Killer Harvest

Killer Harvest

by Tanya Stowe

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Overview

Can she stop a deadly crop virus

from ending up in the wrong hands?

Biologist and single mom Sassa Nilsson just witnessed her mentor’s brutal murder by environmental extremists. Now she’s the last link to a deadly pathogen they plan on unleashing—and their number one target! But can handsome border patrol agent Jared De Luca shield Sassa and her baby long enough to find a cure…before the entire world faces the unthinkable consequences?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335402714
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Edition description: Original
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 727,379
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Tanya Stowe is an author of Christian Fiction with an unexpected edge. She fills her stories with the unusual…mysteries and exotic adventures, even a murder or two. No matter where Tanya takes you…on a trip to foreign lands or a suspenseful journey filled with danger…be prepared for the extraordinary.

Customer Reviews

Killer Harvest 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
KatsCorner 6 days ago
I can always count on Tanya Stowe for a good suspense read. In Killer Harvest Tanya brings a twist we don’t often see in Christian Suspense – biological terrorism on our agricultural system. What makes it especially scary is the possibility of this being a reality. Thankfully, the good guys win! I thought it was interesting having two main characters who have been through a divorce. While I can’t speak to the accuracy of dealing with divorce fallout (I’m blessedly married to my first love), I appreciate both characters working through it knowing it is such a common situation in our society. How do you move to a new relationship in a godly way? How do you do this relationship differently then you did before? How do you deal with the past baggage, the fear of failing, the hope for new things? I think Tanya handles these questions well. My heart melted every time Jared played with Kari. He doubts his abilities to be a good husband and father, but his actions prove that he will be given the chance. He sticks by Sassa without question showing loyalty. But, he’s not perfect. I do wish we would’ve seen more growth as a believer before the very end of the story. Sassa doubts her abilities after some bad past decisions, but with her team’s and Jared’s belief in her, she gradually builds confidence to overcome such a tough situation and feelings of failure. She is stubborn to a fault, though when it come to lab experiments you have to be to not give up. One character I wasn’t sure if I liked or didn’t was the lead FBI agent, though I want the opportunity to get t know him better. I received a copy of this story from the author. I was not required to submit a positive review, all comments are my own.
J_Augustine 6 days ago
They hold the safety of the world in their hands... Killer Harvest is only the second book I've read by Tanya Stowe, I've also read Fatal Memories, but it's definitely my favorite. What's not to like? The book starts off with a murder, add some terrorists, toss in a deadly plant pathogen with the ability to destroy the world, liberally sprinkle in some flying bullets, don't forget the adorable baby, shake it all up with trouble from the past, and the final ingredient is some serious sparks between the heroine and hero, and you've got some pretty exciting reading! I really enjoyed every bit of Killer Harvest and found it almost impossible to put down. Just when you thought you had it figured out Tanya Stowe would throw another monkey-wrench in the works and away you'd go. The twists and turns were great, the characters likable, and the California setting came alive on the page. Killer Harvest was a good read and I'm definitely looking forward to more Love Inspired Suspense from Tanya Stowe...I'm going to have to see if I can find her first LIS book, too... (I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions are entirely my own.)
DKStevens119 8 days ago
Oh boy! It started with one little lie. But Jane Hardy will do everything in her power to uncover the truth in this yes… gripping new romantic suspense that kept me guessing and wondering and telling these interesting characters to just say it! I’m wanting to read more of this authors stories!
LoriP123 8 days ago
Killer Harvest by Tanya Stowe was a wonderful inspirational romantic suspense story. After biologist Sassa Nilsson witnesses her friend and mentor being murdered by environmental extremists she realizes that she is only one that can possibly stop them from unleashing a deadly pathogen that will destroy food crops, but in doing so puts her life is in danger and they will stop at nothing to kill her including targeting the people she cares about the most. Jared De Luca's job is to protect Sassa and her daughter while she works to find a way to protect crops from a deadly virus, but what he doesn't plan on is falling in love with both of them and wanting nothing more than to find a way to spend the rest of his life with them. I loved this story and looking forward to reading more books by this wonderful author! I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
KimPotter 9 days ago
Killer Harvest by Tanya Stowe is a Love Inspired Suspense novel. Biologist Sassa Nilsson must either find the formula that her mentor was murdered for, or recreate it herself. The Black Knights, an environmental extremists’ group, will stop at nothing to get the formula. Border patrol agent Jared De Luca is on the task force that is protecting Sassa as she works. I loved the bond that Jared developed with Sassa’s baby. The suspense was intense. You never knew what was coming next. I would highly recommend this book. I received this book from Celebrate-Lit for my honest review.
ibjoy1953 10 days ago
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK  When I first started reading this I felt I was reading the newspaper instead of a fiction book. Tanya Stowe. This story pulled me in from the beginning. Sassa knew something wasn’t right as soon as she got off the plane with her mentor Sam. And from there, the story takes off in a fast pace that will have you on the edge of your seats. Ms. Stowe created characters that were so well developed throughout the story, I started thinking of them as real people. And I really wanted to pray for Sassa so many times. Both Jared and Sassa has a checkered past, and it was interesting to see the interaction between them. And especially since Sassa’s faith was so strong and Jared no longer trusted God. And I love the want the men were with baby Keri. Sam had called her Precious Keri, and Jared was adorable with her. Baby Keri has a special part of the story, which made it have a sweet side. As with most suspense, there is so much more to this story. It way be a small book, but it is packed full of drama and suspense. If you enjoy this genre, I highly recommend this one for you to read. It will give you a few hours of total enjoyment. A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
ARS8 11 days ago
This was not your usual suspense novel. Both the hero and the heroine were divorced, so it wasn't my favorite type of love story in that regard, but the chemistry between them was great. They made a great team, and he was a born father for 'Sassy' Sassa's baby girl. Of course, with a baby involved, the stakes were high- but the fact that the plot revolved around a virus that could wipe out food sources in a crop pandemic brought it up to super heights. The villains really made the story, though, as the extreme ecological terrorists known as the Black Nights, with their own codenames with each other. They also had their special strategies, adding a whole other level of eeriness and tension. Jared really had his hands full, but he was as determined to prove himself as Sassa was to do what was right. If you like tense romantic suspense, you'll like this addition to the genre. I was provided a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Pattistep 11 days ago
This storyline made me shiver in a place or two because it seemed as if it could actually be happening. That’s just how well Tanya Stowe was able to communicate the dangers of bio-terrorism in our world today. The danger in this book never seemed to end, and the bad guys at first always seemed to be a step ahead at almost every point in the story. Sassa was a flawed heroine, and I liked her all the better for that. She could be sassy, and had made mistakes in the past, but she used her courage and intelligence to work for her team’s advantage when they were in danger. Her love for her daughter was touching, and added a softer side to her character. Jared was a great match for Sassa as far as being brave and willing to do whatever it took to stop the terrorists. Their romance fit perfectly into the suspenseful storyline, and helped give balance to the story. This book is definitely has its tense moments. It’s an excellent example of just how good Christian suspense fiction can be. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Pamelamo 13 days ago
Killer Harvest hits the ground running when heroine Sassa Nilsson witnesses the unexpected murder of her friend and boss. Border Patrol agent Jared De Luca has been working with Sassa’s boss to help bring down an environmentalist terrorist group and is determined to protect Sassa and her baby daughter at all costs while she works tirelessly to reproduce the crop virus developed in the university lab and prevent it from getting into the wrong hands. As Sassa is relentlessly pursued by members of the terrorist organization, sparks also ignite between her and Jared who also develops a surprising bond with her daughter. Both of them have some trust issues, both with other people and especially with God but their circumstances demand that they learn to trust each other and depend on the Lord’s help in their desperate and dangerous situation. A riveting narrative, Killer Harvest held my interest until its end with interesting, life-like characters and a well-developed plot. I enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading more by Tanya Stowe. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
MelissaF 14 days ago
This book starts off with some pretty crazy stuff that will have wondering what is going on. I appreciated Sassa’s story and her journey in her faith. Jared struggled with his faith, as life had let him down many times and he questioned God. Overall, for whatever reason, this story didn’t resonant with me. I felt like the writing was choppy and disconnected. Things with the baby didn’t really add up, usually babies don’t pull themselves up until nine or ten months but this baby was doing it at six months (of course there can be exceptions to the rules). Also, the baby pulled herself up on one page and a few pages later Sassa was surprised that the baby pulled herself up and made it sound like it was the first time. I had to go back and reread it because I was a bit confused by the reaction. The chapters were also very long. I like shorter chapters that keep me moving throughout the book. But this book has a good premise and as always if this sounds like something you would like give a read and form your own opinion. A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
Librarycataloger 15 days ago
"It was a pathogen. A virus that kills plants. It had multiplied with nothing to feed on.... Airborne, it could travel the world and kill every living plant in its path." Not long ago a book about bio-terrorism might have seemed unrealistic but this new book by Tanya Stowe seems very plausible in today's society. Biologist Sassa Nilsson and a Border Patrol Agent find themselves in a deadly race to stop a crop virus that would destroy the world's food chain and they are involved in intrigue and extreme danger all of the way. Sassa is a brilliant scientist and a divorced mother who has learned to stand on her own but she may have to accept protection for her and her little girl. Can Jared De Luca keep them safe as he and Sassa try to discover the terrorist's identity? is it possible for two deeply scarred people to find happiness again? Will Sassa's deep faith prove a beacon for Jared's faltering belief? Author Tanya Stowe kept me guessing as I joined Sassa and Jared in their non-stop efforts to identity the bad guys....and I do mean bad! If you enjoy romantic suspense and faith-based fiction, you will certainly enjoy Killer Harvest! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Celebrate Lit. A positive review was not required and I am voluntarily sharing my honest thoughts.
MaureenST 16 days ago
Once you turn the first page the non-stop action begins, and continues right to the end, and why? Because of evil! People with no regard for human life and they will not let anyone in their way to perpetrate their plague on mankind. A young mother, scientist, with a heart for God, and she holds in her hands the key to destruction, or maybe the way to find a cure for what the evil ones hope to spread. We are also gifted with a Border Patrol Agent, a man who is struggling with his faith, but he has a heart for justice and we find he soon has feeling for our scientist, Sassa, and her little daughter. Will Jared and Sassa be able to forge a relationship, will they be able to stop the evil that will demolish the world, the answers are here, but getting there and who will be left at the end, with shots and murders happening, including suicides. Suspense with a side of romance! I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.
5643437 17 days ago
I love reading books where I become invested in the lives of the characters I am reading about, and Killer Harvest met that requirement. From the very beginning, Sassa Nilson came to life through the pages of the book. From seeing her mentor brutally murdered in front of her by environmental extremists to her relationships with her daughter and parents, and even to her ex-husband, she cared about the people in her life. Border Patrol agent Jared De Luca also came to life in the pages of this book. He has a lot he has to live with and deal with and keeping Sassa and her daughter safe was among the highest priority. He is everything a hero should be. I loved reading about his interactions with Sassa’s daughter. I will say the environmental extremists in this book are extreme, but I can say the ending of this book made reading it worthwhile. So if you love Christian suspense novels, this is definitely one you should check out. I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.
MeezCarrie 17 days ago
Tanya Stowe has quickly become one of my favorite suspense authors, and Killer Harvest is yet another example why. Sassa (or ‘Sassy Sassa’ as she’s fondly called by her mentor) is instantly likable and surprisingly relatable despite her career as a biologist and very advanced research skills. Her relatability is due in large part to her strength amid the nightmare she’s suddenly living out and her fierce love for her little girl. We can easily put ourselves in her shoes in a general sense and wonder how we would react in her own situation. Jared is a swoony combination of a little brooding and a lot protective – with a tender side and a good sense of humor. Watching Sassa’s adorable little girl completely capture his heart will melt you, and watching him fall in love with Sassa herself will have you forgetting to breathe every once in a while. His struggles with his faith are also relatable, and you’ll almost find yourself praying for him a time or two – before you remember that he’s a fictional character lol. I also really enjoyed the suspense element to Killer Harvest – the bioterrorism angle regarding the crop virus that could wipe out everything and wreak great havoc. You can easily see that legitimately playing out in the world today, which will keep you on the edge of your reading chair while you’re imagining the ramifications of such a thing actually happening. The bad guys are bad guys and you’ll forget to breathe for a whole different reason whenever one (or more) of them shows up on the scene. Bottom Line: High-stakes action & danger. Swoony & sweet romance. Non-stop heart in your throat. Engaging characters you immediately become invested in. All these elements – plus the pitch perfect writing style – make Killer Harvest by Tanya Stowe one of my top reads of 2020 so far. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Virginiaw 17 days ago
Very enjoyable story with lots of suspense. It is a scary thought that someone will come up with a product that will kill most of the foods that we grow. I hope it never happens. There were lots of twists and turns that had you wondering who was going to live and where the formula was. This story has great characters that learn more about forgiveness of others and themselves. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Erin_Slocum 19 days ago
My Thoughts on Killer Harvest: Wow. This is an intense book! It’s short thankfully or you’d be staying up way too late trying to get it finished before you went to bed and then not able to sleep because of all the suspense and what-ifs! Sassa is a single parent of a gorgeous little girl. Jared De Luca is assigned to figure out this case and protect not only Sassa but her sweet little girl and family. Both of our lead characters are divorced which we don’t see very often in novels like this. I have a bit of a science background and really enjoyed the science behind what the book was talking about. The idea that a pathogen could be unleashed on our crops and the effects of that are huge! Makes you hope this doesn’t happen in real life anytime soon. Crazy scary there! I live in the midwest where all the crops are grown which then brought all the questions of what are the effects on people breathing it in? How will it work when people eat it? Just all the random middle of the night musings hitting my head! This is a book I highly recommend. Great beginning. Reads fast. You won’t want to put it down. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.
Phyllis_H 20 days ago
A fun story My rating is 4.5 stars Full of suspense, Killer Harvest deals with a single mother, a biologist in Central California, who is thrust into a world of intrigue and terrorists. Sassa was nicknamed Sassy Sassa by her boss, and fittingly so. Her failed marriage had taught her the importance of standing up for herself and especially for her faith. Her biggest regret was allowing herself to marry a man who didn't share her faith and she was determined never to do that again! Jared had come out of a troubled childhood, with a mother who needed more care than she was able to give. After being rescued from that by his grandfather, his life turned around and yet he felt that the God his grandfather loved didn't really care for him. He was more concerned with getting ahead in his career and tried to find satisfaction in it. When Sassa and Jared are thrown together to create the pathogen the terrorists are seeking, Jared is challenged about his view of God by the feisty scientist. I liked the story and the characters. It was so fun to see Jared caring for baby Keri so naturally as Sassa worked in the lab. His strong protective instincts made him so appealing! As with the other stories in the Love Inspired Suspense line, Killer Harvest has just the right blend of suspense and romance to give it plenty of interest throughout without being too edge-of-the-seat or gory. I still don't quite get why her boss, Sam, had created this pathogen in the first place but without that, we wouldn't have this fun story, so who am I to complain! If you enjoy romantic suspense with characters who turn to God, Killer Harvest is a great choice. Can she stop a deadly crop virus from ending up in the wrong hands? Read my review of Killer Harvest by Tanya Stowe at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
Deana0326 21 days ago
The book starts right off with danger and the characters hit the ground running. Sassa is in deep when her boss is murdered before her eyes. This isn’t just your run of the mill mystery . It is top level secret with biotechnology that could cause chaos if it lands in the wrong hands. The tension is thick as Sassa tries to figure out what is going on. She must find a way to protect both her and her baby from the extremists group . I could feel the uneasiness as Sassa deciphers who to trust. Jared De Luca joins the story in hopes of shielding Sassa and her baby from danger. There is a brief moment when he isn’t sure Sassa is revealing everything she knows. I liked how strong and determined Sassa is and her intelligence will prove to be very valuable. I loved how these two unlikely people team up and face danger head on. It was nice to see how Sassa is faithful and trusts God to help keep her safe. Jared is struggling in his faith and with the help of Sassa maybe he can let go of why he is angry at God. The backstory on Jared’s mother is very important to why he doesn’t have faith in God anymore. I loved really how he opens up and begins to bare his soul to Sassa. There are some very tense moments in the story which heightens the level of security around Sassa and her daughter. The author is very gifted in writing a suspenseful story that keeps us on the edge of our seats. I found myself squeezing the chair as Sassa starts to get close to finding out what these men are after. The author weaves faith in the story that brings one person hope and restores faith to another. Don’t miss this exciting adventure into secrets, danger, twists and an ending you don’t want to miss. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 21 days ago
The book starts right off with danger and the characters hit the ground running. Sassa is in deep when her boss is murdered before her eyes. This isn’t just your run of the mill mystery . It is top level secret with biotechnology that could cause chaos if it lands in the wrong hands. The tension is thick as Sassa tries to figure out what is going on. She must find a way to protect both her and her baby from the extremists group . I could feel the uneasiness as Sassa deciphers who to trust. Jared De Luca joins the story in hopes of shielding Sassa and her baby from danger. There is a brief moment when he isn’t sure Sassa is revealing everything she knows. I liked how strong and determined Sassa is and her intelligence will prove to be very valuable. I loved how these two unlikely people team up and face danger head on. It was nice to see how Sassa is faithful and trusts God to help keep her safe. Jared is struggling in his faith and with the help of Sassa maybe he can let go of why he is angry at God. The backstory on Jared’s mother is very important to why he doesn’t have faith in God anymore. I loved really how he opens up and begins to bare his soul to Sassa. There are some very tense moments in the story which heightens the level of security around Sassa and her daughter. The author is very gifted in writing a suspenseful story that keeps us on the edge of our seats. I found myself squeezing the chair as Sassa starts to get close to finding out what these men are after. The author weaves faith in the story that brings one person hope and restores faith to another. Don’t miss this exciting adventure into secrets, danger, twists and an ending you don’t want to miss. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
MJSH 25 days ago
Tanya Stowe really knows how to grab your attention from page one and take you for an adrenaline-drenched, high-intensity suspense that will have you turning the pages! As a militant environmental group threatens to steal the formula for a virulent plant pathogen, Sassa comes into the group's crosshairs with her work at the university lab. As a single mom with low self-esteem, Sassa is thrown into one dangerous situation after another as she tries to reconstruct the formula and then to find the cure. Jared is a border patrol agent who'd been tasked with protecting Sassa's boss when the situation turns bleak and Sassa's well-being is threatened. Sassa and Jared both have emotional baggage from past broken relationships so are wary of each other at first but learn to work with each other and share trust. The romance is sweet but the suspense aspect of the plot is stronger (which I happen to appreciate). If you enjoy romantic suspense, you will definitely enjoy this one. I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR 26 days ago
Killer Harvest by Tanya Stowe has Sassa Nilsson fighting for her life with Jared DeLuca trying to keep her and her baby safe from the Black Knights. Sassa needs to recreate a deadly formula and then come up with a cure while keeping it out of the hands of the enemy. Killer Harvest is a fast-paced suspense with touches of romance. The action begins in the first chapter and it continues to the end. Sassa is a strong female character who is intelligent, strong-willed and God fearing. Jared is a border patrol agent who carries a load of guilt over the end of his marriage and not being able to save Sassa’s employer. He also has doubts about God. Jared is taken with Sassa from the moment they meet, and he is equally enchanted with her sweet daughter. You can feel the electric chemistry between our protagonists. There is danger lurking around them with a madman intent on obtaining his goal. I could feel the tension and danger as they fight against the Black Knights. Bullets are flying and people are running. This formula could destroy all plant life which means people would starve. I was rapidly turning the pages of my ereader so I could find out how the story would end. Be prepared for work to go undone when you sit down to read Killer Harvest.
Betti1 28 days ago
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you...thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an unexpected end. Jeremiah 29:11 What a fabulous way to spend an afternoon. The author had my attention from that first line - ‘Something was wrong. Terribly wrong.’ Sassa Nilsson and her mentor Sam were returning from a trip to China and things went very, very wrong. Why Sam’s bracelet was so important that he would give it to her as he breathed his last was something she would need to identify. What happened to the formula for the virus that Sam had discovered? Was it even possible to replicate it and then find the antidote for it? Murder, suspense, kidnapping and espionage are all a part of this incredible book about bioterrorism. While the Black Knights are fictional, it is most disconcerting to think how vulnerable our food supply really is! Remembering that God has been there all along brings these wonderful characters to release the past and forgive themselves bringing that unexpected end. The digital copy of this book was received through Love Inspired Suspense and CelebrateLit. The impressions and comments are my own.