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Seeds Of Transition: Book One - The Genesis Project

Seeds Of Transition: Book One - The Genesis Project [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Holland , Kef Hollenbach , Sherry Thoman
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The story begins as a killer cyclone ravages the vulnerable nation of Bangladesh. More than a million people are dead and twice that number homeless. Rice fields, polluted with salt water devastate the food supply. The people of the region face starvation. So begins the largest population shift in recorded history. Many of them will come to America to start a new life.

By the year 2057, extreme weather, caused by climate change, grows more frequent year by year. Super cell tornado and hail bearing storms move through the mid-west destroying millions of acres grain. Twin category five hurricanes hit the east coast, taking out tens of thousands of fruit trees, and crippling poultry and pork farms. While residents travel inland to rebuild their lives, the nation’s cities suffer. Population stress and food shortages make life in the cities more difficult.

As food becomes harder to grow, the price of food rises. America’s families struggle to buy food. Global food security is at risk and people look to leadership for help. A group of unlikely heroes comes together to form the Genesis Project. Each character, from different lifestyles and cultural backgrounds come together to perform the experiment. They will have to act quickly because time is running out.

Dr. Jarod Farra is one of those characters. An assistant professor of agriculture at Cornell University, he is driven by his passion to find better ways to grow food. Jarod will help find the answers that make the difference. Together, the team at the Genesis Project will strive to change the world.

About the Author

Carolyn Holland grew up during the 70’s in the coastal wetlands of North Carolina in a small, rural fishing village. She married right after high school and started her family, in the same community where she grew up. Though life took her to other places, she lived in the Appalachians for a time and later in Alabama, she found herself drawn back to her roots in Coastal North Carolina. With her three children grown now, she resides there still with her husband James Holland, a retired US Marine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 363 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: internet marketing KY, LLC; 2 edition (31 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,331,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More that expected 2 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Seeds of Transition is the first book of The Genesis Project series. It's set in a future world which could be possible. Because of climate change weather is becoming increasingly severe, and more and more crops are failing causing wide spread food shortages and a rise is food prices. The government in America are trying to come up with a solution, and that's where the Genesis project come in. A carefully managed farm in a controlled environment, a sort of giant greenhouse with every type of gadgetry you could think of to create the perfect environment to grow plants and support animal life.

When I found out this was the first in series I couldn't quite get my head around the idea that it could make enough of a plot to be more than one book. At least not without minute detail which might be a bit tedious.

In a way I was right. There was quite a lot more to the plot than the central theme of transforming farming to cope with a new need. There were a fair few little sub-plots which weren't terribly related. As we saw the Genesis Project through Jarod's eyes we did see a lot of his life in general, and that would have been unrealistic if it was all about work and nothing more personal. Maybe the personal took up a bit too much of the plot, but at the same time it was a nice plot in itself, and provided some light relief. There was one of these extra plot lines that I didn't really understand the inclusion of, however, especially as it came at a time when other parts of the plot were really grabbing my attention.

The chapters were split up into two stories (generally speaking) that of the president, and that of Jarod.
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1.0 out of 5 stars America to save the world! Yawn... 7 Jan 2014
Disclaimer: I have received a copy of this book as a gift

This book is set in the near future where there are more than 10 billion people on our planet. It takes on some of the issues that dominate our changing and growing world which we can all relate to as this is the way we are heading towards. We see this happen around us every day. Climate disasters such as flooding, storms are already occurring and of course the ever-growing human population, so nothing new there so far. This story however shows us possible ways for the future (human) generations to cope and adapt and could have been an interesting subject.

However reading this book felt like watching a bad Hollywood disaster movie whereby America once again is the center of the story, the world and its solution. There was nothing new, nothing original.
I also didn't like the sense of danger throughout and the harsh writing style used. It felt as if I was reading a manual or document rather than fiction. If you want to use these themes in Fiction you really have to come up with better ideas. People read fiction because they want escapism from every day life and only the best authors can tackle such serious problems such as these.

The Genesis project is about how to make food in special greenhouses so the American people will not starve! The US government has started recruiting bringing people in from all over the world to the main focus of this book, of course; America, to help with their new project of growing food for everyone and to save the world from starvation. Honestly, is that the solution?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hopeful Story 8 Jan 2014
By Linda Yoshida - Published on
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Seeds of Transition is a familiar story, or at least one that many authors are currently attempting to write. With our planet undergoing weather changes and food shortage around the world, there are a dozen reasons for each of us to be concerned about our future. Thus this story takes into account the emotions of the author, which are timely, honest, and legitimate in every regard. We're ever hopeful that heroes will arise and give faith and new direction to survivors. This has been the case with terrorism, the World Trade Center and tsunamis throughout Asia. That is why I was delighted with the direction this story took. Holland knows how to express herself through well-chosen words, colorful scenes and interesting characters. She has an active imagination that will go far in future books. However, the "Genesis Project" is just that. A short beginning that needs greater attention to details, consistency between chapters, and a qualified editor to prevent distracting errors. I would have loved to have given this book 5 stars due to the subject matter and overall intent of the author. Unfortunately, I have no choice when asked for an honest opinion other than to provide a fair rating.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 10 billion people in the world and they are running out of food. You have to be practically rich to buy meat. 9 Nov 2013
By Nancy Allen (The Avid Reader) - Published on
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I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.
The temperature all over the world is rising and causing all kinds of storms. It is having a big effect on the food. There are like 10 billion people in the world and not enough food to go around or at the least there is a shortage. The change in climate is effecting the growth of food. Fruits and meat are getting very hard to come by. You almost have to be rich just to be able to buy any kind of meat. The average working class family could not afford it. And without meat the children are getting sick. The US has started a recruitment to bring people from all over the world to America to help with their new project of growing food for everyone.
Ghazi and his brothers stand in line for a few days waiting to get in and signed up and hopefully are picked to go to America. When they get the news that they have been chosen to go to America they are ecstatic. Once they arrive in America they would then have jobs waiting for them. Ghazi had lost his job and couldn't find another one and this is why he wanted to take his family to America. Ghazi with his wife, Alala and his son Jarood along with his brothers and their families were all chosen to go to America and work. Years later Jarod was recruited by the president to help with a secret project called The Genesis Project. The Genesis Project is a new way they had come up with to grow food as they couldn't grow it in the soil anymore because the change in climate made it impossible.
Ramos had served two terms as governor of Florida and not only did the residents of Florida like how Ramos ran his office but the majority of America did as well. So when he was approached again about running for president he decided to run and he gained 272 electoral votes and won the election and became the 52th president of the United States. He didn't make any promises to do great things; no he made promises to clean up the water and lands, to clean up the air, to stop the prize of food going up and to create new jobs for the people. He did what he thought was the right thing to do and what he thought the people needed. The president, Ramos called Jarod and asked him to work for them on The Genesis Project. Jarod loved everything that they were doing to grow food for the people and wanted to be a part of it. But he just mainly loved doing the work itself.
At the beginning of each chapter there were these little sayings and/or proverbs. They each and every one fit with each chapter. I loved all the sayings themselves. Seeds Of Transition is one those type of stories that could actually come true and may very well be on its way. I think the authors did a great job creating the world in Seeds Of Transition and making it sound so real. You feel for each and every one character as if you are right there beside them. It's like you can feel the rain and the wind as they make their way to a safe place when the storms are happening. You actually feel the fear that they are all feeling because you can just see the roofs being pulled off of the buildings. If you have not read Seeds Of Transition then you need to pick up your copy today.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Plot 22 Sep 2013
By Viviana Ortiz - Published on
Seeds of Transition tells the story of an ever-changing Earth were food scarcity and weather changes are affecting the lives of the people and how unexpected heroes will rise to help solve the problem. Even thou is a short book it contains a lot of interesting material to keep you entertain to the end. I found the concept of the book very interesting and believable, which The Genesis Project (a project/ not the title) being what the story is about and how it fuels the story. The flaws of this book were the lack of fluidity through the chapters, editing issues (text alignment/misspelled words, lack of punctuation) and how it gave you the feeling that some characters were left behind and not talk about anymore. For example, I would have liked to know what happened to the parents of Dr. Farra and US President Ramos (loved the ideas of a latino president, being a latina and all). Overall, the intriguing plot got the best of the story. I'm interested in how this new world would develops and what great stories it will tell. 3.5 stars . Won through Goodread first-reads for honest review
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars seeds of transition 12 Sep 2013
By jenn duffey - Published on
I won this book on goodreads firstreads.
At first I didn't think I would like this book, but it grabbed my attention and held me to the end. I personally never read any books like this before but I am glad I won it so I got the chance to read it. I can't wait to read the next book in the Genesis project series
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 14 Jan 2014
By ladylawyer8650 - Published on
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SEEDS OF TRANSITION has several themes that at fist seem disjointed and unconnected. The author does not help the reader in connecting these themes, but real life experiences are not morphed into a single theme, are they? I gave the book a high rating because the mechanics of good writing are fine, the read is easy, and the book teaches important lessons to its readers.

The book opening is exciting. In the year 2030 a perfect storm cyclone hits Bangladesh, but. the people are prepared and take shelter in an organized manner. The climate changes and weather patterns cause the land to be unable to grow enough food crops to feed all the people. In the USA, Project Genesis has been secretly started aimed to vertical crop growing because world starvation is imminent. In 2057, Jarrod, a Muslim immigrant who lived through the cyclones in Bangladesh, becomes a part of the project. At this point those themes I mentioned are introduced. The author gives detailed descriptions of the project and its importance to the world, but some entity is trying to sabotage the project for reasons not told. Jarrod falls in love, but the affair is sabotaged until later, much later, the couple reunites. The President of the United States, an advocate of Project Genesis, is assassinated, but not killed. Two characters are introduced who have a malevolent intent toward the President and the project. The book ends with more questions than a two year old. But the stage has been properly set for the sequel which I want to read as soon as it becomes available. I forgot to mention the perfect storm twin hurricanes that hit the east coast, chiefly the Carolinas, in May, 2057. The people are prepared, but death and desecration are tremendous because the hurricanes are fickle and become much stronger than could have been anticipated.

The book is written in reporting style, which normally I would not like but find fascinating here. I urge readers to read the book because regardless of its style, it is an amazing read. Thank you, Ms. Holland.
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