Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Bone Box

**reviewed by my 18 year old son**

Author: Bob Hostetler
Publisher: Howard Books
October 2008
ISBN: 1-4165-6647-2
Genre: Inspirational/Suspense/Action and Adventure

Randall Bullock is an archeologist in Israel, near Maresheh. He’s hoping to rebuild his career, and restore some meaning to his life. He’s heading up an excavation. Most of the stuff he’s found so far was unimportant, except for telling about the people who used to live there.

Randy’s boss, Yagal Havner, asks Randy to go to a different archeological site, where he meets with Miri Sharon, his new partner. She goes on ahead to the archeological dig. On the way to the new site, Randy caught in the middle of a political revolt.

Once Randy finally gets to the new site, he and Miri uncover a stone casket with the markings Joseph, son of Calaphas, which include fragile scrolls documenting the death and resurrection of Christ. An unbeliever, Randy struggles with his own beliefs while fighting to get his discovery the proper attention – attention that Palestinian leaders want to keep secret.

THE BONE BOX includes a lot of political matters, a lot of description, and a lot of action. I enjoyed getting to know Randy, and reading about archeology. Parts of the book are really exciting. The faith message is expertly woven in and isn’t preachy, and I enjoyed watching Randy struggle with his lack of belief when faced with the truth.

I highly recommend THE BONE BOX. Don’t miss this exciting page turner. 352 pages.

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