"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Elisha's Bones

(Bethany House March 1, 2009)


Don Hoesel


I would say, "Hoesel does it again," but this is Don Hoesel's first novel. As an editor, I could detect a touch of inexperience in places, but always in the form of non-effusive wordiness. Even so, Hoesel's command of language and subtle humor eliminated any potential boredom during the read and kept the entertainment level top-notch.
        As Elisha's Bones was published by Bethany House, I knew it had to qualify as a Christian novel, but this gritty tale never once preaches at the gospel-weary reader, and conspicuously avoids Sunday-school-style conversion scenes. How refreshing! CBA authors, take note: Esperanza's transformed life demonstrates how the Christian way should be modeled in fiction. Believe-it-or-not, CBA authors, the literate public gets it ... even without having Jesus pushed on them.
        Write on, Don Hoesel, we're waiting for your next adventure yarn.


Don Hoesel was born and raised in Buffalo, NY but calls Spring Hill, TN home. He 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 with his wife and two children.

Elisha's Bones is his first novel.


Every year, professor of antiquities Jack Hawthorne looks forward to the winter break as a time to hide away from his responsibilities. Even if just for a week or two. But this year, his plans are derailed when he's offered almost a blank check from a man chasing a rumor.

Billionaire Gordon Reese thinks he knows where the bones of the prophet Elisha are--bones that in the Old Testament brought the dead back to life. The bones of the prophet once raised the dead to life... but they vanished from history in a whisper.

Bankrolled by a dying man of unlimited means, Hawthorne's hunt spans the globe and leads him into a deadly conspiracy older than the church itself. A born skeptic, Jack doesn't think much of the assignment but he could use the money, so he takes the first step on a chase for the legendary bones that will take him to the very ends of the earth.

But he's not alone. Joined with a fiery colleague, Esperanza Habilla, they soon discover clues to a shadowy organization whose long-held secrets have been protected . . . at all costs. And he soon discovers those sworn to keep the secret of the bones will do anything to protect them. As their lives are threatened again and again, the real race is to uncover the truth before those chasing them hunt them down.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Elisha's Bones, go HERE

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