I don’t know about you, but I had plenty of fun this week watching the debates and tracking down various news articles. I was almost too ecstatic over the dearth of political punditry to sift through to write something for Friday Fun. But, then I realized, and my wife pointed out, not everyone gleefully consumes politics like I do, and some people don’t want to deal with it at all. Okay, I said, no problem I am sure there is something I can find. Well, it did turn out that I read a nifty little book in the last week.
The book is called Season of the Harvest and it is a science fiction thriller. You know what, for the price on my Kindle it delivered quite the wallop. I always appreciate well thought out plot, without holes I could drive a car through. Add to that very nicely filled out descriptions and dialog that doesn’t come off stilted or just plain dumb and you have the making of a nice little book that conceivably can kill several hours of time, and not just kill them, but leave you entertained at the end. And as Russel Crowe once shouted,
Well, I must say, I was entertained. This novel was full of surprises. It starts out with the brutal murder of a FBI special agent outside a research facility in Lincoln, Nebraska. What is in Lincoln, you ask? Well, Nebraska is the cornhusker state, so I expect you would find buttloads of corn in Nebraska. I wouldn’t be wrong either. There is corn and more corn as far as the eye can see. They have some college football team too, but I don’t think anyone pays much attention to that; not with all that corn they grow for people, animal feed, and ethanol. Some of that corn, in fact a lot of the corn we consume, is or had been genetically modified. The killer was after some seeds that the agent had taken from the lab and was willing to do anything to get them back. The story then moves to the agents best friend, another special agent, who upon learning of his friend’s death starts his own investigation off the books. He is convinced that a geneticist gone missing is behind the murder and is hell-bent on finding her and bringing her to justice.
Well, when the FBI comes under attack, the second agent is listed as a prime suspect for conducting his own rogue investigation into the matter. So, someone is sent to his house to make sure he doesn’t remain a problem or a threat and hilarity and massive amounts of violence ensue. I’ve got to say it does start out a bit slow, but the whole thing picks right up after the background is set up. After that it becomes a thrill ride with a bomb blast, shotgun shell, or HK going off every other page.
So get to harvesting if you are in the mood for some good reading this weekend.