- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 43 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 3, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003YV1F1U
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The Garden of Betrayal Audible – Unabridged
Top Customer Reviews
The book could be improved by a better development of settings, tensioned interpersonal dialogue with the bad guys, and a more generous socioeconomic mix of people. The storyline had me engrossed for 2/3 of the book and then it went bad. When our hero is in big trouble and just about to go under, the super-jews from Mossad save the day. Where did these guys come from? I don't know how many times I've seen this corny plot element in bad books and tired TV shows. These guys can apparently run through NY with automatic weapons impervious to the local law. The yiddish knuckle busters understand geopolitics, technology and can pull political levers. They operate as illegal spies within America and are loved by all. For me, it was like a pin popped the balloon when this hackneyed plot element rolled in on a white van. It seems the author got tired and needed to end the book.
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The book set out to be a topical engaging thriller set in the world of high finance, that both entertains and educates. This is not easy to pull off. But the fact that it is difficult, does not justify the author essentially giving up at half time. I think he ran out of time and energy. The author almost suggests as much in the acknowledgments. Its too bad. After all that work, he basicly threw in the towel.
In the acknowledgements, the author says the second book is the hard one. Its sort of an apology as the author is explaining he knows he dropped the ball. Its strange because this is not an author who needs the money, or needs to be beholden to the time pressure imposed by an editor.
Another thing I suspect is that this book is written to try to get picked up for a movie. This explains all the extraneous violence introduced to the main character, previously a believable seemingly normal professional.
Even thought I was ultimately disappointed, I enjoyed the book. I will read his next book. . Its exactly the kind of book I like, but I hope the author is more disciplined on his next effort.
Kyle's father oil analyst Mark Wallace is considered an energy guru on Wall St. However, he finds the recent international scene disturbing. In the Baltic terrorists blow up the pipeline that delivered oil from Russia to Germany. He meets Theresa Roxas who gives Mark information on the Saudis oil reserve that she apparently received form a US senator. Mark's friend hedge-fund player Alex Coleman obtained the same data, but he is found dead in his bathtub. Meanwhile NYPD detective Reggie Kinnard continues when he can to work the now cold case of Kyle's abduction; recently he has begin to link the snatch to Mark's work.
The Garden of Betrayal is an exhilarating financial international thriller that never decides between a family drama and a conspiracy novel. The insight into the finance world is clever especially the brilliant setup that looks like a class in Advanced International Finance 401; while the grieving Wallace trio comes across as genuine. Although the convergence of the two subplots occurs too early, which leaves a long denouement that feels padded; sub-genre fans will appreciate Lee Vance's thriller (see Restitution).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another book I bought upon a recommendation (again, I think from The Economist) was "Garden of Betrayal", by Lee Vance. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Asher Gabbay
The bare bones of the plot are quite good and the world conjured up is seemingly based on knowledge as the author used to work for Goldman Sachs. Read morePublished on March 7, 2012 by N. C. Cox
He is one of my favorite authors. Never disappoints. LOOK FOR THIS AUTHOR WHEN YOU WANT TO SETTLE DOWN WITH A GOOD BOOK>Published on October 23, 2011 by Paula I. Wiesner
This is a nicely written, informative page turner. It rises above the genre in its portrayal of the family dynamics when a child is lost; it gives substance to the reader's... Read morePublished on August 15, 2011 by algo41
The current upheavals in the Middle East and the West's dependence on its oil is a reminder of the geo-political importance of the `black stuff'. Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by Ian Hunter
This is a sluggish, overly complicated thriller which takes a very long time to get going and then becomes immensely silly once it does. Read morePublished on March 12, 2011 by Julia Flyte
The different parts that comprise the whole in this book are varied and make for a truly absorbing story. Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Linda Rockhill
I found this a good read with a lot of interesting information about energy, especially the oil business, and the financial world. Read morePublished on December 28, 2010 by effnut
This book really starts strongly, and around page 40 I was going to give it 5 stars. Then it just falls apart. Read morePublished on December 19, 2010 by D. C. Carrad