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Ends Of The Earth (Bug Man Series #5) [Paperback]

By Tim Downs (Author)
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Pages   358
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.36" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.99"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2009
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595543082  
EAN  9781595543080  
UPC  020049132395  

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While investigating the murder of the owner of a failing organic farm in eastern North Carolina, Dr. Nick Polchack find the remains of a bale of marijuana infested with diseased insects, a discovery that leads him to a vicious agricultural scheme that will cripple the U.S.'s corn and ethanol production. Original.

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Nick Polchak must stop a terrorist from causing a global ecological nightmare.
Two beautiful women from Nick's past are competing for his heart.
He's not sure which impending disaster makes him more nervous.
When forensic entomologist Nick Polchak is called to the scene of a murder on a small organic farm in North Carolina he is astonished to find that the victim's estranged wife is an old friend, a woman he once worked with--a woman he once had feelings for. When she asks Nick to investigate her husband's drug-related murder, Nick seeks the assistance of Alena Savard, the reclusive dog trainer known to the people of northern Virginia as the Witch of Endor.
Alena jumps at the chance to renew her relationship with Nick--but when she arrives in North Carolina she discovers that she's not the only woman who has her eye on the Bug Man. Soon Nick finds his usually analytical mind clouded by thoughts of a strangely human nature. These two women have stirred feelings that he can't quite fathom, feelings of lost opportunities and future possibilities . . .
Now Nick must navigate the unexplored territory of his own heart while he solves an agroterrorist's plot to ignite an environmental holocaust that could spread to the ends of the earth.

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More About Tim Downs

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! TIM DOWNS is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University in Graphic Design. After graduation in 1976 he created a comic strip, Downstown, which was syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate. His cartooning has appeared in more than a hundred newspapers worldwide. In 1979 he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, where he founded and directed the Communication Center, a communication training facility. He continues to serve as a speaker and writer. He and his wife, Joy, have spoken at FamilyLife Marriage and Parenting Conferences since 1985. He is author of First the Dead, Less Than Dead, Chop Shop, Head Game, Plague Maker, Shoo Fly Pie, and Finding Common Ground, which was awarded the Gold Medallion Award in 2000. He is also co-author of Fight Fair and The Seven Conflicts: Resolving the Most Common Disagreements in Marriage along with his wife Joy. Tim lives in Cary, North Carolina, with his wife and three children.

Tim Downs currently resides in the state of North Carolina.

Tim Downs has published or released items in the following series...
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my first bug man book and I am hooked!  May 10, 2010
I know this is the 5th book in the Bug Man series, but it is the first one I have had the pleasure of reading. I immediately liked Nick and found his humor to be refreshing. He is too-smart and has zero social skills and knows it. He laughs at himself and just accepts himself for the way that he is. I loved his character! Maybe because I am an engineer and know plenty of people like him, I found him endearing.

Even though I have never read any of the other books in the series, I did not feel lost. I am sure a number of the characters have been mentioned in other books, but past interactions with Nick were not necessary to make this story whole. It was excellent as a stand alone book.

I enjoyed every bit of this book. There was plenty of humor and wit right along with a good suspense story. The story is well written and believable. I know very little about bugs and farming, but none of the story was too overwhelming and the premise of it was well-developed and timely. I finished this book in the best way possible--with a smile on my face and ready to read more from the characters.

Okay, so the ending was a big of a hanger and it can be annoying, but I found it funny and was not bothered by it in the least. I am looking forward to more from the Bug Man series and plan on going back and reading the first four in the series.
Great Mystery, Excellent Characters  Apr 10, 2010
The first thing I can can say about this novel is "Why did I wait so long to read it?" I had thought about reading it a few times, but didn't get it. Then, after reading a review from a good friend, I knew I couldn't wait any longer. From the first pages to the last, this is a wonderful mystery/thriller. Yes, the plot is excellent. Yes, the dialogue and action are great. However, it is the main character, Dr. Nick Polchak, a forensic entomologist ("Bug Man"), that really makes Ends of the Earth a fantastic novel.

Nick is called to the scene of a murder, a small organic farm in North Carolina, not far from North Carolina State, where he teaches. The victim has a troubled past, most recently he was involved in drugs. But Nick wasn't called to the scene by the police, rather he was asked to apply his particular brand of forensics by the murdered man's wife, Kathryn, whom Nick knows from a previous encounter (the subject of one of Tim Downs' earlier novels). As the case takes a few turns, Nick asks the assistance of Alena Savard, a dog trainer, who has also had prior dealings with Nick. Both women set their sights on renewing their relationship with Nick. But there is still a killer out there and the evidence around the murdered man is making Nick wonder if there is an environmental target.

Nick is a great Bug Man, of that there is no doubt. However, and this is what makes this novel so entertaining, he has no social skills. He has no idea that Kathryn and Alena are pursuing him. Interacting with the faculty, staff, and students at North Carolina State, he is equally inept. As an example, he doesn't take any time to learn his students names, rather he calls them "Smith" or "Jones." The scenes where he interacts with others are also extremely entertaining. While the subplot concerning the two women and Nick moves forward, the main action concerning the investigation of the murder takes several exciting twists, culminating in a very satisfying conclusion. Downs presents a very believable environmental attack, that is chilling in its delivery.

Ends of the Earth, while part of a series of Bug Man novels, is an excellent introduction to Downs' writing and his character, Nick Polchak. Downs provides enough background on Nick, Kathryn, and Alena that the reader does not feel as if they have missed anything. However, I discovered that locating the earlier novels is a bit difficult, if you look at your local bookstores or library. Thankfully, I have two other novels on their way to me, courtesy of an inter-library loan. I cannot wait for them to arrive. Polchak has quickly become one of my favorite characters in fiction.

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Solid, fun mystery  Mar 18, 2010
I was very excited to read Ends of the Earth after seeing a synopsis of the story. My kids and I am amateur entomologists, and my son (who is only six) is obsessed with bugs. Featuring a character who uses knowledge of insects to solve crimes, Ends of the Earth is suspenseful and full of action. The main character is often quite funny, and other characters are very interesting as well. This makes a great read for a rainy weekend, especially if you are a science nerd at heart.
This one might bug you  Feb 5, 2010
Back in the 1980s, one of my favorite newspaper comic strips was called Downstown. The strip's creator, Tim Downs, stopped the comic after a few years and for a couple decades I heard nary a thing about him. It turns out he has gone on to writing mystery novels, of which Ends of the Earth is the latest.

Ends of the Earth features series character Nick Polchak, the Bugman, who is a forensic entomologist. If you need to know how long a body has been dead based on maggot growth, Nick's your guy. As the book opens, this is exactly what Kathryn Severenson (nee Guilford) needs Nick for. Kathryn knows Nick from several years back when she was single; now she's single again, her estranged husband having been murdered. Nick calls for Alena Savard, a dog trainer to assist in the investigation with her specially skilled dogs.

It soon turns out that there is more than a mere homicide going on. Near the body - found on Kathryn's small organic farm - is some marijuana infested with nonnative insects. These bugs seem to have been imported with the pot for a nefarious reason that Nick will have to glean. To the reader, it is evidently related to a plot by a Russian criminal who is engaging in some form of agricultural sabotage.

Besides being a mystery/suspense novel, Ends of the Earth may also be categorized as Christian fiction. I am always wary of these books. This is not because of religious reasons, but because too often, like Christian politicians, the label is used to lure people into buying subpar material. In this particular case, the Christian label seems to mean a little bit of preaching and keeping the romance and violence to a PG level.

There are flaws with this book that go beyond any religious intent. The dialogue is often awkward, used more as a device to provide exposition than to give insights into the characters. And while Nick Polchak is an interesting and often amusing character (Downs still retains a good sense of humor), he is not loveable; in personality, he is comparable to Sheldon on the TV show The Big Bang Theory: brilliant but socially inept. The idea that not one, but both Kathryn and Alena, are falling in love with him seems to stretch credibility just a little too far. Overall, this is a merely okay novel: written well enough to not be bad, but not well enough to be good. As a Tim Downs fan of long standing, I was a bit disappointed.
A different approach to terrorism...  Jan 29, 2010
or more appropriately, bio-terrorism.

This novel didn't have a whole lot of action in it, but a lot of drama kept it interesting. And a definitely differrent spin on the supposed abilities of terrorists. I had personally never thought of trying to come up with a bio-weapon to destroy a crop and crash the US economy from that perspective. I had originally thought this book was going in the direction of putting a contaminant in our mono-culture food processing industry to try to kill as many people as possible in one fell swoop, but that wasn't where it was going exactly.

This book also lighlty broaches the subject of using food supply arable land to produce bio-fuel while millions of people in the rest of the world starve. I had never thought of bio-fuel as taking food out of the mouths of the starving. I still don't quite see it that way as someone still has to pay for that food. There was more than enough food that was never paid for before (instead it was subsidized by the federal gov't. and which wound up in gov't. surplus programs). Someday we will figure out how to feed the world that can't afford to buy the commodity and without some farmer going bankrupt doing it...we'll just have to go to an economy that doesn't involve the dollar to do it. Sort of like the economy depicted in the Star Trek series. That will be a long way down the road. LOL.

It was definitely an interesting read and thought-provoking to boot. The other aspect I found interesting is that the main terrorist wasn't of an Arab descent, but rather Russian with a few lesser characters of differing nationalities thrown in. I rather got the feeling the author was dancing around that delicate issue.

When my children (all over 20 years of age) asked what the book was about, I described it to them and now they want to read it. Now that was a first!

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