- Series: Doyle Carrick (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Forge Books; 1 edition (July 9, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765334704
- ISBN-13: 978-0765334701
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,259,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drift: A Thriller (Doyle Carrick) Hardcover – July 9, 2013
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Doyle Carrick is not having a good year. First, he buries his mother, and then he gets suspended from his job as a Philadelphia narcotics cop. He decides to take the forced time off to settle his parents’ affairs at the farmhouse they had bought in rural Pennsylvania. Surprises await; he discovers a young farmhand staying in the house, spots some known drug dealers driving around town, and finds a couple of burned-down meth houses in the not-so-idyllic burg. He falls for his neighbor, a passionate young woman trying to make a go of her organic farm, and she educates Carrick on the genetically modified food industry. Being on suspension doesn’t seem to stop Carrick from investigating the drug dealers in his new neighborhood, and the local sheriff doesn’t take kindly to the interference. This biotech thriller delivers a complex Frankenfood story, with lots of twists and turns leading to a startling ending. Readers who enjoy Michael Crichton or like Paul McEuen’s Spiral (2011), or even the nonfiction biothrillers by Richard Preston, will find much to enjoy here. --Stacy Alesi
"McGoran impressively integrates concerns about genetically modified produce with an action-filled storyline and fleshed-out characters...The disturbing, but scientifically plausible, secret at the heart of the bad guys' schemes is an original one, and McGoran makes the most of it."
~ Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This biotech thriller delivers a complex Frankenfood story, with lots of twists and turns leading to a startling ending. Readers who enjoy Michael Crichton or liked Paul McEuen's Spiral, or even the nonfiction biothrillers by Richard Preston, will find much to enjoy here."
"...a deep-dyed conspiracy to genetically modify innocuous crops like apples and corn in ways that will make your head spin... Drug dealers, suspect developers, Russian gangsters, mad scientists--Dunston's got them all, and McGoran's debut piles on the menace as if there were no tomorrow, which maybe there isn't."
"This is a rare rip-roaring read that's also about something very serious--in this case, genetically modified foods. It's somehow both escapist fun and a scary real-life wake-up call."
"Strong characters heighten the tension of every interaction, make the plot more believable, and make it that much easier to become fully invested in the story. They're what elevate Drift from Thriller to Damn Good Thriller. And they're a big part of what will make me first in line for his next book."
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Jon McGoran delivers engaging, just-flawed-enough "good guys," believable "bad guys" with no socially redeeming qualities at all -- there isn't even proof that they were ever good to their mothers -- some well-meaning jerks, at least one jerk who isn't well meaning, and a few ordinary people you'd like to live next door to. He also delivers a whopping whodunit. Every time I thought I had it figured out, I found out I had it wrong! Up until the last time, at least. But that was only about 10 pages before the reveal, so I'm not sure that one counts. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a fast read, and I was educated about organics and GMOs along the way. But don't let the education part scare you; it's done in context and in ways that continue to propel the story forward. And to give you a hint how much I enjoyed it, I've preordered his next book, "Deadout." If you love action-packed mysteries, this one's for you!
Don't try and figure this review out, it's nowhere as interesting as the book. Buy it. Enjoy it. Pass it around. You'll thank me.
What I liked:
The main character, Doyle Carrick, was a very real personality. He was troubled by the deaths of his parents, and somehow reluctant to examine his feelings about it. In that, he was a lot like most of us. Doyle's internal thoughts were snappy, entertaining, and humorous, and I found myself liking him a lot.
The mystery involved kept me turning the pages, and the action made me turn them even faster. I really liked how Doyle didn't think too long before he took action. What was right, was right, so he just went right along and dispensed justice.
McGoran didn't let the social issues outweigh the entertainment value. Consequently, I enjoyed the story a lot while becoming more aware of the problems with genetically altered products.
What I didn't like:
I'm really excited to read more books by Jon McGoran. He's got a golden pen as far as I'm concerned.
I found DRIFT (an excellent and very appropriate title, by the way…) to be compelling and entertaining on a number of fronts, not the least of which was centering the mystery around GMOs. McGoran successfully instructed me on a foreign subject matter without slowing the pace of the story and/or dumping paragraphs of information. I loved the small town setting and the suspended/powerless cop vs. Sheriff struggle early on, and the transformation of their relationship. Tightly paced, great characters and a fascinating mystery. I’m looking forward to McGoran’s next book, the sequel to DRIFT, entitled, DEADOUT, coming summer 2014.
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