Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Blood and Bone by Don Hoesel

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Blood and Bone

More Archaeological Adventures from Popular Suspense Writer Don Hoesel.

A decade after Serpent of Moses, Jack is married to Espy and back teaching at Evanston University. They have two sons, one of whom has cystic fibrosis. Despite this challenge, life is comfortable. But that all changes when the CIA, while combing through the papers of the late Gordon Reese, uncovers the secret of Elisha’s bones. Jack’s world is then turned upside down by an urgent call from his old friend Duckey, who’s been alerted to the CIA’s probing by one of his former contacts. Jack and his family escape from their home just ahead of the CIA, and he decides to do what he should have done long ago: recover the bones and destroy them. Except the bones aren’t where he left them.

So now Jack is in a race, for the last time, to find the bones. And he’s not the only one. Pitted against both the CIA and an organization that will kill to protect their secrets, Jack and Espy follow hard-to-decipher clues across the globe before arriving in the catacombs of Paris for a final showdown that will either save their family–or tear apart everything they hold dear forever.

This is the third book in this series and I haven't read the first or second (yet). I felt like it was a good stand alone. There were references to earlier books and people in them, but I think Mr. Hoesel did a good job of explaining enough about them that it wasn't confusing.

This book is full of lots of action and I felt my heart beat faster a few times! Thirteen years before this story starts, Jack was hired to find Elisha's bones (bones in the Old Testament that brought the dead back to life). Somehow he connected with Espy (not sure of the details since I haven't read that book yet). When they found the bones, they buried them instead of turning them over to the man who had hired Jack. Someone has discovered their secret and has a personal reason to want the bones for himself. Jack and Espy's sons get kidnapped early in the story so they will keep in line and recover the bones, which gives Jack and Espy more urgency to find them.

They had to jump through lots of hoops and their situation was desperate at times. They managed to figure out the clues which helped them along and then had to figure out how to get to the next location with almost no money and knowing that when they used their real ID's, they would be quickly found. There are a few different groups of people after them (and the bones) so that also added some more drama. I enjoyed this book and want to read the first two books in the series as well. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a clean, suspenseful archaeological adventure!

My Rating=4.5 stars


Jack and Espy lose their children:

A wave of panic came over Jack.  He ran alongside the plane, pounding on the door as it taxied away from the hangar.  He was shouting, but his words were lost to the increasing sound of the engines.  He backed away, thought to circle around to the cockpit window, to try to get a shot off.  But as me moved to get around the wing, to avoid the deadly propellers, the plane’s pilot executed a sharp turn and began accelerating toward the runway.  

Jack’s panic had turned into real fear—a fear unlike any he’d ever known.  As the plane picked up speed, he tried to keep up, running alongside it like a madman.  He held the gun helplessly in one hand while with the other, he banged on the cold metal of the aircraft.  It didn’t take long for the plane to leave him behind, to leave him watching the gap that widened between him and his sons.  By the time the plane reached the runway, it was too far ahead for Jack to do anything but stare as its pilot opened the throttle and lowered the flaps. 

Before long, the plane was in the air. 

Jack stood frozen on the tarmac, watching the plane become a vanishing point in the dark sky.  From behind him came the sound of Esperanza’s unchecked sobs.

Author Don Hoesel

Don Hoesel is a Web site designer 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. The Alarmists is his third novel.

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