Season of The Harvest is a science fiction thriller by Michael R. Hicks. This is the first book of the Harvest Trilogy, but stands on its own. In fact, I haven’t read the next book (but I plan to).
This was another freebie I picked up on Amazon before Christmas and finished off over the break (noticing a pattern here? 8^).
This is an well written novel, and will keep you turning pages. As I write this, it has a well-deserved 4.3 average with 273 reviews on Amazon.
Jack Dawson is an FBI Special Agent. His best friend and fellow agent is brutally murdered at a genetics lab, and Jack gets involved in the investigation against orders. Naomi Perrault, a beautiful geneticist who used to work there is the prime suspect. When Jack is framed for an explosion at an FBI lab, he ends up working with Naomi, and learns the terrifying truth about the genetically engineered seeds his friend was after.
There were a couple of small things in this novel that bothered me in the beginning. Hicks has an annoying habit of unnecessarily explaining acronyms, such as when he says “…headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI”. He could spell it out the first time if he feels it’s necessary, then just go with the acronym from then on. I don’t think anyone will have trouble figuring it out. It’s a minor thing, but it took me out of the story each time.
There’s also an info-dump of the protagonist’s past that could have been better handled by working the details into the story as it unfolds. This would have upped the suspense too.
But once the action got rolling these nitpicks were soon forgotten and I was right there in the story with Jack.
All in all, I recommend this book for anyone who likes techno-thrillers, science fiction and conspiracy theories.