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The Harvest

by Scott Nicholson

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    The Tommyknockers by Stephen King (jseger9000)
    jseger9000: Both books deal with an alien force slowly taking over a rural community.
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ABR's full The Harvest audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

The town of Windshake, located in the Appalachian Mountains, has a visitor. It is alien and very hungry! It will consume the people of Windshake one person at a time until it's army of dead people become plant like with glowing green eyes. Anyone who ingests the alien plant like creature - whether is through a kiss or a swig of homemade moonshine with polluted water, they will become one with the alien and one another moving towards the same purpose - consuming everything in its path.

The alien begins to learn from the souls of the folks it has absorbed into it's army thus igniting the connection between a psychic psychology professor who is well aware of the gloomies (her psychic gift), a moonshine drinking old man and one businessman. They each have their own demons to deal with during their trek to destroy the "gloomies" who have materialized into this alien plant being.

Not your typical zombie book, but one could easily identify it as such - instead of eating flesh, they consume the life thus spreading the infection or disease that converts the receiver into a green eyed zombie.

Throw in a mayor who wants their festival to go well exposing thousands of vendors and visitors to the alien and it's army - you have a major event that could enable the infected and further world consumption easily.

Scott Nicholson writes in a clear concise manner. His plot development as is his character development excel. You can visualize his characters and follow his thoughts from the beginning to the end. There are no "huh?" moments in his books. Everything connects. He makes the town real and the people just as real.

Nicholson ranks right up there with Koontz, King, and Tufo

Audiobook provided for review by the author. ( )
  audiobibliophile | Nov 24, 2014 |
Set in the Appalachian mountains, The Harvest is a finely crafted piece of horror by a truly skilled writer. In the novel, a mysterious entity has landed in the mountains and it is devouring whatever it encounters. The story’s main protagonist, Tamara, has a form of ESP that she calls the Gloomies. The most interesting character is a cranky, old mountain man named Chester Mull, who drinks moonshine on his porch. Chester is the first to notice the severe changes that are taking place as the mountain begins to glow, then sees a friend of his who has metamorphasized into something that isn’t human.
Nicholson uses a wide-ranging cast of characters. One of the real strengths of this novel is not only the diversity of the characters but how true to life they appear. Another strong element to the novel is how Nicholson brings the setting into the foreground of the story. It’s crucial to the story. Not only does he do a good job in describing the setting, but he also uses setting to set the mood in the story. The horror elements are also well developed and used effectively in the story. The plot builds tension throughout the novel, and the cataclysmic finale really delivers. A fine horror novel that I would highly recommend reading.
Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Nov 10, 2013 |
from back cover...
Nestled deep in the Southern Applachian Mountains is the town of Windshake. Living among the populace of good ol' boy moonshiners and God-fearing folk are psychologist Tamara Leon and her family. All her life Tamara has been plagued by dark dreams and visions. She calls them "Gloomies." They have an uncanny way of foreshadowing tragic events to come--and her instincts tell her something unnatural is happening.....

Because a new presence has taken up residence in Windshake. It feeds off everything in its path, consuming life to fuel its malevolent purpose. Its evil can be seen in the eyes of its converts as they spread the influence from neighbor to neighbor. And its hunger will not be sated until it has remade Windshake in its own image......
  jare | Oct 1, 2006 |
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Nestled deep in the Southern Applachian Mountains is the town of Windshake. Living among the populace of good ol' boy moonshiners and God-fearing folk are psychologist Tamara Leon and her family. All her life Tamara has been plagued by dark dreams and visions. She calls them "Gloomies." They have an uncanny way of foreshadowing tragic events to come--and her instincts tell her something unnatural is happening.....

Because a new presence has taken up residence in Windshake. It feeds off everything in its path, consuming life to fuel its malevolent purpose. Its evil can be seen in the eyes of its converts as they spread the influence from neighbor to neighbor. And its hunger will not be sated until it has remade Windshake in its own image......
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