Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Serpent of Moses by Don Hoesel

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Serpent of Moses
Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2012)
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 was born and raised in Buffalo, NY but lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee, with his wife and two children. The
Serpent of Moses is his fourth novel.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of

Serpent of Moses, go HERE.

My review:
I have only read one other book by this author, Hunter's Moon, and wasn't too crazy about it, but I liked the sounds of this book, so I decided to give him another try. This book was totally different, and I found it to be a very enjoyable read.

There is a lot of suspense, action, globe-trotting, and archaeological stuff in the book, but the author does a great job of making it easy to understand and read. I liked the plot, and found it fascinating, and even learned a little more about the serpent on a pole.

This is a follow-up to Elisha's Bones, which I did not read, and references were made to things that happened in that book, but I think this book can be read first without missing too much.

One thing I didn't like, was Christians smoking cigars in the book. Some may disagree with me, but there are some things Christians should not do, and smoking is one of those, so it bugs me when an author has Christians do so.

Other than that, it was a great book and raised some interesting questions about the innerancy of the Bible, all the while providing a great suspenseful read.

Thanks to Bethany House for the review copy.