You Are What You Eat...
At a genetics lab where a revolutionary strain of corn is being developed, FBI Special Agent Jack Dawson's best friend and fellow agent is brutally murdered, his body torn apart. Jack is convinced that Naomi Perrault, a beautiful geneticist and suspected terrorist, is behind the murder. But when Jack is framed for setting off a bomb that devastates the FBI lab in Quantico, Naomi becomes Jack's only hope of survival.
Confronted by the terrifying truth of what the genetically engineered seeds stolen by his friend are truly for and who is really behind them, Jack joins Naomi in a desperate fight across half the globe to save humanity from extermination....
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The story is X-Files meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers with The Thing thrown in for good measure. Nothing good can come from Big Pharma and Big Agro in cahoots with desperate, ruthless aliens. And when the aliens exist among us undetected in strategic government and law enforcement positions... what can stop them? Season of Harvest has an interesting premise centering on the real life explosion of genetically modified food. There is action and some suspense but the story is somewhat weakened by the "romance" of the two main characters which seems forced. There are other parts that also did not feel genuine to me, like the missile silo/research stations. And I did not ‘feel’ the cat angle either. It was well worth my time and credit but it left me feeling it could have been better. Overall a 3.7.
The way The narrator made the characters come alive. and the tone and inflection he gave the voices for the characters.
The research that went into it. The way Michael meshed reality with science fiction. And the cats.
The dream scene with Jack and Sheldon where the music and talking were everywhere. The affection between the two gave me insights into both the characters that made them relatable and real. (It's hard to pick one. The scene where Alexander lands on Jack's chest eliciting the quote, "Hello you big dummy," Is pretty grin worthy, too.)
The scene with Monica Ripley and Carl Richards in the hospital where he read to her while she died. Such strength and compassion in that scene, I nearly cried.
This book was awesome-so much so that we nearly got in trouble at work for reading it. It was very hard to pick our favorite scenes because there were more than a few that stood out for usWe're definitely looking forward to the next one, and the third after that. :)
That's easy Top 5 but I have just got started on Audible...
Obviously the main character the hero, but also Richards.... as best supporting actor
The scene with the 3 FBI agents knocking on our heros door, a fellow agent, and he allows them in for questioning
I did listen in one sitting
actually really really enjoyed this story, so much so that I immediately looked for the sequel on audible. Unfortunately that wasn't available but enough with my problems. The story opens with an intense scene I will not spoil for you. The narration is fantastic truly, I listened to another audiobook right after this one and didn't know how fortunate I was. The story isn't bad either, but the pace of that story is what makes it special. I deeply cared for the hero in the story so Hicks did his job there and I'm very much into fringe topics and conspiracy so I didn't have a problem with the plot. If you're not into fringe, conspiracy etc... this isn't a book for you.
I did have some issues delving deeper into the book in respect to the antagonists. I would have liked more back story and explanation on them. You are just left with the you know what the characters have found out about them motif. I expect a little more than that, a fairly large gripe on my part and the antagonists themselves weren't that well thought out. Certain attributes they possess and talents they use don't seem to work without an explanation that you aren't given. Basically you just have to accept them for what they are and what little are known about them. Also there are major major world events taking place here that are far fetched.
The good news is that the pace of the story and the telling of it is really so good that I came out of this more than satisfied with the listen. Quite entertaining and the story gets in and gets moving.
It's scary how much this story could be happening, right now! I happened upon Season of the Harvest by accident and I'm SO GLAD I found it. This very believable book has it all, great narration, characters, suspense, terror, mystery and romance. Can't wait to read the second book. I wish audible would add it to their library, but I bought the Kindle version just in case they don't : ) LOVED IT!
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