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Spy Thriller: An Involuntary Spy: An Espionage Thriller (Involuntary Spy Espionage Thriller Series Book 1) by [Eade, Kenneth]
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  1. "Eade's skill with writing dialog is brilliant. His technique for propelling a story forward is second to none. Bind a controversial subject about the environment, the unraveling problems of US governmental secrecy, the transparency of the Internet, and a good old-fashioned thriller and you have Kenneth's next step into prominence in the public's eye." Grady Harp, Literary Afficionado
  2. "Any who want a more realistic, modern-day James Bond complete with contemporary ethical concerns will find themselves held hostage to the fast action and intrigue in An Involuntary Spy, right up to the satisfyingly-unpredictable conclusion made all the more powerful for its real basis in today's uncertain experiments, compliments of Monsanto, Dow and other genetic manipulators."  D.Donovan, Midwest Book Review
  3. Eade's use of alternating chapters between Seth's altered life and the events that lead up to it - is not only a clever literary tool, but it also keeps readers entirely engaged. Nominated for a 2014 Rone Award in mysteries/thrillers, An Involuntary Spy is absolutely riveting, suspenseful, and an eye-opener to the controversial effects of genetically engineered food.  San Francisco Book Review
  4. "There's nothing better than spending a lazy afternoon with a cup of hot chocolate and an action-packed thriller that can help you forget about your surroundings and take you to a world of spies, agents, and unlikely heroes. If you plan on spending such an afternoon, then "An Involuntary Spy" is one of the best choices you can make. Adventure, corruption, passion, excitement, and an average guy who never thought his perfectly normal job would get him into so much trouble. What more could you ask for?"  Ross Winters, Bubblews
  5. Named one of 100 best science fiction novels by IMustRead.com, "One of the best science fiction books, a tale of espionage, conspiracy and intrigue. Keth Rogan, a biologist, is forced to become a spy. In a sequence of events that force him to act, in order to do the right thing, and fight forces far more powerful than him."

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   Thanks for considering my books.  Please go to my web site at kennetheade.com, sign up for my mailing list, and I will send you a free Kindle download.
       "I always try to tell a good story, one with a compelling plot that will keep the pages turning. That is my first and primary goal. Sometimes I can tackle an issue-homelessness, tobacco litigation, insurance fraud, the death penalty-and wrap a good story around it." -John Grisham.  That is the idea behind this book, which I hope does both.  In fact, this book is being used as course reference material for a sustainability course at Columbia University on the subject of food ethics, which proves that fiction can be used to teach useful concepts.
       When I wrote this book, I sought to write an action packed political thriller that was not the "same old thing."  Instead of Americans going after evil Russians or terrorists who are out to destroy the world, this book is about real things that could really happen in today's political context of government corruption and the revolving door and genetically engineered foods.  
         Although this book is fiction, and you can decide for yourself which side of the GMO controversy to be on, I hope that it makes you question how much control the people have given up of their government.  I also hope it gives you an idea of the critical mass our world environment is nearing.  Finally, I hope that it entertains you.
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  1. "It just could be that this book breaks the real life controversy wide open. There are untold mysteries that may not be known for decades. Altering the foods we eat can not be done without consequences. If natural is best for human health, GMOs are the worst."  Barbara Stanley, Atlanta Health Examiner
  2. 'An Involuntary Spy' is an action-packed political suspense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Once you start reading it, you won't be able to put it down, because the amazing writing and the likeable characters will pull you in from the first chapter. There is adventure, romance, passion, and excitement. All these elements turn Eade's book into a real roller-coaster.  Jo Ammons, NY Books Examiner
 

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  • File Size: 2813 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Times Square Publishing; 15 edition (December 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GQPBLZ6
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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 12, 2014
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Kenneth Eade may be best known to readers as the author of BLESS THE BEES: THE PENDING EXTINCTION OF OUR POLLINATORS AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO STOP IT, and A BEE, SEE: WHO ARE OUR POLLINATORS AND WHY ARE THEY IN TROUBLE? - two superlative books about his concern for our environment, a topic he takes to the top level in this superb novel. Eade is an international business lawyer, based in Los Angeles, specializing in international law, Internet Law, appeals and complex litigation. He is a member of the Bar of California, the federal District Court for the Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. He holds a Juris Doctor in Law from Southwestern University School of Law, and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge. He is also an accomplished filmmaker and a freelance writer for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and an environmentalist.

And given this introduction it should not come as a surprise that he now adds the crown of rising suspense thriller to his resume. THE INVOLUNTARY SPY takes his concern about environmental concerns, weaves that into a story about the dangers of genetically engineered food, teaches the reader about GMO (`A genetically engineered organism, or GMO, as it is commonly referred to, is a plant or animal of one species whose DNA is genetically altered in a laboratory by inserting into it genes from a different species, in order to breed a trait in that organism that does not exist in nature.'), and then further informs us how the government is covering up such information from the public for the sake of favoring the corporate wealthy.
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I thought this had an outstanding plot and more real than we could even think. The author points at the end I agree with a lot of what he said. I almost put it down when it got so technical and I felt it was over my head. I felt the author could have got the point across better had he toned it down a little.

With that said if you take most of the technical out it was an outstanding read. With some wonderful characters and a few twist you do not see coming. Others you expect but there is a few in there I thought would go another way. Once I over looked the technical things I really enjoyed the listen.

I thought the narrator has a smooth voice and I did enjoy listening to him. I felt he brought out the tones great for the characters. I really liked Seth and a few others. There are a few wonderful characters that you grow to care about. Some that will surprised you I know they did me.

Honestly if I had read this and not listen to it on audio I would have skip a lot of it. Listening to it on audio I feel sure made this a much better read. The author does give us a powerful message and one that you might want to take a look at. Seth is a bad spy but gets his points across and doesn't back down from what he believes in. I am sure I wouldn't have done half as good as he did when push came to shove. He might be a little nerdy but his heart is in the right place and really all he wants to do what is best for the world while living a quite life.GMO in foods should be everyone's worry and is something we should read up on. I felt the author gave an outstanding story of what could be come of the world in the future.
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I thought this was a good read. In the Authors Notes at the end of the book he noted that some of the previous reviews had been critical of the fact that he had spent a large amount of time on very technical explanations on genetic engineering and chemistry. I thought about this for a couple of minutes and decided that I would not repeat the criticisms, due to my lack of understanding of the subject matter. (My background and training is over 40 years in the field of electronics and software, primarily mainframe computers, minicomputers, PC products and cell phones.)
What I did like about the book was the unique story line. The subject had to do with genetically modified foods that posed a hazard to both the consumers and the environment. The hero of the book, Seth Rogan, is a scientist who discovers the problems and subsequently the plot of his employers and the government to cover up the problems with money and power being their motivation. Seth then finds out that being a whistle blower will generate some very powerful enemies in both the government and his employer. He decides to defect to Russia until he finds out how and whom to release his data.
Of course there is a love interest and a lot of spy verses spy intrigue, along with a few unexpected story twist, turns and surprises.
I will reiterate and say that I enjoyed the book and gave it a high rating. I also will note that if the reader does not have some background in chemistry, biology or botany you may not be able to follow the technical aspects of the story. But don’t let that deter you because there are many other positive aspects to the story.
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Great Book! As an espionage thriller, I would give 5 stars. However, the book goes far beyond just being a great fictional story. The description of how the Patriot Act operates to destroy fundamental protections for individuals and society take the book to a level exceeding a simple 5 star recommendation. Further, the book clearly explores the corrupt and dysfunctional politics of our Federal government. Also, the author does a superb job of identifying how our food supply is being poisoned through the failure of our elected officials and governmental bureaucracy to do an honest job. Finally, the Author's Notes, at the end of the book, names actual names of some of the worst offenders while providing a great deal of source information. Thanks to author Kenneth Eade for creating fiction that is entertaining, informative and relevant to our times.
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