Bee Conspiracy

Fiction - Thriller - Environmental
319 Pages
Reviewed on 03/29/2024
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Author Biography

David Boito is a screenwriter and novelist. He studied film at UCLA, where he also participated in the creative-writing program led by acclaimed novelist Brian Moore. Boito’s first novel, "Valley Fliers," was awarded the Literary Titan Silver Award. He has written screenplays for Warner Bros Television and Revolution Studios. "Bee Conspiracy" is his second novel, noted by Kirkus Reviews as “a seriously fun ecoterrorism thriller.”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Bee Conspiracy by David Boito is a fantastic environmental thriller. Detective “Duke” Wayne has been put on admin leave, doing desk work for the LAPD. Desperate, he’ll do whatever it takes to get back to Robbery-Homicide, so when he’s asked to produce a report on an accidental bee sting death, he jumps at the chance. He thinks it will be an easy ticket but he couldn’t be more wrong. His new partner, a US Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent, is an expert on insects and thinks this was no accident – it was murder. Kelso Bagley takes Duke on a journey he will never forget through the world of robotized farming and beekeeping, and there they discover a huge conspiracy involving weaponized insects. Can they get to the truth in time?

Bee Conspiracy by David Boito is a unique kind of story, a combination of crime and environmental thriller. It’s a gripping tale filled with action and a little romance, and there are plenty of surprises along the way. It’s also a timely book, given the current decline in bees the world over, and although it is a little out there, what’s to say something like this couldn’t happen in the future? The characters develop throughout the story, evolving into real people that you can relate to. It is fast-paced, a real action thriller with plenty of guns, and makes for incredibly compelling reading. It is clear the author has done his research for this book and created a terrifying, thrilling crime mystery with an element of horror. If you love a good mystery story, this is the book for you.

Alicia DeBerry

Can bees be used as weapons? David Boito explores this theory in Bee Conspiracy. Detective Duke Wayne with the LAPD had no idea that he was going to step out of forced administrative leave and into a large conspiracy. He is partnered with Kelso Bagley, a special agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who has a specialty in insects. Duke thought that the case of an accidental death from bee stings should be an open and shut case and he could earn his position back with the Robbery-Homicide squad. After Kelso’s investigation, it turns out that it was a homicide. Will Duke be able to navigate the world of beekeeping and protect his life and the lives of Los Angeles citizens?

David Boito has written a masterpiece of a thriller that helps raise awareness of the environment and highlights how nature helps us all live. Kelso Bagley mentions the butterfly effect, which is the concept of small changes, like the flap of a butterfly's wings, triggering the cause of larger consequences like a tornado. The plot focuses on the greater potential consequences of eliminating natural pollinators, bees, and butterflies, in our world. The action progressed at a good pace and my heart was racing with fear for Duke and Kelso as they faced off against the villain. I finished the book pondering how my small actions like recycling can help the world. I would recommend Bee Conspiracy to readers who enjoy suspense, conspiracy, and environmental social issues.

Manik Chaturmutha

Bee Conspiracy by David Boito is an intriguing thriller that takes the reader on an investigative journey with an LAPD officer and a Special Agent for U.S. Fish and Wildlife, investigating an unusual bee-related death that is ultimately linked to a far bigger plot. Detective "Duke" John Wayne is taking a break from his job at the LAPD and wants to solve a case involving a death caused by bees quickly. He hopes to return to his regular work in the robbery-homicide division soon. However, things get complicated when Duke partners with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Special Agent Kelso Bagley. Duke discovers that what seems like a straightforward case might be more complex than he first thought.

In Bee Conspiracy, Boito sheds light on the alarming reality of a bee apocalypse. The story is vividly described, making it effortless to imagine every scene, and readers get fully immersed in the action. This starts as a straightforward detective thriller and later develops into a complex story full of unexpected twists. The plot is unique, with quirky characters whose backgrounds are fleshed out nicely. The characters are dynamic and engaging and keep readers hooked throughout. Another captivating element is the intriguing details about various insect species, bringing additional layers to the plot. Boito skillfully portrays bees as both protagonists and antagonists, illustrating their vulnerability and role in the larger plot. The author explores the complex human-bee relationship, highlighting both benefits and risks, including their potential weaponization. Overall, Bee Conspiracy by David Boito is a gripping and insightful novel urging readers to reassess their views on bees and their role in the natural world, making it a compelling read for anyone interested in the intersection of nature and humanity.