Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: Beyond the Narrows by M.R. Durbin

Beyond the Narrows, by M.R. Durbin
2016, 304p, Clean Contemporary Suspense
My Rating=3.5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

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?

This novel is action packed from the very beginning! Obie Begay, a retired Navajo archaeologist, is believed to be dead when his camper explodes. However, his best friend, Peter, knows where to find him--very much alive. They are drawn into a chase for hidden treasure and need to find out who wants him dead. There are two other friends who help out, along with Obie's granddaughter, Mac, and Peter's grandson, Charley.

There's quite a bit of action in this novel and I usually love that but had a hard time staying engaged in this book. There were lots of details related to the setting (Southern Utah) which slowed it down for me. I also don't rappel and there were lots of detailed rappelling scenes so I skimmed over those parts. The two young ones in the group, Mac and Charley, are physically attracted to each other but their interactions are awkward.

I enjoyed the history and how this group of friends and grandchildren worked together to translate the codex. The four older men have been friends for a long time and there were times that their conversations had me laughing out loud. The villain was perfect and added the right amount of tension. While I had a few issues, I would say that I liked this book overall! The ending leaves an opening for a second book, which I would be interested in reading, and would definitely like to see a relationship between Mac and Charley develop.

About the Author:

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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Tour Schedule:

*July 29th


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