Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Book Review - The Brothers' Keepers"


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.


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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This book is full of intrigue, suspense and mystery. I love a book that entertains as well as keeps me guessing and this book fits that description perfectly.

The Madison family is a complex family with ties to the CIA and M16 as well as interests in many things archeological. As the book begins, the daughter, Maggie, is abducted and so begins the search. I love all the different places that they visit all around the world. I also enjoyed the references to Martin Luther and the painting that once was thought to belong to him. 

There is a lot of action in this book and I love the banter within the Madison family. However, I was a bit lost at times regarding some of the characters in this book and I'm sure it was because I didn't read the first book of this series. I wasn't so lost that I didn't enjoy it, but I think it would have been a much better read if I had. I like a book that can stand alone, even if it is part of a series. Also, this book ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger because there will be another book in this series. 

All in all, I really enjoyed this book because I enjoy reading a novel that makes me think. Sometimes it's enjoyable to read a book that doesn't make you think, but my favorite are types like this one. It's complex yet you're going to want to keep reading into the night! You're constantly trying to figure out what will happen next. I love the characters - good and bad - that bring this story alive. I really enjoyed this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group 

You can read more reviews of this book HERE

Blessings - Julie


  1. Julie:

    Thank you for starting my morning with such a lovely review! I'm delighted you enjoyed The Brothers' Keepers, and you cited one of my favorite things about the Madison family: their banter. You can see their love, trust, and protectiveness of each other in their dialogue.

    I agree that reading When Camels Fly first would have helped, and suggest you contact Litfuse. They'll be happy to send you an electronic file of the first book because you enjoyed and reviewed the second.

    Thank you for sharing The Brothers' Keepers with your followers, and know how much I appreciate your time to read and review. If possible, please post your review on Amazon. Reviews there make or break an author, particularly a new one.


  2. Wow! It says a lot about the book if you read the second one first and still loved it! I might need to check this one out!
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