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Would you destroy humanity’s only hope in order to kill its biggest injustice?

Deep in the heart of the Congo, a dangerous secret has been hidden from humanity for its protection. A secret linked to something so unjust that it has haunted the human race from the start of religion, and still exists today. If discovered, the veil of hope humanity holds so dear will be torn down and thrown away. Life will literally become worthless.

There is also a dangerous artifact hidden along with the secret, one that claims to hold the power of resurrection. If this power falls into the wrong hands, there will be no stopping whoever wields the ancient item.

Jack and Calvin fly into the dangerous jungles of Africa to find the dangerous artifact and soon discover their biggest adversary, the clandestine organization called the Bene Elohim, is also searching for the relic. As they seek out an old man living somewhere along the Congo River that supposedly has knowledge that will help them find the artifact, a mysterious teenage boy abducts Jack. With a machete in each hand and only a direction to follow, Calvin runs off into the jungle in hot pursuit, both arms swinging! Will Calvin save Jack? Do they find the artifact and face destroying the only hope mankind has left?

The Harrowing of Hell, the second adventure in the Jack Elliot Thriller series, is sure to deliver fast-paced, thrilling action and adventure that isn't laced with guns, bombs, and nuclear genocide - but loaded with mind bombs that'll have you thinking twice! It's brilliantly plotted, full of twists, and its feet are fully submerged in suspense.

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Tomb Raider/Uncharted video games In Book Form

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

This is a book about a band of adventurers who begin to unravel a conspiracy related to Christianity and other world religions. The team obtains knowledge of an ancient story of power and jealousy that began the deep-rooted tension between races. There is a big reveal about the truth of the basis of religion that will leave readers conflicted on a spiritual and social level. It is an ambitious move by Kutzler and I respect his willingness to challenge the reader in an internal and intellectual way.

The plot is fast paced with appropriate lulls and I particularly liked the new characters introduced in this one—one being a strong independent woman with a sharp wit and an even sharper tongue, quick to call the protagonist out on his shenanigans.

The narrator stepped up his game in this installment—which was a complaint of mine about the first book. I have to admit that the narrator is shaping my mental image of the protagonist into someone quirkier than the author likely intended, though this isn’t a complaint by any means. It’s adding more depth to the bold and sassy Jack by giving him a professor-like quality.

The quality of the prose is sound in all areas except for when it begins to describe large-scale chamber oriented “puzzles.” This was reminiscent of puzzles encountered in the video games “Uncharted” and “Tomb Raider.” While these work on screen, they are not entirely suited to be described in great detail with the written word.

Overall I recommend this read—especially to those that enjoy “Indiana Jones,” “Uncharted,” and “Tomb-raider.” Walk in to this prepared for an interesting alternate history that may challenge you on a few levels—religion and spirituality and social constructs being at the forefront.

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Faster pace.

The book doesn't really start off where the first one ended. It starts off on a new adventure looking for a new artifact. The book does go over briefly what happened in the first book, so you could actually read this one as a stand alone. This book also has a much faster pace than the first. It goes into great detail about the history of the secret organization and how everything came to be. Great read. Once again the narrations was a little slow for me. Read at 1.5x speed. I would recommend this book.

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Great story

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is exciting and gives clues and hints that had me thinking. I can't wait to read book 3!


This review was in exchange for a free copy of the book

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Great #2 in Series

What made the experience of listening to The Harrowing of Hell the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed book 1 and was concerned about how a sequel could measure up. This one builds on all we already know, yet offers a stand alone plot that is completely engrossing.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Plenty of action and some really evil bad guys.

What about Tom Lennon’s performance did you like?

He seems to enjoy telling the story. Makes it very believable.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to number 3.

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Jack Elliot Book 2

The book wasn't bad it jyst took me a while to really get into it. I wasn't the biggest fan of the narration and felt like I had to rewind a good amount of times because I want able to tell what was going on.

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