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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Elisha's Bones by Don Hoesel

As with most debut novels, Elisha's Bones is just another one of those books. The plot is a first person perspective of an archeologist searching for Elisha's bones. Therein lies the problem. How is anyone supposed to find the bones and how do we know that they even still exist?
The first problem is the character development. I don't know who his characters are apart from the fact that they're average characters that anyone can come up with. I don;t know what they would do in any certain situation other than this treasure hunt. They do all the right things they should do and they're aren't any surprises.
The second problem is the writing style. Hoesel mixes slang, intellectual, and normal language for his main character. Some parts are just downright cheesy.
The third problem is the plot itself. It seems to me that he borrowed it from Matt Bronleewe's two books. Not to brag, but I thought of somthing different he should have done. The notion that Elisha's bones can be used as some kind of magic charm is pretty ridiculous.
All in all, it's a good start, but Hoesel needs to make sure to be original next time.
2 stars

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