The 13th Target by Mark de Castrique audiobook

The 13th Target

By Mark de Castrique
A Poisoned Pen Press Mystery
Read by Keith Szarabajka

Blackstone Publishing 9781590586174
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Russell Mullins has left intelligence work. When his wife died of cancer, Rusty quit the Secret Service to repurpose his life. He joins a private protection company in Washington, DC, and is assigned to guard Paul Luguire, a Federal Reserve executive and chief liaison with the US Treasury. Mullins and Luguire form a strong friendship. So when a police detective calls in the middle of the night with word of Luguire’s suicide, Mullins doesn’t buy it. His doubts are reinforced by Amanda Church, a former Secret Service colleague now in the Federal Reserve’s cybersecurity unit. She uncovered a suspicious financial transaction initiated by Luguire only days before his death. He authorized the transfer of unrequested funds from the Federal Reserve to a regional bank. Even stranger, after Luguire’s suicide, Amanda finds the transaction has been erased from Federal Reserve records; the regional bank now shows the money wired from an offshore account in the name of Russell Mullins. Someone is setting Rusty up. And when the bank president is murdered, Mullins rockets to the top of the suspect list. In an age of Wall Street meltdowns and a downgraded US credit rating, the secretive Federal Reserve is compromised. Mullins and Church don’t know whom to trust. Evidence points to an external terrorist attack, but the web of deceit appears woven from within and threatens to destroy the heart of America’s financial system. Twelve targets are known. The clock is ticking. What, or who, is the thirteenth?

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Summary

Summary

Russell Mullins has left intelligence work. When his wife died of cancer, Rusty quit the Secret Service to repurpose his life. He joins a private protection company in Washington, DC, and is assigned to guard Paul Luguire, a Federal Reserve executive and chief liaison with the US Treasury. Mullins and Luguire form a strong friendship. So when a police detective calls in the middle of the night with word of Luguire’s suicide, Mullins doesn’t buy it.

His doubts are reinforced by Amanda Church, a former Secret Service colleague now in the Federal Reserve’s cybersecurity unit. She uncovered a suspicious financial transaction initiated by Luguire only days before his death. He authorized the transfer of unrequested funds from the Federal Reserve to a regional bank. Even stranger, after Luguire’s suicide, Amanda finds the transaction has been erased from Federal Reserve records; the regional bank now shows the money wired from an offshore account in the name of Russell Mullins. Someone is setting Rusty up. And when the bank president is murdered, Mullins rockets to the top of the suspect list.

In an age of Wall Street meltdowns and a downgraded US credit rating, the secretive Federal Reserve is compromised. Mullins and Church don’t know whom to trust. Evidence points to an external terrorist attack, but the web of deceit appears woven from within and threatens to destroy the heart of America’s financial system.

Twelve targets are known. The clock is ticking. What, or who, is the thirteenth?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] taut political thriller…Plenty of action, convincing color, and sympathetic bit players—particularly a gutsy female hostage—help maintain reader interest.” Publishers Weekly
“This is a fine, action-packed thriller with a very timely theme. With terrorists, bankers, reporters, and the Secret Service involved, readers will trust no one—not even the reporters—and keep turning the pages.” Booklist
“This intricate thriller from de Castrique offers a good deal of interesting and timely information on the Federal Reserve.” Kirkus Reviews
“A fast-moving mystery that keeps the reader in suspense right to the end…de Castrique’s writing is rich in its approach as he creates a plausible, thought-provoking plot…fantastic.” Reader Views
“A timely thriller…Mark de Castrique provides a fascinating conspiracy tale.” Harriet Klausner

Reviews

Reviews

by Patricia 1/22/2018
Overall Performance
Narration
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Keeps you guessing!

A good whodunnit is always enjoyable, but Mark de Castrique writes a novel that is more than just good. It's a story that grabs your interest from the start and for 10 hours, it's impossible to stop listening to it. This maze of mystery and intrigue is brought to us through the life of Rusty Mullins. Rusty has retired from the Secret Service and is now working for a private security firm. When a good friend of his is thought to have committed suicide, Rusty is convinced it is murder. And now the trail to the center of the maze begins. With his connections, Rusty does his best to find the answers. This story keeps you on your toes with it's incredible cast of characters and fast paced plot. Figuring out the 13 targets, when and where they will hit as well as who is responsible results in a interesting and surprising ending! Always the best when an author can hold your interest and keep you guessing til the end!

Keith Szarabajka is the narrator for this novel. His performance is perfect for this book, giving the story a consistency with both pace and characters throughout the story.

Author

Author Bio: Mark de Castrique

Author Bio: Mark de Castrique

Mark de Castrique is the author of the Washington, DC, political thriller, The 13th Target, and author of the critically acclaimed Barry Clayton and Sam Blackman mystery series, both set in the mountains of his native North Carolina, and as well as mysteries for young adults. He is a veteran of the television and film production industry and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English