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In true The Da Vinci Code fashion, a taut thriller filled with rival factions vying for control of the truth in a giant global conspiracy.

There were giants on the earth in those days—at least that’s what the Bible says. But, where are they? Did they ever really exist at all?

When out-of-work math teacher Ethan McCloud is sent a mysterious box, he and his ex-girlfriend beg
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: December 1st 2020 by Gallery / Saga Press
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Chelsea Humphrey
I went in expecting something similar to The DaVinci Code, and I definitely think this book has the potential to rivet the same audience, but I struggled to slog through many of the ancient logs and artifacts included in the story. There is a lot of technical terminology, and just as I felt I was sinking into the story again, another info dump was inserted, and I was lost again. Overall, lots of potential, but the execution just didn't work for me.

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my
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Joann
May 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I love Dan Brown. I was so excited to dive into this one after so many reviewers said Dan Brown fans would enjoy it. While I made it through the book, it was not easy at all nor super enjoyable. The technical details, archaeology "logs" and high brown academic writing inserted made this so much less readable for me, and it deterred from my immersion into the story itself. Each time I found myself perking up thinking I was getting somewhere, insert yet another "excerpt" from an ancient log that I ...more
Farah Asche
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fast, exciting story, very reminiscent of Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code. This had everything you would want in a thriller, giants, bones, secret societies, hidden history, gun chases and explosions. The story begins with Ethan getting a box full of notes claiming giants exist. He is thrust into a search for the truth that could cost him his life. He is chased by two groups, the mysterious Six-Fingered Man and the Council of David. These groups are willing to do whatever it takes ...more
˗ˏˋ maddie ˊˎ˗
Oct 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: giveaway-wins
full disclosure: i received an arc through a goodreads giveaway.

this wasn't exactly godawful but it was beyond poorly executed. the idea had promise and not an ounce of follow-through. the writing was haphazard and shallow, the characters two-dimensional (every. single. one of them. usually there's one or two characters i gravitate towards but there was no meat on literally any of them), and the bone chase a mess of the absolute least interesting parts sloshed together in a watery stew. also thi
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Monika
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
When a mysterious box is sent to Ethan, an unemployed Math teacher, he sets his search to solve the mystery. The story is set to unveil a conspiracy theory of giants roaming in our world, bone findings and cryptic symbol that could date back to 10,000 years in the past. Reading through the mysteries, reminded me more of Indiana Jones, with a touch of SciFi elements. The plot is movietastic, interesting and I loved Ethan, a grounded and of course a good decryptor. The writing itself was easy to f ...more
Ashlee Bree
Oct 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
For me, this was a thriller which lacked the fundamental "thrill." It was neither titillating in action nor was its psychology pulse-climbing in any anticipatory degree. If this book were a heart monitor, it would shoot a succession of flat lines across the screen from beginning to end not because it's dead to rights or anything but because it lacks the peaks of intrigue or tension that one comes to expect from a story about a professed centuries-old coverup.

Ethan McCloud, an ordinary man and l
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Mandy McHugh
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not many people know this about me, but when I was a little girl, I was terrified of giants. I dreamed about them storming into my city, bigger than skyscrapers, stomping on cars and coming directly for me. Maybe it was those old Mickey cartoons where they climb the beanstalk, or maybe I've always had an overactive imagination, whatever the case, I was intrigued to read Bone Chase on the premise and fun cover, and was soon lost in a world where giants might've walked the earth.

Ethan is an unemp
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Chaya Nebel
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Mild-mannered math teacher Ethan receives a mysterious box from his father containing hints and clues for a world-wide centuries-old conspiracy involving real giants who supposedly roamed the earth. Ethan is now entrusted with this, and must, for some reason known only to the author, continue his father's quest in search of the truth.

This story has the makings of a Da Vinci-type thriller, but the biggest problem with the book in my opinion is that the author never puts forth a good explanation f
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Jud Hanson
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Mythology is full of stories of giants that lived in the distant past. From the story of David killing Goliath to the children’s story of Jack and the Beanstalk, giants have always fascinated humanity. But what if the stories were true? This is what Ethan McCloud wonders when he receives a mysterious package and finds himself on the run from not one but two secretive groups with different agendas in regards to the truth about the existence of giants.

Bone Chase by Weston Ochse was billed as a DaV
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Alison Stratton
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this book we follow ex math teacher, Ethan McCloud on a journey through history and an ages old mystery that all starts when his father begins acting strangely and sends him a mysterious box. When Ethan's father tragically dies Ethan is left with two options, solve the mystery or die trying. When his old college flame, Shannon, just recently back from Afghanistan calls with condolences, the two decide to meet for coffee and Shannon is inevitably wrapped up in the mystery. With no where confir ...more
O Prism
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Conspiracy theory? Sure, why not! An excellent read by Weston Ochse. Unemployed math teacher Ethan McCloud is sent a mysterious box, and the chase is on. Searching for giants that may or may not exist, with danger at his heels the entire time. Many thrilling twists and turns occur in Ethan’s search for the truth. Don’t want to give away the ending, so suffice it to say, if you enjoyed The DaVinci Code with some sci-fi thrown in, you will want to read this book. I didn’t know what to think when I ...more
Farah Asche
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a fast, exciting story, very reminiscent of Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code. This had everything you would want in a thriller, giants, bones, secret societies, hidden history, gun chases and explosions.
The story begins with Ethan getting a box full of notes claiming giants exist. He is thrust into a search for the truth that could cost him his life. He is chased by two groups, the mysterious Six-Fingered Man and the Council of David. These groups are willing to do whatever it takes
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That Book Guy
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to read an advanced copy of Bone Chase by Weston Ochse through NetGalley.com.

After his father’s sudden death, Ethan McCloud and a love interest embark on a search to find proof of the existence of modern day giants. Yes, giants. Along the way, they encounter a six-fingered man, a secret cabal, alien hunters and the rarest of the rare, a Motley Crue fan.

Initially compared to a Dan Brown book, this has more a feel of James Rollins or Matthew Reilly. Fast paced and action p
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Jill Elizabeth
May 25, 2020 marked it as done-with
Shelves: gave-up-on
I like the way this one started. It seemed promising - a somewhat familiar formula was developing, sure. but the concept was different enough from others I've read to keep me interested. For a while. But the random sprinklings of mathematical theories and in-depth biblical recitations and analysis blended with the casual and repeated improbabilities in the plot line - and the characters' inexplicable ability to stay one step ahead of everyone who is following them - left me shaking my head more ...more
Mallory
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
The basic premise, characters, and writing was all good. I had a hard time getting past the idea that this was about a guy whose father was killed by the six fingered man who he vows to track down and kill. I was waiting for something to tell me the story would credit the princess bride with the lifting of that plot line and was disappointed. That distracted me and kept me from truly getting into the story for quite some time, this definitely had a DiVinci code feel and was quite the adventure. ...more
Travis Ludvigson
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bone Chase delivered an interesting and unique premise: Giants are real and have always existed here on Earth. The thing I appreciated most in this book was that Ochse created characters that remained true to who they were. The main character, Ethan was skeptical, unsure of himself, and nearly useless in a fight. And that continued through the story. He didn't suddenly have the skills of Jason Bourne, but kept moving ahead using his intellect. He made the characters feel real, which helped carry ...more
elysa
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
When a mysterious box is sent to Ethan, an unemployed Math teacher, he sets his search to solve the mystery. The story is set to unveil a conspiracy theory of Giants. With many roaming in our world findings of bone artifacts, and cryptic symbols could date back to 10,000 years in the past. Reading through the mysteries, reminded me of an adventure, with a hint of SciFi. I loved Ethan, and his character development, even under stress he was smart and stable. The story was captivating, and loved a ...more
Reid Edwards
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Harkening to older Crichton and Max Brooks, Weston Ochse’s Bone Chase is one of those books that leaves you sated but curious and inquisitive. Following former math teacher Ethan as he dives into the mystery behind giants (do they exist, what does their existence mean), Ochse shows his skill at action and suspense. His scenes never feel scripted or on rails, with the decisions of the protagonists driving the events of the story forward. The scientific bits that start each chapter help flesh out ...more
Angelica
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it
While in some ways, this book reminded me of Dan Brown, in others it didn't. Dan Brown's books are like watching movies where I am immersed in an entire story, not unlike watching a movie. This book, though very interesting, was like reading a non-fiction book at times. I like non-fiction, but when I am reading fiction, I want it to be all fiction. The technical writing was a bit too much at times, and I found myself skipping over parts. Sometimes Robin Cook can get that with his medical thrille ...more
Derek Moore
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I must admit that I tried but did not finish the book. There was just too much technical description. I started and stopped reading several times. We were following a math teacher and his journey through history that begins when his father sends him a mysterious box. I know this type of material will appeal to many other readers, it just didn't capture my interest. Thank you for the opportunity of receiving this book. I have already passed it along.
Eileen Kennedy
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ethan McCloud is summoned by his father and given a box. His father drops dead and Ethan, believing
his father was murdered, begins the quest that the box dictates. Accompanied by his ex-girlfriend, Shannon, he pursues a six-fingered man, the Council of David and Giants who have roamed the earth for thousands of years. Everyone they meet on their journey seems to want to kill them or is eventually killed in front of them. When he confronts an actual Giant, he experiences “giant awe,” a physical r
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Ron Frampton
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
a mysterious box of evidence,a note from his father and Ethan Mccloud is thrown into a 10000 year mystery.
Nina
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this book from Good Reads! I really enjoyed the suspense and the characters.
Sherry Brown
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book!! I loved the characters. It was non stop action. It had twist and turns. The last page is a “oh my gosh” !!! I highly recommend this book! Very good!
Sandra
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you like a good conspiracy theory story, then you need to read Bone Chase. I felt like I had already read this when I first started reading, but that quickly changed when entered the six fingered man, and giants. Pretty exciting read lots of twist and turns. I won my book from Goodreads Giveaways.
Alison Stratton
In this book we follow ex math teacher, Ethan McCloud on a journey through history and an ages old mystery that all starts when his father begins acting strangely and sends him a mysterious box. When Ethan's father tragically dies Ethan is left with two options, solve the mystery or die trying. When his old college flame, Shannon, just recently back from Afghanistan calls with condolences, the two decide to meet for coffee and Shannon is inevitably wrapped up in the mystery. With no where confir ...more
Joann
May 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Dan Brown. I was so excited to dive into this one after so many reviewers said Dan Brown fans would enjoy it. While I made it through the book, it was not easy at all nor super enjoyable. The technical details, archaeology "logs" and high brown academic writing inserted made this so much less readable for me, and it deterred from my immersion into the story itself. Each time I found myself perking up thinking I was getting somewhere, insert yet another "excerpt" from an ancient log that ...more
Tollie Lancaster
I received this ARC from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I initially requested it based on the cover and description—I was so excited to dive in. Although it was a fast paced book, it often lost me with its technical descriptions and academic language. It was just too much. I had to try too hard to understand some it, and the re-reading eventually lost me. I went ahead and gave it 3 stars (instead of 2) because maybe it’s just me and this genre isn’t for me—it did, ...more
Erin
rated it it was ok
Sep 20, 2020
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The American Library Association calls Weston Ochse “one of the major horror authors of the 21 st Century.” He has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, Publishers Weekly, Peter Straub, Joe Lansdale, Jon Maberry, Kevin J. Anderson, David Gerrold, William C. Dietz, Tim Lebbon, Christopher Golden, and many more of the world’s best-selling authors ...more

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