I have to say that I am finding some of the best writing talent on Twitter! I will only mention Mr. Hicks here, of course, but I wished I had used social media sooner.
I happened to catch a tweet from this author and was intrigued, Checking out his site I saw this gem of a book. I am a sucker for disaster in the making from plagues to quakes and conspiracy to monsters, whatever. I DL’d Season Of The Harvest and am happy to report that I loved it.
Here is the book summary: What if the genetically modified crops that we’re being forced to depend on for food weren’t really created by man? What if they had a far more sinister purpose?
FBI Special Agent Jack Dawson investigates the gruesome murder of his best friend and fellow agent who had been pursuing a group of eco-terrorists. The group’s leader, Naomi Perrault, is a beautiful geneticist who Jack believes conspired to kill his friend, and is claiming that a major international conglomerate developing genetically engineered crops is plotting a sinister transformation of our world that will lead humanity to extinction. As Jack is drawn into a quietly raging war that suddenly explodes onto the front pages of the news, he discovers that her claims may not be so outrageous after all. Together, the two of them must battle a horror Jack could never have imagined, with the fate of all life on Earth hanging in the balance..
From the suspenseful opening of the story, you realize you are not dealing with a human conspiracy. At least, not completely human. Don’t let that fool you into thinking this is just another alien invasion-type story, because it is definitely not just that. A conspiracy ranging decades with the science of genetics and human imposters holding powerful positions at it’s core, humans have found an all too willing place in the upcoming disaster. The use of genetically modified grain is commonplace. These modifications create pesticide and pest resistant crops as well as a bigger harvest. This is real life, not fiction and Michael R. Hicks makes sure you understand it well. This adds to the story as you follow Agent Dawson on his quest to find a killer. Unfortunately for him, it’s not that simple. An organization that was founded to stop grain that has been genetically modified with a retrovirus of unknown purpose is blamed for bomb attacks used to assassinate key people. They are Dawson’s only source of answers but are they crazy eco-terrorists or our only hope?
I am always unwilling to give plot away in my reviews so I will say only that this is an action filled story with creepy undertones and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I will end this with a direct quote from Mr. Hicks; “You are what you eat”.