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This is book two in The Holt Foundation series. I would recommend listening to book one first.
This is a very good , solid and believable story with likable characters.
In this book, young, unmarried pregnant women are being kidnapped. The collective thought at the foundation is that there is some kind of human trafficking going on for both the babies (adopting them out)and then the mothers (being sold). What is actually happening is far worse than any of them could have ever imagined.
Meanwhile the 36 year old protagonist (Marissa) becomes pregnant putting her in the crosshairs of the antagonist. I just bet anyone reading this review can see where this is going...
This author has a way of taking the reader by the hand and leading you right up to what you think will be the climax BUT then throws in some kind of twist that gives you pause and makes you rethink how the book is going to end. The ending is thrilling and you don't know if all the members of the foundation will survive until the epilogue.
The narrators Lisa Stathoplos and Corey Gagney do an outstanding job narrating.
I am really enjoying this series and can't wait for another to be released. This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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In this second novel in the Holt Foundation Stories series a mid 40s physician with early onset Alzheimer's is trying to slow the progression of his disease by treating himself with umbilical cord stem cells. He and his nurse lover are kidnapping late term pregnant unmarried teenagers and taking their babies by C-section. He harvests the cord stem cells and sells the babies for $100,000 each. The time comes that he realizes that cord stem cells are inadequate, so he decides he wants embryonic stem cells.
36 year old thrice divorced protagonist Marissa Rooney, the now single mother of teen daughters, works for the Holt Foundation as does her ex-cop boyfriend Seth Crawford. They are on the case which brings them into danger. Dark Harvest is an outstanding action and suspense thriller. The listener should complete Book 1 in the series (title is In the Dark) before this novel.
The author is appropriately careful to point out that the use of embryonic, cord, and adult stem cells to treat Alzheimer's is being researched, there is no success with such treatments yet.
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