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The Brothers’ Keepers | RidgeRoute Press (November 2015)

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.

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NLB Horton

{More About NLB Horton}

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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How far is too far to protect the ones you love?

The Brothers’ Keepers combines travel, intrigue and the global impact of a strong woman

Seattle: It could be argued there is no stronger instinct on earth than that of a mother to protect her family. The lengths she will go to do so are explored in The Brothers’ Keepers (RidgeRoute Press/November 17, 2014/ISBN: 9780991401734/ $14.99), written by award-winning journalist and world traveler NLB Horton.

In The Brothers’ Keepers, we meet archaeologist Grace Madison who 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 disappears in France.

Coincidence is a luxury Grace cannot afford as history — saturated in espionage — is repeating itself. The Madison family converges on Paris and begins a frenzied search to locate Maggie. A cuneiform clay tablet is their only lifeline, detailing a legend intertwining Solomon, Martin Luther and the Fourth Crusade. As they navigate a deadly, 4,000-year-old artifact trail that crosses three continents, they will jeopardize hearts and lives to preserve the ones they love. As time runs out, they discover that to save themselves, they must first rescue an old friend who is deceiving them at every turn. But will he let them?

In the midst of traversing the world, Grace is also faced with trying to save her family by rebuilding her marriage. The roles a woman will assume throughout her lifetime can be varied and complex. It’s difficult to fit any woman into a “one-size-fits-all” box, and this is certainly true of Grace. With strong female characters, The Brothers’ Keepers affirms the impact an intelligent woman who wrestles with a vigorous faith can have on the world and her own personal relationships.

One of the inspirations behind The Brothers’ Keepers was a highly dangerous situation Horton’s own family was involved in while on an archaeological survey as part of her master’s degree program at Dallas Theological Seminary. “I stood at the edge of the tel Dan (Israel) archaeological dig pit with my husband and two then-teenage children. Heavy artillery fire began booming from Syria as staccato machine-gun reports peppered near the Lebanese border. An Israeli Defense Force plane broke through cloud cover. I hoped they could see we were unarmed! Grace Madison was born from this harrowing experience.”

The Brothers’ Keepers is the second book in the Parched series, named as such to bring awareness to the life-threatening truth that sources of potable and economical drinking water are severely limited in many areas of the world, even in the U.S. Horton believes as stewards of God’s creation, Christians have a unique responsibility in this area. She also hopes the book will draw in different kinds of readers. “I hope Grace portrays a demographic of Christianity that is intelligent, fair and fearless because of its belief in God’s empowerment, one attractive to non-believers because these Christians live their faith with realism and love.”

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Advance Praise

The Brothers’ Keepers, book two in the Parched series, delivers masterful international suspense driven by contemporary family dynamics. Light the late-night oil because you won’t want to put this book down.”

~ DiAnn Mills, Christy award-winning author of Sworn to Protect and Breach of Trust 

About the Author

NLB Horton returned to writing fiction after an award-winning career in journalism and marketing as well as earning her Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies 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, which was founded in 1904 as a multidisciplinary professional society of explorers and scientists. From her home in the Rocky Mountains, she writes, cross-country skis, gardens and researches ideas for her next novel. Horton’s first novel in the Parched series, When Camels Fly, was released in May 2014. The Brothers’ Keepers is the second, and the third installment will be available in fall 2015.

For more information about NLB Horton, visit, become a fan on Facebook (NLBHorton) or follow her on Twitter (NLBHorton) or Pinterest (nlbhorton).

Suggested interview questions

— The title of the book, The Brothers’ Keepers, refers to heroine Grace Madison’s determination to protect someone important to her. To what lengths would you go to protect someone you cared about?

— The Brothers’ Keepers largely focuses on doing the right thing. Tell us about a situation in which you chose to do the right thing despite personal cost. Was it worth it?

— Grace is in the midst of rebuilding her marriage and struggles with the commitment she made versus still being in love. How hard do you think it is to try to fall in love again when things become difficult?

— What is the difference between a commitment and a covenant?

— Independence is important, even within a marriage. Does independence ever cause problems between spouses? How can you maintain a sense of self without living completely separate lives?

— The Brothers’ Keepers is the second book in your Parched series. What meaning does the series name hold for you?

— Many books feature youthful heroes and heroines, but The Brothers’ Keepers highlights the life of a more mature protagonist. What are some of the factors that led to your decision to write characters a little older than the norm? What kind of feedback have you had?

— In The Brothers’ Keepers, we see two different women — one who raised a family and chose career later in life, the other who sacrificed family life for career. Can a woman “have it all”?

— Is there a right or wrong answer to choosing a family or a career as your primary life goal?

— Which of the characters in The Brothers’ Keepers can you relate to the most, and why?

— Every good story has an antagonist, and your Parched series is no exception. We learn some things about your villain in The Brothers’ Keepers, however, that might make readers look at her in a new light. What does Laura McAlex’s story teach us about having compassion for difficult people?

— You are a member of the venerable Explorer’s Club, whose membership has included Winston Churchill and Teddy Roosevelt. What is the history of that organization, and what does being a member entail?

— You have traversed the globe — seeing five continents and surveying archaeological digs in the Middle East and beyond — which provided research and background for your books. Tell us about your most recent trip.

— You had incredibly successful careers in journalism and marketing. What brought you to writing fiction?

— How has your degree at Dallas Theological Seminary influenced your writing?

— What plans do you have next for your Parched series?

— What do you hope readers walk away with after they’ve finished reading The Brothers’ Keepers?

NLB Horton is available for interviews on The Brothers’ Keepers. To request a review copy, to schedule an interview, or for more information please contact Audra Jennings,



    I just finished reading The Brothers’ Keeper and I enjoyed the strong storyline. What else can happen to Grace Madison? Her daughter is no where to be found and someone has attacked her daughter in law. This novel is one of suspense and action. Will they be able to figure out what happened before they run out of time. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for the purpose of a review and all opinions re my own.

    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on December 5, 2014
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    While I would have liked to read the first book in the series before reading this, it’s not necessary. The story and characters are well-defined as a standalone. The family dynamics are contemporary and fun, but the intrigue and background to the modern-day crimes are as ancient as the world. I love to read about biblical archeology, so to find an international thriller that is based in that subject is a gem. I found the book extremely hard to put down, to the detriment of sleep and my own writing projects. The author has done an excellent job of creating a story and characters who will live long in the minds and hearts of her readers.

    Written by The Writer’s Tool on December 5, 2014
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    We follow archaeologist Grace Madison’s search for her missing daughter Maggie. Grace is also trying to save her marriage and through this we explore perennial issues of faith, loyalty and love, as well as the choice between family or career.

    This is a book that rewards careful reading, as there are so many facets to the story (and possibly some I would only discover on a second reading). If you enjoy reading about ancient artifacts and legends you will find plenty here to keep you gripped. Recommended.

    Written by The Writing Desk on December 5, 2014
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    I love books with depth.

    I enjoy stories that catch your interest right from the start because they draw you into the action with their suspenseful plot.

    I like meeting interesting, well-developed characters that reveal themselves to you as the story develops.

    I like placing myself in plots that engage your mind and make you wonder how you would react if you were in a similar situation as the ones the protagonists’ face.

    I enjoy books that mix matters of faith with historical artifacts, modern day spies and international intrigue.

    If you like these things too, then you will want to add The Brothers’ Keepers by NLB Horton to your reading list!

    The Brothers’ Keepers is a great book to escape into. The best part? It’s part of a series for ongoing enjoyment!

    Written by Create With Joy on December 5, 2014
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    Did you ever read those choose-your-own-ending books when you were a kid? That idea kept popping into my mind as I read this book. Wonder what would have happened if they chose this instead of that? There were a lot of details that went over my head because I got distracted through the telling. This is the second book in the Parched series; I highly recommend reading the first book (When Camels Fly) before picking up The Brothers’ Keepers.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on December 4, 2014
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    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.

    Written by Thoughts of a Sojourner on December 4, 2014


    I did feel at a slight disadvantage as I had not read the prior book in this series, but that certainly did not mean I did not thoroughly enjoy this book. It had all the key elements to a good book, excellent characters, beautiful writing and an intriguing story line. I really enjoyed following the Madison family around the world was an exquisite adventure!

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on December 4, 2014
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    I really enjoyed reading this 2nd book in the Parched series that Ms. Horton is writing. You will find lot’s of danger and some interesting love stories but without all the details that I really don’t like reading about in my murder/mystery books. I am so glad that Ms. Horton kept the story focused on the bad guys and catching them. Yes, she did throw in some romantic moments, but mostly they were declarations of love for the other person. This book can be read by teens and you won’t have to feel bad about letting them read it!

    Because they travel quite a lot, there are some really good descriptions of the places that they have seen. It’s almost like being there because they are so detailed. Take an unexpected trip down memory lane with Grace as she relives her youth and her travelling.

    Written by Mary’s Cup of Tea on December 4, 2014
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    NLB knows her characters intimately and her writing displays it. The story is a page turner that deepens and widens as Grace inches closer to the answers.
    I enjoy reading about Martin Luther, so I was thrilled when much of the story takes place tracking down details from a painting about Martin Luther.
    I also enjoy when history is added in a book as does NLB who thoroughly did much researching of many different elements in this story to the historical aspects of the catholic church to the espionage teams around the world.

    I recommend this book to those who enjoy good read and that really takes you to another place with wonderful characters!!!

    Written by LyonsLady on December 4, 2014
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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.

    Written by Julie – More of Him on December 3, 2014
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    I loved the suspense and pace of this story! The characters are interesting and the story fun. While I didn’t read the first book, I didn’t even realize it was part of a series until a couple of chapters in. So, while it probably would of helped to have read the first one, it doesn’t deter from the story.
    In all, this is a fun tale!

    Written by Inklings an Notions on December 3, 2014
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    t’s The Davinci Code meets The View but with less women and more religion. I must preface this review by saying, I did not read the first book in this series and I don’t think that it threw me off too much, yeah I didn’t get some references, but whatever. I was really excited for this book, I saw “archaeologist” in the description and I immediately thought “Indiana Jones.” I was right in some regard I guess, there is a lot of adventure, intrigue, and espionage.

    Written by Tragically Dull Adventures of An Almost Librarianon December 3, 2014


    The author does an amazing job of getting the reader entranced in her work. This book is easy to read in one sitting and is sure to please!

    Written by Cassandra M’s Place on December 3, 2014
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  • I loved this story. It’s suppense and intrigue keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for more. It’s fast paced and the characters are well developed. I couldn’t wait to see what was going on with Grace and her family!

    This is the second book in a series but it was fine as a stand alone book. I’m very excited to read the prequel.

    Written by Mommy Makes Time on December 2, 2014
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    The Brothers’ Keepers is full of suspense and surprising plot twists. I was drawn into the book immediately, with the mystery beginning in the very first pages. The point of view changes between characters, but it is only written in first person when it is Grace. That took a little time to adjust to, but I liked it.

    Of course the book ended with some answered questions as well as the unanswered ones which point to an exciting third (or more) book.

    I plan to share this series with my Mom. She enjoys suspense books as much as I do. I have a new favorite author now!

    Written by ElCloud Homeschool Blog on December 2, 2014
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    “The Brothers’ Keepers” is a novel that requires a good bit of concentration and attention to details. A suspenseful story of danger and intrigue laced with a hearty dose of Christian history, the narrative takes the reader on a fast-paced journey from one foreign city to another and back again.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on December 1, 2014
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    An edge of your seat read, while hopping from country to country, is sure to keep you on your toes. It reminded me a little of the Cooper Kids series by Frank Peretti. It was a good read, one that I enjoyed and would recommend. I wish I would have known it was the second book in the series. Still a good read and it can be a stand alone.

    Written by Radiant Light on December 1, 2014
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    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.

    Written by By The Book on December 1, 2014
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    My Brother’s Keeper was a page turning story of intrigue that piked my interest from the first few pages. If you’ve ever wanted to travel to western Europe then here is your chance. Horton walks you through European and Holy Land settings while throwing in a lot of historical religious information. The authors travel experience quickly becomes evident. She has a way of beautifully weaving words onto a page in an almost poetic form and does so with twisting plots full of suspense that circle around an ancient relic and family, all the while spanning countries. Weaved into these plots is a story of faith and trust. Faith that even when we don’t understand what God is doing, He is still in control.

    Written by Adventures in Unsell Land on November 30, 2014
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    The Brother’s Keeper by N.L.B. Horton is the second book in the Parched series. The Brother’s Keeper was a roller coaster ride of suspense. It was quite the international thriller as well as being a family drama. I think everyone will find something to keep them riveted to the pages.

    I always wanted to be an archaeologist when I was young and even took a few courses in university so I found the archaeology aspects of The Brother’s Keeper to be most interesting. I also found the historical information to be fascinating. Lots of historical religious information about Martin Luther. I enjoyed the European and Holy Land settings. N.L.B. Horton is a Christian writer and I liked the Christian dimension that was big part of this novel.

    Written by MysteriesEtc on November 30, 2014
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    NLB Horton really brings a depth to a story that is enriched with vivid detail of the places they travel, a really an enjoyable part of the novel to me. There are multiple nations the family travels to with many different people from various backgrounds, beliefs, and careers that both assist or attempt to kill the family. Many may not know of NLB Horton’s books yet, but I sure hope more become familiar with her unique tales as some of places the author herself has even traveled to! On the sidebar of this page are book trailers to both of her novels that will capture your attention and draw you into the mystery.

    Written by Seeking with all Yur Heart on November 30, 2014
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  • Intrigue! The Brothers’ Keepers is a suspense book set in Europe. At the core of the story, we have a mom, a dad, and their grown son and his wife, and their grown daughter, who gets kidnapped at the start of the book. Along the way, their group picks up various other members, including not one, but two love interests for the daughter, creating a love triangle sideline, that we can only hope gets explored further in the next book.

    The book is fast paced, and mostly takes place in a span of just 11 days. I enjoyed this story, especially since there was a mention of Constantine, and we just studied his time period in our homeschool.

    This is a book two, although the cover does not indicate that, and you can, of course, read it on it’s own, as I did. However, I liked it enough to wish I’d

    Written by Greatly Blessed on November 28, 2014
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    This was an interesting book filled with action and adventure. It was complex and worth learning the writer’s style. I enjoyed the characters, the descriptions of places and events, and even the foreign words that made the story more real. If you like action and adventure, this book is for you.

    Written by Books and such on November 27, 2014
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    Apparently “The Brother’s Keeper” is the second book from this self published author. The first book in this series is called “See When Camels Fly”. I did not read the first book,but I did enjoy reading “The Brother’s Keepers”.

    Written by Reading Corner Reviews & More on November 25, 2014
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    I found it so hard to stop reading as I wanted to find out what would happen next as the characters and the setting came so alive to me and I found myself completely lost in the story. There are so many powerful moments in this book and it is an awesome reminder that God is in control.

    Written by Moments on November 24, 2014
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    The Brothers’ Keepers is the second installment in the Parched series that follows Grace Madison on archaeological adventures mixed with action that includes her immediate family members who are also CIA agents. The second book is full of locations associated with the discovered relic that pertain to King Solomon and a possible hidden water reservoir that could serve under-served eastern and third world countries. The theme is plausible and written with humor as the group travels from city to city with a budding romance in the making. The book is entertaining and an enjoyable read for adventure, action, light romance, and archaeological buff readers who will not be disappointed.

    Written by Ski-Wee’s Book Corner on November 24, 2014
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    This was a different style read and required effort on my part to get through 200 pages. The book tops out at nearly 400 pages. First of all, it was somewhere around 150 pages before the gist of the title stuck me. Ahh. It was beginning to come together for me. But I digress…

    NBL Horton, author, has a way with words and phrases that makes a read enjoyable, that is, up to a point. But when words and phrases and oblique meanings cloud the plot, then it becomes tedious. And I really hate that because I do love when an author has the skill and wit to weave beautifully the tapestry of words.

    Written by Chat With Vera on November 22, 2014
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    Espionage, danger and intrigue all centers on the Madison family. There are forces that are out to destroy them. In the meantime they are still searching for relics and their search will take them practically across the globe. To survive Grace must put all her trust in God to get them through all the dangers set before them. This is one very exciting book that captures your attention and keeps you flipping pages as fast as you can read them. Ms. Horton has given us great characters in Grace and her family that are marvelous, meticulously crafted, and each one literally breathes on the pages. We can identify with them and root for them to succeed. I am so looking forward to the next book in this wonderful series.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on November 22, 2014
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    This is a complex novel with lots of characters and locations. I really liked the snappy dialog. Grace, as an older, intelligent and adventurous woman is a character I admired. I would have liked a little more back ground on characters from the first novel and a little more place descriptions, but overall, a very enjoyable novel.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on November 21, 2014
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    This is my first time reading a piece of work from NLB Horton. I was a little worried because when it was time to decide whether I wanted to review The Brothers’ Keepers or not I was not aware that this was part two in a series.
    Normally I don’t like to read series out of order because don’t want to miss an important part of the story that I could be missing out on. When the book arrived though and I started to skim through some of it and was instantly attached to some of the passages I read.

    One of the things that really caught my attention was the location of the story; Brussels. While most of my international fascination revolved around Ireland, I am also quite fond of a few less talked about locations and Brussels happens to be one of them.

    Written by Self Employed Writer on November 21, 2014
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    This was a great story, I really loved how Ms. Horton wove the church history throughout the story from the background to the plot lines. I enjoyed the Madison family but I think my favorites were the Steele brothers! I recommend!

    Written by Milk & Honey Meadows on November 18, 2014
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    I just finished reading The Brother’s Keeper and I liked it. I liked the storyline and the main character, Grace Madison. What can a mother do when you are in another country and you are told that your daughter is missing far away from you? The novel is full of suspense and action. –

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on November 16, 2014
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    The author knows her characters intimately and you can tell. The writing displays a deep reliance on the confidence of each character. Page after page the story of suspense deepens and widens as Grace inches closer to answers.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on November 14, 2014
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