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For fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Scott Sigler, from a #1 bestselling Kindle author.An infection that consumes and changes people...When an alien entity lands in the remote Appalachian Mountains, a clairvoyant psychology professor, a drunken dirt farmer, and a disillusioned tycoon must team up to stop it before the infection spreads.But with Windshake's annual sprFor fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Scott Sigler, from a #1 bestselling Kindle author.An infection that consumes and changes people...When an alien entity lands in the remote Appalachian Mountains, a clairvoyant psychology professor, a drunken dirt farmer, and a disillusioned tycoon must team up to stop it before the infection spreads.But with Windshake's annual spring festival coming, the town is full of visitors, unaware of the unnatural menace creeping toward them from the woods......

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the harvest Reviews

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-04-16 22:01

    Original review March 16, 2011---update Oct. 4, 2012I 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 space, table top and unused spot) I am forced to the understanding that I need to do one of two things. I must either cease buying books or let some of the ones taking up shelf space go. Since the former is unthinkable (:)) I must do the second. BUT also I am always loathe to let books go that I haven't read or at least tried to read. Thus I set myself this week to move some of my wife's books to the head of my reading list. So other than the audio books I listen to when I take a break or am trying to slow down and go to sleep...the print books I'm reading are ones my wife had. The thing is I don't know if all of them are books she liked, or if they were simply books she hadn't gotten around to reading. I have finished with several and I sat down today to review them...just for you. Yeah, yeah I know, so bear with me I'm a little cracked from all the (sadly mostly mediocre) horror. I know the books my wife liked and I'm convinced most of these were simply ones she had been "meaning to get to" and never bothered. Most [with a couple of exceptions] haven't been that good. From the rating I gave this one you can probably tell, I wasn't bowled over by it...unless you mean negatively. Since I couldn't get into The Red Church I wasn't holding out a lot of hope. Nicholson didn't disappoint me...or he disappointed me again, however you want to look at it.Here we have a woman who lives in the southern Appalachian Mountains. She's obviously very intelligent because she goes off on rants about her psychological theories that are "the most controversial things" in the staid college here in "hicksville". She feels free to (it seemed to me) sneer at the "moonshining", tobacco raising, church going, knitting bee having "hillbillies" (yes we use the time honored word hillbilly and not in it's acceptable "positive way"). I was treated early on to her opinion that she had (another) bad husband (I don't mean another for her, I just mean that I've seen so many lately that some books I pick up remind me of a Lifetime Movie Network piece). Follow this up with ANOTHER alien that's fallen from the skies and wants to make everything and everyone on Earth food, and you've got the book.Been there done that a hundred times (and often better, try The Tommyknockers) Not for me, can't really recommend it. if you like it good for you...I didn't. I hope I didn't buy this for my wife as a gift or something, it's really not very good.

  • Jon Recluse
    2019-04-12 23:59

    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.

  • Nate
    2019-04-05 18:46

    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.

  • Elaine
    2019-04-10 02:07

    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, the authors' narrative is spot on; you can picture this little town almost as if you had been there and dialogue is first rate. The characters are certainly believeable; you get to know their likes, dislikes and fears which really makes you empathise with them and start rooting for them against the zombies. What is great, is the way that not all the characters focussed on are necessarily "good", the author certainly doesnt forget to include the local "trailer trash" in his story notably Peggy, the broke mother in the trailer park who is offered a way out of poverty by doing the one thing she is really good at and, of course, Emerland is the archetypal "evil property developer who just wants to buy it and bulldoze it". There are a lot of characters to keep track of, but it gets easier as the book goes on because most of them come to a very gruesome end anyway. The plot does start off slowly, setting the scene and getting you into the feel of small town snail pace life but pretty soon builds up pace and, especially by the time you get to the second half of the book, has become unputdownable. Highly recommended.

  • Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
    2019-04-17 00:55

    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 of the Body Snatchers' but on speed. The characters were solid and well rounded and there were the usual uber bad guys and also a couple that made me think were they or weren't they? it was sad in places, Scott managed to extract a lot of pathos - not easy given the subject matter. The ending was good and wrapped everything up nicely.I recommend this for scifi/horror fans and for fans of Scott Nicholson. A great book with a great storyline. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

  • BookLoversLife
    2019-04-11 18:51

    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 Appalachian mountains because it contains a lot of lore and a lot of land, so for me the setting was immediately a winner. Basically what happens is an alien plantesque like presence invades the small town of Windshake. It spreads first to a man and from there it seems to quickly take over. The person becomes zombie like, with glowing green eyes and anyone it touches with it's goop becomes one of them. All it wants to do is harvest as many people as possible and wait for the rest of it's kind to come, but a group of the townsfolk are intent in stopping it.There are plenty of characters in this and each has it's own story but they all interconnect. Each character is well written and I loved how different they all are, I mean we have a moonshiner, a psychology professor who hears and sees things, a mayor intent on having the festivals no matter what and a devout man. All completely different but all likable in their own way. Anyway, this was a really good read. If you take it with a pinch of salt then I think you will enjoy it. It's not the hard hitting alien sci-fi nor the type of horror horror fans like, it's a good old, old style, horror movie kind of read and quite fun in a way. The author tells the story through the eyes of his characters and while it looks like they are separate stories, he brings them all together in an explosive finale. Steven Roy Grimsley was down right amazing reading this. His tone for the alien life was creepy, he brought across each characters emotions perfectly and really got into the performance, because that's what it was for him, a performance!! He brought the story across like a movie and I adored listening to it. *I received a copy of this for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

  • AudioBookReviewer
    2019-03-19 19:43

    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 moving towards the same purpose - consuming everything in its path.The alien begins to learn from the souls of the folks it has absorbed into it's army thus igniting the connection between a psychic psychology professor who is well aware of the gloomies (her psychic gift), a moonshine drinking old man and one businessman. They each have their own demons to deal with during their trek to destroy the "gloomies" who have materialized into this alien plant being.Not your typical zombie book, but one could easily identify it as such - instead of eating flesh, they consume the life thus spreading the infection or disease that converts the receiver into a green eyed zombie.Throw in a mayor who wants their festival to go well exposing thousands of vendors and visitors to the alien and it's army - you have a major event that could enable the infected and further world consumption easily.Scott Nicholson writes in a clear concise manner. His plot development as is his character development excel. You can visualize his characters and follow his thoughts from the beginning to the end. There are no "huh?" moments in his books. Everything connects. He makes the town real and the people just as real.Nicholson ranks right up there with Koontz, King, and TufoAudiobook provided for review by the author.

  • Steve Vernon
    2019-04-11 21:06

    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. Campbell's "Who Goes There".Think THE TOMMYKNOCKERS with a little bit more sense of continuity.In fact, that last comparison is maybe the best of all. THE HARVEST reads like an old-school Stephen King novel - the kind of book where you KNOW that there is something go on in the woods just outside of town - something that is creeping like a case of galloping fungi into town - and only a handful of determined and stalwart redneck heroes stand in the way of the complete and total subjugation of the human race.I've got to tell you that I really enjoy that whole scenario and I really enjoyed the heck out of Scott Nicholson's THE HARVEST.You will too.yours in storytelling,Steve Vernon

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-04-11 00:55

    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.

  • Jeanine
    2019-04-12 21:45

    I'm a huge fan of this author and this book is an example of why.. Incredibly descriptive writing, good story.

  • Adam Wilson
    2019-04-16 19:05

    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 read a Terry Pratchett novel, Nicholson's Forever Never Harvests reminded me of his work if he wrote crazy horror instead of ridiculous fantasy. I have read several books by Nicholson and know his style well enough now to say with confidence that he writes like this famous author you might know named No One. This style is present here too and it has a complexity that I don't usually see in horror with its insane metaphors and useage of words containing more than three syllables. Whether or not this is a good thing for a basic alien invasion novel (if you can call this one that) is up to you to decide. I honestly did not think it was but I usually dislike books about this sort of thing. The Tommyknockers was a struggle for me as an example. All in all though, despite this being my least favorite Nicholson novel so far, I am still impressed and in no way discouraged. All of my favorite authors have work that doesn't interest me so I will move on and find one of Nicholson's books that does. As he says "What doesn't kill us makes us stronger," and Never Ends The Harvest Forever most likely won't kill you.

  • Nanette
    2019-03-19 20:45

    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 descriptive writers out there today. He reminds me a bit of Peter Straub, who I also adore.I HIGHLY recommend this book!

  • kent
    2019-04-15 19:53

    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.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-30 19:57

    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
    2019-03-27 19:38

    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.

  • Michael Hermann
    2019-03-25 01:44

    Oddly, this was just different enough to keep me entertained and wanting to see what the author would come up with next. The ending was a tad far fetched, but then again fungus sprouting aliens that kill by turning humans into moldy fungus is kind of a stretch of the imagination. But since I grow tired of Stephen King and his endings that make virtually no connection with his overall story, this story right through the ending was entertaining enough to make me want to read another story by Scott Nicholson.

  • Cyndy Hemminger
    2019-03-23 23:44

    Original and hauntingIt's nearly impossible to read a book in this genre without comparing it to the work of Stephen King, and most books suffer considerably by comparison but this one easily holds its own. The premise is original and interesting, the characters are well drawn,and the descriptions are nothing short of elegant. I was so impressed.

  • Wanda
    2019-03-30 23:55

    CreepyI don't usually read sci-fi, but this book was really good. An alien has found its way to earth and wants to live, but first it has to eat. Tamara is afraid that she is going crazy when the gloomies come back inside her head. If you like sci-fi, you'll love this book.

  • Randi
    2019-04-19 22:50

    I guess I'm just not a fan of campy horror or SiFy. Bummer.

  • Miriam Sanchez
    2019-04-07 21:43

    This book was actually pretty good. It was pretty slow to start and took me longer to finish than normal, but once the action picked up, it didn't stop until the end. All in all, not a bad read.

  • Mary Stenvall
    2019-04-02 20:43

    This newest rendition, or version, of The Blob, was entertaining, the only thing missing was Steve McQueen. Oh, and this blob was green, with thoughts. Entertaining read for fans of aliens on earth.

  • David King
    2019-04-06 21:43

    “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 the life force from every living creature on Earth.The novel is a fun ride as long as you are willing to accept cliché plot points and aren't looking for anything that original. However, whilst not being that original, Nicholson really does capture the feeling of classic movies like “The Blob” & “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and I actually quite enjoyed the corny bits that appeared throughout the novel. In addition the pace seemed just right with Nicholson using the early, slower parts of the novel to introduce the various characters to the reader before picking up the tension and danger as the story progressed to its conclusion.There are problems however as at times it seemed like Nicholson was trying to do a character driven piece rather than the B-movie styled novel he was actually producing. For example, large sections of the book seem dedicated to various characters’ religious beliefs which really was a turn off for me as it just slowed the pace down for no real reason.In regards to the characters themselves, Nicholson has tried hard to make all of them seem credible with different layers being present in all of them although I have to admit that a lot of did strike me as being in the stereotypical hillbilly/redneck mould. The real problem however is that he has introduced so many characters that I found myself struggling to engage with any of them. I just wish that he had maybe only included half the characters and developed them much more which may have meant that I actually felt something when one of them got infected.Overall, I enjoyed this novel for what it was; a fun read that brings the same feeling of enjoyment I get from sitting down and watching an old 1950’s science fiction horror movie. It isn’t anything original, but it is well written and I think it will appeal to fans of the science fiction horror genre that are looking for something that won’t tax the brain but should entertain none the less.

  • Maryjane
    2019-04-14 18:44

    5.0 out of 5 stars The Harvest by Scott Nicholson, September 6, 2013By Maryjane Omeara (Southbridge, MA USA) - See all my reviews(REAL NAME) Edit ReviewThis review is from: The Harvest (Kindle Edition)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 Gloomies, which her husband swears don't exist. But, she is telepathic and does see and hear things, or does she? Don Oscar was the local bootlegger of the county and has no idea of what is going on around him, but he soon will. The first signs of the entity was showing up as a pale powdery substance that went down the side of the barrel into the wort. Don Oscar touched it and his hand itched like crazy and he got sick. Then everything goes a little crazy during the festival.This was a fast paced book and there was surprises coming from everywhere. It would eventually take Chester Mull, DeWalt, and Tamara to find out how to get near the creature and try to stop it. It had everything to do with mountains mist turning green at Bear Claw.Well I am not going to tell you any more or I will mess up the whole surprise. All I can say is that it scared the hell out of me, and it was a great read. It is kind of like going on a roller coaster ride, and if you ever rode one, you know exactly what I mean. You have to read this book. Scott does a great job describing the entity and how everything revolves around it. You may have to read it during the day though. I did.The Harvest

  • Carl Alves
    2019-04-05 01:51

    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 mountain begins to glow, then sees a friend of his who has metamorphasized into something that isn’t human. Nicholson uses a wide-ranging cast of characters. One of the real strengths of this novel is not only the diversity of the characters but how true to life they appear. Another strong element to the novel is how Nicholson brings the setting into the foreground of the story. It’s crucial to the story. Not only does he do a good job in describing the setting, but he also uses setting to set the mood in the story. The horror elements are also well developed and used effectively in the story. The plot builds tension throughout the novel, and the cataclysmic finale really delivers. A fine horror novel that I would highly recommend reading.Carl Alves – author of Blood Street

  • Lynxie
    2019-04-19 00:04

    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 realise this was Nettie, not Peggy he was talking about). I would have liked less characters (even though I thought they all added something to the story) or perhaps a bit more time spent on introducing us to them before jumping from one person to another like the story did.The concept of The Harvest was brilliantly thought up and I found myself drawn into the description and picturing the creature/scenery/situation with vivid detail. I did, however, find myself skimming over the middle part of the book a bit, because I had had enough of all the changing POVs. Scott, I thoroughly enjoyed your writing style and the amount of description, but perhaps The Harvest just wasn't the best choice for me, I will look at some of your other work though and see how I go with those.

  • Jason Bradley Thompson
    2019-04-10 21:59

    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 because he actually makes you care about the characters, but it's impossible to care about this bunch of stereotypical hillbillies and moonshiners (plus the rich developer from out of town, the arrogant mayor who just cares about power, the heroine with psychic premonitions, the solitary black character, etc.). There's little sense of escalating tension, and the monstrous threat never really seems to evolve or get interesting, it's just one sliming after another until the book ends -- and the ending is so bad and clichéd and stupid ((view spoiler)[the human power of Hope defeats the monster -- seriously (hide spoiler)]) that it drops the book's rating from two stars to one. If you want an monster-movie style experience with one character getting zombified after another, there are way better options.

  • Debra
    2019-04-13 20:00

    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 them. Brow sweating, heart pounding, hands quivering just as if I was right there with Tamara, DeWalt, Chester and Emerland fighting to save our family and our homeland. I certainly wasn't disappointed in that regard. So....not my favorite but better than expected. I'd rate this book a strong 3 3/4 stars:-) The Red Church is still my favorite of Nicholson's books and if you've not read it, it is one scary, scary book!! Give that one a try.

  • Eric
    2019-03-30 18:56

    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 protagonist are never suitably explained, and they just happen to magnify just when they are needed most, a plot contrivance that is too obvious to ignore.The alien menace was cool, as were the humans who were turned into zombie-like plant creatures. But this novel was weighed down by too much negative for anything positive to come out of it.

  • Nev Murray
    2019-03-30 20:43

    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 a time. One of the things I most love about Mr Nicholson's books is the the dry humour involved and there is plenty of it in this book, having you scared one minute and smiling the next.The way the atmosphere is built in this book is amazing. It reminded me a lot of the colour/atmosphere of the original War of the Worlds film (1953). Full of Technicolor.5 stars again.

  • Ashley
    2019-04-03 18:07

    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 seemed to just skim through, such as an attack on a farm from the alien, when he will spend pages detailing the religious views of one character and how it dictates their life. Poorly written and poorly advertised. Some people may enjoy this type of book but it was not for me.