Friday, December 5, 2014

The Brothers' Keepers by NLB Horton - REVIEWED

About the Book:
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.

You can purchase a copy HERE.

My Thoughts:
At least we hadn’t lost everyone – yet.”  (p. 95)

Well, I’ve come into a series half-way through, because The Brothers’ Keepers is the second in a series.  While there are many references to the last rescue, and the fact that Maggie is the target of kidnappers on a regular basis, the story was intriguing!!  There is a bit of a “Raiders of the Lost Ark” feel to the mix of high-powered chases, gun-fights and the race to capture an important antiquity.  People and objects get misplaced, found then misplaced again.  There is a definite sense of trying to figure out who is on which side of this conflict!  The bad guys aren’t always easily identified!  Just a head’s up!

Oddly enough, the only thing that even sort of bugged me about this story (I mention it only because it happened over and over again) is Grace explaining terms used by spies and secret agents.  There are both spies and secret agents in the story, but the way Grace interrupts her thoughts to explain the terms she hears, or thinks, or whatever….was just annoying to me.  That’s petty, but compared to all the excellence that fills this story, that one detail distracted me every single time! 

Other than that one very small glitch, this was a very excellent suspense novel!  I will have to go back and read the first novel in the series, When Camels Fly, before the third installment releases.  If you like an action-packed, historically significant artifact search (think Indiana Jones) then you will LOVE this book! Horton is a new author to me, and I am SO HAPPY I found her!!

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.

You can find out more on her website, and on Facebook.


Unknown said...


I am SO happy you loved The Brothers' Keepers and Grace Madison, an archaeologist who describes herself in Book 1, When Camels Fly, as "the plodding type." (If you'd like WCF, contact the publicist for a complimentary e-book file.)

I really appreciate your comment about the spy lingo. I wondered about that, and finally decided that espionage was such an uncomfortable fit for Grace that she'd remind herself about the terminology she had picked up in the past two years. But I'm writing Book 3 now, and I'll note your comment as I unravel her latest tale.

I hope you have the time to post your review on Amazon. Everyone on my team believes fiction is ready for an intelligent, mature woman of faith who lives globally, and those Amazon reviews attract the attention that will propel my work into the public eye.

Best to you!

Unknown said...

Many may not know of NLB Horton’s books yet, but I sure hope more become familiar with her unique tales as some of places the author herself has even traveled to! On the sidebar of this page are book trailers to both of her novels that will capture your attention and draw you into the mystery.
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