Beyond the Narrows by M.R. Durbin
Rating: 4.5 stars of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: LDS Suspense/Action
Book Description: You’re never too old for an adventure!
After being the subject of an explosive assassination attempt, O’Reilly (Obie) Begay, a retired Navajo archaeologist, finds himself in the middle of the hunt for an ancient record—the personal journal of a Spanish Templar leading to a legendary treasure.
When Obie tracks down the journal, he enlists fellow retirees Peter, Bill, and Jack to assist him in following its clues. Facing gunfights and car chases, the treasure hunters locate a 500-year-old Mayan codex, the next clue on their adventure. Peter’s grandson, Charley, and Obie’s granddaughter, Mac, come along for the quest, but they may find themselves drawn to a different kind of treasure.
Constantly one tiny step ahead of their enemies as they scour the caves, cliffs, and canyons of Southern Utah, Obie’s team will have to rely on each other if they want to reach the treasure before their pursuers. But what will they do if not all in their numbers can be trusted?
My thoughts: The phrase that came to my mind while reading this book is "knowledge is power."
The heroes of this book are an unlikely bunch of older gentlemen. The bond of the friends is wonderful to read. They know each other very well and know how to relate to one another. Their camaraderie was hilarious at points. I was entertained every time they got together.
One thing that I really appreciated about this novel is that there is a mix of ancient cultures. I have always loved reading about the Mayans and the Templars. It takes creativity to bring both of them together in a story that kept me interested. The idea is far-fetched, but it worked for this book. The author made it seem plausible.
I mentioned that I liked the older gentlemen. Obie and Peter were raised as brothers. They banter back and forth and I loved every minute of it. Obie is Navajo and Peter is Caucasian. They are both widowers and rely on each other. Both have one grandchild, who happen to meet in this story. A little bit of attraction between the grand-kids is a bonus!
This book has action, an ancient mystery, danger, friendship and a few other things added in the mix. The characters are LDS and there are references made toward religion. This is a clean book with some violence.
About the Author: (Taken from Deseret Book) M. R. Durbin was born in Fort Ord, California, in 1951. He grew up University in 1976 with a degree in education. He later received a master’s degree in education from Utah State University. Mr. Durbin retired from education after thirty years as a teacher, coach, and principal before beginning a second career writing about the things he loves: scriptures, history, and people
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