Originally published at my blog Chasing Empty Pavements
I was pleasantly surprised when Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel was offered for free. The blurb made it sound interesting and after 20 pages I still wasn't bored! Well I just finished it and I have to say it was the BEST free book Amazon has offered. It is Hoesel's first novel so of course there was a lot to be desired but there were many good things about it as well. The characters were interesting and story line was actually really good. I like how Hoesel mixed in a bit of history, religion and paranormal activity. It really made you wonder if Elisha's Bones really did exist and how real the things in this story could seem. The actual writing was good too. It didn't have the juvenile feel that a lot of beginning writers tend to have. Now for the bad... the story wasn't ALL that believable and when that happens, the plot starts to weaken. I think if Hoesel would have gone more in depth with what the Bones meant for history, family and religion and the covenant trying to protect them...he would have come away with a better story. Also..why did almost EVERYONE have to die? Really? That is my biggest complaint. Just as soon as I got a chance to mourn one characters death, boom, another one would happen. I think the body count was up to like 12 or something. Anyways. It was a solid book for a newbie. I would give it a B-.