Book Review: “The Alarmists” by Don Hoesel (2011)

Amidst a world of doomsday chaos, some tiny beacon of sensibility must always exist. For Don Hoesel, that beacon is sociologist Brent Michaels, a perceptive professor currently on loan to the US government’s ultra-classified Non-Standard Incident Investigative Unit (NIIU). The Alarmists is a race against the clock as Michaels and his team attempt to piece together seeming random events and to uncover a conspiracy of atrocities with global ramifications.

I was enthralled by The Alarmists and found Don Hoesel to be a top-notch action-thriller author, on par with another favorite Christian author of mine, Joel Rosenberg. I intend to keep my eyes peeled for more of Hoesel’s books, for I am always refreshed to discover capable authors who develop fictional worlds with such intensity, yet also without the unnecessary sprinklings of fornication, blasphemy and otherwise needless language. I rate this book very highly and look forward to someday spending another vacation from reality deep inside a Don Hoesel novel.

The one problem I had with this book was the intensely misleading and useless cover-art Bethany House created for The Alarmists. I believe they paid Don Hoesel a disservice in posing some young actor with a science-fiction feel as the major eye-catching image of the book. Brent Michaels is not that, and The Alarmists is not science fiction. While I know not to judge a book by its cover, I would certainly have passed this novel by had I seen it on a bookstore shelf. Perhaps Bethany House will consider more sensible cover-art for a later release.

[Note: I received this book free for review from Bethany House]

©2011 E.T.

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