There are many good points made in this book, particularly about factory farming and the "unseen" costs of our food production to the environment and the lives of people who live and work or or near these farms. They also allude to some regulatory issues, mosty here in the US. The authors are also fair in their discussion of how buying from nearby sources may not in fact be as environmentally or ethically sound as buying imported foods, and raise some questions about "organic" and the extent to which we can trust that label. And of course they do remind us that eating lower on the food chain has unquestionable value. It's just that they really have a totally one-sided view toward killing of any animal for food, and make sure to paint the ugliest picture possible. Yes, many of the practices they menion are abhorrent, but I didn't hear any good suggestions from them about how it could/should be done differently .. except that they tell us to buy Tofurkey for Thanksgiving. They push their "moral" views so hard that I felt my back going up. I noticed myself surprised when they made a statement that was apolitical or didn't seem to serve their point, but I had the feeling that they put those in just so they could say "see, we're showin both sides." I think this book might guilt a small number of people into becoming vegans, but I don't see it having the kind of influence needed to change the way food is produced in the US. I think it should have been entitled "The Way You Eat" as they claim to be exempt. And about waste of "outdated" food from groceries, they did not address whether stores, made by law to discard outdated food, are able to give that food away.
Read it with the understanding that this is a sales job.
This is the first time I've listened to a Harlan Coben story that was outside his normal Bolitar series and it is debatable that i will give him "another chance." His light-weight, simplistic narration style does not lend itself to this intentionally convoluted tale. Our main character is a disfunctional woman officer who is stuck in a 20 year old past. Suddenly "things" happen so she can unravel and resolve issues ... it is all very amateurish. At one point when people's lives are at stake and she is hot on a trail of kidnappers, she pulls off to make a personal side-trip, abandoning all that is urgent to "take care" of something that can clearly wait. Even the ending, which was supposed to leave us "wondering" instead gave me the feeling that the author just didn't know how to write a decent ending so he dropped it.
I wanted to like the characters .... uh, not so much. A few smatterings of humanity here and there, but overall they are forgettable.
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