About this book: (from the publisher) In Israel, archaeologist Grace Madison shoots her daughter’s abductor. Seconds later, a handsome shepherd drops from the sky to kill a second assassin. Their world crumbles in two blinks of an eye.
Unbeknownst to them, a fierce evil is destroying everything in its path—the unconventional path Grace and Maggie, a hydrologist, take as they struggle to right a wrong as old as time. But they soon discover time is running out. A vortex of intrigue and espionage threatens to sweep away everything and everyone they hold dear, extinguishing old flames even as it ignites new loves.
When the scale tips precariously toward disaster in the Middle East and beyond, family and friends with secrets of their own are exposed and millions of lives hang in the balance. Mother and daughter realize nothing is as it seems.
About the author: NLB Norton is an award-winning journalist who has now turned her pen to writing fiction. When she’s not traipsing the globe, she resides in the Rocky Mountains with her husband of twenty-seven years. When Camels Fly is her first novel. Learn more about her worldwide adventures online at NLBNorton.com.
Would I read this book, judged on its cover alone? I would, yes. I like its appealing hints of mystery and adventure.
If this book were a movie, I would rate it: PG–only because the story contains murder and mayhem. Otherwise, perfectly clean. Nice!
Reminds me of… Jeanne Matthews
You’ll want to buy this book if … you enjoy smart mysteries set in exotic locales.
Why did I read this book? For NLB Norton for review
Would I read another by this author? Wouldn’t rule it out.
My take: Intricately researched, this novel shows off the author’s impressive understanding of the complexities of Middle East relations. The story is painstakingly plotted and masterfully detailed. Despite its whimsical title, When Camels Fly is a smart read for intelligent readers. Perhaps best of all, it possesses a lovely blend of faith and fiction.
For all that it has going for it, though, I wasn’t able to dig into it as I would have liked. I think the very details that make it unique slowed me down, and sorting out the complex alliances felt quite complicated. While When Camels Fly has much to recommend it, it didn’t–for me–fly as high as I had hoped.
Thanks to NLB Norton for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
End notes: NLB Norton writes “at the crossroads of faith and espionage” (TM). Though this debut didn’t totally grab me, it’s garnered rave reviews elsewhere. See what others are saying here. And leave a comment on my blog today for your chance to win a copy of When Camels Fly.