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AS THE SEASON TURNS...

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-
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Pinnacle (first published 2003)
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Mike (the Paladin)
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
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Jon Recluse
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.
Elaine
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Nanette
May 20, 2011 Nanette rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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kent
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.
Nev Murray
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
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Carl Alves
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
Lynxie
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
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Maryjane
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
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David King
“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
Debra
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
Eric
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
Ashley
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
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.
Amanda
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!
DJMikeG
Scott Nicholson is quickly becoming one of my favorite genre authors. He's a truly reliable writer, who has great, intelligent description and characterization and sets his horror tales in Appalachian North Carolina. I enjoyed this book, like the other Nicholson novels I've read, for what it was, a fast paced horror/science fiction story with above average writing. Sure, its a tad corny here and there, especially towards the ending, but its still extremely entertaining stuff. Beyond the good old ...more
Jessica
This is the 2nd book I have read by this author and although I can honestly say I think he's got a great imagination I can't say that either story I've read has thrilled or wowed me. Don't get me wrong; I can appreciate his talent but this story stopped holding my attention the more SciFi and less horror it became. (Hence why it took me so long to finish... I wasn't all that interested.) Nicholson creates some strange worlds to visit and when you leave those places you are always left feeling un ...more
Diane
4.5

Reminiscent of Stephen King at his best. Making me think of days as a teenager laying in bed glued to the pages. Horror is my first love and this hit the spot.

A small town in the Appalachian Mountains where strange and horrible things begin to happen. A cast of colorful characters filled with hate, love, envy, despair, doubt, and religious fanaticism. Some of whom are the only chance against the force that has arrived in their little town.

I recommend the audio because the narrator gave a gr
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Candy
Great book
Douglas Castagna
It had its moments. My wife being a big SciFi fan had told me to read it, and I had downloaded it ages ago, Scott Nicholson is very generous with his books and this one was one my kindle for some time, it was fairly good. I am more of a fan of straight horror, that is, horror of the non science fiction variety. Here an alien + Rural area = mayhem ensues!!! All in all I am more of a fan of his Red Church and a lot of his short fiction, if you are geared more towards sci fi, then hey pick this up. ...more
Valorie
Not bad. A bit too much jeebus for me.
Darren L.
Can't say I liked it. Can't say I hated it. Take Invasion of the Body Snatchers and set it in a small Southern town with painfully stereotypical characters and you've got The Harvest. At times it was fun with a cheesy "let's pay homage to the 1950's horror movies" feeling. At other points, I just thought, "How could someone who wrote The Home have written something this unoriginal and schlocky?" Several of his novels are good. A couple are awful. This was just somewhere in between.
Josh
This book was a complete and utter piece of shit. On top of the slow pacing and ludicrous plot, Nicholson who claims to write "southern stories for real southerners" takes every opportunity to classify the townspeople as dumb,inbred, abusive rednecks. The only thing I hate worse than a bad southern writer is an APOLOGETIC southern writer and Nicholson is both. I won't be reading anymore of his books, that's for certain.
Ingrid
Sep 18, 2013 Ingrid rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror fans
I actually read this book a few months back, but for some reason forgot to update my list...

Another great Nicholson read, The Harvest was one part scary, one part funny and always entertaining! I love Mr. Nicholson's settings, you can feel the summer's humidity and imagine the lush, green landscapes. His characters are always imaginative and compelling, yes, I really enjoyed this book.
Ingrid
Aug 07, 2013 Ingrid rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ingrid by: Dark Fantasy readers, Science Fiction fans and fans of Scott Nicholson
While not being my all-time favorite Scott Nicholson book, The Harvest was definitely an enjoyable, fun read. More dark fantasy/science fiction than horror, it tells a tale of an alien invasion and green-eyed zombies bent on taking over our world.

As always, Mr. Nicholson's characters are diverse and entertaining. If you enjoy a good, adventurous read, this is your book!
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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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