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Drift: A Thriller (Doyle Carrick) Mass Market Paperback – April 29, 2014
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Jon McGoran is a writer to watch. His effortless prose keeps his quirky characters ripping through a tricky plot that's as unusual as it is original. Drift is a winner.” ―F. Paul Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Dark at the End
“Drift is a compelling and devious novel from a powerful new voice in thriller fiction. Jon McGoran has the chops to become one of the greats!” ―Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Assassin's Code
“A crisp organic thriller, freshly picked, and pickled with action… you'll never look at an apple the same way again.” ―William Lashner, New York Times bestselling author of Blood and Bone
“Jon McGoran's wry narrative is on full display in Drift, a fun tale that follows the exploits of suspended detective Doyle Carrick, who learns the hard way not to stick his nose in his neighbors' business.” ―Steve Alten, New York Times bestselling author of MEG and The Omega Project
“Cops, drugs, plenty of action. Drift is written with style and verve. Do yourself a favor and read this tough thriller.” ―John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author of Serial
“Gripping, chilling and written with aplomb. Packed with plot twists and palpable tension; it's Lee Child's Killing Floor with a smart-aleck Reacher. Genuinely unputdownable.” ―Owen Laukkanen, bestselling author of The Professionals
“Take the best parts of a Crichton technothriller, make it noir like Chandler and you've got Drift…a terrific read.” ―Brad Parks, Shamus- and Nero-Award-winning author of The Good Cop
“Blends a ripped-from-the-headlines premise with a cutting-edge mystery and relentless action. A timely, terrifying environmental thriller, Drift will make you think twice the next time you fill your cart at the grocery store.” ―Karen Dionne, author of Freezing Point
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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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The story works on many levels.
You won't be sorry.
It would make an awesome movie..