Beyond the Narrows

by M. R. Durbin

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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?

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PublishedCovenant Communications 2016

About the Author

M. R. Durbin

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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Beyond the Narrows
By , Submitted on 2018-02-03

Bad guys who can not shoot straight and good guys that are foolish and careless throughout the book..This is a story about a 600 hundred year old heavy gold treasure stolen from not one, but two continents (Europe and South America), then somehow hauled across the canyon riddled, thirsty Southwestern desert to South Eastern Utah, just to be buried. This was a story about a regular group of people that were constantly being shot at by men they did not know yet, did not feel the need to call the police . This is a story about an archeologist and friends who's decisions caused the loss of an ancient diary, and ancient codex and possibly an ancient gold treasure hoard.This is a story about two twenty something year olds who acted like thirteen year olds in their relationship. This is a tale about an ancient treasure that does not even get 1/2 a page in its description. Finally, this a a story about a 600 year old diary and codex that have clues, written in 3 or for ancient languages, to 2 treasures , yet takes only a few days if not hours to figure out and locate.Dumb!!

Beyond the Narrows
By , Submitted on 2016-10-12

This is a fun interaction between Four "geriatric" men and three younger adult individuals! Mac and Charley are attending universities and Lucero is mid-twenties visiting America as a representative for IDAEH. Peter, Bill, Obie and Jack are retired "buddies" who enjoy golfing together. Bill and Jack still enjoy the companionship of their wives. Charley and Peter has only had a brief relationship in the past, but now, they are each the only family the other has left. Charley had hoped to get acquainted with his grandfather but he wondered if that would ever happen once he visited him between semester breaks.
Mac and Obie were very close. Mac's parents were alive and busy in another state. Mac had Obie to herself while living in Southern Utah attending the University in Cedar City. She was an active mountain climber and repeller. Mac, Charley and Lucero met under peculiar circumstances...each not trusting of the other. With the unbelievable turn of events, even the four "buddies" weren't sure who they could trust, aside from each other...Someone seemed to want Obie dead and Obie's lifetime friend/brother, Peter, was by his side!
Mysterious things were happening. The "bad guys" wanted something Obie had badly! Would the "buddie's lives end before they were able to discover what it was the "bad guys" were after?
This is written with the writer's strong sense of humor, steady flow of action, and maintaining the reader's feeling of suspense and mystery. The characters are very diverse and interesting. The friendships of the "buddies" admirable and endearing as with the relationship between grandfather and grandchild. The scenes are described well and fairly easily visualized.
The Book Title and Cover are both very fitting. The only negative it it felt slightly "drawn out" at times, to me.
*This book was gifted me but I am under no obligation whatsoever, to post appositive review.

Loved this great book, it's full of adventure and mystery!
By , Submitted on 2016-07-29

I LOVED this book! It's full of adventure, fun characters, mystery, treasure, and deception.

I loved the beginning. The way that appears that a murder has been committed, and the whole gang heading to the scene, only to be led in another direction was great!

I loved the characters. Mac, Charlie, Obie, Peter, and Bill are all really great characters. I loved the way you see the plot and things happening through many different eyes.

And the plot! I loved it. I loved the whole idea, it really reminded me of an LDS National Treasure book. Obie receives a really old journal. This journal gives clues leading to a great treasure. Obie and his friends must figure out the clues that take them through different areas of National Parks and other places in the St. George area. And, of course, they're being followed by bad guys trying to get the journal or the treasure. Sometimes they know they are and other times they don't and simply miss the bad guys.

I was kind of surprised by who the bad guy was. I had kind of guessed, but then Obie's team took the person in and I kind of figured at that point that he was safe.

I loved reading this book and trying to keep up with the clues! This is a fun book that I didn't want to put down!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Action-Packed Read!
By , Submitted on 2016-07-27

(3.5 Stars) 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.

I received a copy of this book for an honest review. My opinion is 100% my own.

Fun Southern Utah Setting
By , Submitted on 2016-07-26

I think the thing I loved most about this book was the setting of Southern Utah and it's beautiful red rocks and canyons. I spent my earlier years growing up in this area- Hurricane, actually. And that's Hurri-cun not Hurricane. I laughed at that part in the book because that's exactly what we all used to say all the time. I was little when I lived there but I hated when people said it wrong. It made me mad. Ha!

I also loved the reminder of the storms that caused flash flooding. We had a "wash" behind our house and when the storms hit the mountains, we had flash flood waters that came in hard and fast. The wash was a dangerous place and I was forbidden to play in it because you never knew when those waters were going to come. It could be sunny at my house but raining in the mountains. I was scared to death of the wash.

So, yeah. The setting brought back lots of memories for me. I could easily imagine the places because I have been to them or places similar to them. As for the story itself, it was okay. It wasn't the best mystery/adventure/suspense book I've read, but it was okay. None of it really engaged my feelings.

This book has an unusual group of main characters. Three of them are older, retired men who are friends. They each bring their own set of experiences and knowledge to the group. Mac and Charley are younger and needed in the plot for their vitality and more youthful energy and abilities. This book has a lot of treasure hunting and running from bad guys. It's set up in the end for another book to follow.

Content: Mild violence, LDS fiction (many conversations and references to things specific to the LDS religion).

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Fantastic read, I couldn't put it down.
By , Submitted on 2016-07-17

Like M.R. Durbin's previous book Swords of Joseph this book, Beyond the Narrows, is a great adventure with humor intermixed to create a delightful read.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for great story telling. This would be a great book for preteens to adults. Highly Recommended!

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