The Brothers’ Keepers
By N.L.B. Horton
Author’s Website: https://www.NLBHorton.com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
A friend’s deception. A family’s dilemma.
While cataloging 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 Madison family unearths 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.
Because choosing what’s right is all that’s left.
The writing style of N.L.B. Horton still continues to grab me and hold my attention. A well written story with a VERY intricate plot filled with all the necessary components: action, drama and lest we forget….danger (okay…and a bit of romance). Another fine spy, save my child, adventure in this second installment of the Parched series. Once again the reader is thrust in the midst of an international spy thriller that imparts a myriad of historical facts while roaming about Europe. And for archeological buffs, I am sure this read will appeal to you as it did to me (finally putting that undergraduate degree to use)! The story begins with a mother (in Brussels) trying to rescue her child! Maggie vanishes (yet again) while in France and the new daughter-in-law is attacked while in Switzerland. An auspicious beginning! But never fear as Grace (the mother) will persevere to find Maggie and find out whom and why Becca was attacked.
The imagery in Horton’s writing is engaging and visualizing locations, etc. was very easy to do. For example:
“I entered the nave, my wet footsteps slapping softly on the pale limestone.”
The descriptions in this book are SO great – another example:
“Steele warned us about the redhead,” Merrit muttered in the crosscurrent of Vatican frankincense and Roman pizza. Aromas washing over St. Peter’s Square—one distinctly Eastern, the other stereotypically Western—represented the ongoing conflict between church and state.”
With descriptions such as this throughout, I really felt as if I was there and very much immersed, like I was there. I was constantly on a roller coaster trying to keep up with the twists and turns. But all is good!
The reader is inundated with locales….London, Israel, Germany, Rome, and Venice….a veritable trip around Europe, with the descriptions so engaging. Agnelli—-sly renegade priest – one of many “odd” characters I loved in this book. The old crew of retired spies were back in action, which certainly provided a chuckle or two. I loved the way the Madison family gathered together to follow this mystery across continents together and for the common goal.
The reader can hope that the family will succeed in their quest (I vote for probably since it is rumored that there is another book coming out), but the journey was so gripping that it kept me turning page after page LONG after lights should have been out. I will patiently (as best as I can) await the third book in this series!
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Thanks for taking part in the tour. I’m glad you enjoyed ‘The Brothers’ Keepers’ so much!
What a lovely way to begin my Thursday! Thank you for your kind review, and I’m delighted you enjoyed The Brothers’ Keepers. I learn from every reviewer and reader, so rest assured that your thoughts are important to me.
I’m actually about a third through drafting book 3 now. It contains a simpler plot, more at stake, a good bit of intrigue and danger, and the family’s trademark humor. Archaeologist Grace Madison is moving east again, and I hope to release book 3 in January 2016.
And your readers should note that we are celebrating the end of The Brothers’ Keepers’ listing in the Amazon KDP program with a sale! The book is $1.99 through Saturday. Book 1, When Camels Fly, is featured on Bookbub on February 12, and will be specially priced through February 21.
Thank you again for the type of review that energizes me to keep on sharing my stories. I appreciate you.