More Archaeological Adventures from Popular Suspense Writer Don Hoesel.
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.
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This is apparently the third Jack Hawthorne Archeological mystery novel, after Elisha’s Bones and Serpent of Moses. I enjoyed the book, and never felt lost from not having read the first two adventures, nor did I ever feel as though there was too much backstory being retold in this one. The book pulled me in quickly, and the descriptive writing is superb. I became a bit exasperated with Jack in the latter half of the book because I felt he really tended to go off on tangents and lose focus easily. His kids, one with special needs, had been kidnapped; he and his wife are racing the clock in order to rescue them, but he still tended to let scholarly enthusiasm overrun his thoughts. It struck me as odd and unrealistic. Because of this, the middle bogged down just a little bit for me.
There were enough unexpected twists and dead bodies that I never lost interest and when I had to put the book down I was always excited to pick it back up to see what would happen next. I particularly liked the ending. I definitely want to read the first two adventures, now, and will be adding them to my TBR.
I received this book from Net Galley in return for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
Author Don Hoesel
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 Alarmists is his third novel.
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