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Dark Harvest

By: Will Jordan
Narrated by: Bradford Hastings
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Publisher's Summary

For fans of World War Z, a chilling mystery, an ancient threat, and a race against time to save humanity—inspired by the true events of the Dyatlov Pass incident

Russia, 1959. Nine members of a Soviet mountaineering team on an ambitious expedition into the Ural Mountains are found dead, victims of massive and bizarre injuries. The Dyatlov Pass incident, as this grisly event came to be known, remains unexplained to this day.

Iraq, 2019. Ex-soldier-turned-mercenary Cameron Becker is escorting a Russian businessman named Luka Belikov through Baghdad. It seems like a routine job, until Belikov is abducted on Becker’s watch. After forming an uneasy alliance with WHO medic Lori Dalton, Becker sets out to uncover the truth behind the attack, and quickly realizes he’s caught in the middle of something far bigger and more dangerous. As bio-terrorists prepare to unleash a virus that causes humans to descend into ravenous madness, the pair are thrust into a desperate race against time to prevent a global plague that could wipe out human civilization.

Who is behind the attack? What do they want? And how can humanity hope to survive? Becker and Dalton’s answers may just lie deep within the icy wastes of the Ural Mountains.…

©2022 William Jordan (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Thank you drinker

A beautiful mix of action and suspension. I’m not ashamed to say that I cried like a baby during the end fight. I don’t know what I did to deserve to hear his masterpiece thank you Mr. Jordan

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Disappointed

I really like Will Jordan for the “alter ego” by which many of us know him. He possesses a razor sharp wit allowing him to eviscerate (and sometimes commend) modern cinema and television. His critiques often illustrate the importance of good storytelling and character development over the advancement of any of the social justice messaging found in media today.

When I learned Jordan planned to release a new book, I assumed that someone so concerned with good storytelling would ensure that he produced a work that avoided many of the pitfalls he himself so often exposed.

Well, color me disappointed. Dark Harvest is just not a good book. It’s a typical “color by numbers” thriller full of action movie tropes, cliches and deus ex machina moments that left me praying for a swift end to the book. The dialogue is cheesy and predictable. The story is wafer thin and well-worn. We’re definitely not breaking any new ground here.

What disappointed me the most though was his treatment of his protagonist, “Becker”. WAS he the protagonist? Or was it “Dalton”? It’s hard to tell. Becker, the designated main character, is often portrayed as a dumb, incompetent blunt instrument, rarely capable of any idea or thought that doesn’t go “boom”. He walks into trap after trap only to be saved in most cases by the smarter, more capable, infallible lead female character, “Dalton”.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the “interrogation scene”. Without dropping any spoilers, let’s just say that Becker’s solution was more “kinetic” in nature but it took Dalton’s “intellectual” approach to get results. There are several other similar examples throughout the story. When the chips were down, I knew it would likely be “Dalton” to step forward with the solution.

That may not sound like a big deal in any other book but when the author is Will Jordan, a man that has often spoken out about how men are now portrayed in modern media, I can’t help but feel a victim of a “bait and switch”. The person that wrote this book doesn’t seem to adhere to the same expectations he has for the movie and show creators he criticizes.

Beyond the thin characters and plot, the performance of the narrator is just mediocre. Nothing special really.

All in all, not what I was hoping for out of Will Jordan. I do not recommend this. Sorry.

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Very much enjoyed a dip into some military mystery..

I enjoyed this book very much. I’m not much into military style books but was engaged the entire time for this. Now, I was hoping for a lot more of the Dyatlov Pass incident to come up as I really like the mystery to that history… but there was much less of it than I was expecting. I was also hoping for more mystery but the action and writing kept it intriguing for me. The beginning and ending were my favorite parts of the book dealing more with Dyatlov. Overall though I would like to check Will Jordan out more, I enjoy his YouTube. Perhaps when his other series comes on sale I’ll give it a try.

Bradford Hastings also did a fantastic job. Great accents and great overall narration. No complaints there.

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Hard to put down

I listen to this in chunks while I was working. whenever I would get drawn away for a book all I wanted to do was get back into it. good characters and All or nothing story. Go away now

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Empty calories

I’m a sincere fan of the author’s YouTube content. And that’s what makes this a pretty disappointing review to give to a pretty disappointing book—a story that reads like the novelization of a B-movie action flick, characters directly from central casting whose motivations make little sense, repeated use of deus ex machina devices to move the plot from one set piece to another. It’s sort of entertaining but so predictable and trite that it got tiresome long before the climax. A real shame, honestly.

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An intriguing, interesting & action filled tale. Well crafted & superbly narrated. It perfectly balances emotions of fear, hope, sadness & bravery. Really relevant in these times. A totally absorbing story.

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The drinker recommends!

Loved it! finishing up the book with a bottle of Scotch and a jacuzzi just chilling and winding down the night in the best way possible. Thanks Drinker for the recommendation and awesome story you provided. :)

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better than expected

Although I am familiar with and love and like the author, this novel was a little bit different of an offering.

As indicated above, I reviewed it highly. As a result, I will mention a few critical items before going into the strengths.

Sweat is not a way to transmit viruses.
Plastic explosives do not explode explode because of a bullet.
Although sexy, and MP5 submachine gun is really not very effective compared to an M4 carbine. The M4 is lighter by 2 pounds, has has much greater lethality, the same rate of fire, comma is more accurate, and has a quicker manual of arms. Why do so many characters still use and use an MP5 submachine gun developed in the sixties?

That out of the way, the story had characters with depth, who reacted in human ways, who had background.

The story had some aspects you might find as obvious, until you realize that these just set you up for the twists in the plot.

There is no category for technical aspect to the writing or word selection, so I put this under story.

The author occasionally over uses a word, hitting it multiple times in a paragraph when others words would help to develop the concept with more detail.

Story category got a 4/5.

The narrator is an acquired taste. His female voices needed getting used to. I don't know what sort of accent Cameron's nemesis had, and I don't know why either, it's just sort of a mystery. A the story progressed and you get over the initial shock, he does well though, still a 4/5.

In the end, the whole body of the book is very enjoyable, satisfying, scary, emotive, and greater than the minor flaws it exhibits. Will Jordan puts a great story out here in a timely way.

I loved the book and finished it very quickly. I recommend it strongly.

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Great book!

I love all of Will Jordan’s books. Super interesting and good story line. Please give us more.

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Resident Evil: Revalations 3

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If you are fan of the resident evil games you will most likely enjoy this book. Soldiers and scientists fighting to stop a global pandemic, released by men who think they're saving the human race blah blah blah. But here's a twist on the genre - the heroes succeed! Turns out not every author wants to kick you between the legs on the last page.

The characters and villains are cheesy, the dialog filled with one liners and cliché back stories, but nothing so bad as the RE movies.

I would have liked a bit more infected action, maybe have one of the air ports go full infestation to be cleansed before the end. I kind of felt like that's what the London airport was leading up to. The survivor's desperate struggle to survive as they're trapped inside with the infected.

Don't get me wrong; World War Z is my Bible, but I think I prefer stories of smaller outbreaks to world endings. I think that's why Shaun of the dead is my favorite zombie movie. All the action with none of TheWalkingDead depression. That's what this is.

Ultimately I enjoyed the ride, saccharine happy ending and all. Cynicism is getting really old in the zombie genre.

The narrator needs to work on his female voices, but he's fine.

4/5 Good effort.

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  • John Burdess
  • 08-26-22

End of the world? Na, it'll be fine!

Superb story, gripped me from start to finish, which is hard to do, as I've the attention span of a goldfish. I didn't think the author could grab me as much as 'Redemption' did, but I stand corrected. The images in my mind of the destruction the virus wrought in the story was epic. Also very well narrated. Don't miss this if you're a fan of Resident Evil, world war z or 28 days later. Superb.

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  • Dominic English
  • 12-01-22

Another Winner From Will Jordan

A fast paced action thriller about a deadly virus which originated in a cave but then was made even more dangerous in a lab. Fortunately this one does not feature Matt Hancock flailing about uselessly, and people
banging pans in the street, but a band of action men and doctors who actually attempt to do something proportionate to stop it. Lots of fun, plenty action, great characters. Hopefully we’ll get a sequel at some point, or maybe a series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-29-22

Excellent

First I've listened to from Will Jordan. Won't be the last. Great, immersive story and well written, believable characters. Dark, tense atmosphere and good helping of action too. Gripped from the start, in no small part by the performance from Bradford Hastings.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-22

A good listen.

Felt like reading a 90's action movie, safe and simple story, but overall enjoyable.

The story has all the cliches and action scenes you would expect. While the story misses the depth of a great read.

The narrator was spot on. Well read and clear, bringing character and life to the story. For me raising the overall score from a 3 to 4.

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  • Harry McMahon
  • 10-20-22

Never really gets going

I've read (listened to) all of Will's books and this one seems to lack the pace of those. The story itself is one that's been told many times over, and there's nothing particularly new in this one. I struggled to feel any engagement with the lead characters. Becker is nowhere near as fleshed out as Jordan's Ryan Drake, so I didn't particularly care what happened to him. Dalton is also ill served in character development, while all the other characters are lifted straight from the James Bond generic side-character/villain pool.

The story would be incredibly improved by a better narrator. Hastings reads this like a man reviewing his daily 'to-do' list and even he manages to sound bored at times, plus the accents are really poor. Probably best to simply read the dialogue and have the confidence that the listener is paying enough attention to understand who's talking.

As a book to be listened to during several long commutes, it's OK and won't distract you, which is, I suppose, ask you need to know about how exciting the story is.

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  • gary
  • 10-14-22

awsome

this was one of those books you just can't put down the narrator was great the characters were brilliant I didn't want it to end ,but all good things come to an end and as someone is prone to say , anyway that's all I've got for today go away now, (if ya know ya know) 😉

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-22

Refreshing take on genre

Good story with likable characters. The voice actor is great and puts in a mammoth effort with the wide array of characters.

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  • Michael Travers
  • 09-28-22

A solid well written story with a decent performan

A solid well written story with a decent performan, I will probably look into reading more from Will Jordan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-22

Good story

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. Good rounded characters and compelling story. Pacing is good with no filler. Everything is told for a reason.

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  • jonathan
  • 09-08-22

genuinely surprised

I was genuinely surprised, surprised at how invested I became in the characters, at how much I enjoyed this story; the whole shebang of it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-22

A very enjoyable story with great narration.

I enjoyed this audio book. It had a perfect self contained story with satisfying arc's and surprise.
A good twelve hour escape while working.

Also - Note to author; If there is ever a sequel it needs the Dr Who Teddy Bear.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-26-22

Realistic

A very enjoyable book that is accurate in its military terminology. Great character development, that actually act like people would in a real world situation, non of the dumb actions only taken by Hollywood actors to make the story happen.

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  • david willing
  • 10-11-22

A fun ride through different genres.

As a rock climber and mountaineer who makes horror films the sections on zombies and Dyaltov were awesome and gave the military aspects of the story a fresh and exciting feel.

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  • Christopher
  • 09-26-22

The Critical Drinker has done it again!!!

The Critical Drinker has done it again!!!

great story, great characters, and character development, great plot!

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  • Henrietta Podgorska
  • 08-20-22

Disappointed

I love the author’s other book series and I was looking forward to listen to this. On the positives it describes scenes amazingly, very visual and the narrator is exceptional. But it’s a very boring storyline, with plot-wholes, predictable actions and stereotyped characters.