This was a somewhat less enjoyable Jack Hawthorne adventure, when compared to the previous novel. But before I dive into the negatives of this book, let me present the positives. :-)
Hoesel begins Serpent of Moses in third person. This was different for me, seeing as the first book was written in first person. (You can see my review here.) I freely admit I found the change confusing. Were we with Jack? Or is it Duckey? Espy? Thankfully, Hoesel revealed who it was within a paragraph, but it left a bad taste.
I found Esperanza's loyalty, when it counted, to be very, very admirable. Duckey's too. Especially after all that occurred in Elisha's Bones. In addition, I liked it when Jack had his realization that his relationship with Espy is more important than gallivanting off after artifacts. Friendship plays a big part in Hoesel's novels and it's an element I enjoy.
Now, to briefly disclose my cons. I really didn't like the change to third person. I think I understand why Hoesel did it, but it still aggravated me when I got lost. Because of the change, I struggled to keep up even more so than I did in Elisha's Bones. I also did not like all the jumping around from person to person. It just added to my confusion. Finally, though the story was fast paced at some points, in others it felt like it was dragging.
I'll conclude with one final statement: If I hadn't read Elisha's Bones first, I think I might have liked Serpent of Moses more. I give this book three stars.
Back of the Book:
Just three years after
the recovery of Elisha's bones, Dr. Jack Hawthorne has given up teaching
and resumed the practice of archaeology, although his frequent absences
have put a strain on his relationship with Esperanza. Things heat up
when Esperanza receives a call from an antiquities dealer with troubling
news about Jack, and her fears are confirmed. Jack has gone to Libya in
search of another biblical artifact: the Nehushtan, the serpent staff
After Jack arrives in Libya, he soon discovers he isn't
the only one searching for the Nehushtan. Later, in attempting to steal
it, he finds himself in the hands of a man who just might be his match.
Jack and his friends must stay one step ahead of the Libyan government,
an overambitious member of the Vatican hierarchy, and an Egyptian
assassin--if they stand any chance of staying alive long enough to
recover the staff.
I received this book from Bethany House in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done.