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

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,664 ratings  ·  228 reviews
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...more
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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
“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...more
Victor Gentile
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 An event happens in the very beginning that turns Jack Hawthorne, the hero, into a withdrawn cynic completely turned off to the world.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...more
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
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
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
Clockstein Lockstein
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
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'...more
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
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...more
Barbara Brink
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
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
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
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
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
Sally Malkowski
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
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...more
J. Holloway
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!
Apr 25, 2012 Tamara rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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
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...more
I wanted to give this one four stars so badly. I can say that for both a free book and a Christian fiction one to boot, it was the best I've read thus far!

While I've come to understand and respect that there is no such thing as a perfect book this one comes near. Sure anyone could find something wrong with it but I chose to just look over those very few things and enjoy the book for what it is, a good story.

Those who are fans of Dan Brown's stories of conspiracy among the Christian religion mi...more
In the style of Dan Brown but for the Christian reader..Thrilling and captivating from the start. It is full of twists and a riveting plot based upon the passage in 2 Kings telling the story of Elisha's bones raising the dead. This leads archaeologist/professor/skeptic Jack Hawthorne on an exciting adventure in an attempt to find the bones of the prophet while wrestling with his own personal struggle with faith.

I enjoyed Don Hoesel's unique writing style and the first person, present tense narra...more
Kamas Kirian
This book was OK. It started off well, kinda wavered in the middle and finished fast, probably too fast. While I really like the premise, there was just too much luck involved. The main character got out of too many life/death situations by mere luck, while his friends keep getting killed. Then, at the end, with all the dead people and the criminal investigations that would follow, everything just....goes away?

If the sequel ends up as a free selection like this one did, I'll get it, but otherwis...more
When I started this book and got far enough into it to know what was going on and what this book was going to be about, I was really excited for it and anticipated a book I'd really enjoy. Unfortunately, this turned out not to be the case; in some ways, it was rather like CSI: Miami (which is not good).

The basic premise of the book is based on two obscure verses from the second book of Kings in the Old Testament; which is the basis for an archaeologist to do research in looking for the prophet E...more
Joyce Lagow
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
This was an Indiana Jones meets Dan Brown book for me. I have enjoyed all Dan Brown's novels, and have always been a fan of Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones. Jack Hawthorne is on the same level as these two characters, but Hoesel's technique of putting the reader face to face with the personal tragedy in Jack's back story gave his character more depth earlier in the story for me. I felt like this book had a great beginning, slacked off in the middle, and had a terrific ending. The middle was defina...more
We are dropped into an archaeological find with mysterious signs and letters on a sarcophagus cover at an ancient Egyptian burial site. A rumbling explosion and cave-in keeps Jack from learning more about what he'd glimpsed seconds before. Outside in safety, the group realizes that members of their team which were working on another nearby site are not present. Their discovery of the real cave-in is traumatic. In that cave-in, under suspicious circumstances, Jack's brother died while pleading wi...more
V. Gingerich
During the first half of this book I could hardly wait to write this review, planned to recommend the book to The Hubs, considered giving it four stars. (Was this partly because I read two complete duds right before Elisha’s Bones and was starved for something with good grammar and sentence formation? No, I promise it was more than that.)

A billionaire hires Professor Jack Hawthorne, former archaeologist, to hunt down the bones of the prophet Elisha. Based on two verses from the Old Testament and...more
What a roller-coaster ride! Elisha's Bones reminded me much of an Indiana Jones movie at first, but Hoesel made this adventure his own with many twists I couldn't anticipate.

Elisha's Bones

Elisha's Bones is all written in the mind of Jack Hawthorne, former archeologist and current professor. This actually was a first for me because from what I recall I haven't read a book in the mind of a guy. Don't get me wrong, I liked this change. It was neat to get into a guy's head for a while.

Moving forward...more
Kitty Bullard
While this book was very interesting and exciting in some ways, it was a little slow paced for me and it was hard for me not to allow my interest to wane. I feel the plot was good but the action was slow and there wasn't enough content there to really keep me addicted.

I had a hard time with this one, while I enjoy Indiana Jones type stories at times there was something about this one that just didn't get my blood pumping.

I do have to admit that this genre is not one of my top choices so that cou...more
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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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