by Peggy Sue Yarber


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Tare by Peggy Sue Yarber

In this fascinating, spellbinding intrigue, the U.S. government has militarily taken over a small town. Their mission is to quarantine a virus in the soil threatening the country’s grain production. The virus is uncontrollable. A soldier abandons his post, leaves the town, and takes his family on a pilgrimage to The Rocketship Café, a way station and sanctuary for those who enter. He hopes to find someone to confide in -- to find some answers in a world that has suddenly and inexplicably gone wrong -- very wrong. Good vs. evil and life vs. death permeate this mesmerizing, compelling tale rife with deception and conspiracy. Treachery and cover-up seep into the choices individuals and communities make. Who can be trusted; who can be relied upon? Author Peggy Sue Yarber, PhD, lives with her husband and two daughters in southern California, where she is an educator. She has published two other novels, The Judas Ride and Rocketships to Heaven and the SOS Fuel Station. Please visit her website - http://www.psyarber.com/home.html - or blog spot - http://beyondwordsbookreviews.blogspot.com/ - and comment on topics such as parenting, Christianity and redemption.

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ISBN-13: 9781606933954
Publisher: Strategic Book Group, LLC
Publication date: 11/11/2008
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Tare 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Robert_Medak More than 1 year ago
What would happen if our government used the threat of terrorists to create a virus to control people? You might get some idea of what would happen and how the military would become involved with the mission to experiment on people, possibly in a small town, and cover it up with some hi-tech equipment. Would a government do this? Have they done it? We may never know. In this work of fiction by Ms. Yarber, we get a chance to see how the military and townspeople would interact, and how things would chance for both as the mission carries forward. What of the virus, and how would it affect those in the town and the land? In this story, you will get a chance to see how the two sides chance over time and the interactions evolve and change. There is the Colonel who runs the mission, a staunch no quarters given individual who is in charge of the mission. The people in the town change over time, but for the better or worse under military occupation. This reviewer found the story compelling and troublesome at the same time. Is some scientist or a group of scientists working on something like this virus, and would our government use it on its own people? The characters are true to life with all of the faults that one would expect in real people. The character "Washington" is someone that this reviewer could relate on a certain level. What happens to the town folk and the military is something that is worth the read. If you like suspense, this might be right up your alley. This story has a must read recommendation.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
It is a quiet day at the Rocketship Café; just two regular customers keep owner Gilly busy. Minnow, one of the customers, is sitting with a tape recorder, trying to record an oral history of his childhood for his grandson's school project. Suddenly a big, burly man enters the café, accompanied by his wife and twin daughters. This new guest, Washington, mistaking Minnow for a reporter, guides his family to Minnow's booth, and begins to tell his amazing story. In disbelief, Minnow and Gilly listen to an account of the military taking over a local town to control a virus that is running rampant and threatening to destroy the country's grain production. When his story is told, Washington and his family leave the café while Minnow and Gilly are left to wonder whether they just heard a true story or the ramblings of a madman. So begins TARE, the suspenseful novel by first time author Peggy Sue Yarber. The story then jumps back in time to the military's arrival in a small, peaceful town. The military has very little regard for the townspeople as they plan to isolate the town and run an experiment, with the townspeople playing the role of lab rats. With Washington, and his commanding officer, the Colonel, running the show, the military quickly take control, killing several young men during their conquest. The town is soon encased in a magnetic shield to contain both the virus and the inhabitants. As the story unfolds, events spiral out of control with the military's best laid plans falling flat. They want to first study the effects of eating the grain; then show how the virus infected food affects conception and childbirth. But the townspeople soon grow weary of their conquerors. In desperation, some willingly commit suicide by walking into the magnetic shield, while others begin to protest. Meanwhile, soldiers, against orders, begin to fraternize with the civilians. Washington, once the strongest supporter of the mission, starts to doubt both himself and the military. Soon it is unclear whether the virus will be contained and more importantly, what is happening in the fields? Taking the title of her book from a Biblical parable in which tare, a sometimes poisonous seed, would be separated from the wheat seed and burned, the author uses the term as a present day parable for separating good from evil. We see good people, both townsfolk and military, forced into difficult situations with other cruel and unfeeling people. Who will win? The battles take many different forms throughout TARE and culminate with a confrontation between Washington and the Colonel at the end that will keep the reader glued to the page as these characters fight over this same concept. Quill says: A fascinating look at human nature in a world run amuck.