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The story has more merits than demerits. As mentioned, it's exciting; I found myself anticipating my lunch hour, when I could tuck myself away with my food and my kindle. It's like a travel blog, though I have yet to confirm if the places where Jack and Esperanza have been are all real ones and not just fiction. Substantial and appropriate descriptions served as introduction whenever they set foot on a new city or country, one can imagine actually being there with them. The story flowed very well though I couldn't imagine a reality of such a travel itinerary that goes well beyond bone-tiring, terrifying, death-defying.
The plot followed the archaeological quest of Dr. Jack Hawthorne for the bones of the Prophet Elisha, said to have powers to raise the dead or heal the sick if touched. As edge-of-the-seat as it can get, and though I realize the risks of any dig such as this one, I just couldn't get over the too many deaths that happened.
Still, it was an enjoyable read, and I'm glad I did not give up.
The book starts out with a personal tragedy as Dr. James Hawthornes brother Will dies in an archeological site accident. Or was it not an accident but murder? Five years later Dr. Hawthorne is a different man. He is teaching archeology rather than living it out on dig sites. He still truly has not come to terms with his brothers death. Frankly he is angry with God and it is causing severe biterness in his life.
Enter a wealthy man who is dying but wants to be healed. He hires Dr. Hawthorne to restart his dig efforts in hopes of finding Elisha's bones. Dr. Hawthorne is given an open expense account and free reign to go wherever and do whatever is needed to find these bones. Sounds fun and Dr. Hawthorne is on Christmas break so why not?
The remainder of the story is the search for the bones, the reacquainting of old friends, reintroduction of an old girlfriend and then a succession of murders that start to happen but don't make sense. It would appear that to be a friend of Dr. Hawthorns can be dangerous to your health, why?
It appears that there are three groups in play who have an interest in the bones. Your task is to decipher who the good guys are
and who the bad guys are. Who is actually trying to kill Dr. Hawthorne and friends and why?
For Jack he needs to come to terms with his reason for continuing this search. Is it out of guilt over his brothers death? Is it out of duty to fulfill an employers request? Is it because of the archeological significance of the find, if they find the bones? Or is it
because Jack needs to prove to himself that there is a God and that this God deserves our praise and worship?
Esperanza, Jacks old girlfriend is a Christian and as she tags along on this adventure she will at times bring up to Jack the spiritual issues that she feels he is facing. This is where the Christian dialogue of the novel comes in. It is very simplly done and not a
long drawn out process. So you don't end up with the feel of a preachy Christian novel, it is simply part of the story (a major issue)
and woven in throughout very well.
Well, I won't give away any spoilers. The book is well written and has enough twists and turns to keep you busy sorting out the story line and the characters. I'm sure you will enjoy it and we are left wondering what the next adventure for Jack and Esperanza will be.
Well written and edited. Strong characters and it was fun to have an Aussie as one of the central bad guys.
A toned down and more believable version of Indian Jones or Lara Croft. Possibly more enjoyable because it's more probable.
Very well written especially for a first novel. I'm most interested to see if book two which I'm about to read manages the same high standard.