Vengeance of Memory

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 192 ratings

The Sentinel Summary

The action in The Sentinel alternates between the present and the dark winter of 1953, where Comandante Leo Guzmán is head of a secret police unit whose job is to hunt down enemies of the state. Guzmán’s brutal tactics are simple and effective: everyone is suspect.

In 2009, on a blazing summer's day in the hills near Madrid, Ana María Galindez, a Guardia Civil forensic scientist, examines what she thinks is just another Civil War grave. Fifteen bodies are hidden in an abandoned mine shaft, and forensics reveal that the killings took place sometime in the early 1950s. The identity of the suspected murderer? Comandante Leo Guzmán.

Intrigued by Guzmán’s disappearance, Galindez becomes obsessed with tracking down this shadowy killer. As she investigates, she disturbs things which have lain dormant for almost 60 years. Things so compromising that those concerned will stop at nothing to destroy them—and her.

©2012 Mark Oldfield (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • The Sentinel

    • Vengeance of Memory, Book 1
    • By: Mark Oldfield
    • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
    • Length: 20 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 145
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 90
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 90

    In 1953, Comandante Leo Guzmán is head of a secret police unit whose job is to hunt down enemies of the state. Guzmán’s brutal tactics are simple and effective: everyone is suspect. In 2009, on a blazing summer's day in the hills near Madrid, Ana María Galindez, a Guardia Civil forensic scientist, examines what she thinks is just another Civil War grave. Fifteen bodies are hidden in an abandoned mine shaft, and forensics reveal that the killings took place sometime in the early 1950s. The identity of the suspected murderer? Comandante Leo Guzmán.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Simply Unbelievable and fantastic. Easy 5 Star

    • By Gavingks on 01-11-12

    Regular price: £25.99

  • Book 2

    • The Exile

    • Vengeance of Memory, Book 2
    • By: Mark Oldfield
    • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
    • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    A spellbinding second instalment in a trilogy of rare power and narrative scope that unlocks the dark heart of Spain, weaving past and present together to portray a country still scarred by civil war, still riven by fear and hatred, still plagued by secrets that refuse to die. It's 1954. Comandante Guzmán has been posted deep in the Basque country to confront a man known only as 'El Lobo'. Guzmán was last here in the war, though he would rather forget that.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • brilliant listen can t wait doe he final book.

    • By Glenys on 03-02-17

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 3

    • The Dead

    • Vengeance of Memory, Book 3
    • By: Mark Oldfield
    • Narrated by: Nigel Antony
    • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    Madrid, 1982. The dictator is dead, and Guzmán is finally back in the capital. Years of bitter exile in the provinces doing the dirty work for the sinister head of military intelligence have left their mark on the Comandante. He wants out. But he needs money first...and what better way to get it than blackmail? After all, he knows better than anyone where all the bodies are buried.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unputdownable

    • By Meirion on 10-04-18

    Regular price: £18.99