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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  201 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A nationwide famine has swept across America. Ed Hardesty, a wheat farmer, attempts to find out the source of the blight which has devastated the world.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 11th 1993 by Time Warner Paperbacks (first published 1981)
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This was pretty interesting. I wanted to read this book for a long time, but only got to it now. And I have mixed feelings.

This is when the 3,5 star rating would be useful. Famine deals with the breakdown of the American society - when crops start failing it Kansas everyone considers it just as bad luck, but when the failings start spreading throughout the nation people start becoming aware that there might be nothing to eat, and panic ensues...I won't reveal the reason for crop failures, but I
Craig DiLouie
In the apocalyptic novel FAMINE by Graham Masteron, author of THE MANITOU, a mysterious blight destroys the nation’s crops while sabotage destroys the grain reserves, resulting in famine in the United States and Canada. Law and order quickly break down as people scramble for food, causing the country to implode.

This is an older novel I picked up in a secondhand bookstore (originally published in the UK in 1981). It’s not available as an eBook, but you can get the paperback new or used on Amazon.
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Gayatri Sriram
The most powerful nation is shaken out of its 'privilege' stupor with nationwide crop blight, poisoned canned goods and radioactive grains. Now, as a premise, it is fantastic. Masterton could have spun a tale that was devastating, larger than life and scared the daylights out of readers.
He does no such thing. The build up is slow and the sub plots seem forced. Although the writing is enjoyable and I got through the book fairly quickly, the story never picks up. I kept waiting for the big reveal
Ben G
Interesting choice to hit a nerve that's very vulnerable even though very few of us probably think of it; how quickly society would crumble into savagery if we ran out of food.

The revelation that the Soviets were behind the plot wasn't much of a surprise as this was mentioned a few times throughout.

I'm also not sure why it's dubbed a "horror"; thriller would seem more apt. But on the whole, not bad.
Joe Stamber
With Famine, Masterton takes another break from the horror genre to bring us a thriller with post apocalyptic aspirations. There is a long build up as crops begin to fail and the players are introduced. As always Masterton provides an interesting cast to tell the tale. There is some action eventually (and blood and sex of course) but it's all over a bit too quickly compared to the slow build up (unlike the sex which they get straight into). A decent read but with such a great concept for a story ...more
Sixrs cole
This book makes you think. I read it before but plan to read it again.
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Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946. His grandfather was Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless. After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British menis magazine Mayfair, where he encouraged William Burroughs to develop a series of scientific and philosophical articles whi ...more
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