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Poisoned Soil [Kindle Edition]

T. Young
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A First Class Thriller! - The Kindle Book Review

A Cherokee curse and a hunger for success wreak havoc in this ambitious supernatural tale. The bright spots of true suspense will satisfy readers looking for a grim, inventive thriller. - Kirkus Reviews

You will enjoy every minute that you’re reading this book—the characters, the settings, the battles between man and nature, and, of course, that magical realism. With all these elements, this still is a thriller, a real page-turner. Moreover, it’s a very original piece of literature that will leave you thinking…and wondering. - Review

Set in the mountains of Georgia, Poisoned Soil is a harrowing, cinematic story of greed and retribution that follows Blake Savage, a ruined football star who risks everything for a chance to make his fortune. When an egocentric restaurateur offers Blake fame and fortune to produce an illegal delicacy for his exclusive network of secret supper clubs, Blake enters a gilded world. But when the foodies take their first bites of the illicit delicacy an ancient disease resurfaces, unleashing a trail of black death.

A shockingly real drama about how greed entices otherwise good people to make bad decisions, Poisoned Soil appeals to adult readers who enjoy realistic thrillers in the style of Stephen King. For readers who like Barbara Kingsolver's agrarian prose and Garcia Marquez's magical realism, Poisoned Soil weaves a rich Appalachian tapestry and brings the natural world to life through the eyes of a remarkable family held captive on cursed Cherokee land. A very relevant story in this day and age of TEOTWAWKI.

Editorial Reviews


Tim Young's novel Poisoned Soil is a simple story that deals with complex issues.
The prose seems to be an all-American version of magical realism, that Garcia Marquez / Isabel Allende technique of making reality magical and magic real.  You will enjoy every minute that you're reading this book--the characters, the settings, the battles between man and nature, and, of course, that magical realism. With all these elements, this still is a thriller, a real page-turner. Moreover, it's a very original piece of literature that will leave you thinking...and wondering.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1721 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479220213
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harmony Publishing (September 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009EAV6VY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Tim Young's novel Poisoned Soil reminds me of some of Baldacci's home-spun Appalachian thrillers. It's a story about greed, guilt, desperate people, and ethnic justice. It's a simple story that deals with complex issues.

The prose also seems to be an all-American version of magical realism, that Garcia Marquez / Isabel Allende technique of making reality magical and magic real. (Toni Morrison is another American author using the same technique, which actually started with Kafka.) I won't go into detail why this is true about Young's book, but it sets the book above the norm and the bar high for anyone who attempts this.

The spiritual and magical heart of the novel is Angelica, part Cherokee and wife to our tragic protagonist, Blake Savage. He was a star quarterback who suffered a career-ending injury. Denied success on the football field, he becomes greedy and sets out on a campaign to be rich and successful, no matter the cost. He is Faust, not Macbeth. His Devil is his friend, Nick Vegas, the owner of a national chain of restaurants. At first Savage only supplies the restaurants, but Vegas, a Spanish immigrant, sets out to establish some supper clubs based on a product from his homeland. The only problem is that there is no regulation of these clubs, so tainted products can reach the customers' tables. Savage finds himself drawn deeper into a deadly conspiracy as the days pass.

I apologize if this plot appears trivial--it's not. It's my failure as a reviewer. A good writer takes simple events and makes a compelling story. Yes, there is simplicity here, but it's a profound simplicity. I would have enjoyed a bit more characterization of Vegas, his motives, and his background.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Agrarian Thriller? You betcha. September 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Author Tim Young has managed to approach the thriller genre with a fresh voice and an unusual point of view. Poisoned Soil may be filled with characters and plot points not generally associated with fast-paced fiction, such as farmers, celebrity chefs, broken down football stars, and farm-to-table dining, but it stands up alongside stories by authors you already know.

As a sustainable grower himself, Tim has taken what he knows well and added just enough twist to turn what is a mundane day-to-day life for many into a must-read page turner. This one comes highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read November 14, 2012
By Jules
Format:Kindle Edition
Great book, good action, not preachy. I read it in one sitting and it kept me hooked the whole time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book will surprise you November 27, 2012
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This book features excellent writing, a great story, a lot of action, and big surprises. If you're looking for a quick-starter, this book isn't it. I put this book down several times and read something else. I found myself picking it up again after finishing a different book.

Finally, I decided to stick with this book and I'm so glad I did. I'm not a fan of mysticism, witchcraft, zombies and the like, so I was put-off by some of things in the beginning of this book. But once I pushed past my own prejudices, I found this story compelling and fascinating.

Indeed, good writers can take simple ideas and spin them into symphonies of words. Tim Young is a great writer.

I'm not going to give away anything about the story, but the protagonist is one of those people, like most of us, who've done things we're not very proud of, sometimes bad things, but that does not make us bad people. So it is with Blake.

The author does a great job of keeping the real story from us until very late in the book. I found myself thinking -- "Now it all makes sense." I love those eye-opening moments anyway -- and if you do, you'll find this book a very excellent read.

If you find the beginning of it a little slow, don't put it down, stick with it. You'll be glad you did.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it November 18, 2012
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I'm not going to say too much about the storyline of this book, as it has a lot of twists and turns that I don't want to reveal.

Blake, the former football star, is married to Angelica, an earthy woman. Both are of Cherokee descent. The land on which they live was originally owned by Cherokees, but we all know what happened in THAT story. Blake is still reeling from the disappointment of realizing that his greatest days were in high school (because he can't get past it.) Angelica believes that they can have enough by living off of the land. However, Blake has gone behind Angelica's back and is trying to make a quick book. Unfortunately, he's linked his future with a curse.

The writing is superb. I didn't catch on to what was going on almost until the big reveal. Young is able to write from a unique perspective and make it very convincing. As I read, I kept having to remind myself that I wasn't reading the latest Blake Crouch, as Young definitely is in the same vein of talent.

Recommend if you like stories off of the beaten path.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story December 31, 2012
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Well written with interesting twists and turns that continue to pull all the story lines together until the end where it all makes sense. I loved this book, it was shocking,funny sad and thought provoking. Plot was different from any other I have read. I wish there were more than 5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
This book is different. An agrarian thriller with moral issues? Hmm...

Anyway it took three tries before I settled in for the journey. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Poisoned Soil
I really loved this book. It was a different type of book and I was confused through part of it but I'm glad I kept reading it. Iti was very enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by Dawn R
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Really great read. Excellent way to lead around each corner and tie it all together. A sequel is in order i think
Published 6 months ago by Triple Nickel
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
Looking for a thriller? Like suspense? Tired of the status quo in most novels? Then read this! Tim Young is a master writer that will have you on the edge of your chair reading... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tracie Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
An adventure into the dark side of man, the nurturing side of woman, and the vindictiveness of nature. Amazing story.
Published 7 months ago by Jana Boardman
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing read
This book has a well conceived plot. It was fast paced and keeps the reader engaged. Good book to spend a few hours with.
Published 7 months ago by Bobby Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Important words!
I have followed Tim and Liz Young's story since they left the corporate world and became organic farmers in north Georgia, a couple of hours from my home. Read more
Published 8 months ago by David N. Westfall
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling story
Greed drives a man to cause death and suffering to unsuspecting people through exotic food. Do we really know what we are eating?
Published 10 months ago by GrammaSue
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
I have followed Tim for years through his blog and website. I really enjoyed his book The Accidental Farmers. However when he announced a fictional book I was skeptical. Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Henderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying story
I really like the use of suspense. It came off very well. I was half-way through before I truly realized what was happening -- though it was obvious that "something" was... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Melanie Hall
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More About the Author

While flying high over corporate America, Tim Young received a call he couldn't ignore. He shredded his business cards and said goodbye to the conveniences of urban life, to become a farmer and homesteader. Today, Tim is an award-winning cheese maker and author. He lives in Georgia with the most beautiful and caring woman in the world, and a little dog named Alfie that speaks to him in condescending, broken-English.

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