“Blood and Bone” is Like a Christian Fiction Blend of “Raiders” and “DaVinci”

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Jack Hawthorne is living an enviable life with a wife and two sons and a professorship at a private college. All of that is about to change, however, when a phone call from a trusted friend reveals that his past is about to catch up with him. Caught between two opposing forces, Jack must try to find the bones he thought he’d never have to search for again while trying to protect the people he loves the most.
Don Hoesel’s “Blood and Bone” is a bit like a Christian fiction blend of “Invaders of the Lost Ark” and “The DaVinci Code.” While the story line was intriguing, the characters were a bit one dimensional. Like the parents in “Spy Kids”, Jack and Espy seem to be enjoying their multi-continent romp more than one might expect when your children are in danger. I found it difficult to empathize with the characters and felt the plot would have moved better if the element of the boys in danger had been handled differently.
Overall, I would give “Blood and Bone” a 3.5 for being an entertaining read even if I didn’t find it nearly as engaging as I would have liked. The premise was interesting and entertaining and the story was reasonably well paced.
This book was provided to me by Bethany House for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own.

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