By: NLB Horton
978089401734, $ 14.99, 2014, Page 400
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake, email@example.com
Suspense, International Intrigue, Political Ploys, and Romance
NLB Horton’s “The Brothers’ Keepers” is the second in her Parched series. Archaeologist Grace Madison finds herself in the middle of a sinister plot involving an ancient cuneiform clay tablet, life threatening danger surrounding family members, kidnapping, and the rescue of an old friend.
Horton is an award winning journalist; she incorporates her background in journalism, world travel, and her interest in archaeology with a creative imagination to produce an entertaining, and informative story line. Her command of language, excellent descriptions, memorable dialog, and strong characters make this a memorable reading experience. Her references to architecture, art, and the cuisine of locales from Brussels to France, Germany, and Switzerland add an extra treat for the world class traveler as well as the armchair “wanna be” tourist.
A reader’s guide provides thought probing questions for thought and discussion for book clubs, or to stimulate additional enjoyment for reflection for the individual reader. A helpful glossary of terms specific to the story is included for clarification and understanding.
Horton may have been over ambitious by including too much detail for anyone targeted audience. The very strength of her writing style limits the sense of fast moving action, suspense, and intrigue that many readers look for in this genre. However, I laud her for her desire to provide a model for a balance of Christian example without coming across as preachy. I suggest you read the first book in the series “When Camels Fly” to get the full benefit of “The Brothers’ Keepers.”
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.