ELISHA’S BONES by Don Hoesel

Elisha was a prophet who lived in the Northern Kingdom of Israel in the 800 B.C. He is credited with many miracles and wonders, which are recorded in the Bible as well as in the Quran. He may be most known for the story that the very touch of his corpse served to resuscitate a dead man. A year after Elisha’s death and burial a body was placed in his grave. As soon as the body touched Elisha’s remains the man “revived, and stood up on his feet”.

Powerful bones, those. Today, the relics of Elisha are claimed to be among the possessions of the Coptic Orthodox Monastery of Saint Macarius the Great in Scetes, Egypt.

EB    So that is the bones of what we know about Elisha. And the plot of Elisha’s Bones revolves around the desire of a very wealthy man to acquire the bones, ostensibly to cure his 9 year old granddaughter who has cancer. That is the bones of the plot of the book.

It is wonderfully written work, and has a Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol feel to it, complete with a secret organization, following clues around the world, the baddies after the goodies, and the somewhat implausible ending. It stars an archeology professor, Dr. Jack Hawthorne, counterpart to Brown’s Dr. Robert Langdon. There are enough cryptic symbols in the story that at times, the Reader wishes to yell, “Call Dr. Langdon, fool! Call Dr. Langdon for a consult!”

It was a lot of fun, with enough relationship stuff for the ladies, and enough blood and gore for the guys that everyone should be satisfied.

At one time in the story, our dauntless protagonists travel to Lalibela, the second holiest city in Ethopia, famous for its churches carved out of the rock.  Like these:  Lalibela1 lalibela2

The author’s blurb about himself on his website says:

He works in the Communications Department for a Medicare carrier and hopes to one day sell enough books to just say that he’s a writer. You can help with that by buying whatever his newest novel happens to be.

Oh, he’s a writer, all right. And a darn good one. Here’s his webpage so you can see what else he has written http://www.donhoesel.com/index.html


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