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    Kirkus Review of Dark Seed

    KIRKUS REVIEW In Verigin’s debut thriller, a journalist takes on the story of his career when he agrees to write a book exposing the corruption and deadly dealings of an agribusiness giant. Disenchanted with his work at the Seattle News, Nick Barnes is intrigued when he is approached by Dr. Carl Elles, a former scientist at agricultural company Naintosa. Although Nick had just written a positive article on Naintosa’s genetically engineered vegetables, the doctor convinces him that not all is as it seems with these supercrops, and the two arrange a meeting to look at Elles’ notes. When Nick finds him dead in his office, he can’t shake the thought that something is amiss: An imposing man claiming to be a police lieutenant arrives on the scene well before any other police officers, and a gray car seems to be following his every move. Nick doesn’t start putting the pieces together until he meets with Morgan Elles, daughter of the late doctor. Assuring Nick that she has copies of her father’s notes, she convinces him to continue with the project and write the exposé. Nick agrees, and the two set out on an international game of cat and mouse with the thugs who will do anything to stop them. Throughout the story, Verigin’s pacing is masterful and adept. He imbues Nick with self-deprecating humor and intelligence, lending him a credibility that makes even the occasional red herring a little more fun. Readers may find the perfectly beautiful Morgan less nuanced, and while Nick’s attraction to her is understandable, some may tire of his frequent descriptions of her outfits. Dialogue is lively and realistic, an asset in maintaining the suspense. The level of conspiracy in the story, however, might seem over-the-top; still, most readers will be quick to overlook it and get on with the ride. Verigin has left the door wide open for a sequel, and this entree should earn him a base of eager fans. Strong writing and a swift plot make for a solid debut.
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    Dark Seed

    At first I wasn't sure if this book was for me, but once I started to read it really makes you think about how our food is grown and what goes into the soil. The book also has wonderful story to it....a real adventure
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    That stuff you put in your mouth... it’s nourishment, food, right? Maybe that’s not all it is. Maybe it’s designed to make you sick. Sound ludicrous? It’s happening in the real world. “Dark Seed” is fiction, a thriller with the baddies chasing, torturing and killing goodies, but it’s also a well-researched exposé of what multinational corporations are doing to your food, Big Pharma is doing to your health. I can completely believe that the descendants of people who experimented on human beings in the Nazi concentration camps still have the same mindset. That’s the message Lawrence Verigin has for you, but it’s sugar-coated in an excellent thriller with likable heroes, hatable villains and continuing tension with crisis after crisis. The protagonists are well-rounded, realistic characters with faults that make them real, although I found the baddies to be rather two-dimensional. They do their job all the same. There is excellent description of location, surroundings and people, which doesn’t slow the pace. I did find some of the plot to be somewhat hard to believe, but overall, the story carried me along, and I was thoroughly involved. I can honestly recommend this book as an excellent read, and something that’ll make you think, and perhaps change your eating habits.
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    DARK SEED

    Es toda una iniciativa a descubrir como la vida sera mas viable y duradera en la medida que aprendamos a amar la naturaleza, todo redundara en una existencia llena de maravillas creadas para nuestro bien vivir.
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    Dark seed

    Kept me on the edge of my seat through most of the book. Gave me a lot to think about when I'm grocery shopping. Very shocking information. Gives you a lot to think about.
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