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Serpent of Moses (Jack Hawthorne Adventure #2)

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A Fast-Paced Follow-up to the Bestselling
Suspense Elisha's Bones!

Just three years after the recovery of Elisha's bones, Dr. Jack Hawthorne has given up teaching and resumed the practice of archaeology, although his frequent absences have put a strain on his relationship with Esperanza. Things heat up when Esperanza receives a call from an antiquities dealer with troubling
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Paperback, 315 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
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Yiya
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is a quest to find the legendary brass snake that Moses set on a pole - the same snake that the Israelites could look up on in order to get healed from snake bites. Serpent of Moses assumes that the relic was not destroyed by Moses, making it one of the most profitable finds in the archaeology world. Esperanza, his long time girlfriend, ever waiting for Hawthorne to get serious, Romero, Esperanza's brother and art dealer, and Jim Duckett, an ex-CIA agent and former colleague, will team ...more
Shaun
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Jack is back! No, not Jack Bauer. Jack Hawthorne. You know Jack Hawthorne, former Evanston University professor and archaeologist for hire who first came on the scene in Elisha's Bones (Bethany House, 2009). The last time we saw Jack, he and the lovely Esperanza were secretly reinterring the bones of the prophet Elisha, surely glad to be rid of them after the deadly ordeal that ensued during the search for them.

Fast forward several years and Jack is still wearing the hat of the itinerant archaeo
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Leona
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing


From the Back Cover
Moses built and lifted up the brass serpent,
healing the afflicted Israelites of snakebites.

King Hezekiah called the serpent Nehushtan. Long thought destroyed, it's been buried for millennia, secreted under the region's shifting sands.

Now the Israeli government wants it back and they will stop at nothing to get their hands on it. Yet they're not the only ones who covet the Nehushtan.

Archaeologist Jack Hawthorne travels to Libya intent on recovering the sacred object, but one d
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Victor Gentile
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of interviewing Don Hoesel, on our radio show “Kingdom Highlights”, for his new book, “Serpent of Moses” Book Two in the Jack Hawthorne series published by Bethany House Publishers.
From the Back Cover: Moses built and lifted up the brass serpent,healing the afflicted Israelites of snakebites.

King Hezekiah called the serpent Nehushtan. Long thought destroyed, it’s been buried for millennia, secreted under the region’s shifting sands.

Now the Israeli government wants it back and
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Thinking back to my younger days and sensing what types of movies and book really appealed to me, I'd have to say action-adventure with a twist of romance. Now I was fortunate enough to find myself with the opportunity to review Don Hoesel's latest novel, Serpent of Moses which will leave you a bit breathless.

The book opens with a murder of a German, a Dr. Felix Hoffstatter while members of the Mossad try to prevent it from happening in the dead of night. The mystery will begin to deepen as arch
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Lisa Johnson
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Title: Serpent of Moses
Author: Don Hoesel
Pages: 320
Year: 2012
Publisher: Bethany House
Note: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. Follow my other reviews at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... and on twitter @lcjohnson1988
In the Old Testament, Numbers chapter 21, the Israelites were grumbling and doubting not only Moses, but God. The Israelites battled with and voiced their grumblings, so God acted. He sent snakes to bite them. To save them, Moses was to make a s
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Megan
Jul 05, 2012 added it
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Note: This review is by a guest reviewer... my husband, Addison! Please be kind; it's his first review! :)

Serpent of Moses is a good book and I had a fun time reading it. When I first read the description of the book, and its main character, the intrepid archaeologist Jack Hawthorne, I immediately thought of other famous adventurers like Indiana Jones and (for the video game savvy) Nathan Drake. While Jack Hawthorne's adventure through northern Africa in this book may not meet the bar set by tho
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E.A. West
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Archaeologist Jack Hawthorne is on a quest to find the Nehushtan, the brass serpent staff of Moses. Unfortunately, he’s not the only one who wants it. Mercenaries, the Mossad, simple villagers…everyone seems to want to lay claim to this biblical relic that has rested undisturbed in Libya for centuries. When it’s brought to light, however, Jack finds himself in a world of danger and relying on friends scattered around the world.

Fraught with danger and adventure, Serpent of Moses is an action-pack
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Addison
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Below is my review, which I first posted on my wife's blog - http://faerytalesarereal.blogspot.com .

Serpent of Moses is a good book and I had a fun time reading it. When I first read the description of the book, and its main character, the intrepid archaeologist Jack Hawthorne, I immediately thought of other famous adventurers like Indiana Jones and (for the video game savvy) Nathan Drake. While Jack Hawthorne's adventure through northern Africa in this book may not meet the bar set by those two
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Shalini Ayre
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Jack Hawthorn, an experienced archaeologist finds himself recovering an ancient artifact - the Nehushtan. It's a sacred and revered object that was thought to have been lost. However, having discovered the 'hiding' place he meets Englishman Martin Templeton - a man who Jack can't trust.

The quest finds him travelling to Libya - but the Mossad agents are not going to let the priceless antique leave the country so easily. His friends - on/off girlfriend and linguist Espy, her brother Romero and one
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Katie
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Serpent of Moses was my first read by Don Hoesel, though I own two of his previous books. And after such a good experience I will definitely be reading them in the near future! As I saw another reviewer compare, this book does put you in mind of an Indian Jones movie. What’s not to like, right?!!

Jack Hawthorne was a one-of-a-kind type of guy! While it was easy for me to grow to like him, I couldn’t help but laugh at a few of his antics—such as the abil
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Amy Bradsher
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you're an Indiana Jones fan, you won't want to miss this book. Like the famous trilogy, this story is about a famous archeologist who finds himself in over his head all too often but is able to use his incredible smarts to get himself out of tight spots. The story is action-packed and dramatic, and while this particular book (there is another book in this series) doesn't take place in the jungle, it does span beautiful Italian streets, London museums, and Libyan deserts. Also like the trilogy ...more
Rosie
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a somewhat less enjoyable Jack Hawthorne adventure, when compared to the previous novel. But before I dive into the negatives of this book, let me present the positives. :-)

Hoesel begins Serpent of Moses in third person. This was different for me, seeing as the first book (Elisha's Bones) was written in first person. I freely admit I found the change confusing. Were we with Jack? Or is it Duckey? Espy? Thankfully, Hoesel revealed who it was within a paragraph, but it left a bad taste.

I
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Christian Fiction Addiction
Let me start by saying that Don Hoesel's previous novels have won high recommendations from me for their non-stop action, excellent plots, and Hoesel's strong command of the English language. I therefore approached "Serpent of Moses" with expectations that this book would live up to his previous works. In many ways it did, because the story features plenty of high-octane action scenes and interesting locales. However, for some reason I found much of the story to be somewhat plodding, and I finis ...more
Jessica
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable archaological mystery following Jack as he finds an historical artifact and is subsequently kidnapped by others after the same artifact! The story tells of his journey through the aftermath of his find and also follows two other sets of characters, his girlfriend and her brother and a ex-CIA friend as the attempt to follow in his footsteps in order to help their missing friend. It is a well written, wholesome adventure, and while it is a "Christian" book, the faith aspects ...more
Kate
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Resting in Libya lies a valuable treasure beckoning from the deep that comes with a price. There are those who would do just about anything to acquire it.

Former Professor Jack Hawthorne well known in the world of archaelogy is possessor of ancient artifacts. His desire for one in particular will lead him on a journey alone to discover and acquire of its well preserved hiding place before others realize he has gone.
As danger lurks in the foreground will the treasure be gained at the risk of live
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Linda Walters
Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Over all, I liked the book; although at times it kind of went a bit too long for my tastes in some of the location descriptions. Still, I found it pretty well written when it came to the story line, the people and the different countries they traveled in their searches. I was unaware when I got the book that it was Book 2 in a series ; I didn't realize it until I began to put this review together. It threw me off a little when I first started reading the book and it went into several different p ...more
David H.
Apr 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Archaeologist Dr. Jack Hawthorne discovers the Nehushtan, the Serpent Staff of Moses. Jack is chased across Northern Africa by Israeli Mossad. He enlist the help of his girlfriend, her brother and his buddy who is retired from the CIA.

The Nebushtan is actually briefly mentioned in the Bible (Numbers Chapter 21). The Israelies spoke against God and Moses, so the Lord sent snakes among the people. Many were bitten and died. Then the people apologized to Moses and Moses prayed for the people. God
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Mary
Jan 23, 2016 added it
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Just three years after the recovery of Elisha's bones, Dr. Jack Hawthorne has given up teaching and resumed the practice of archaeology, although his frequent absences have put a strain on his relationship with Esperanza. Things heat up when Esperanza receives a call from an antiquities dealer with troubling news about Jack, and her fears are confirmed. Jack has gone to Libya in search of another biblical artifact: the Nehushtan, the serpent staff of Moses. After Jack arrives in Libya, he soon d ...more
Nanci de Suffren
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved "Elisha's Bones." Jack Hawthorne is a bit of Indiana Jones and dash of Dr. Grant with a healthy portion of luck made possible by his friends. They are far from being supporting characters as their ups and downs create as much of the tension and anxiety as the predicaments that Dr. Hawthorne embroils them in. The addition of Ducky in this book make it even more fun.

I agree with another review about Elisha's Bones that not only what that book make a great movie, this could be a
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Paula Howard
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Serpent of Moses by Ron Hoesel find Jack Hawthorne once again on the quest for religious artifacts and of course putting himself in danger.
The Staff of Moses, in which he healed the Israelites of snakebites has long believed to have been lost.

Israel is intent that any artifacts relating to the Jewish faith are returned to Israel. Mossad has hired Imolene to guarantee the return of the Nehushtan. Imolene is working with Martin Templeton to find the staff. They don't plan on leaving behind any wi
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Rachel
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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The mystery, action, excitment, and protagonist (even the antagonists) were crafted excellentlly. I was transported into the story, believed every character, and was wondering how everything worked together and was pleased by the result. I was left with a couple of questions in the end but I'll live. Saw a few point of view and showing vs. telling errors but haveing trouble thinking of an example so they didn't make a huge impression. A previouse book to this one was mentioned a few times but th ...more
Nenette
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The adventure continues and it was as enjoyable as the first book. This time, it was Moses' staff with a serpent that's the object of desire.

If I have any reservation about this book, it is the somewhat quick discoveries being made about signs and clues. If one's group has a legitimate archaeologist, a voracious linguist, and an antiques dealer, one has got to have a very fiction-trained mind to not question their ability to quickly spot and interpret the clues.

Not that I'm complaining... It's j
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Janice Dick
Another tightly written suspense by Don Hoesel. The author is able to help us slip easily from our present into his story. There's enough real life to suspend doubt of the possibility of the plot, and the characters are strong. Realistic, suspenseful, humorous at times, intense to the end. A great read.

I've read the first and third in this series and was glad to find the second. Although these can be stand-alone books, there is a greater character arc that covers the series and it's fun to follo
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Gea
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Ik ben dit boek gaan lezen omdat ik nu eenmaal geen weerstand kan bieden aan boeken die over archeologie gaan. Vond dit boek wel leuk maar niet echt een hoogvlieger. Ook is dit een tweede boek over Jack Hawthorne alleen is dit eerste boek nooit vertaald in het Nederlands, het was dus best wel vervelend dat er in dit deel een heleboel werd gerefereerd naar gebeurtenissen in het eerste boek terwijl ik dit eerste boek dus niet heb gelezen.
Nigel
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great follow up to the first Jack Hawthorn book. We see the characters develop well and see more of the supporting characters from the previous book.
The hunt is on for the Staff of Moses with the brass snake wound around it, the hunt takes us from Milan,Libya, Tunisia and finally Turkey. A must read for anyone who likes history combined with relic hunting.
Elizabeth Kling
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another page turner

Love Hoesel's books. if you like Indiana Jones I think you will not be disappointed in his books. going to read the third one in this series.
Ellen Bee
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not quite as good as the last book I read of his, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. It just seems like the book comes to a conclusion waaaay too fast
Bonnie
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first one but enjoyable.
Daniel
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I love this series. If you like Indiana Jones like novels you'll like these.
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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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