Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Kenneth Eade in An Involuntary Spy Points to Problems with Corruption in Production of Genetically Modified Organisms in Foods We Eat!

Congress Votes To Keep GMO Info Off Food Labels

When a lie becomes the truth, 
The truth becomes a lie – 
Samm Simpson, GMO Activist

Not only an espionage thriller, "An Involuntary Spy" is an expose on the dangers of genetically engineered foods, and is used as course material for Columbia University's "Environmental Ethics, Values and Justice" course

"What we do in genetic engineering is to take a gene from the DNA of one species and insert it into the DNA of a completely different species. This is a type of breeding that could never occur in nature. For example, the first genetically engineered crop was a tomato that could stand cold weather without freezing. We took a gene from a fish that lived in cold waters, and inserted it into the DNA of the tomato. The result was a freeze proof tomato.”
“So, genes of a fish go into genes of a tomato?”
“What is the danger in that?”
 “The danger is that we don’t really know all the consequences of what could happen. Did you ever see the movie ‘The Fly’?”
 “In ‘The Fly,’ when the scientist tested his teleporter by using himself as the test subject, his genes were “spliced” with the genes of a fly that was in the teleporter with him, and all kinds of unexpected things began happening to his body and he eventually turned into a monster. 
When we splice a gene from an animal or a bacteria into the gene of a plant, we don’t really know everything that will happen. Evolution has had millions of years to work with the present species that we know on earth. Because of the genetic engineering process, which is very new at the moment, the GMO plant we make today could produce toxins or even viruses that we have never seen before, and we may not be able to control them. The government says that if the genetically engineered food looks like conventional food, then it is safe. But that ignores what is happening on a cellular level.”
“So you are saying that, even if the food looks the same, the dangers are hidden inside?”
“Exactly. The government reports that I obtained from my company say that the project I was working on, for example, produces a food which is not safe for human consumption, but it has been approved anyway. We were taking a gene from the DNA of a bacteria that is a natural insecticide that makes the stomach of an insect explode, and planting it into the DNA of a corn crop. That way the corn will produce its own insecticide and when insects eat it, they will die. The problem is that the corn produces a poison which is far more potent than the bacteria found naturally. In the process, we also use a potent plant virus, which is similar to the AIDS virus, to stimulate the production of the toxin, which could lie dormant and reactivate later, or produce an even different virus that we have never seen before. And we use antibiotic resistant genes in the process, which could cause resistance to very common antibiotics, leaving us open to all kinds of bacterial diseases.” 
“Toxins, viruses, antibiotic resistance – that doesn’t sound like safe things to be putting into our food.”
“Exactly. That is what the reports from the United States government say, and my company, Germinat, has succeeded in burying those reports from public view.” 
“It’s a good thing that these foods are not yet on the market.”
“But they are – they have already been approved and are in 70% of the processed foods eaten in America, and almost all animal feeds.”
“So that’s why you left the States and are afraid of prosecution, because you have these government reports that they don’t want to make public...”

An Involuntary Spy

By Kenneth Eade

It's a literary fiction thriller, but is it? Sure, you can read it with the same action and "rush" you may get from other thrillers, but by the time you get to the back of the book where the author has provided page after page of Author's Notes supporting the primary issue on which the story is created--GMO--Genetically Modified turns into more of a horror than The Fly movie, which is used to help demonstrate what happens with GMO...

The novel starts off when Seth Rogan has already been discovered for what he has done. Some call him a whistleblower. Personally, I like the word because it identifies somebody who is willing to speak out when they see wrong being done. So, if I had to choose between traitor, spy or even terrorist--words that are thrown around more today than ever before--I'd gladly accept him as a very efficient, effective and, indeed, brilliant whistleblower!

And so is the author! 

Then the story moves into the period within the company, Germinat, where he worked and to the time when he was asked to perform an independent internal study to support their activities. Readers get the opportunity to learn what was behind GMO, at least for this company... It was to secure continued use of their main product--the bottom line was all that mattered! 

“Hello, this is Pavel Kargin reporting from
Moscow with an exclusive interview with
 Seth Rogan, an ex Germinat scientist who
 has fled the United States and sought refuge
 here in Russia. Good to have you here, Seth.”
 “Good to be here, Pavel.”
“Tell our audience please, why you have
 selected Russia and why you thought
it was dangerous
 for you to remain in America?”
 “I chose Russia not because I’m a traitor,
but because there was no way I could tell
 this story unless I kept my freedom.
While I was working at Germinat,
 I came across some government documents
 that prove that the U.S. government
 knew that our genetically engineered
foods are unsafe.
Seth Rogan was merely acting on the behalf of all people in working to expose what he had already proved by test results, which had been immediately hidden. He continued even after his lab at work was vandalized and the people who had been working with him had gone back to their previous work... He also continued after his home was invaded and vandalized... And he knew if he was ever going to be able to do something about what he'd discovered, he'd need more proof and, yes, decided it was worth some criminal activities to gain that evidence. And what he learned was that government officials at the top ranks were either involved or turning blind eyes to the problems being created!

He knew he'd have to get out of the country and chose Russia since there was no signed agreement between the countries that those seeking asylum would be returned... Rogan was immediately given a visa to enter the country and additional work would begin to formally grant asylum...

But those back in the U.S. would not be satisfied until Rogan was...gone...

Rogan was given a different name and a job teaching English. He had a Russian handler and things went well until there was evidence that he was being followed...Both the CIA and FBI were after him...just when he was close to falling in love...

Seth kept rolling around in the little hotel bed. He couldn’t possibly sleep. He kept thinking, 
staring up at the ceiling, then closing his eyes to try to force himself to sleep. He turned to one side, then another. It seemed like every part of his body itched. He scratched, then turned to the other side. 
Ridiculous lyrics to the same song, Heard it through the Grapevine, bounced around in his brain, refusing to be evicted. 
Finally, he called Dave. “Dave, it’s George.” 
“George, how are you?” 
“I’m good – look, I’m sorry it’s late, but we have to talk...”

I wish I could just say that this novel was fascinating and intriguing in its possibility. But all you need to do is a search, such as the referenced site above, to find that actions regarding GMO foods are routinely dealt with--with potential harm to people across the world! Do take the time to read and understand the early part of the story, when Rogan is first caught in the realization of criminal actions against consumers of the food being produced by Germinat. It is scary to realize that crops are routinely changed in order, for instance, to act as their own insecticide!

The action-packed chase is a major highlight of the book and will have readers turning pages to see who can be trusted, who will be killed next, and whether Rogan even escapes...A final interaction between Rogan and his beloved leaves readers to believe there is a follow-up story, but the climax was really what happened as Rogan's protectors started dropping around him! Great ending! Excellent response to the critical problem this novel identifies! You've got to call this a must-read in my opinion...


Author Kenneth Eade, best known for his political and legal thrillers, practiced law for 30 years before publishing his first novel, "An Involuntary Spy." Eade, an up and coming author in the legal thriller and courtroom drama genre, has been described by critics as: "Brilliant when it it comes to creating complicated, intriguing stories with mind-blowing surprises," who have said that his novels "will remind readers of John Grisham, proving that Kenneth Eade deserves to be put on the same lists with the world's greatest thriller authors."
Says Eade of the comparisons, "Readers compare me in style to John Grisham and, although there are some similarities, because John also likes to write about real topics and we are both lawyers, all my novels are rooted in reality, not fantasy."
The Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series is a five book series, consisting of "A Patriot's Act," now in publication by Tate Publishing and available now in bookstores, on Amazon or through Barnes and Noble. "A Patriot's Act," has been acclaimed as fast-paced, well-written legal thriller dealing with negative consequences of the Patriot Act, and is a prequel in the Brent Marks Legal Thriller Series, which matches Marks against the United States government, in an attempt to free a naturalized U.S. citizen from detention at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. 
#1 Best Selling Financial Thriller "Predatory Kill," tackles the big banks, and is the first of a legal thriller series in which the series character, lawyer Brent Marks, tackles a wrongful foreclosure lawsuit against a major bank that turns into a murder investigation. 
"HOA Wire" tackles the property rights abuses by homeowners associations. When the president of a local homeowners association is murdered, Brent Marks defends the accused homeowner, a foreclosure victim of the Association.
#1 Best Sellling "Unreasonable Force," tackles the issues of police brutality, tolerance and prejudice in our society, when a young African American lawyer is accused of murdering a police officer.
#1 Best Selling "," the latest installment of the series, tackles the issue of cyber bullying when a cyber mob anonymously hires a killer through the Internet.
The Involuntary Spy Series Book One is the Amazon Best Seller, "An Involuntary Spy," a fictional spy thriller that critics have said has broken wide open the GMO controversy. The story follows Seth Rogan, a rogue scientist working for an American biotech firm who goes on the run from authorities after stealing information from his employer which proves government collusion and a cover-up of fraud surrounding the dangers of the company's genetically engineered foods.
The second novel in the series, "To Russia for Love," finds Seth Rogan traveling to Ukraine in the midst of civil war and turmoil to search for his secret agent girlfriend who has disappeared.
Eade's writing career began in 2011, writing opinion pieces for the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Two of the articles centered on the subject of the unconstitutionality of the now defunct Monsanto Protection Act, and the dangers of genetically modified foods and neonicitinoid pesticides and their adverse effect on bees. This led to his first book, the non-fiction work, "Bless the Bees: The Pending Extinction of our Pollinators and What You Can Do to Stop It" in 2013, as well as the children's book, "Bee See: Who are our Pollinators and Why are They in Trouble?" The peding extinction of the Monarch Butterfly by pesticidess led to the publication of "Save the Monarch Butterfly."

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