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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (77 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Vance Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9780307734297
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Manhattan, 2002: Mark Wallace has it all—he’s married to Claire, the love of his life; they have two bright, beautiful children, and his is a high-powered Wall Street job. Until one night while on a neighborhood errand by himself, his twelve-year-old son, Kyle, vanishes, brutally snatched off the streets of New York.
Seven years later, Kyle has never been found. The loss, guilt, and mystery surrounding their son’s disappearance have almost destroyed the Wallaces’ marriage, leaving their daughter alienated and distant. Mark has thrown himself into his work—he is now an energy markets consultant for a private hedge fund run by the father of a friend—and, though successful, is living on emotional autopilot.

Now, on the same day that a natural gas pipeline in remote western Russia is blown up by suspected terrorists, a new lead opens in Kyle’s case. When the very next day a colleague slips Mark classified information on Saudi oil production and then suddenly turns up dead, apparently a suicide, it remains for Mark, with the help of his technophile daughter and still-grieving wife, to find the sinister connections among everything that’s going on. Their personal struggle is equally compelling—three people who must once again learn how to be a family.
Politically savvy, emotionally complex, and frighteningly believable, The Garden of Betrayal is a tense and timely imagining of the casualties of recession-era Wall Street gaming and the backroom global oil wars, a riveting, compulsive read that will grip you from first page to last. It also places Lee Vance on the level of today’s best and best-selling thriller writers—Richard North Patterson, Christopher Reich—who not only thrill us but make us think.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 6/8/2013

    " Interesting book. Would read another by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 4/4/2013

    " An alright book. Nothing I'd highly recommend. There are better thrillers out there, but some of it was interesting and the story was decent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Ansell | 3/10/2013

    " Enjoyed the book as it had a lot of twists and turns. Sometimes got lost with who was killing who but only because I couldn't sit down and read the whole book in one sitting. Wish he had more to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 12/27/2012

    " Complicated thriller with a bit of a twittish narrator. But OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mason | 10/12/2012

    " A gripping tale about the threat of "peak oil" and the way politicians, the oil industry, spies, and others could try to use any insights, or twist any data, to suit their needs and wants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Petter Sund | 8/16/2012

    " Liked it, the author's background gives the book some credibility and I found the plot quite plausible and interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/19/2012

    " A slightly more brainy thriller than some. Kept me interested, although in the end I was still a little confused about what happened! Bogged down sometimes in discussions of financial theory, but I would read another of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 1/27/2012

    " This was a good book and it kept me reading. The plot had a little bit more political overtones to it than I usually can get into, but the rest of the storyline held my interest enough to keep me going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 10/18/2011

    " Although this was not terribly realistic, it is a thriller written in the intersection of energy markets and finance, so it was a perfect "plane read" for me. I finished it a month or so ago and I don't really remember any of its details, but that wasn't really the point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ineke Van | 9/17/2011

    " Had good pace and loved the premise of the book, but then about 3/4-way through I felt it lost steam and the author just wanted to bring it to a good ending. All loose ends were tied with one exception, which I shall not divulge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 5/18/2011

    " Enjoyed the book as it had a lot of twists and turns. Sometimes got lost with who was killing who but only because I couldn't sit down and read the whole book in one sitting. Wish he had more to read.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bank | 2/16/2011

    " Page turning story about wall street and intrigue and betrayal in international markets .
    Lesson of story : don't trust the Russian bear or the French poodle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 10/9/2010

    " An alright book. Nothing I'd highly recommend. There are better thrillers out there, but some of it was interesting and the story was decent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mason | 10/8/2010

    " A gripping tale about the threat of "peak oil" and the way politicians, the oil industry, spies, and others could try to use any insights, or twist any data, to suit their needs and wants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 10/1/2010

    " Interesting book. Would read another by this author. "

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About the Narrator

Mark Deakins is an actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He recently wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.