Publisher: Ridge Route 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.
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(Author’s note: Protagonist Grace Madison’s son, Jeff, has narrowly avoided being killed by an oncoming Peugeot. During his drop-and-roll, he damaged the relic the family hopes will lead to the rescue of Maggie, his sister and Grace and Mark’s daughter. They’re across the street from the Tuileries Garden that abuts the Louvre. Grace narrates.)
“There’s something wrong with this cuneiform.” Jeff’s pocket pulsated as he fondled the clay tablet, then pulled only half to the folded edge.
“It’s broken,” his dad said.
Thank you, Mark.
“We know,” the three of us stated loudly.
“I mean it’s strange. Where can we look at it privately?” Jeff turned to his dad. “We can’t stay here.”
“Follow me.” Mark pivoted to the rue Saint-Honoré and from the Tuileries Gardens.
Hearing no other suggestions, we followed him. Up the hotel steps, into the antechamber outside the men’s restroom next to the bar we left a couple of hours earlier. Becca and I stopped. He held the door. “Come on. No time to be girly.”
Jeff and Mark checked stalls, which were empty. God answers prayers. Becca pulled from her purse a multi-purpose tool that looked like an impulse buy from a rack at a Home Depot register. She ejected slim blades, popping them in and out of the lock until one stuck.
“Thank you.” I patted my daughter-in-law on the back. “Yours is an usual, but welcome, skill set, my dear.”
“Any time, Dr. M. And no, Jeff, you can’t have it.” After only months of marriage, she knew the Madison males’ genetic predisposition to tool obsession.
We clustered at the changing table, a politically correct addition to men’s rooms in
countries. I moved two bitter-orange infusers in front of us,
under the wide mirror. Jeff hovered over the cuneiform halves to inspect developed
“May I see it?” I shifted under the light, pulled my jeweler’s loupe—I don’t leave home without it—to my eye. “It’s been opened. Recently. Erratic oxidation. Normally I’d say take it to a pro. Since Maggie’s missing, I say we do it. It’s soft.” I poked the artifact, feeling thin metal give under pressure.
“Semitic.” Jeff squinted at it now. “Possibly Aramaic, or Egyptian, on the reverse side.”
“Here we go.” Mark rolled his eyes and joined Becca, his frame dwarfing her petite self. Jeff and I stepped back as the restroom door rattled. Becca pushed the tool to ensure it held until matters outside became urgent.
Momento favor.” Mark called at the door. “Housekeeping.” por
“We’re in Franccccccce,” I hissed.
Jeff continued delicately, murmuring to himself. “We’ll have questions once we see what’s here. Who opened it recently? Dr. Steele? Is this what makes the cuneiform special?”
I handed him the
as the noises became more insistent. “Quickly.” loupe
“I’ve seen this before.” Jeff turned it this way and that.
“May I?” I asked. He laid the <spoiler deleted> in my hand. The language was beyond me. But I recognized the illustration. “Madaba?”
“Yes.” His blue eyes twinkled victoriously. The rest of his face remained stiff. “The mosaic map of the known world. St George’s Chapel, Jordan. AD five to six hundred? Unless there’s a similar one still hidden somewhere, which I doubt.”
“So that’s where we’re headed?” Becca spoke to us, but her hand was against the thumping door. Animated French accompanied keys rattling in the lock as the tool tilted toward the floor. “What’s our story?”
“Nonsense.” Mark lifted the door lever. “We don’t need a story.”
Her hand was
her back now, and I clutched the <spoiler deleted> flat
against my thigh through my coat pocket. Jeff stepped behind his father, in
front of Becca and me. at
“We’re in Franccccccce,” Mark teased. “They’re liberal- minded. I’ll bet women are in the men’s room all the time.” He opened the door and probably thought he was funny.
I did not.
Praise for When Camels Fly (Parched
I): Series Book
"Page-turning international suspense--this writer is on her way up."-
Mills, Christie Award winning author DiAnn
"An exciting novel of suspense, intrigue, and mystery. Very nicely
-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
. I love that."- story
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Advance Praise for My Brothers Keepers:
"The Brothers' Keepers, book 2 in the
Parched ? series, delivers masterful international suspense driven by contemporary family dynamics. ? the late-night oil because you won't want to put this book down."- Light
"I thought Horton peaked with her first novel, When Camels Fly. I'll admit, I was wrong. The Brothers' Keepers
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 is with the Madison family!- journeying
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
About NLB Horton:
Winner of 'A People's
Award' in fiction, Chioce
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
ideas for her next novel. researches
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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