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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (65 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark de Castrique Narrator: Keith Szarabajk Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Russell Mullins has left intelligence work. When his wife died of cancer, Rusty quit the Secret Service to repurpose his life. He joins a private protection company in Washington, DC, and is assigned to guard Paul Luguire, a Federal Reserve executive and chief liaison with the US Treasury. Mullins and Luguire form a strong friendship. So when a police detective calls in the middle of the night with word of Luguire’s suicide, Mullins doesn’t buy it.

His doubts are reinforced by Amanda Church, a former Secret Service colleague now in the Federal Reserve’s cybersecurity unit. She uncovered a suspicious financial transaction initiated by Luguire only days before his death. He authorized the transfer of unrequested funds from the Federal Reserve to a regional bank. Even stranger, after Luguire’s suicide, Amanda finds the transaction has been erased from Federal Reserve records; the regional bank now shows the money wired from an offshore account in the name of Russell Mullins. Someone is setting Rusty up. And when the bank president is murdered, Mullins rockets to the top of the suspect list.

In an age of Wall Street meltdowns and a downgraded US credit rating, the secretive Federal Reserve is compromised. Mullins and Church don’t know whom to trust. Evidence points to an external terrorist attack, but the web of deceit appears woven from within and threatens to destroy the heart of America’s financial system.

Twelve targets are known. The clock is ticking. What, or who, is the thirteenth?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] taut political thriller…Plenty of action, convincing color, and sympathetic bit players—particularly a gutsy female hostage—help maintain reader interest.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is a fine, action-packed thriller with a very timely theme. With terrorists, bankers, reporters, and the Secret Service involved, readers will trust no one—not even the reporters—and keep turning the pages.”


  • “This intricate thriller from de Castrique offers a good deal of interesting and timely information on the Federal Reserve.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A fast-moving mystery that keeps the reader in suspense right to the end…de Castrique’s writing is rich in its approach as he creates a plausible, thought-provoking plot…fantastic.”

    Reader Views

  • “A timely thriller…Mark de Castrique provides a fascinating conspiracy tale.”

    Harriet Klausner

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 11/29/2013

    " A former Secret Service agent tries to thwart a plot against the Federal Reserve. Lots of action and lots of surprises. This was a very entertaining thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom | 10/17/2013

    " a bit too much time spent on nature of Fed reserve, but still a good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 9/27/2013

    " I liked it's use of characters and everyone loves government drama using current topics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ryan | 6/10/2013

    " I listened to this as an audio book during a car ride. It kept me interested enough to not drive off the road, but you could tell who the real mastermind was a third of the way through the book. Overall, it was entertaining enough for me to "like it." "

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About the Author
Author Mark de Castrique

Mark de Castrique is the author of the Washington, DC, political thriller, The 13th Target, and author of the critically acclaimed Barry Clayton and Sam Blackman mystery series, both set in the mountains of his native North Carolina, and as well as mysteries for young adults. He is a veteran of the television and film production industry and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.