By Lawrence Verigin
Genre: Thriller, Lab-Lit
A disillusioned journalist and the grieving daughter of a murdered scientist uncover an immoral and destructive global plot by the largest developer of genetically engineered seed and its parent pharmaceutical conglomerate.
Nick Barnes and Morgan Elles learn that the goal of the man behind these organizations is the complete control of human existence. He eliminates opposition and interference without hesitation or remorse.
The couple quickly find themselves fighting for their lives. And yours.
Grad hold for a wild ride with this exciting, high concept thriller that tackles one of the big issues of our time.
This thriller was interesting due to the idea that genetically grown food can harm rather than help us, something I've felt rather strongly about for years now. Nick and Morgan find themselves embroiled in a cover up of the worst kind as they do their best to reveal the truth about genetically engineered food and how the pharmaceutical companies can benefit from the ill effects such food creates.
Though these facts were interesting, and the beginning started out strong, I felt that there were a few things toward the middle of the story that caused the thrill factor of the book to taper off, and I hate to bring up the cons of the book because I understand the hard work that went into this novel. I hope my critique will be viewed as constructive and taken with a grain of salt.
As they are traveling in Vancouver there is simply, well, quite a bit of traveling, which I wouldn't have minded if there had been more of a connection between Morgan and Nick. I felt like most of their conversations were either superficial in nature, far too short, or centered solely around where to hide and what info they were uncovering.
The dailogue was a bit choppy, and for two people thrown together in such a high stress situation with all of that alone time they spend together you would expect them to grow closer rather than remain uncomfortable acquaintances. I wasn't expecting a budding romance since this is a thriller, but the author mentioned several times Nick's attraction and feelings for Morgan, yet their interactions did little to develop much of a friendship let alone a romance though that was not the focus, and understandably so. I just didn't buy the level of feeling between the two and so the stakes were less high.
The initial realization that Nick is in danger and the events leading up to that were a bit nail biting in nature, which is why I thought the beginning so promising.
I did enjoy the parts where they were being chased or captured. These moments drew my attention and pulled me into the story. I liked Sue, Nick's best friend, and felt a stronger connection to her. She seemed strong, resilient and level headed, willing to tell Nick the hard truth even when it hurt, and in the beginning it did. Nick appeared to be floundering after a journalism experience gone terribly awry. The use of meditation in order to stay centered and in tune with the possible danger around them was an interesting addition. I don't know that it fit in with the tone of the book, but I enjoyed the idea of gaining insight and clarity through meditation.
Traveling in cars or airplanes can be a bit of a gamble for an author because this is sometimes used as a filler to get from scene to scene instead of actually furthering the plot or developing a character. I'm not saying they can't be in a novel, those scenes simply need to further the plot or be briefly mentioned. If we're going to be stuck in an airplane or in a car for any length of time then the conversations, inner dialogue etc. need to do something for the story and take the reader somewhere emotionally. Through all of this traveling I was hoping the conflict would deepen or there would be new dimensions of character weaved into the story, but those scenes failed to do either, and the tension of the situation relaxed when it shouldn't have.
Also, the editing left something to be desired. The beginning of sentences weren't capitalized, the formatting prevented me from being able to tell who was speaking at times, and the author's name kept cropping up in the middle of pages. I'm hoping this was just the end result of a reviewer's copy and not the final product on Amazon.
I really think the whole premise of the book and the point the author wanted to make is solid and noteworthy, but I felt very little for Nick and even less for Morgan. I still can't pinpoint her true character or personality. Unfortunately, I can only give it three stars.
Lawrence Verigin’s goal is to entertain readers while delving into socially relevant subjects that need more attention brought to them. Since 1999 Lawrence has spent a considerable amount of time and effort learning the writing craft.
In his spare time Lawrence enjoys cooking good food, rich red wine, travel, running, reading and numerous rounds of golf.
Lawrence and his wife, Diana, live in beautiful North Vancouver, Canada.
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