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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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A different form of Indiana Jones.

Although this story is far from original it is well constructed and is entertaining.The main thanks is to a good performance by the
Narrator.For those lsteners who enjoy this genre you will enjoy this ride.


This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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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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  • Joe
  • Texas
  • 01-11-18

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!


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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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Good, but lacks the greatness of its predecessor.

Book one of the Jack Elliot series, titled Brownstone, was so well written that I expected the same experience here in book two, but it seemed to scramble for a solid foothold. I was able to follow the story, but it just didn't grab me like Brownstone did. Some parts were unnecessarily complex, overly detailed, and dragged on. There was more of a supernatural quality that succeeded only in drifting off into prolonged dialogue. Jack's relationship with his partner, Calvin, was introduced in Brownstone, but now Calvin has come along for Jack's adventure and his presence did add more depth to the overall story. At the same time, characters new to Harrowing play significantly larger roles which create less room for Jack's storyline, and I'm still not sure how I feel about that.

Tom Lennon narrates again. He does a great job by enhancing the humor and drama in the story. A small number of mispronounciations were sprinkled throughout but didn't detract from my enjoyment. I hope the next installment will turn the series around for me because I simply wasn't impressed by Harrowing.

(I requested this free review copy audiobook and voluntarily posted this unbiased review.)

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great and again great

a wonderful and interesting and very very good story I love this book very much it was extremely well written the story was fascinating great book

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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A Good read / listen

The Harrowing of Hell, Is even better than book 1 - I enjoyed book 1 but this one is stronger in the storyline. well developed plot, characters are all just so much more rounded. The author writing style has matured. -
A really good read throughly entertaining.
Audio quality and narration are both excellent and Tom Lennon is making this book easy listening.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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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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The slow corruption of generations to come.

At the end of Brownstone, this book's predecessor, Jack Elliott had decided the he did, after all, want to spend his life with his already fairly long term lover, Kalvin, and asked him to come join him. At the beginning of The Harrowing of Hell, we find the couple following up on the suspected location of a clue to another world threatening artifact, this time not in Jack's recently inherited house but in a remote and seemingly derilict small cathedral in the wilds of Angola. And it's obvious why the two men are so good together - both are total buffoons. The introductory pages are a joy of how not to go exploring with both comedic action and delightful dialogue.
Unfortunately, this dynamic duo also have to endure diatribes of spurious religious education on the nature of belief and resurrection, jealousy and the power of the ancient gifted ancestors. If Jack really is one of them, no wonder the world is in such a ludicrous state.

Best word for much of the book: boring. Even Tom Lemmon's excellent narration could not save it this time