Archaeologist Grace Madison is in Brussels cataloguing looted antiquities when her son's bride is attacked in Switzerland. Her day careens from bad to catastrophic when daughter Maggie, a hydrologist, disappears in France.
Coincidence is a luxury that Grace cannot afford. Particularly when near-fatal history---saturated in espionage---is repeating itself.
The Madison family converges on Paris. Frenzied research unearths the evil threatening the unorthodox operatives: a legend intertwining Solomon, Martin Luther, and the Fourth Crusade. Embedded like a taproot in the Ancient Near East, a cuneiform clay tablet is their only lifeline. And insufficient when they collide with a familiar enemy, and unwittingly reveal too much.
Deceiving them at every turn, an old friend stands at the end of the three-continent, four-thousand-year-old race. As they jeopardize hearts and lives, they discover that to save themselves, they must first rescue him.
If he'll let them.
I didn't read the book that precedes this one, and I think it would be best to, as it refers to happenings in the previous book and you would know the characters better, but it wasn't that difficult to keep up with who was who.
The author had a different writing style than I normally read, but it works for her. I liked the characters, the setting - which went all over, and the plot. There are a lot of surprises in this book, and enough suspense to keep this suspense lover happy.
The book is definitely Christian. There is an underlying message in the book that God is in control.
There were some cool historical aspects to the book, as a painting that Martin Luther painted plays a part in the story.
I'd definitely recommend this series, though I would recommend reading them in order.
About the author:
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 (not!) 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. Life is good.
She is a member of the venerable Explorers Club, founded in 1904 as a multidisciplinary professional society of explorers and scientists. From the Rocky Mountains, she writes, cross-country skis, fly fishes, gardens, shoots sporting clays, and researches ideas for the next novel in the Parched series.
Her first novel, When Camels Fly, was released in May, 2014. The Brothers' Keepers is her second. The third in the series will release in the fall of 2015.
Thanks to Litfuse for the review copy.
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