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.
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"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)
100%! Likeable protagonists with biblical overtones forming a well paced and entertaining book. A great book!
I liked Martin and Andrew. They have their own take on the situation in which they are involved that makes them interesting characters.
I thought that all the characters were both well developed and well performed. Great narration in what promises to be a great series.
Yes. I did it in two as I was listening on a journey.
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"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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This was the first time I used audiobooks and I dont think I could have picked a better story
When Andrew first realized the powers the fruit possesed
He did a good job separating the characters voices so you felt you got to know the characters personally
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
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.
"A Great Original Story"
I loved John Butziger's fresh and unique story that takes you around the world and even to Eden. Each chapter built upon the other and kept you intrigued to the very end. Every character was well developed and the story--although fictional--had a realistic feel and knowledgeable background.
Narrator Scott Thomas helps bring this story to it's fullest potential. He does a fine job voicing the multitude of characters as well as the range of ethnicity's, age, and gender. His steady and easy going tone was truly enjoyable to listen to.
Overall this was a fantastic read and I would recommend it.
This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
This book was gripping. Very well written with excellent detail that made it easy to visualize everything that was going on. The story was excellent and kept me interested from start to finish. Perfect ending for the first book in a series as it gives some closure but leaves you wanting more. The narrator also did a great job separating the characters with original voices for all of them. I can't wait for the second book!
The story from beginning to end just rolls and keeps getting better and better, very hard to put down especially after the half way point. It is really amazing to me this is the authors first book because he writes like a seasoned pro, I'm no writer but I've read lots of books especially in this genre and I know when a writer is on point if you will.The overall feel of the book felt like a James Rollins novel so if your into that kind of material you will enjoy this, if your not into Rollins you should still check out Second Tree it has its own unique feel. I can't wait for more from "The Order" series.
Yes there was somewhat of a buildup with and interesting feel to its own part but after the halfway point I could not put it down, it is far more than interesting it is addictive.
Exceptional narration all the way through and a few creepy moments he nailed the voice without distraction. I very much hope he will read the entire series how ever long that will be, a tragedy if he does not.
Yes the climax and ending, I can't and won't give any spoilers I hate them but when things become clear to one of our main characters and his choices I thought was awesome.
Must have more I hate it ended but it ended well.
The uniqueness of the story. I've never read anything like it.
I have no other book I can compare it to. It is its own breed.
No I haven't. I really enjoyed his narration.
I don't want to give the ending away so I will just say that what Andrew has to do is awful.
I recommend this to anyone who wants to read something different from what they're used to.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
"Very enjoyable listen; good story, good narrator"
Maybe before I listen to book two, to refresh my memory since the next book in the series isn't out yet.
Yes, because of its is-it-real?-or-is-it-sci-fi?-ness. I wanted to believe the plot and how amazing the discovery of this fruit was, then some of the healing qualities would just seem too amazing to be true. But, that's what makes the Neoka so amazing. The long description of the history of the fruit's discovery in the middle of the book delayed the action just a little bit. But it was necessary information, so I didn't mind. By the end, I couldn't decide if this plot could actually happen, or if I was using my imagination a little bit.
Even though I hated it, when one of the main characters has a big change in character. I didn't see it coming, but it really made the story that much more terrifying.
Yes, because the author would make me want one outcome, then make me realize that outcome wouldn't be the best. I was torn by the greed vs. morality and there were many suspenseful scenes.
Overall, this book is a good find and a terrific listen. The narration is clear, professional, and enjoyable. I received this book as a gift, thus, I am leaving an honest review.
"I was blown away by the audiobook"
The way the author moved from one location to the other without losing continuity was captivating. The reader did a superb job with inflections and tone.
The intrigue was my favorite part - the book was impossible to "put down."
This is the first one.
I couldn't stop listening once I started.
I've listened to other audiobooks (Tom Clancy, John Grisham) and this was my favorite.
Martin was very greedy all he could think about was all the millions he would make where Andrew wanted to help people,but it went wrong. I enjoyed this story very much. I received this book free from the author or narrator for a honest review and unbiased option via audio book boom
"5 stars all around"
This book gave me chills. The plot is movie worthy. I can't wait for the next one!
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