Book Review: The Brothers’ Keepers

1 Dec

TBK_Front_Cover_325A 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.



NHorton-271After 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.


My Impressions:

The Brothers’ Keepers is the second book in NLB Horton’s Parched series. I wish I had known that before starting the book. I had the feeling that something was missing, and I think that has a lot to do with not having read book 1, When Camels Fly. Because of this I really didn’t enjoy this international suspense novel.

The Madison family is not your everyday family next door. With roots in the CIA, MI6 and international art, archeology and hydrology, this family is expert at a lot of things, especially finding trouble wherever they go. Maggie Madison’s kidnapping has the family coming together, along with several Mossad agents, rare artifacts dealers and theologians to uncover an international conspiracy involving the precious resource of water in the Middle East. The action takes place over an eleven day period and follows the Madison’s from Paris to Switzerland, Rome and Israel. Ancient artifacts and modern issues combine for an international suspense novel involving spies and priests.

As I stated, something seemed to be missing from The Brothers’ Keepers. I was about 100 pages into it when it dawned on me that there were a lot of characters, but not much characterization. Oh sure, I knew what they wore and ate and argued about, but there wasn’t any depth. A lot of that was probably done in Horton’s first novel. It was like being put into a family gathering, but you are definitely an outsider — not privy to family nuances, jokes, and dynamics. And there is a lot of family time in this novel. I would have preferred more action and less talking about taking action.

Horton’s writing style is a bit jolting as well — lots of sentence fragments. She has a way with words though. I just wish she had spent more time on the action of the novel and less on conversation. (I know I already said that!) There are also loose ends left; a third book in the series is set to publish next year.

Although I cannot really recommend The Brothers’ Keepers, it has some glowing reviews on Amazon. Check them out HERE.

Audience: Adults.

(Thanks to LitFuse for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)





2 Responses to “Book Review: The Brothers’ Keepers”

  1. normahortonNLB Horton December 1, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    Thanks so much for your thorough review of The Brothers’ Keepers. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the book as much as many readers and suspect that reading When Camels Fly would have helped get you into the swing of the Madison family and their friends. (Please contact Litfuse if you’d like to read WCF). Nonetheless, I really appreciate you sharing your impressions with your followers, and wish you the happiest of Christmas seasons.
    Best to you,


    • rbclibrary December 1, 2014 at 11:10 am #

      Thanks for stopping by. I will have to check out When Camels Fly.


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