Harvest of Terror

Harvest of Terror

by Oliver Chase

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Overview

A mysterious epidemic breaks out in the American Midwest, killing hundreds of thousands of people. In an ultimatum to the U.S. Government, a Mexican terrorist group claims responsibility for developing and releasing a new type of biological weapon of mass destruction (WMD) by means of genetic engineering. With panic and chaos engulfing the nation and the threat of a second attack looming, a massive manhunt is launched to track down the terrorists.

Written by a real scientist with authentic detail, this novel provides a chilling warning of the technical feasibility of building a powerful new type of biological weapon that has thus far been overlooked, but that is more easily constructed and delivered and yet more potent than any previously conceived weapon. But don't be terrified: For the time being at least, it's still fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595349647
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/17/2005
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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Harvest of Terror 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a novel on bioterrorism. However, it is not the usual sort of bioterrorism, involving anthrax or smallpox. This is bioterrorism directed at food and it is a novel where the science is accurate and real. The frightening thing about this book is that the core idea, that food could be manipulated to have it contain a prion that then causes human mad-cow disease. The devastating and merciless consequences of the attack on the Mid-West is depicted in a chillingly subtle manner which nonetheless conveys the horror of the disease. The final acts of detection and the race to prevent a second attack come with shock and speed. Althgether this is a believable and compelling read, with insight into characters and plot twists that reflect a new, but mature author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oliver Chase describes the terrifying possibilities of wedding bioterrorism and molecular biology. Unique to this book is the use of genetically engineered plants as the 'WMD'. The science is accurate and clearly explained so a non-scientist can understand. The characters have depth and aappear all the more real. I look forward to more books by this author!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clairvoyant and sensitively written, this story of a bioterrorist attack on the American Midwest illustrates the destructiveness and futility of terrorism while making the point that such acts against the US are a consequence of our own foreign policies. The ending will make you cry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This well-written novel is both timely and terrifying. Unlike other medical thrillers, this book has enough technical detail to convince you that the idea of genetically engineering crops to develop biological weapons is plausible, which makes it all the more frightening. Other unconventional ideas, such as the greater destructiveness of slow acting disease agents that can spread undetected through the population and surprise twists in the plot make for a stimulating and provocative read. The portrayal of the terrorist as a real person, rather than as a cardboard cut-out lunatic, adds to the realism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
According to the author, this book was written as a chilling warning that genetically engineered crop plants producing toxic proteins may be more potent biological weapons than weapons based on microorganisms, such as smallpox and anthrax, which are what one usually hears about. Enough science (perhaps too much for some readers) is presented to convince the reader that the possibility of constructing such weapons is not only real, but frighteningly simple. An epidemic of Mad Cow disease (actually CJD)caused by prion genes put into wheat by terrorists is described vividly. The story is original, terrifying and authentic.