Item description for Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel...
Overview When a billionaire offers him a deal too good to resist, professor of antiquities Jack Hawthorne embarks on an assignment to discover the bones of the prophet Elisha--bones that brought the dead back to life in the Old Testament.
Publishers Description 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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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.93" Weight: 0.67 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2009
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0764205609 ISBN13 9780764205606
Availability 0 units.
More About Don Hoesel
Don Hoesel, bestselling author of Hunter's Moon and Elisha's Bones, lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his wife and two children. He has also published short fiction in Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression. 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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A fun romp through Elisha's Bones Nov 4, 2009
Elisha's Bones is the rip-roaring story of archaeologist Jack Hawthorne (kind of a modern-day Indiana Jones). Jack gave up the exploration side of archaeology when hit by a tragedy at a dig in Egypt, and is now living and lecturing in a small university town. He is mysteriously hired by the richest man in the world to find the bones of the prophet Elisha, which he believes have the power to raise people from the dead. Jack is more sceptical, but is on holiday and needs the money. The research leads him initially to South America (where he has a memorable meeting with his ex-fiance), but things start to go wrong as strange people show up, and the current project seems to relate back to the Egyptian experience.
The book is a well-written, fast-paced romp. While published by Bethany House, it's not overtly Christian, but the plot is within the realms of biblical possibility (unlike some secular authors I could name). It is an excellent first novel, well-researched and gave a real feel of being in the places. However, given the level of research/knowlege required to include something minor like the dingo bumper sticker, my enjoyment was spoilt somewhat by a couple of errors that should have been picked up in the editing process (it's "Jeeves", not "Geeves" and Qantas does not fly to Venezuela). If the details are not correct, leave them out to maintain the necessary suspension of disbelief for the reader. Otherwise, this would have been 5 stars.
Just Read IT Aug 24, 2009
I just read the book. I looked at all the reviews written for this book and they all seem to be written by professional writers. It is good that other people who know how to write like this book.
This novel is full of so many terrific elements. There is a very good theme regarding religious beliefs and what people are willing or able to do based on those beliefs. As art, Don Hoesel's ability to relate a vivid and believable story is very impressive. He does give credit to a few friends that helped him edit the book. But the novel doesn't sound like a collaborate effort; the singular voice is strong throughout.
I believe it is brave to set a book up on a few lines from the Bible and go running from there. Can it make a believer out of skeptic? Perhaps, but you chose what you want to believe.
Read it and enjoy it the way I did.
Fantastic, thrilling, fast paced, increased adventure with every turn of the page. Jul 9, 2009
If you like Indiana Jones at all...you'll even like this better. I'm hooked. Hoping this becomes a series. Seriously...this is one of the better books I have ever read. I doubt the Hollywood type will ever pick it up...but it would be an incredible movie as well. It's every bit as good as anything I've read by Robert Ludlum. Even though it has an Indiana Jones feel...the character is entirely unique. The main character is more of your everyday person thrown into a Jason Bourne type role entirely against his own will. Very nice read. I got it from the public library but will probably buy it for my own personal library.
A pro-Christian Da Vinci Code? Jul 1, 2009
I'd certainly say it's safe to call it that without exaggeration. Especially since Da Vinci Code dealt with an agnostic detective and this deals with a professor who was an archaeologist until a covered-up "accident" killed his brother. Called back in for one very specific relic- the bones of Old Testament Prophet Elisha, now he goes around the world and founds out the people that are protecting the bones will seriously do anything it takes to protect the secrets of the bones, including their existence, from anyone that they feel don't deserve know them. I'm not into archaeology (except when watching The Mummy or Indiana Jones), but this seriously drew me in quite literally from the first page all the way to the last sentence. Don did it that well, and I'm one picky reader.
Dem Bones Jun 4, 2009
Elisha's Bones is the first book of Don Hoesel. Having the chance to read first books by new authors is much like trying a new restaurant for me. I love being able to see the writer's style, his method, his first baby. It is such a privilege to hold in your hand an author's first book and know that it was such a labor of love for them.
Fans of Dan Brown's DaVinci Code will definitely love this book. It has all the fast paced intrique without the controversy that Brown's book brought to it. However it is quite thought provoking as this college professor leaves his quiet life behind to traverse the world to find the bones of Elisha. The trip is financed by a man who has a limitless amount of money, but not a limitless amount of time because he is dying. His willingness to finance this college professor's search means many Indiana Jones type adventures around the world. However, Hoesel does a great job of keeping this realistic and not hokey sounding at all.