Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Review: Blood & Bone (A Jack Hawthorne Adventure #2) by Don Hoesel

Blood and Bone (A Jack Hawthorne Adventure #3)
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.
Publication Date: July 2013
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Kat's Review
This is the third book in a series, but if you haven't read the first two, I wouldn't sweat it. The story offers enough back story to catch on quickly enough, and works as a stand alone. This is a fast paced thriller set all over the world. The style reminds me of a cross between the pacing of James Patterson and the historical intrigue of Dan Brown. Take that how you will, but it works.

The writing is tight, and the plot, though unrealistic in real life, is fast paced, interesting, and kept me on the edge of my seat. As Jack and Epsy race around the world looking for the lost bones that will hopefully save their kidnapped children, they uncover ancient secrets along the way. It's the kind of book you stay up to finish in one night, no matter how long it takes to get through. I don't read this style of book all the time, but occasionally one comes along that piques my interest, and I enjoy it.
I enjoyed this one. Great for someone who likes thrillers, ancient secrets, betrayal, mystery, and action all rolled into one readable story.
Rating: A Good Read
This book made me want to go back and read the other two in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.

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