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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2015 Shelf Unbound Indie Notable Award
Thanks to a drunken accident in Western Uganda, Martin and Andrew think they've found the next culinary craze to hit Manhattan's trendy restaurant scene. They're about to find out they've stumbled onto a centuries-old secret that, once unleashed, may be impossible to contain.
Everyone wants something from the new discovery. Andrew wants a chance to make a decent living and escape his dead-end job. Self-absorbed, greed-driven Martin wants to profit from a cutthroat industry that envisions a revolutionary product lurking in the find.
Military organizations at home and abroad have their own more violent agendas. And, hidden in a West Ugandan valley, a tribe of guardians wonder if an ancient prophecy is reaching fulfillment or if the world discovered their secret too soon.
In a story reminiscent of Crichton and Brown's corporate and religious thrillers, John Butziger presents a potent mix of adventure, conspiracy, and the mystical. From the petty double-dealing of a culinary network channel to the high-stakes world of cyber espionage, Butziger weaves a complex adventure where few can be trusted-and all want to control the power of The Second Tree.
©2014 John Butziger (P)2015 John Butziger
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Critic Reviews

"Greed, exclusivity and rampant, aggressive commercialization are all themes brilliantly explored in Butziger's brisk narrative..." (Kirkus Reviews)
"...Butziger's work is one roller-coaster ride of intense emotion and heart stopping suspense." [New Vision (Uganda's leading daily)]
"An immensely promising start to a new thriller series." (Kirkus Reviews)
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4 out of 5 stars
By AudioBook Reviewer on 03-31-16

a mix of religion, espionage, and human nature

The bible tells of two trees growing in the Garden of Eden but we only remember one – the one that Adam and Eve partook of removing them forever from the Garden and dooming the rest of the world with evils and mortality.  Martin, an executive on a culinary network, has an accident in Uganda – but he doesn’t come back empty-handed - he brings back fruit.  Andrew, another culinary network employee takes the fruit, grows it and discovers its delicious taste and shares it.

There’s more to the fruit than its beautiful looks and delicious taste though, it brings with it greed, lust for power and more.  Martin wants more for his own personal desires and greed; Andrew wants more as it has become his livelihood.  Traveling to Uganda Andrew discovers the truth behind the fruit as well as getting caught up in a military operation and cyber espionage.

Andrew has a decision to make – will he make the right one? Or will greed and obsession take over?

This is my first experience with the author, John Butziger.  Butziger did an excellent job of laying out the plot and introducing the conspiracy theories. He ties everything together, leaving little unanswered but you know there will be more because the secret is out and people never give up – not when faced with wealth, recognition and power.

This was an action packed thriller with a mix of religion, espionage, and human nature.  Complex but easily followed, Butziger created an adventure that will captivate and interest anyone who picks this book to hear.

I liked Scott Thomas as the narrator; he injected excitement and enthusiasm as well as concern and confusion where appropriate.  He is a very good narrator.

There were no production issues with this audio book.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller, mystery or reflection on human nature.  This book will have you considering who you are long after the book ends.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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14 of 18 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Edward J Lambert on 03-06-16

Great Story

Where does The Second Tree rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was the first time I used audiobooks and I dont think I could have picked a better story

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Second Tree?

When Andrew first realized the powers the fruit possesed

What about Scott Thomas’s performance did you like?

He did a good job separating the characters voices so you felt you got to know the characters personally

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this book while commuting to and from work. I found myself sitting in my driveway after arriving home because I wanted to hear another chapter

Any additional comments?

I found this book to be extremely enjoyable. I thought the characters were well developed and the transition between them during the course of the book was smooth and easy to follow.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tony Bough on 12-09-15

A mixture of adventure, conspiracy & the mystical

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

100%! Likeable protagonists with biblical overtones forming a well paced and entertaining book. A great book!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Martin and Andrew. They have their own take on the situation in which they are involved that makes them interesting characters.

Which character – as performed by Scott Thomas – was your favourite?

I thought that all the characters were both well developed and well performed. Great narration in what promises to be a great series.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I did it in two as I was listening on a journey.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com

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