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Elisha's Bones (A Jack Hawthorne Adventure #1)

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,360 Ratings  ·  253 Reviews
An archeological thriller where eternal life is the reward in the chase to uncover an ancient secret. It features Indiana Jones who meets The DaVinci Code.
ebook, 335 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers
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Jerome Parisse
Elisha's Bones, written by Don Hoesel, is half Indiana Jones, half Da Vinci Code, and unfortunately not half as good. The story is fast-moving, but the plot has holes, and characterisation is a bit weak. The reasons why the characters do what they are doing and let themselves be drawn into a bloody search for some bones are a bit light. The writing is also clumsy at times. It feels like a good attempt at a first novel, and could indicate a good writer in the making, but it's not enough to make i ...more
Mar 23, 2009 Shaun rated it it was amazing
“And as a man was being buried, behold, a marauding band was seen and the man was thrown into the grave of Elisha, and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.” (2 Ki 13:21, ESV)

Is it conceivable that the power of God surging through Elisha’s bones could be harnessed yet today? What if your life and the lives of those you care about depend upon you finding them first?

Jack Hawthorne was well settled into the quiet and routine life of an archaeology profess
Victor Gentile
Jul 16, 2009 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
On Saturday, May 9th I had the pleasure of interviewing Don Hoesel on our radio show: Kingdom Highlights. Mr. Hoesel has his new book published by Bethany House and the title is Elisha’s Bones.

Make no mistake about it this book is a thriller in the guise of a mild mannered archaeologist. An event happens in the very beginning that turns Jack Hawthorne, the hero, into a withdrawn cynic completely turned off to the world. Then multi-millionaire Gordon Reese makes him an offer he cannot refuse. It
As others have noted, this book appears to be a hybrid of "The DaVinci Code" and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." It's marketed as Christian fiction probably for the fact that its title is taken from the Biblical account where a dead man touched the prophet Elisha's bones and came back to life. Also, the protagonist, Jack, believes in God but doubts the authenticity and historicity of the Bible. The bones, however, disappear from history following this account, and the fast-paced plot has s ...more
May 30, 2011 Leann rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. Although the book started out with a good opening scene (very well-written and of the type that makes you feel you're in the room), after that the pacing didn't just slow, it stopped. Jack Hawthorne, the protagonist, is asked by a billionaire to find Elisha's Bones. Jack isn't execting to actually find them, and is quite skeptical about the whole affair. In short, Jack wasn't very excited about looking for or finding Elisha's bones. And at 27% of the way throug ...more
Feb 16, 2009 Virginia rated it really liked it
An acclaimed archeologist has left the exciting life of active excavations and digs, and is living the dull but safe life of a college professor. Then he gets a call from one of the richest men in the world, and is asked to undertake a little project -- find the bones of the prophet Elisha, which are reported to resurrect the dead. The task takes him on a fast-paced globetrotting trip, uncovering a centuries-old trail and unearthing some dangerous people who will stop at nothing to keep him from ...more
2 1/2 stars. It was three stars until the author got himself hopelessly lost in Australia. A few hours more research would have given him the information he needed to avoid looking silly.
The characters were well described, and the story was interesting enough, although it's not typical reading for me. There wasn't much that was overtly Christian in the story. That in itself doesn't bother me. But what did bother me was the way the author incorporated the Christianity that was included. It felt
Clockstein Lockstein
Apr 22, 2009 Clockstein Lockstein rated it it was amazing
Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel is a pulse-pounding action filled thriller in the vein of The DaVinci Code, but written well! Jack Hawthorne gave up working in the field as an archaeologist to work as a college professor after the mysterious death of his brother. He's lured back into one of his old digs in Venezuela when a reclusive billionaire hires him to find the biblical prophet Elisha's bones which are rumored to have the power to resurrect the dead. Hawthorne reconnects with his old fiance (a ...more
Joyce Lagow
May 07, 2011 Joyce Lagow rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle-edition
This is one of the worst books I have ever read. Imagine a Dan Brown wannabe who's out to prove God exists--only with a truly outlandish plot, writing that is about at the level of an 8 year old, and utterly unbelievable characters who are one dimensional at their best. The "plot" revolves around a secret group who, taking over from the ancient Israelites who preserved the prophet Elisha's bones, which supposedly can bring the dead back to life, pass the bones from one set of "caretakers" to ano ...more
Jul 18, 2011 Tom rated it it was ok
An OK Kindle freebie that wavered between Indiana Jones and DaVinci Code, but wasn't as good as either of those... and DaVinci Code wasn't that great. And don't even get me started about the last Indiana Jones movie. Ug.

The writing was good and the action fun to read. Plausibility, plot and character motivation were the main problems. We don't get a great explanation of why this professor chooses to leave his comfy university, travel around the world in pursuit of these bones. Sure, at first he'
May 08, 2011 Erinn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kindle-ebook
Some good fiction, very Indiana Jones in some places. The book lost a star about 70% into the book though because 1) so much crazy stuff was happening and so many people were trying to kill the main character that it didn't make any sense what-so-ever that a college proffessor would have so many shady dealings with people or handle being the target of murder so well, 2) the fact that he couldn't connect the dots sooner of how every time he called a friend or colleague the bad guys would find him ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Grace rated it it was ok
Author: Don Hoesel
Title: Elisha’s Bones
Description: Archaeology professor Jack Hawthorne is hired by a mysterious millionaire to find a sacred artifact. He travels around the world, hooks up with a beautiful woman, finds some clues, some people get killed…
Review source: Free on kindle (looks like it still is).
Plot: Too much happened in this book. The plot sent Jack and Espy from one crisis to another. Realistically, they shouldn’t have survived past Venezuela…
Characters: Character development
Barbara Brink
Jun 07, 2011 Barbara Brink rated it liked it
Elisha's Bones was a fun "Indiana Jones" type romp through countries and digs, looking for the biblical prophet's bones. I enjoyed the story for the most part. There were some strange moments when the main characters have just been through mayhem, friends are shot, blown up, whatever, and they just sort of merrily go on their way. I know they are also running for their lives, but they don't seem to get that until the very end. They don't seem to fathom the depth of their troubles until it's too ...more
Allison Kohn
Aug 12, 2013 Allison Kohn rated it it was amazing
Elisha's Bones is an exciting book about a man who lost his desire for the dig when his brother was murdered on a site in Egypt the government immediately shut down and didn't investigate; but after five years as an academic took a job during the three weeks of Christmas holiday to follow leads to Elisha's bones for a billionaire. He runs into the woman he was engaged to five years ago and the site he searches in Argentina is connected to the site in Egypt where his brother died. He is attacked ...more
Camy Simone
Jun 01, 2012 Camy Simone rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This book was National Treasure meets Indiana Jones with The DaVinci Code mixed in. At times, the events and situations surrounding the characters were fantastical and they traveled in and out of countries as easily as the average person would go to the grocery store. Just as soon as the worst seems to have befallen the lead characters, they bounced back and continued the quest. That being said, I loved it. If you are a fan of National Treasure and Indiana Jones with the additive secrecy surroun ...more
Apr 19, 2011 Christine rated it liked it
It's kind of like a love child of The Mummy, Da Vinci Code, and National Treasure. Someone didn't do a great job proofreading it, though. Some typos and a space after any word beginning with the letter "j", which was a bit annoying. But it was entertaining enough for the gym!

I've seem some reviewers says it's "Christian fiction", which I don't necessarily agree with. Yes, the bones are mentioned in the Bible, but it's didn't read like a story geared towards a religious audience, IMO.
Carolina Montague
Jan 29, 2014 Carolina Montague rated it really liked it
Professor of Archaeology Jack Hawthorne burrows into the comfortable gentility of academia, hiding from the murder of his brother Will at a dig in Egypt. However, when billionaire Gordon Reese approaches Jack, asking him to authenticate evidence of the archaeological find of the century, the bones of the biblical prophet Elisha, reputed to have the power to raise the dead, Jack just can’t say “No.” Certain that Reese is crazy and that God does not exist, Jack accepts the challenge with the condi ...more
Rosemary Cantrell
This was free Kindle book. It was a "Raiders of the Lost Ark" wannabe, as far as I am concerned. The college professor archeologist is pulled from his classroom during Christmas break to search for clues as to where the bones of the prophet Elisha may be hidden. The bones supposedly bring the dead back to life if the bones are touched.

Throw in a love interest from the past, lots of bad guys, travel to many places around the world, a conspiracy of people trying to prevent his success. Also, add i
Dec 15, 2014 Jody rated it really liked it
If you are like me and grew up watching Indiana Jones and then going outside and using your sister's jump rope for a bullwhip then you will like this book. It has everything the Indy movies have:

1) A professor who is pulled away from his classes to go to remote areas.
2) A pretty girl who has a romantic history with the professor.
3) A mystery concerning some historical bones that must be found.
4) The bones cannot be found unless they are jumping continents.
5) Secret rooms with secret traps that c
Sally Malkowski
Feb 17, 2014 Sally Malkowski rated it it was amazing
Lately I’ve been drawn to the adventure/thriller-with-a-spiritual-flair genre. Elisha’s Bones fits that category! While I must admit the first 125 pages or so were spent in laying the ground work, I ALMOST got impatient with that. At one point I even considered putting the book down. That’s NOT to say it was boring! Religious archaeological finds, and the trauma leading up to acquiring them, presented a new kind of reading challenge for me. However, perseverance proved a just reward! As with mos ...more
Susan Kelley
Jul 12, 2014 Susan Kelley rated it liked it
Archaeologist Jack Hawthorne has given up on his chosen profession ever since the death of his brother. Preferring instead to spend his days teaching, Jack has settled into a quiet life in the States.

All that changes with the arrival of Gordon Reese in Jack's life. Gordon has a job for Jack: Find Elisha's Bones. Rumored to restore life to the dead, the dying millionaire will spare no expense to find them.

Abd so begins Jack's quest. Little did he know the danger that would await him, or the old w
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 m ...more
Alicia Huxtable
Jun 09, 2015 Alicia Huxtable rated it really liked it
Interesting read full of twists and turns. It took a bit for me to completely get what was going on in some parts but that is mainly because it moved along at a pretty decent pace.
Don't Hoesel has certainly spun an interesting web of a tale
J. Holloway
Apr 09, 2010 J. Holloway rated it it was amazing
I'm reading this at the same time I'm reading two other books, but so far I'm loving it. Wow. Definitely a great adventure story. Well written. Can't put it down. I'll be updating this review as soon as I'm finished!
deeann linford
Oct 14, 2014 deeann linford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An archaeology professor's transition from boring academia to hunting for an impossible archeological treasure.

The first part of this book was soooo boring. It must have been inspired by a archaeological dig with just hints of what might be found below. I stopped reading once. Then returned to start skipping until the action picked up. I hope this author learns to fill in the background with a bit more spice and good information. The last part of the story was much better and the ending is good.
Jan 09, 2016 Nenette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starting out with scenes inside a tomb in Egypt, with the doctor and a group of students peeling away layers of a sarcophagus, I almost immediately gave up on this book. It's a good thing I decided to continue - took a good night's sleep and a cup of freshly brewed coffee. It was, after what I supposed was a boring start, an exciting read, and I could almost picture how it'd play on the big screen.

The story has more merits than demerits. As mentioned, it's exciting; I found myself anticipating m
Dec 26, 2015 Ana rated it liked it
Pros: definitely a page turner. It'll keep your attention if you're looking for a fairly easy escape read. Plenty happens and the writing is good. Cons: some aspects of the book stretch believability. If you look at it too closely you'll probably find holes. Approach it as a fun little read on a boring Saturday afternoon, and I'd say it's worth it.

Just curious though? Could bones that old even stand to be handled like that? Wouldn't they crumble easily and require professional equipment to move
John Mann
Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel is an action-adventure style novel. It revolves around the possible existence of God-blessed bones which have granted the power to bring people back from the dead. It is told from the first-person viewpoint of archaeologist Jack Hawthorne as he is asked to come out of semi-retirement by a wealthy man to track down the bones so that he can save a young family member.

I enjoyed the historical religious conspiracy subject matter of this book. It is similar in spirit to t
Apr 25, 2012 Tamara rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I downloaded this book for free on my Ipad through Kindle. A lot of the free books I download are just o.k. This book was better than o.k., so I was pleasantly surprised. If I could give it 3.5 stars that is more where I would rate it. It is a first novel by this author and I think he is an good writer. The book was a fairly interesting read. Jack Hawthorne,the main character is an archaeologist who is hired by a very wealthy man named Reese to locate Elisha's bones. The bones are said to have p ...more
Jade Eby
Oct 16, 2011 Jade Eby rated it liked it
Originally published at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements

I was pleasantly surprised when Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel was offered for free. The blurb made it sound interesting and after 20 pages I still wasn't bored! Well I just finished it and I have to say it was the BEST free book Amazon has offered. It is Hoesel's first novel so of course there was a lot to be desired but there were many good things about it as well. The characters were interesting and story line was actually really good. I li
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Don Hoesel works in the Communications department for a Medicare carrier in Nashville, TN. He has a BA in Mass Communication from Taylor University and has published short fiction in Relief Journal. He lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his wife and two children. He's published two novels: Elisha's Bones, released in March 2009, and Hunter's Moon, coming in February 2010.
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“Do I believe in God? Sure. So I believe the Bible is the arbiter of theological knowledge? There it gets a little hazy.” 2 likes
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