Hello! Today I will be reviewing Serpent of Moses by Don Hoesel. I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Back Cover: Moses built and lifted up the brass serpent,
healing the afflicted Israelites of snakebites.
Hezekiah called the serpent Nehushtan. Long thought destroyed, it's
been buried for millennia, secreted under the region's shifting sands.
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
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.
This book was, for the most part, a fast paced read with interesting characters and a variety of locations. I enjoyed it, though at some parts it seemed a bit *too* fast paced, and in others too slow paced. I also found out after receiving the book that it's a sequel to a book I haven't read. The Bible does say that the serpent was destroyed, though the author tries to explain that, I still believe it was destroyed completely. Also, though Christianity was mentioned now and again, I wish the book contained more. The characters said they believed in God, etc... but a lot of them practiced non-Christian acts. There is no profanity involved.
The history found in the book was very interesting, though sometimes it seemed that they were telling you everything that was happening. I couldn't really get into the book at first, but the more I read, the more I was able to enjoy it. Some of the sarcasm inscribed made me smile, and now I find myself wanting to read the prequel. I loved Duckey, (a character you will meet) especially when he was evading the bad guys.
Overall, this was an exciting, fun read. It had a definite Indiana Jones touch to it, and lovers of those movies and other media like them will find this a worthy read. Also recommended to adventurers, aspiring archeologists, and any other teen-adult that needs something to read. **** Four stars.
You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Serpent-Moses-Don-Hoesel/dp/0764209256
~A young author