Today, I'm absolutely thrilled to be introducing to you, one of those incredible "indie" authors, Mr Ken Fry and to tell you about his latest book, Suicide Seeds, which is being released TODAY!
When I first began reading "indie" fiction, I discovered incredibly fresh, innovative and exciting new books to read and become lost in. One thing I did miss, however, was my one secret vice - the mega-blockbuster! Yes, I was a closet fan of Ludlum, Clancy, Davin, (even Cussler - God forgive me!) all the authors that brought you the cross-continent thrillers, with spies, secret police, tons of action, and all the works. Very few "indie" writers, it appears, have the willingness, the courage, or perhaps the confidence to give the mega-blockbuster a try.
Imagine my joy then, when I read a book by Ken Fry, a month or so ago, titled The Brodsky Affair. This was exactly what I had been missing. In the blurb to the book, it was described as being similar to Ludlum or Davin. When I put it down at the end, I could but agree, it was indeed Ludlumesque, just better. I had found myself a new "indie" author to follow. I am really looking forward to the arrival on my Kindle as soon as Ken's pre-ordered new book, Suicide Seeds, goes live later today (when Amazon time catches up to the real time).
Which is why, today, I want to celebrate the release of Ken Fry's latest book with you today: SUICIDE SEEDS:
The controversial issue surrounding the use of GM seed crops has always intrigued me. There have been convincing arguments both for and against their usage. Being a frequent visitor to West Africa, it was startling to see vast areas of land suitable for rice growing not being used and countries having to import their supplies from other countries.
Given the environmental and climatic changes occurring in Africa, there exists the argument that GM crops will solve all problems.
However, the high level of international court cases involving corruption and criminal practices of greedy GM companies provided me with the ‘seeds’ for a story. This attempts to highlight the problem.
The subject is hotly debated to this day.
From the author of suspense thrillers, Ken Fry, comes a fitting novel for our times.
Is this the beginning of the GMO Apocalypse?
What if there was a genetically modified seed that could stop the famine in West Africa? Local growers would clamor for the product. The government would welcome the company with open arms.
Lloyd Olsen, a top executive in a major western GM seed company, NewCrop, is asked to move to West Africa and head the company’s operation. He is unaware of the true nature of the seed.
A seed that could stop the famine and feed the hungry millions…
But a seed that kills itself and all other natural seeds in its proximity… eventually devastating the continent’s agriculture, and wreaking havoc to its biodiversity. Farmers would have no choice but to buy their yearly supply from NewCrop.
Either that, or starve and die.
Chambers, NewCrop’s CEO, extensively bribes a top agricultural official, Bathurst, to cajole and menace local growers into accepting the company’s products. Bathurst is prepared to murder anyone who stands in his way, and he hires a psychotic killer to silence everyone who threatens the operation.
A disabled senior agriculturist, Dr. Khan, discovers the conspiracy and tries to expose the real purpose of NewCrop. In doing so, he has placed himself in grave danger. Will he survive and save what’s left of West Africa’s crops?
When Olsen learns about the true nature of the genetically modified seed, he has to choose sides. Will he risk his life and everything he loves to expose NewCrop?
A few hours had passed and Lloyd sat comfortably in Chambers' office, glad his induction was over.
“Lloyd,” began Chambers, sounding authoritative, “there are to be no cock-ups on this operation. I have here a list of all the major players you will have to contact without fail.” He passed a sheet of names across the desk. “Stick these on your laptop and make a backup. All of them are important connections and we need their support. Our ace in the pack is the government advisor, a man named Bathurst. He can swing it our way. This lot on board and we’re home and dry. I’m not going through the names with you right now, but what they handle is carefully listed. So, study it well. I’ve also included government reports and forecasts up to the present day and ten years forward. You’re going to be really busy. The new Gambian company will be called, NewCrop (The Gambia) Ltd. Now comes the important part.”
When the sun shines I feel good like heady wine. When it doesn’t I’m what is known as a SAD victim. (Seasonal Affect Disorder)
Writing, I started far too late in life. It’s been a tough journey with little financial reward but one that’s preserved my sanity and given me immense satisfaction. I’ve learnt much and have even more to learn. There are plenty of ideas and I have a file of unfinished books. Whatever I plan invariably
changes without me asking it to do so. This happens time and time again. I’m not the most orderly of scribblers and am guilty of writing notes and ideas on the backs of envelopes and scrap paper. I invariably lose these.
Many of my ideas wake me at night in bed, and I have, since long ago, resorted to keeping pen and notebook close to my pillow to record my Nobel Prize winning thoughts. I love the research aspect involved in writing, the things I can learn are amazing, and I often prefer it to the actual writing! Any excuse eh?
On a personal note, I love animals very much. They don’t do my head in! I spent a lot of time wandering around the world but still have places to visit. I spent time in a Zen Buddhist monastery and that experience shaped my life and stays with me to this very day.
I got involved in publishing and owned a publishing company, which I eventually sold.
Science and the Universe have forever fascinated me. What man has achieved in this field are amongst the greatest of our achievements.
I also have a degree and a Masters in English Literature. But whatever I’ve got, including those of Creative Writing, don’t hold too much water in this crazy creative area I've chosen to embark on.
But, this writer must try.
I hope you enjoy my books. Drop me a note when you've read them.
I love you all…
EMBRACE THE OPPORTUNITIES LIFE PRESENTS TO YOU AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!
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