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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 the Paperback edition.
“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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'Drift' is a suspense novel set in rural eastern Pennsylvania and deals with the pressures of organic farming, the dangers to food worldwide, and highly connected drug dealers driving around the small town. When Doyle Carrick finds himself in his recently deceased parents' house and falling fast for the charming neighbor woman - he has no idea what he has stepped in the middle of; and that just might cost him and the ones he cares about more than he anticipated.
This was a slick thriller with twists and turns that the reader won't see coming and will have them eagerly trying to figure out what's really happening in this small town in Pennsylvania. The characters were all well written, although I found the romance between Doyle and Nola to be predictable. I liked watching Doyle come to the country as a Philly cop and then see his character change and grow into a much more complex man. The plot was really fascinating with all the topics about organic food, harmful pesticides and government tampering with food. I found it all the more creepy because these things are hot topics in our society today and this type of situation could actually happen (or be happening). The writing was well done with a quick pace and short chapters that held the reader's attention. Although I myself didn't find the topic of the book, mainly the organic versus government food agenda, to be quite up my alley, the mystery and suspense of the book was really well written. I'd definitely recommend this book for fans of the concepts discussed in the book as well as for fans of suspense and mysteries.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I have long been a fan of thrillers, so this book was right up my alley. The story is highly relevant to our current economic situation and the way our food sources impact our economy. The purity of our food, GMOs, organic crops, and their impact on our health and well being is a real hot button issue, so I like the fact that writers are including these kinds of storylines in books. It really made me wonder how much of the book is actually plausible. If things like this really can (or do) happen, it makes me want to become a homesteader!
I really liked both Doyle and Nola as characters. I thought they were well developed, something that can get over looked in a thriller where action is often more important than characters. I particularly liked the interactions between Doyle and Nola. I could not help but snicker that a story that involved Russian thugs also had characters named Moose and Squirrel.
The book was fact paced and engaging. Fans of thrillers will be sure to enjoy this story.
I received a review copy courtesy of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.
On the positive side, Doyle meets the woman who lives across the road from his parents’ property, beautiful Nola Watkins, who has a serious problem with genetically modified crops and a serious interest in organic farming, one that she has turned into a burgeoning business, selling her produce to some markets and food co-ops in Philly, as well as a couple of restaurants and high-end caterers. But she has been under some pressure to sell her property, as most of the people in the area seem to have done, and has been receiving phone calls with nothing on the other end except a dial tone.
The novel is well-written, suspenseful, and cleverly plotted, with an engaging protagonist, at the same time raising important and timely environmental issues. There’s a lot of action, and a lot of leavening humor. The plot twists when they come are unexpected and quite startling, initially requiring a willful suspension of disbelief, but quickly turning into an unexpectedly believable scenario. Fast-paced and very enjoyable, the book is highly recommended.
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