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Bitter Harvest (Harvest Trilogy, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Michael R. Hicks
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A year has passed since the Sutter Buttes incident. Jack Dawson and Naomi Perrault, having failed to find the elusive bag of lethal New Horizons seed, are fired and the secret agency established under President Curtis to study the harvesters is shut down.

As the harsh controls on biotechnology and genetics research imposed under President Curtis are rescinded by the new President, Naomi is recruited by a self-made billionaire in the pharmaceuticals industry who wants her to continue her original work in developing a food-based delivery system for vaccines. She is thrilled until she discovers that her new colleagues have made far more progress than should have been possible, unless they had samples of the seed from New Horizons to reverse engineer.

While Naomi confronts a horrifying revelation in Los Angeles, Jack heads to India to discover what happened to Dr. Vijay Chidambaram, one of the Earth Defense Society scientists who returned to his homeland after the organization was disbanded. Left in critical condition after a hit and run accident that killed one of his colleagues, Vijay sends Jack to a remote village where he uncovers a terrifying secret.

And in Russia, Army Captain Sergei Mikhailov and his men are sent on a mission into the heart of the country’s grain belt to find out what happened at a shadowy facility where everyone has mysteriously disappeared.

None of them understand the true extent of the horror that is about to be unleashed across the globe, a nightmare they may not be able to stop…

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Born in 1963, Michael Hicks grew up in the age of the Apollo program and spent his youth glued to the television watching the original Star Trek series and other science fiction movies, which continue to be a source of entertainment and inspiration. Having spent the majority of his life as a voracious reader, he has been heavily influenced by writers ranging from Robert Heinlein to Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven, and David Weber to S.M. Stirling. Living in Florida with his beautiful wife, two wonderful stepsons and two mischievous Siberian cats, he now writes novels full-time.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first! 27 April 2013
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After reading the 1st book I actually purchased this one (not like me at all)! I was not disapointed. The story starts a year after the 1st book ended. The story never lets up and again goes hell for leather to a climactic ending. There were some really nice dramatic twists, a couple of which I just didn't see coming at all. I was completely engrossed in the story and found it really difficult to put down.

There is far more action in this book than in the first, but it was true to the nature of the story and felt right for what you are being told.

I can not wait for the third book in this series - come on Michael publish it soon - I can't bear the suspense any longer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Planet earth starts to burn 2 Nov. 2012
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Bitter Harvest, book 2 in the Harvest trilogy by Michael R Hicks with Book 3 scheduled for publication in 2013.

It took me a while to get in to Season of the Harvest, book 1 in the Trilogy, back in 2011. But once in, I found a fast moving, modern, scary crime thriller, with the added zest of a bit of science fiction thrown in to mix things up.

Summary The Harvest books are dealing with a deadly and intelligent insectoid like creature who are able to take over a human body and perfectly mimic the person taken over! It is not known where these creatures originated from, whether they have been lying dormant on earth for millennia or whether they have come from space. What is known is that they can be killed but normally only after they have wiped out 98% of those trying to kill them and as is the way in these situations, some escape..... In book 1 the Harvesters, as we have come to call them, could not reproduce and were working on a way to genetically modify crop seeds that once planted and turned into food for the human population would rewrite the DNA of humans turning them into Harvesters. Jack Dawson and Naomi Perrault and the rest of the EDF along with the US Govt. who finally came to believe in the threat, thought they had solved that problem ........

Bitter Harvest, as one would expect, takes up where the first book left off with out heroes who were declared terrorists by the US Government having been giving their own Agency to track down the missing bag of genetically modified bag of grain seed. It has been a year now and they still haven't managed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes another great novel from Michael Hicks 22 Jun. 2013
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I've not read a Hicks novel that I haven't loved, and this is no exception. As usual, Hicks puts his characters through the ringer, leaving you on the edge of your seat. In this sequel, the characters we've grown to love in Season of the Harvest continue their quest to save the world. Without giving any of the story away, it is another roller coaster ride, the tension (almost stress) rising throughout to its nail-biting conclusion.

The only disappoint is that the third instalment is not yet available! What are we to do?! Keep on writing Mr Hicks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Harvesters are back 5 July 2013
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You just knew that missing bag of corn would fall into the wrong hands. Took a while but sure enough someone decided they could make some money and started selling it to the highest bidders.

The fresh outbreak of Harvester (v2) sees them still annoyingly blobbish, but this time with reproductive powers so they can expand their population numbers expoentially.

How can they be stopped, well the former EDS team, the might of the governments of the world, and some cats come together to attempt to stop the spread, but it's chaos throughout the modern world, and the human population is in real danger of being wiped out.

The story is once again well written, absorbing, I find with most of Mr Hicks books that I find it a real struggle to put down, if you read the first book you should read this one, although it is a trilogy, and you will need to invest your hard earned coin in the final act.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bitter taste 4 Dec. 2013
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I found the read difficult and stodgy. The characters for me were superficial and I found I didn't care for them.
The plot seems to leap from one end of the globe to the next without regard for logistics or realistic timing.

The characters time after time flounder into one deadly encounter after another - perhaps very brave ; but little depth given to the situation or recognition of how individuals would actually behave as humans.
I found I just didn't believe the characters or care much for them.

Plot wise, the whole shape shifting bit scross genre is wearing a bit thin in terms of novelty and is overused as a convenient plot mechanism. Could have done with more character development, seemed that aliens were simply one dimensional "out to kill all humans and must take over our planet" types. No explanation as to why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars drags you in 24 April 2013
By Harris
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading the first book I was completely captivated. The story sucked me in and I found the characters very well put together. So after finishing the first. I had to have the second. And I was not disappointed. A brilliant read. Well worth the money. I cant wait for the third.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel 26 Mar. 2013
By Hooty
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This book is definitely one for all the conspiracy theorists out there who believe that Gm is not a good step. Scary and fast paced, a thoroughly enjoyable read. A great follow on to the first in the series.
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