Blood and Bone – A Book Review

Blood and Bone

Blood and Bone is the third book in Don Hoesel’s series on Jack Hawthorne, an Indiana Jones-type archaelogist who comes to find Christ through his adventures.

In this final book, Jack has settled into married life with Espy, the love of his life and partner in adventure, and their two boys – one of whom suffers from cystic fibrosis.  As a college professor, Jack uses his knowledge of archeology to support his family.  But he has never forgotten the adventure that led him to find the bones of Elisha – historically proven to bring people back to life.  Jack knows that there are entities in place that want to find the bones again, and his life of ease is quickly shattered when those entities (as well as some new ones) come searching for the bones.

When his boys are kidnapped, Jack finds himself traveling the globe again with Espy in order to find the bones that they had once buried together.  But there are more people chasing them than they realize.  From one city to another, Jack and Espy are realizing that the secrets behind the bones go deeper than they had initially discovered.  In fact, their knowledge and the fact that they have actually seen the bones work is putting them (and their sons) at risk.

As Jack and Espy fight for their lives and try to find their sons, Jack realizes the value of what he has.

While I enjoyed this book very much, I don’t see how it is much different from Indiana Jones, who also searched for biblical artifacts.  While Hoesel’s book is supposed to be Christian fiction, I feel that there is nothing concrete that points the reader to Christ.  In fact, there isn’t much reference to the biblical accounts of the bones.  I enjoy Hoesel’s writing, but I am disappointed that he didn’t do more to bring out the biblical background of the bones.

That being said, I would definitely recommend this book as good reading material, but that is all.  It is definitely lacking in spiritual substance.

*These opinions are my own.  I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review.

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