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Seed of Control: Generations to Execute Paperback – November 1, 2016
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"Ex-reporter Nick Barnes must stay one step ahead of an international cartel's assassins while frantically uncovering their plan to control the world in this relevant and gripping thriller that brims with intrigue and plot twists." - Chanticleer Reviews
"Seed of Control succeeds on multiple levels, for while we are entertained through the well-crafted story, we are also challenged on what we believe about the impact of GMO's and pesticides in the food chain and the havoc they may be creating." - North Shore News
"Lawrence has an easy to read but exceptionally descriptive writing style that brings the story to full view in your mind's eye. I highly recommend this book. I cannot wait to read the next book of this trilogy." - Iskra Magazine
"Raises the stakes of the original novel, with the same focus on social commentary mixed with the action of a globe-spanning spy thriller." - Kirkus Reviews
From the Author
Seed of Control is the 2016 Chanticleer CLUE Eco Thriller Award Winner.
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Naintosa is well known for their Genetically Engineered crops, yet evil lies at the heart of this business. As Writer Nick Barnes sets out to expose the truth about Naintosa, he finds himself struggling to avoid numerous attempts on his life. Nick isn't sure who can be trusted. When a surprise arrival up-heaves his life, Nick will face all the more drama.
The main part of the story is narrated by Writer Nick Barnes, an intelligent young man living in San Francisco. The story is set in the early 2000s, just five months after the events of 9/11. Already, this sets the tone for the novel, hinting at conspiracies and further disasters to come.
With many close shaves, fast cars, and gunfights, this is certainly a tale that lives up to its genre. The main theme I got from reading the novel was to 'Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.' When reading through the novel, you are never sure of who Nick can trust. The characters, while witty, lacked personality in my opinion. They were charming, but didn't feel as real as characters from other books that I've read.
There were many tense periods within the book, accompanied by moments of brief calm. This would have been a great combination, were some scenes not dragged out as they were, e.g. the initial golfing scene. The action in this section would have better served the novel if it had occurred sooner in the scene.I was left stunned by the unexpected ending, but for the most part enjoyed this entertaining read.
Author Lawrence Verigin returns with his memorable cast of characters in the sequel of his enthralling thriller/suspense series that focuses on GMOs (genetically modified foods) and the international companies that control their ever-increasing impact on the world’s food supply.
When affable investigative reporter Nick Barnes responds to an urgent request from one of his old colleagues, Summer Perkins, and sets out to meet her in a rundown San Francisco dive bar, he doesn’t expect to find her murdered corpse waiting for him in a darkened booth. With his investigative instincts kicking in hard, Nick returns home and starts making calls trying to discover what story Summer might have been working on that could have gotten her killed.
In short order, Nick’s curiosity puts him squarely in the sights of the ruthless industrialist cartel. His life—along with that of several of his colleagues—is now threatened. Meanwhile, the local cop who is in charge of the investigation into Summer’s murder seems to be getting nowhere fast.
At the urging of his friends, Nick goes into hiding. A wealthy Texas businessman, who has had past personal ties to the cartel and has seen the error of his ways, comes to his aid.The suspense builds as Nick and his cohorts are chased from one safe house to the next as they try to stay one step ahead of the cartel's ruthless killers while they frantically work to uncover the scientific evidence they will need to expose the environmental carnage and famine that the genetically modified seeds will wreak upon the world's population.
Extensively researched, "Seed of Control" is an engrossing suspense thriller that comes with a timely warning about the possibly devastating effects genetically modified plants can have on the world’s fragile environment. The work is a powerful warning about the perils of allowing a few monolithic corporations to control the world’s supply of food, their only motive being profit rather than the health and survival of third and fourth-world at-risk populations.
As the powerful cartel raises the stakes with their unlimited resources and ruthlessness, Nick becomes more determined than ever to expose their secret agenda and their means of implementing it. Nick not only wants to avenge the loss of his beloved friends, but to also protect those in the world who don’t have the power or means to protect themselves against such pervasive and intentional evil masterminds.
Verigin’s "Seed of Control" global-thriller is about a conspiracy plan of unimaginable destruction. This riveting and timely novel brims with international intrigue and surprising plot twists. Highly recommended.
The story focus more on the background. It was quite slow pace. You keep reading and waiting when the final conflict will materialized. I am not saying there’s no action, in fact plenty of them. I just feel that it was unnecessary action. The conflict itself was underwhelming. I mean you expect big fight between the good guys and the bad guys . But that’s not what you get. You get the fight between good guys and bad guys "thugs". I cannot say more without spoiling the story. But at the end, I am not satisfied with the ending. I feel cheated with the ending. Maybe the author want to make big impression with this kind of ending. But for me, it was backfired because it feels quite rush and leave bad taste.
To be honest, I don’t know whether my opinion will change if I read Dark Seed first. But for people whom like to read Seed of Control, I really recommend to read Dark Seed first because it is not an independent story (even if it was not series).
My rating : 3 of 5
Most recent customer reviews
It was face paced and a very enjoyable story.
I hope people read it. Hope there is a sequel to it