Friday, December 5, 2014

The Brothers' Keepers by NLB Horton

About the book:

The Brothers' Keepers | RidgeRoute Press (November 2015)

A friend's deception. A family's dilemma.

While cataloging looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison learns that her daughter has disappeared in France, and daughter-in-law has been attacked in Switzerland. But before the Madisons can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend---if he'll let them. Navigating a deadly, four-thousand-year-old artifact trail that crosses three continents, they jeopardize hearts and lives against a foe as old as time---as time runs out.

Because choosing what's right is all that's left.

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About the author: After an award-winning detour through journalism and marketing and a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, NLB Horton returned to writing fiction. She has surveyed Israeli and Jordanian archaeological digs accompanied (twice!) by heavy artillery rounds from Syria and machine gun fire from Lebanon. Calmly tossed a tarantula from her skiff into the Amazon after training with an Incan shaman. Driven uneventfully through Rome. And consumed gallons of afternoon tea across five continents. Her first novel, When Camels Fly, was released in May, 2014.The Brothers' Keepers her second in the Parched series, will be released November 17, 2014. The third in the series will release in the fall of 2015.

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Margie’s Comments: The Brothers’ Keepers by NLB Horton is a fast-paced international thriller that spans 11 days and several continents. The main characters—Mark and Grace Madison (aka Mom and Dad), son Jeff and bride Becca, and daughter Maggie—were introduced in the first book of the Parched series, When Camels Fly. While I would have liked to read the first book in the series before reading this, it’s not necessary. The story and characters are well-defined as a standalone. Don’t worry. I’ll be going back to read When Camels Fly as soon as possible, but definitely before the third book in the series comes out late next year.

The book opens with the kidnapping of Grace’s daughter Maggie and an attempted shooting of her daughter-in-law Becca, putting the family on high alert that a new adventure is underway. The family dynamics are contemporary and fun, but the intrigue and background to the modern-day crimes are as ancient as the world. I love to read about biblical archeology, so to find an international thriller that is based in that subject is a gem. I found the book extremely hard to put down, to the detriment of sleep and my own writing projects. The author has done an excellent job of creating a story and characters who will live long in the minds and hearts of her readers.

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