Title: Beyond the Narrows (A Novel)
Author: M. R. Durbin
My rating is 5 stars.
What an exciting novel with what looks like an ending left open for a sequel! There is a mystery from ages ago along with racing for some supposed treasure left decades ago to be found if the clues and maps could be found. I loved that some of the main characters were retired people from various jobs of expertise and ethnicities. Two of the characters are a young man and a young woman who are related to one of the older gentlemen whose life is in constant danger!
Once I started the novel, it was hard to put down because the tension never lets up and there are twists in the plot that come up suddenly, grabbing my attention. There is also archeology involved, native languages, and a bond these individuals have, especially the older gentlemen, that is very touching.
There are a few references to Mormonism or terms I think are referring to something within the Mormon system of beliefs. However, even though I am not Mormon, the novel was exceptionally well crafted and is a spell-binding, suspense-filled book that should be read and enjoyed. The author I think did a great job to focus on the action, danger, mystery and other elements that just keep a person turning pages until they are finished reading.
I hope the author writes a sequel with these characters because the older gentlemen are very different, but their bond of friendship is deep. One guy has such a dry sense of humor he made me laugh a lot throughout the book when he would pronounce a word is such a way just to throw people a curve. Yet, at other times his knowledge was helpful in figuring out what was written so very long ago.
Grab a copy and have fun in the never ending danger to solve the mysteries within the pages!
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