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3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  500 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews

Nestled deep in the Southern Appalachian Mountains is the town of Windshake. Living among the populace of good ol' boy moonshiners and God-fearing folk are psychologist Tamara Leon and her family. All her life Tamara has been plagued by dark dreams and visions. She calls them "Gloomies". They have an uncanny way of foreshadowing tragic events to come-
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Pinnacle (first published 2003)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 04, 2012 Mike (the Paladin) rated it did not like it
Original review March 16, 2011---update Oct. 4, 2012

I have mentioned that my wife passed away some time ago (almost 2 years now) and I have left most of her books on my shelves undisturbed. It was easier. But I also needed to move to a smaller place last year. A number of my book shelves couldn't make the trip, thus I had to sell, trade etc. many of my books. With the shelves I now have here loaded to bursting (double loaded front and back rows with books crammed into each possible available spa
Sep 28, 2015 Nate rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This was incredible sci-fi horror fun. I really enjoyed Nicholson's writing as the story didn't take itself too seriously yet still packed an emotional punch. The tone struck a perfect balance to me, the alien kicked ass, and the results of the infestation were vivdly described. If I had actully had time to read, I would have devoured this in a couple of days.
Jon Recluse
Jul 01, 2013 Jon Recluse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 5-star-horror
Reads like one of those classic science fiction/horror movies from the 50s. Fast paced and fun, filled with well rounded characters and authentic "jump out of your skin" moments.

Highly recommended.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this because the synopsis doesn't give anything away, I didn't expect alien plant like zombie people!! Lol. It was definitely different but still really good.

This reminded me of the old style horror movies my parents used to watch. It had everything you expect from that type of horror, remote small town, alien/monster causing havoc, band of people fighting against it, add in the Appalachian mountains and you have a winner. I have always been fascinated with the
Sep 18, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
his is Scot Nicholson doing what he does best, taking a sleepy little small town in the middle of nowhere and terrorising the hell out of them! In this case an alien being has landed on the mountainside and needs to feed to survive by "harvesting" the inhabitants, both animal and vegetable, turning them into zombie like hybrid beings. The heroes are three old men, Chester, Emerland, De Walt and local "psychic psychologist" Tamara who join forces for the ultimate Good vs Evil battle. As usual, th ...more
Nov 24, 2014 AudioBookReviewer rated it really liked it
ABR's full The Harvest audiobook review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

The town of Windshake, located in the Appalachian Mountains, has a visitor. It is alien and very hungry! It will consume the people of Windshake one person at a time until it's army of dead people become plant like with glowing green eyes. Anyone who ingests the alien plant like creature - whether is through a kiss or a swig of homemade moonshine with polluted water, they will become one with the alien and one another mov
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is the story of an alien entity crash landing in the Appalachian mountains. It starts to take over the residents of the town and things can only get worse with a special festival being held in a few days. Visitors are due in town and it's up to a psychology teacher and two old 'codgers' to save the town from disaster.

I really enjoyed this. It started off quite slowly but it soon picked up and became extremely difficult to put down! It was the love child of 'The Tommyknockers' and 'Invasion
Steve Vernon
As a gardener I can tell you that there is nothing more contagious than a weed - and this book - THE HARVEST - is crammed FULL of an invading species that is basically a virulent weed.

So right off the bat THE HARVEST creeps me out.

THE HARVEST is old-school novel of space invasions - not the "OH MY GOLLY THEY ARE SHOOTING DOWN THE AIR FORCE" Independence Day style military space invasions - but more along the lines of the creeping paranoia of John Carpenter's THE THING - or better yet, John W. C
Oct 04, 2015 Jeanine rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, fiction, own-it
I'm a huge fan of this author and this book is an example of why.. Incredibly descriptive writing, good story.
Adam Wilson
Forever Never Ends is the author's prefered version of his 2003 novel The Harvest and it seems that Nicholson is moving away from his Bentley Little style of simple

titles. The Harvest Never Ends was a "what?" book for me. This does not mean that I didn't enjoy it because I did like it enough to finish, but I found it very

confusing. It made me question my own intelligence at times because I honestly do not know if I am to blame for not getting it or if it is the book's fault. If you have

ever r
May 20, 2011 Nanette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror fans
Once again, Scott Nicholson does not fail to delight! I couldn’t put this book down.

Again, we find unimaginable horror in the Appalachian Mountains. (Where most of his stories take place).

Telepathy, an other-worldly evil malevolence that meticulously infects one human after another , infidelity, moon shiners , a greedy real estate developer, but most importantly, non-stop gore, just the way that I like it!

Mr. Nicholson has an amazing command of the English language and is one of the most descri
Jason Bradley Thompson
Jul 06, 2016 Jason Bradley Thompson rated it did not like it
The dustjacket blurbs compare Nicholson to Stephen King, but this '80s-ish "alien monster attacks a small town" story comes off more like a King parody. An alien plant/fungus-creature comes from space and plants its roots in a small Appalachian town, turning people into slobbery, mushy zombies with glowing green eyes. The prose is decent and fast-moving -- it jumps right into people getting infected -- but the characterizations are terribly weak: Stephen King's small-town folksiness works becaus ...more
Jul 06, 2011 kent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scott Nicholson is growing on me. This book is on par with some of King's works. Adding real life southern mountain touches to graphic word images. You can almost smell the funk and feel the fervor with which the characters pray. The author winds the story lines and characters together with a plot and just enough of a sense of humor that the horrible tragedy of the story isn't wasted on doom.
Apr 07, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
Scott Nicholson is fast becoming one of my favourite authors with each book I read of his. The Harvest is a brilliant alien invasion story, remind mr of both Stinger by Robert McCammon and Tommyknockers by Stephen King. I think what I find so pleasing about this novel is the quality of the writing, Nicholson draws the reader into story so you just have to keep reading. Brilliant fun!
Amanda Lyons
Feb 07, 2016 Amanda Lyons rated it liked it
Overall I liked the fun b movie tone of this one. It got a little loose toward the end, but managed to be a satisfying read.
Nev Murray
Dec 07, 2014 Nev Murray rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs
This is a story of an alien invasion/infestation in a small sleepy town in the Appalachian Mountains.

The story slowly builds,getting you totally involved in the lives of all the characters until the explosive finale as a band of unlikely heroes comes together to try to defeat the entity and save the town of Windshake.

I love the way the characters build throughout this book. You can love some and you can equally hate some. It's full of horror/terror as the entity takes over the town one person at
Terri Weitze
Oct 09, 2015 Terri Weitze rated it it was ok
I so want to give this one star because this book is a mess; but there are parts that I have to admit I liked. I like the colloquialisms used in the dialogue; they are colorful and natural. And for a while (towards the end) the tensions really build and it's hard to put down. Having said that, the plot is all over the map, too many characters are introduced simply as "red shirts" to the point where it is confusing and you can't remember who is who and who is still alive. And the ending is just p ...more
Carl Alves
Nov 10, 2013 Carl Alves rated it it was amazing
Set in the Appalachian mountains, The Harvest is a finely crafted piece of horror by a truly skilled writer. In the novel, a mysterious entity has landed in the mountains and it is devouring whatever it encounters. The story’s main protagonist, Tamara, has a form of ESP that she calls the Gloomies. The most interesting character is a cranky, old mountain man named Chester Mull, who drinks moonshine on his porch. Chester is the first to notice the severe changes that are taking place as the moun ...more
The Harvest was a well-constructed book. I quite liked Scott's writing style and the images he brought to life throughout his writing. What I didn't get into was the storyline. Don't get me wrong, I like aliens, I love sci-fi and fantasy novels of all types, but there was something that just didn't quite work for me with The Harvest.

I found that there were too many different characters and I struggled to keep them all straight in my mind (often getting part way through the section only to realis
Sep 18, 2013 Maryjane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
5.0 out of 5 stars The Harvest by Scott Nicholson, September 6, 2013
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Scott... You scared me with this one. I had to read it during the day, and I usually read before I go to bed. This alien entity wants to take over the earth and everything in it. I love the characters in this book, especially Tamara who is seems to hear the entity and feel it near. She calls it the
David King
Dec 16, 2012 David King rated it liked it
“The Harvest” by Scott Nicholson is a rather enjoyable science-fiction/horror novel that will remind readers of various classic B-movie plot lines and concepts. The story itself is about an alien entity that lands in the Appalachian mountings in the United States and starts to “infect” every life form it encounters including the inhabitants of a small mountain town. These infected people become zombie like and try to find more victims to help progress the alien’s ultimate aim which is to absorb ...more
Jewell Moreno
Jun 09, 2016 Jewell Moreno rated it liked it
Psychic psychology professor keeps feeling omninous impressions about her home town. Turns out something in the forest is turning the neighbors into plant people. The story line is a little cliche and there were way to many characters, that I found it extremely hard to follow. Mr. Nicholson has a great understanding about the backwoods south, and you could almost feel you were there. The ending of the book was not exactly what I expected which was a pleasant surprise. One of his first few books ...more
Aug 04, 2013 Debra rated it really liked it
I was prepared to not really like this title in the Nicholson library. Why? One because the writer himself said this wasn't one of his favorites, and I was thinking it was going to be identical to Stephen Kings 'Tommy Knockers'. It was a bit mind numbing in spots but overall I was pleasantly surprised. Especially since I'm not a big fan of Sci-fi. I am a fan of Mr. Nicholson's and more so I'm a huge fan of characters that are so well written that I feel like I'm in the trenches right along with ...more
May 22, 2010 Eric rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, but I never got into it. Way too many characters, and of those 90 percent of them are stereotypes. The protagonist does nothing throughout most of the book but fret about her troubles. The pacing is way too slow until the end. The author has a bad habit of doing gimmicks and tricks during dramatic scenes, such as long paragraphs of run-on sentences or, in the case of one character, an odd internal conversation with made-up figures. The telepathic abilities of the prot ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read.Highly entertaining. What I appreciated most about the book was that each of the characters we follow throughout are written so completely and so whole that hearing their distinct voices came easy. Switching POV's in books can be confusing when the all the characters ramble on in the same way, so not the case here.

I loved the strange take on the alien invasion. The word "alien" normally brings about visions of little green men with big bulging eyes and lanky features. Read t
Pat Drew
May 29, 2016 Pat Drew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely stop reading in the middle of a book, but rarely has a book been such a chore to read. The topic was good but the narrative and internal dialog of the character was time well squandered. I felt that it was my duty to take the time to review this book to warn other readers not to waste their precious reading time.

The opening page grabbed me but it wasn't long before I felt that I had been abducted. Try as I might to let Stockholm syndrome take over, I kept thinking of other books that I
Rebecca McNutt
Aug 16, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
The Harvest is an excellent horror novel, a lot like Stephen King's work in many ways, daring to push the boundaries of "scary" and combining horror with a quaint rural setting to create a very original story.
Jul 20, 2012 Ashley rated it it was ok
I did not finish reading this book. Not even half way through I was hoping it would be over soon. It is supposed to be about an alien race that tries to take over a town and a group of people must stop it. There were a couple of good sections of the book that dealt with the alien but other than that, the author seemed more interested in religion and the characters religious views. There were also sections of the book that I thought the author should have gone into more detail about that he seeme ...more
Dave Pope
Jun 05, 2014 Dave Pope rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable read - a different take on Zombies. I didn't like the end sequence much but aside from that it was captivating throughout. I had read it before and a re-read is not always a good thing unless the novel is really brilliant.
Jul 03, 2015 Angela rated it it was ok
I found it to be not one of the author's strongest works. It was a chore to get through. Without giving any spoilers, I found the concept dragging and the characters one dimensional. I honestly did not care if any of them died (or were changed).
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With more than 500,000 books sold worldwide, Scott Nicholson is an international bestselling thriller writer. He won the Writers of the Future Award in 1999 and was a Stoker Award finalist in 2003. His Fear series was published by Amazon's Thomas & Mercer imprint and 47North released the supernatural thriller McFALL.

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