Friday, July 6, 2012

Serpent of Moses by Don Hoesel - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from Bethany House Publishers)

Moses built and lifted up the brass serpent, healing the afflicted Israelites of snakebites.
King Hezekiah called the serpent Nehushtan. Long thought destroyed, it's been buried for millennia, secreted under the region's shifting sands.
Now the Israeli government wants it back and they will stop at nothing to get their hands on it. Yet they're not the only ones who covet the Nehushtan.
Archaeologist Jack Hawthorne travels to Libya intent on recovering the sacred object, but one does not cross the Mossad and expect to walk away without a fight. Jack and his friends must find the priceless "snake of brass upon a pole" before those who are also hunting it find them... and silence them forever.

My Thoughts:

“I think there are things that were meant to serve whatever purposes God  wanted them to serve.”  (p.312)

These words, although uttered at the end of Don Haesel’s latest tale, Serpent of Moses,  could have been spoken at many other points within the story and still carried the weight of truth.  Prepare yourself for a wild ride folks!  The staff of Moses is still cause for great excitement, wonder, awe and just plain old fashioned mystery.  Jack Hawthorne is an archeologist in pursuit of one of the world’s most powerful  biblical relics, and while he becomes immersed in the pursuit, he discovers that there are many seeking answers to a variety of questions…all tied to the very thing Jack is pursuing.

This is a classic action tale, filled with non-stop, heart-pounding events that keep the pages turning at a frantic pace!  I do wish that I had perfect recall of other of Haesel’s novels, because there are many times when reference is made to events that took place in prior novel.  However, I was still able to enjoy a pulse-pounding tale, and became very fond of all of the main characters.

I know I’ll sound cliché when I say this, but this book is very much like reading an Indiana Jones novel!  And I’m a HUGE fan of Dr. Jones!  So, I’m going to add Jack Hawthorne to my list of archeology professors and anxiously await the next novel from Don Daesel’s pen!  If you are an adventure fan, don’t miss any of these books!! I won’t!!

About the Author:

  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 Serpent of Moses is his fourth novel.

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