinking back to my younger days and sensing what types of movies and book really appealed to me, I'd have to say action-adventure with a twist of romance. Now I was fortunate enough to find myself with the opportunity to review Don Hoesel's latest novel, Serpent of Moses which will leave you a bit breathless. The book opens with a murder of a German, a Dr. Felix Hoffstatter while members of the Mossad try to prevent it from happening in the dead of night. The mystery will begin to deepen as archaeologist Dr. Jack Hawthorne finds himself fleeing from armed men in a cavern in the mountainous part of northeaster Libya attempting to locate a historical biblical artifact. However once he finds himself cornered and no where to run or hide anymore, he is taken back into the main part of the cavern to find the item. The men who have kidnapped him are working for the Israeli government that want to ensure that any and all biblical relics that are discovered are turned over to them. However they aren't in the position to bargain for anything but the return of their discovered item which turns out to be a staff Moses created called the Nehushtan, to heal those inflicted by the snake bites that Moses called forth during the plagues of Egypt. The Israeli's have hired an Egyptian giant, who goes by the name of Imolene working alongside an Englishman named Martin Templeton who have vowed to acquire the staff and leave no witnesses remaining. Now Jack has to work at finding a way to escape along with the staff before he is killed and no one knows where he is at. His only luck is his connection with Milo Sturdivant, a museum curator, who has hired Jack to locate the staff and bring it to him. When Jack doesn't show up for his appointment, his long time friends, ex-CIA agent Jim Duckett, Dr. Esperanza Habilla and her brother, Romero, will have to use all their skills to find Jack before it's too late. I received Serpent of Moses by Don Hoesel compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and was immediately drawn in from the first page. As a reader, I compared this one to those Indiana Jones movies I was captivated by, with our hero looking for a hidden biblical artifact that can only be found using a series of clues, meanwhile being hunted by others who want the fortune and glory all for themselves. This one is amazing and well worth a 5 out of 5 star rating. It delivers action, adventure, suspense and a touch of romance in this Christian novel. This is the second novel from Don Hoesel that I've had the opportunity to review and I know it will not be my last. This is the sequel to Elisha's Bones which I have on my Kindle and will be reading next.
Yiya More than 1 year ago
This book is a quest to find the legendary brass snake that Moses set on a pole; " Serpent of Moses" assumes that the relic was not destroyed, making it one of the most profitable finds in the archaeology world. Esperanza, his long time girlfriend, ever waiting for Hawthorne to get serious, Romero, Esperanza’s brother and art dealer, and Jim Duckett, an ex-CIA agent and former colleague, will team up when Hawthorne has not shown up to an important business meeting after a few weeks. He is not the most punctual person in the world, but even he knows the limits regarding a crucial art deal. Hawthorne found the location of the once thought lost relic, but he is not alone in his search and is taken prisoner. Esperanza, Romero and Duckett will start a search of their own with the hope of finding him alive; none of them could have ever imagined that they would be risking their lives. Yes, this book is full of suspense, and as I mentioned in my previous reviews of Hoesel’s books, it should come with popcorn. He is certainly skilled at building up suspense and twisting the story right at the point where everything seemed solved. This makes it a gripping, interesting read, hard to put down. As usual, the ending comes a bit too fast, but it also leaves the reader with a curiosity to see what will happen next in the character’s lives. This adds to the positive aspects of this book, but I do have to say that there were moments where I felt I was reading a copy of other stories. For example, the team needs the assistance of people with whom Hawthorne has worked before, but it is not initially clear whether they like or dislike him; I could picture Hawthorne with Harrison Ford’s look of uncertainty, or even Robert Langdon’s excitement when deciphering clues when Esperanza and Romero try to find the secret location of the serpent. Do not let this deter you from reading this book; if you are looking for clean entertainment during a rainy day, this would be a good choice. As I mentioned before, Hoesel is a skilled writer, but I would have preferred to not be reminded of other stories and get involved in this one on its own. Also, there are numerous references to Hawthorne’s previous adventure in Australia; I presume that would be “Elisha’s Bones,” which I have not read. At times, it was a bit distracting, because Hawthorne’s reputation is relevant in the outcome of this plot. The dots are connected in the last part of the book, so if you share my situation and are not familiar with Hawthorne’s past, just wait to get to the final chapters. It comes together, and Hoesel, once more, uses his resources wisely and manages to keep the reader on their toes to the last minute, right to the lousy ending. I personally have the sensation that this book could be much better, but it lacks authenticity, and the way the end is presented is a bad aftertaste that dilutes all the suspense. Regarding Christian principles, God is mentioned here and there, but none of the characters actually practice a Christian life. However, language is clean, making this book a good read for teenagers. In short, Serpent of Moses is an archaeology adventure in search of a relic precious to different peoples who will not stop at anything to have it – just that. Bethany Publishers provided a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. The opinion and thoughts in this review are my own.
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TinkCC More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the second book as much as the first book. Can't wait to read another one of his novels.
MissouriMadeMomma1 More than 1 year ago
How would you like to travel the Middle East and look for a sacred staff from the Bible? Ok, so maybe that doesn’t sounds like fun to most of you but, to me, it sounds like a great time. I got to take that trip, in the comfort of my home, through the book Serpent of Moses by Don Hoesel. In Hoesel’s most recent book, you will take a trip through the Middle East, Milan, and London in search of the Nehushtan. Moses’ staff with the serpent on the top. Such a beautiful, historical artifact. Who other than Jack Hawthorne, world renown archeologist, to take you on that journey. Don’t worry, it won’t be a boring trip, there will be some bumps in the road. Along the road you will meet a long time girlfriend of Jack’s named Esperanza, and Jim Ducket, former CIA agent, colleague, and friend of Jack’s. Also, don’t forget about the Israeli army, villagers in Tunisia and others sent to recover the staff and kill whoever gets in their way. I have to admit that even though this book was a great adventure it took me a few tries to get started with it. The first chapter is a little slow, even with everything going on in it, but, if you can sit down and read a few chapters without stopping you will be hooked. I had no problem visualizing everything that was happening and places that I traveled to because of Hoesel’s writing. It was wonderful. Who know’s it might have just been me having problems getting into it but, I am really glad that I pushed through and read it. I loved the adventure it took me on. I received this book free from Bethany House. 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