The Brothers’ Keeper by NLB Horton
Posted by brriske
Publisher: RidgeRoute Press (November 17, 2014)
Category: International Suspense, Mystery/Thriller
Tour Date: January/February, 2015
Available in: Print & ebook, 314 Pages
A friend’s deception. A family’s dilemma.
While cataloguing looted antiquities in Brussels, archaeologist Grace Madison discovers that her daughter has vanished in France, and her son’s bride has been attacked in Switzerland. After the Madisons unearth a relic whose taproot pierces the Ancient Near East, they realize that before they can save themselves, they must rescue an old friend. If he’ll let them.
They sacrifice hearts and lives in a race against eternity on a four-thousand-year-old trail crossing three continents.
Because choosing what’s right is all that’s left.
This is the second book in the ‘Parched’ series. Like the first book “When Camels Fly”, it starts out fast and maintains a furious pace, never leaving the characters (and the reader) much time to sort out the clues. This book thriller mystery that uses historical fact to advance and create the drama that unfolds.
The Madisons are back again and the bad guys aren’t smart enough to leave them alone. Grace’s daughter-in-law is targeted by a sniper. Maggie, again, mysteriously disappears and its up the her mother, Grace, to figure out what happened. As Grace rushes with family to locate her daughter, Grace and her family find ominous signs that something is a foot and it may involve an ancient aquifer. Using all of the family’s unique skill sets; a retired CIA operative, reporter, archeologist, M16 agent and hydrologist, they face their foes. New allies and old friends help with their search for Maggie and the truth.
Maggie was smart enough to leave clues to her disappearance. The family, knowing Maggie’s habits, know where to look. As they wind their way through the mazes of lies and clues, they try to figure out why Maggie and the family have been targeted.
The dialog is clever. The relationships between Grace and her husband and children are well thought out along with their associates, friends and advisories. Throughout the family’s trails the Madisons grow in their love for each other and begin to make amends for their past mistakes with each other.
The book is 370 pages. It is never dull. “The Brothers’ Keeper” is well researched and written. The author knows her subject matter and her active imagination fills in the rest with rich and complex stories. The characters are enjoyable, as is the story. I hope there will be another book with the Madison family.
The theme throughout the book is of love of family, forgiveness. People grow and change but so does their love and commitment to those they love.
Praise for When Camels Fly (Parched Series Book I):
“Page-turning international suspense–this writer is on her way up.”-DiAnn Mills, Christie Award winning author
“An exciting novel of suspense, intrigue, and mystery. Very nicely done.“-Paul Johnson, Readers’ Favorites
“It’s obvious from the writing that the author has spent time here.”-Ellis Shuman, Times of Israel
“The book was fantastic, and nearly impossible to set down. Highly recommended.“-Kathryn Bennett, Readers’ Favorites
“A unique, totally out in left field, never been told story. I love that.”-Every Free Chance Blog
Advance Praise for My Brothers Keepers:
“The Brothers’ Keepers, book 2 in the Parched series, delivers masterful international suspense driven by contemporary family dynamics. Light the late-night oil because you won’t want to put this book down.”-DiAnn Mills, Christy Award Winner
“I thought Horton peaked with her first novel, When Camels Fly. I’ll admit, I was wrong. The Brothers’ Keepers is magnificent! The main characters from her first novel are beautifully developed in this sequel.
This is a more accessible novel than When Camels Fly mainly because of the location — Europe. She incorporates the history of the places her characters visit, and she weaves an incredibly feasible story around these events. The story is as complex as When Camels Fly, a good thing that requires close reading, but it is well worth the effort.
I highly recommend reading When Camels Fly before this one and continuing journeying with the Madison family!-Leigh Bennett, Reader
“I am once again became enthralled by the exploits of an intelligent, older woman and her family whom I first got to meet in When Camels Fly. It’s so rare to find a heroine that the more mature amongst us can relate to on some level. I look forward to learning more about Grace, Mark, Maggie, Jeff and Becca as they become embroiled in yet another adventure after Maggie goes missing and an attempt is apparently made on Becca’s life whilst she and Jeff are honeymooning in Switzerland.“-Anne Rogers, Reader
Winner of ‘A People’s Chioce Award’ in fiction, NLB Horton returned to writing fiction after an award-winning career in journalism and marketing as well as earning her Masters of Biblical Studies degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. She has surveyed Israeli and Jordanian archaeological digs, 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 while traveling across five continents.
Horton is a member of the venerable Explorers Club, based in New York City and founded in 1904 as an international multidisciplinary professional society of explorers and scientists. From her home in the Rocky Mountains, she writes, cross-country skis, gardens and researches ideas for her next novel. Horton’s first novel in the Parched series, When Camels Fly, was released in May 2014. The Brothers’ Keepers is the second, with the third installment available in fall 2015.
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