By Don Hoesel
Plans change for antiquities professor Jack Hawthorne when billionaire Gordon Reese hands him an irresistable offer to follow a rumor. Joined by colleague Esperanza Habilla, Jack searches for the prophet Elisha’s bones—believed to reverse death—and stumbles upon a shadowy organization with long-kept secrets. Will they uncover the truth before the society catches them? 352 pages, softcover from Bethany.
This is a debut novel filled with intense pacing, fresh writing, and richly layered characters. It’s also filled with continent hopping as Jack Hawthrone and his old flame attempt to find Elisha’s bones before they’re killed. The suspense will keep the pages turning as the intrigue reaches DaVinci Code levels but in a much better written package. I loved this book, and hope the author has others releasing soon.
By Rick Acker
Karl and Gunnar Bjornsen have developed a revolutionary new drug—a neural stimulant that increases strength and intelligence! Unfortunately, its potential for success has them battling for control of their company. Karl sues Gunnar, and Gunnar hires Ben. But the case goes beyond sibling rivalry, and soon Ben’s in Norway where things turn personal—and violent. 368 pages, softcover from Kregel.
Those of you who read my blog know that I enjoyed Rick’s debut novel. Blood Brothers had many of the same elements. Ben Corbin is back in another legal case that has international elements. This time he’s helping one brother sue another for control of the company. There’s a wonder drug at stake in the lawsuit. The book starts with a slower pacing as life is pretty good for the Corbins post the win in Dead Man’s Rule. But as the pages turn, the pace increases. And the plot crosses international borders as they trace problems to Norway. This book is a very enjoyable read for those who like legal/thriller/international.