Serpent of Moses by Don Hoesel is exactly what I expect from a Jack Hawthorne book. I read Elisha’s Bones last year and became familiar with Dr. Hawthorne’s “style.”
Dr. Jack Hawthorne was a professor of archaeology who left the classroom to head back into the field after the events that transpired in Elisha’s Bones. (You really should read that one, if you haven’t already.) In Serpent of Moses, he finds himself further complicating his already-complicated relationship with Dr. Esperanza Habilla when he fails to contact her at the agreed-upon time.
“Espy” travels to London to break up with him in person but discovers that he hasn’t been in contact with the man he was supposed to meet there. She, her brother Romero, and another old friend, Jim Duckett (who also happens to be ex-CIA), soon discover that Jack has disappeared during an attempt to recover the Nehushtan—the “snake of brass upon a pole” described in the Bible. The artifact is priceless, so Jack isn’t the only person who wants it. The Israeli government gets in on the action too, and they will stop at nothing to get the Nehushtan back.
What follows is a story full of international travel, conspiracy, intrigue, suspense, humor, and even a little romance. If you’re interested in Christian fiction with an Indiana Jones feel, Serpent of Moses is the book for you!
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