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.
Can we just take two seconds too say how much I missed reading adventure novels such as these. A few years back this was the majority of what I read. I couldn’t get enough of my favorite author (who will remain nameless at this time). Then he started taking on ghost writers and his books have never been the same. So I went on the search for a new favorite author and it has led me all over the map in writing styles.
Anyway, back to my original comment I miss good adventure novels. This is what we have in Don Hoesel’s newest Jack Hawthorne novel Blood and Bone. Now know first off this is the third installment of the Jack Hawthorne series, while this book could stand alone, I feel the need to go back and read the previous two just to fill in background information. I feel going back and reading the previous two will help me understand certain relationships better.
Ok, so now what did I love about this book. I loved the relationship between Jack and Espy. I am not just saying that because I am a chick either. Being that Hoesel is a male author, I was pleased how he made Espy into an equal of Jack’s and not just arm candy. It isn’t always easy to do that but Hoesel did. I was also intrigued by Jack’s struggle with God. It isn’t often that you get an honest taste of that from christian fiction.
I loved all the different places they had to go looking for the bones. Everywhere from Australia, London, Russia, and France. It made it fun and kept the story going nicely. I also was amused how he incorporated hidden meanings of architecture into clues. That felt Indiana Jones to me and I kind of liked it.
I look forward to digging into other novels by Hoesel. I think that there is potential here. Here is hoping for more so I can get my adventure novel fix!!
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. No other goods were exchanged.