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The Alarmists by Don Hoesel

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"His heroes are credible, his villains demented, his love story tender and sweet; and the faith element while in the forefront is not overpowering."

After receiving a phone call, sociology professor Brent Michaels re-enters the highly structured world of the military; a world that he’s not visited for years. He specializes in seeing order in the chaos of human interaction and he's now joining a Pentagon unit assigned to investigate and explain the connections between the oddest and most unexplainable occurrences on earth.

Colonel Jameson Richards’ eclectic band of military scientific investigators finds themselves in a desperate race against time. The world appears to be accelerating towards the brink of panic and disintegration which eerily coincides with the ending of the Mayan calendar. Could someone be manipulating events to reap the rewards of a world-wide catastrophic event?

The Alarmists overflows with intrigue, deceit and suspense. You'll be transported from the sands of Africa to Antarctica’s white wasteland on Lear jets and C130s. Greed propelled Arthur Van Camp and Alan Canfield, two ”less-than-trustworthy” co-conspirators in an end-of-the world scheme slowly degenerate to paranoid enemies as the 2012 date quickly approaches.

Like Hoesel's debut novel, Elisha's Bones, his newest novel is an invitation into an action-driven mystery with bumps and bruises, twists and turns, victories and failures.

I find it rewarding that in The Alarmists the very people who’ve seen the unexplainable and work tirelessly to make sense of it are the ones who trust in a deeper spiritual reality. At the core is Brent’s discovery that despite popular opinion, science and faith don’t have to be mutually exclusive. During countless hours of discussion with personal attendant Captain Amy Madigan, Brent’s hardened heart begins to soften towards the God he finds distant and unconcerned for others as well as the young woman who evokes a refreshing range of emotions within him.

At times, the sentences were longer than needed. Though they were packed full of intentional descriptions, it was necessary to reread them or skip over them in the interest of finishing the novel.

Overall, Don Hoesel offers enough science to lend believability to The Alarmists. As you read the storyline, you’ll envision his protagonist as an Indiana Jones type hero in the midst of an X-Files crisis. His heroes are credible, his villains demented, his love story tender and sweet; and the faith element while in the forefront is not overpowering.


Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.