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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Live Stock, Dead Stock" by Seymour Grufferman.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Abdullah Chaudhry wished to be a veterinarian, but the closest he could get to that dream was being a veterinary technician. During the time he was working in a veterinary lab in England, Abdullah suffered abuse at the hands of his boss. He attributed this maltreatment to the fact that he was a Pakistani immigrant. As a result, Abdullah hated all Brits and swore to hurt them. He resorted to selling infectious disease specimens from the lab to terrorists before his retirement.

Can you guess the terrorist group that bought the specimens? Well, it's the dreaded al-Qaeda! And they intend using them to infect America's livestock. They even include attacking crop farms in America with plant diseases as part of their plans to cripple the nation's economy. After a rare outbreak of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the US and reliable intelligence suggesting al-Qaeda's imminent attacks, the president of the United States asks Winston Sage, a retired epidemiologist, to join the FBI in their investigations. Will al-Qaeda succeed in crippling America's agricultural sector? Maybe Winston can help the security agencies to prevent the planned attacks. You have to read this intriguing title to find out.

Livestock, Dead Stock by Seymour Grufferman is a thriller about agro-terrorism. It is the third book in the Winston Sage Trilogy, but readers don't need to read the others to enjoy this one. I liked the author's use of the third-person point of view for the entire narrations. This style put me in a vantage position to witness the simultaneous events in the book. Also, I enjoyed the author's use of a simple language in this title because it made my reading experience smooth.

What I liked the most about this title is its relevance. The author's message through this title is thought-provoking, and I believe our security agencies can learn a thing or two from this fictionalized story. The one thing I kept telling myself throughout the read was, "I hope the terrorists don't resort to these methods in my country!"

Furthermore, I enjoyed the author's sense of humor in the book. It is evident in Winston's character as he provided me with some comic relief amidst the worrying events in the book. More so, I enjoyed how suspenseful the read was for me. I couldn't put the book down because I was so eager to know what happened at the end. The descriptions in this title are also praiseworthy because of the vivid images it helped form in my mind.

Nevertheless, I didn't enjoy the dialogues in this book. They seemed unnatural and sometimes unreasonably long. Understandably, the author tried to use conversations to explain some of the events, but I wished they were more engaging and life-like. What I disliked the most about this title is its characterization. There were just too many characters! In a bid to give a detailed account of events in different settings, the author ended up creating many characters that I couldn't relate to in the book.

In conclusion, I am rating Livestock, Dead Stock 3 out of 4 stars. I knocked off a star due to the issues I mentioned above. However, I couldn't give the book a lower rating due to its alluring plot, relevance, and for being an overall fascinating reading experience. The book is professionally edited, with a few errors and minor profanities. I am recommending it to readers who love crime and mystery books, especially those who enjoy books about terrorism.

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Maltreatment from his boss drove him to such cruel extremes? He is no different from his boss then, if not worse.
Thanks for the review.
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The agricultural aspect added to the book makes Seymour's text different from what we are used to.

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Nqobile771 wrote:
14 Oct 2020, 01:27
Maltreatment from his boss drove him to such cruel extremes? He is no different from his boss then, if not worse.
Thanks for the review.
Hate and greed are recipes for disaster! Thanks for finding time to read and comment.

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Tablito wrote:
14 Oct 2020, 01:51
The agricultural aspect added to the book makes Seymour's text different from what we are used to.
Quite different. Thanks a lot for finding time to read and comment.

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Agroterrorism seems like an intriguing plot. Also, I appreciate the keen observation of the unnatural dialogue and too many characters. Thank you for the comprehensive review.

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sssns wrote:
14 Oct 2020, 04:01
Agroterrorism seems like an intriguing plot. Also, I appreciate the keen observation of the unnatural dialogue and too many characters. Thank you for the comprehensive review.
It is both intriguing and unique. Thanks for the kind words.

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I join faith with you in hoping that our security personnel will learn one or two things from here. I hope...

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I have never read a novel about agro-terrorism. This sounds like an intense thriller. Thanks for an interesting review!

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Agro-terrorism seems an interesting and original theme. However, I hate to see or read about animal cruelty and abuse. Thank you for the informative reviews!

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HannahsReads wrote:
14 Oct 2020, 10:42
I have never read a novel about agro-terrorism. This sounds like an intense thriller. Thanks for an interesting review!
Cynthia Olyy wrote:
14 Oct 2020, 05:51
I join faith with you in hoping that our security personnel will learn one or two things from here. I hope...
raluca_mihaila wrote:
14 Oct 2020, 15:17
Agro-terrorism seems an interesting and original theme. However, I hate to see or read about animal cruelty and abuse. Thank you for the informative reviews!
You are all welcome! And thanks for finding time to read and comment on my review.

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Saint Bruno wrote:
12 Oct 2020, 14:44
The one thing I kept telling myself throughout the read was, "I hope the terrorists don't resort to these methods in my country!"
Exactly! That is always my worry when a “fictional” account is so plausible and horrifying: I hope it doesn’t give anyone ideas.
Thank you for a great review.
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This is a wonderful review but I don’t think this book is for me. I enjoy developed dialogue and think having subpar dialogue would ruin the story for me.
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Wow, this sounds interesting. Agro terrorism such a novel concept and terrifying to think about. Thanks for the great review!

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I am definitely not a fan of too long dialogues and too many characters but a touch of humor in such a book makes it quite intriguing! :) Thanks for a great review!

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