When Camels Fly


Fiction - Suspense
350 Pages
Reviewed on 07/18/2014
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Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite

In Israel, archaeologist Grace Madison gets a message. Someone has kidnapped her daughter Maggie. Without hesitation she takes the information and, with no remorse, shoots her daughter's abductor. But, their troubles are not over; there's a second assassin. Suddenly a shepherd appears and kills the second shooter, freeing the women. However, that's just the beginning of their adventure. Who is this desert savior, and just what have they gotten into?

Unknown to them is an evil plot, a plot to control the one thing that is the truest sense of life in the Middle East and beyond. They soon find themselves drawn ever deeper into the plan when they are both abducted and manage to escape. Things escalate toward disaster in the Middle East and even further as the plot continues to unfold. Family and friends come to their aid, but have secrets of their own as millions of lives hang in the balance. Mother and daughter soon realize nothing is as it seems. 

In When Camels Fly, N.L.B. Horton has crafted an exciting novel of suspense, intrigue and mystery, with a little romance thrown in as well. The setting is the ever evolving world of the Middle East. Here she introduces her readers to the remarkable Madison family, each with their own special lives. Her characters are well defined and the plotting is great. I've always loved good adventure stories and this one doesn't disappoint. The story starts with a bang and just goes on from there with everything from Bedouin shepherds to high-tech weaponry. Very nicely done.

Ray Simmons

When Camels Fly by NLB Horton is a fast paced action-adventure story that takes place in the Holy Land. It is a tale of intrigue, politics, and spies, but it is also a tale of family. When the novel opens, Maggie Madison has been taken prisoner. Meanwhile, Grace Madison, an accomplished archaeologist, is hot on her daughter’s trail, determined to rescue her at all cost. Grace succeeds, but the mother-daughter team realize they need help if they are going to survive. Maggie, a hydrologist, has stumbled upon something big. They don’t know who they can really trust among their comrades and associates so they reach out to family. Mark Madison, the father, is at home on the ranch in Colorado. Mark is a retired CIA operative. Jeff Madison, the son, is in London. Jeff is a reporter, a BBC war correspondent covering the Middle East. There is an abundance of talent, courage, and love in this family, and when the father and son fly into the Holy Land to find the mother and daughter, the bad guys are in serious trouble.

NLB Horton has created a fun-filled action story full of the mystery, history, and intrigue that is the heritage of the Middle East, particularly the Holy Land. When Camels Fly is spiced with Arabic and Hebrew, giving it the feel of authenticity. The story careens from crisis to crisis as it moves to its conclusion. When Camels Fly features an American family at its best and that’s a refreshing and inspiring picture.

Kathryn Bennett

When Camels Fly by N.L.B. Horton takes us to Israel, where Grace Madison shoots her daughter's abductor. It is only seconds after this shot that a handsome shepherd shows up to kill a second assassin and things change within those moments. Evil is on the rampage and Grace and Maggie find themselves going down an unusual path towards righting a wrong. The Middle East has always been a hot bed and it is getting worse while, caught in the middle with their own secrets, lies and lives are a mother and daughter. What choices will they have to make in the end?

Dramatic is the first word that comes to mind when I think of the world that N.L.B. Horton has woven. I have never been to the areas in this book but the descriptions and the fine detail offered make me feel as if I could have been. Grace is a strong woman who has lived a life that few could imagine and some might envy. I simply could not imagine making the choices Grace and her daughter must make throughout this book, but I enjoyed reading about their adventures. I did have to laugh at the end of this book and mutter, “I thought my family was dramatic.” My family has nothing on this bunch! The book was fantastic because of this and it was nearly impossible to set this down. I would highly recommend it.

Maria Beltran

When Camels Fly, a suspense novel by N.L.B Horton, unfolds in enigmatic Jordan and culminates in historic Israel. Maggie Madison, a hydrologist working in the Middle East is kidnapped and her death is almost a certainty. Saved by her mother, the mysterious archaeologist Grace Madison, and a dashing shepherd, she finds herself chased by assassins whose motives can spell disaster in the water-hungry Middle East. Together, Maggie and Grace elude their attackers and are sucked into a whirlpool of espionage and conspiracy that will involve their whole family and a host of intriguing personalities. Time is running out and lives are in danger, but above all, the world is about to crumble before their very eyes.

N.L.B Horton’s novel, When Camels Fly, is a thriller that involves a mother's deadly shot, a daughter's fatal choice, a father’s secret and a brother’s love. The place is Israel where a lot of things are not what they seem to be. This is a story that will keep readers glued to their seats as one conspiracy after another unfolds. In a fast paced and action-packed book, N.L.B Horton certainly picks unusual characters for his intrigue-laden plot. It is thus a credit to his writing style that the characters come out as credible and all too real. While the whole world looks on oil as the prime commodity, he focuses on water, which is, indeed, a priceless commodity in the Middle East. And in the midst of the violence and treachery, one can find love and enduring relationships that make the story touching and universal. This is a novel that involves the inscrutable as well as the simple facts of life. Simply fantastic!

Anne-Marie Reynolds

When Camels Fly by N.L.B. Horton is a story of intrigue and romance. Maggie is a hydrologist working in Israel when she becomes the victim of abduction. Grace, her mother, shoots the abductor and a stranger from the sky shoots a second assassin. This is just the beginning as evil sweeps through, trying to stop Maggie and Grace righting something that should never have been started. Espionage and intrigue run ragged, destroying old flames and lighting new ones in its path. Secrets, lies, all are exposed along the way as Grace desperately tries to protect her family from the horrors they are fast heading into.

When Camels Fly by N.L.B. Horton is an amazingly good read. It was gripping and gritty, a real page turning, ‘can’t put the book down until I’ve finished it’ kind of story and they really are very few and far between these days. N.L.B. Horton has done her homework and research thoroughly for this book. It is factually correct but not so much so that I found myself drowning in details. The first thing that struck me was how well Grace tried to protect her family – if every child had a mother like that, the world would be a much better place to live. The second thing that struck me was how well the story flowed. There were no stops and starts, no oddities. The whole story flowed as naturally as if it were being told as a true story. Excellent book, and I wouldn’t mind reading anything else N.L.B. Horton has to offer.