Item description for Wil's Bones by Kevin Bowen...
Overview Amidst turmoil in the Middle East, a renowned archeologist is called in to search for explosive at a famous tourist site. The world is not ready for what he discovers there. . . .
Publishers Description The Secretary of State's visit to Israel was less than a week away. Islamic fundamentalists, hoping to thwart the peace process, have threatened to kill her and as many Americans as possible. The Israeli and U.S. governments are determined to keep a lid on the situation as they search for explosives believed to be hidden at one of the famous tourist sites. They recruit world-renowned archaeologist Dr. Wil Wilson to help them. No one was prepared for what they found. When Wil can no longer stomach the cover-up, he acts. From Tokyo to Washington, from the halls of academia to the local church, the world is turned upside down. Congress is in an uproar, the press is in a frenzy, and Wil is on the run. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. An election hangs in the balance, truth is about to be buried, and Wil is still in love with hope.
Citations And Professional Reviews Wil's Bones by Kevin Bowen has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 09/03/2001 page 22
Christianity Today - 11/13/2000 page 111
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Studio: Engage Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.59" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2000
Publisher Engage Publishing
ISBN 1930892128 ISBN13 9781930892125
Availability 0 units.
More About Kevin Bowen
Bowen is a Health Care Consultant who has a Master in Divinity, Master in Health Care Management and a Bachelor in History. He has lived in India, the corporate world, and the halls of academia.
Kevin Bowen currently resides in Port Townsend, in the state of Washington.
Reviews - What do customers think about Wil's Bones?
Thought Provoking Nov 11, 2004
I found the book interesting and very thought provoking. I'm surprised that someone out there hasn't made the preposterous claim of finding the bones of Jesus.
good in some ways bad in others Jan 24, 2004
I had mixed feeling while reading this book. The plot was not original, Dr. Paul Maier's "A Skeleton in God's Closet" is much a much more realistic and informative treatment of this hypothetical. I also felt that this book ignored in a large part the "what if" implications for the reader if such an occasion were to occur.
The book attempts to be a thriller, and it achieves this somewhat. Through the political fallout that the discovery of Jesus' bones causes, the character dodges assassination attempts and stumbles upon evidence of presidential secrets. But I wasn't thrilled by any of the action which I found to be fairlu contrived.
I have to give the author props though in developing the main character's anti-christian bias and for maintaining it to the end of the book. Most christian writers would have the main character convert at the end, but this book is much more realistic about intellectual obstacles to faith.
In short I appreciated this dimension of the book but failed to enjoy any of the other dimensions. I do plan to read other books by this author, but if you are intrigued by the "What if Jesus' bones were found?" scenario, than read Paul Maier's book.
Worst book I've ever read Dec 30, 2003
The most laughably written, most preposterous story line and the most contrived book I have ever read. No thinking person, let alone someone who can read, should be caught dead with this pathetic tale. Although I read it about 2 years ago, I still cringe at the memory of it. Just awful.
Fast-moving plot, thankfully Nov 3, 2003
This really wasn't my type of book. It's an interesting premise, and I had heard various people recommend it, but it left me with a blah feeling. It is a fairly engaging adventure, and it's kinda fun following people through the story. But a lot of the stuff was really quite routine, and partially due to the fantastic nature of the book, a lot of it just seemed outlandish, even reading in a huh-wouldn't-it-be-interesting-if-this-happened mindset. It probably was not my cup of tea, but I was glad for the fast-moving plot: I was able to get on to another book as quickly as possible.
Great premise, but extremely oversimplified plot Aug 11, 2002
The initial premise is a fascinating one. But in the interest of maintaining a quick pace, Bowen rushes through the plot, making everything happen at an unrealistic pace. There's no way that followers of the Christian faith would so easily accept Wil's findings; there would be WAY more push-back. And his science seemed simplistic; he did little to investigate his unusual findings, beyond carbon dating. The idea that the rest of the tomb would not have been explored is hard to buy.
So I was disappointed. The first third was great, but then he had all the pieces fall into place too quickly, even stooping to employ the same tactic for illicitly entering the tomb TWICE, distracting guards with a pretty girl.
Overall, I wish he'd taken more time to flesh out such an interesting concept. I agree with several viewers that although the protagonist was (and remained) an atheist, the book got subliminally preachy at times.
I'd read more by this author, but I hope he digs deeper next time.
An interesting aside - I listened to the audio version of this book, which is read by the author. He has a tremendous voice, sounding like a professional actor - very impressive!