Elisha’s Bones – Don Hoesel

Elisha’s Bones by Don Hoesel

Bethany House  ISBN 0764205609 (ISBN13: 9780764205606)

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.

I love Matthew Reilly, really fast paced action thriller with lashings of suspense.  And I enjoyed reading Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, giving a unique perspective to a bible story and while the idea behind this story was good, I found this one lacking.

At one point, there was a very important clue that they found, and they were interrupted.  Obviously Mr Hoesel was too, because they never referred back to that clue again, which was disappointing.

While there was action aplenty, sometimes it was slow, or the story “dithered” where Jack didn’t really know what to do next.

I found that it didn’t really delve into the emotional side as much as it could have, and most of the story was spent with the main character, Jack Hawthorne wondering whether he really did believe in God, which I didn’t really feel was relevant to the story.  If he didn’t believe in the bones, why take on the job in the first place.

But don’t take my word for it.  There were moments of great action and dialogue, and the confrontations he has are very entertaining, including the one with his ex-girlfriend Espy.

3 stars out of five.


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