New Vision: ‘The Second Tree’ a “captivating tale”

New Vision: The Second Tree, a captivating tale of two different worldsUganda’s most widely-circulated newspaper, New Vision, just wrote a great review of my book ‘The Second Tree’!  The review is great and mentions the movie and our film partners at AFWS!

My favorite lines from the article:

“In a story of fascinating intrigue and unrelenting greed…”

“Adventure, intrigue, fun, voracity permeate through this captivating story that successfully marries two otherwise different worlds. From the rustic depths of Rwenzori to the posh suburbia of Manhattan, Butziger’s fast-paced narrative transcends national boundaries, reflecting the challenges of human folly and the struggles of daily living.”

“Through lively characters and a bubbly atmosphere, Butziger’s work is one roller-coaster ride of intense emotion and heart stopping suspense. Some chapters end just when your mind is racing with questions: “what happens next?”, “did he get up from the fall,?” did he break his limbs?”.”

“It is this tendency to hold the reader to ransom that keeps you wanting to turn the pages.”

“You will enjoy the plot of this story as much as you will the descriptive, very colourful style of its author.”

Read the full review from New VisionThe Second Tree, a captivating tale of two different worlds

Mama Luvs Books recommends ‘The Second Tree’

Mama Luvs BooksThanks to Tony and Kristin Wheeler for the great review of ‘The Second Tree’!

“The book tells a story as old as the devil tempting Adam and Eve with a forbidden apple but in a layered and compelling way.”
– Tony Wheeler

Kristin’s site, Mama Luvs Books, is a site devoted to providing parenting tips, giveaways, book reviews, product reviews, and personal posts.

Kristin Wheeler is a Rhode Islander who was an educator of eight years, has a Masters in Middle School Education. In her own words, she’s a “mom, wife, blogger, and social media community manager who enjoys and tries to balance it all!”

Read the full review from Mama Luvs BooksThe Second Tree by John Butziger.

Kirkus Review and Other Stuff

Wow – A lot of activity lately, and a lot of irons in the fire! Marketing a book is a lot of work, and it seems like you need to take a shotgun approach.

First, the Kirkus review of ‘The Second Tree’ – it was great! Kirkus is one of the two main book review journals in the US. View the full review on the Kirkus website.

Here are some excerpts:

“Greed, exclusivity and rampant, aggressive commercialization are all themes brilliantly explored in Butziger’s brisk narrative…”

“…the fiery final confrontation is a captivating end to the first volume of this mystical-thriller series.”

“An immensely promising start to a new thriller series.”

-Kirkus Reviews

Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads have been great too.

The book is also now for sale at