Title: EXODUS 2022
Author: Kenneth G. Bennett
Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller (pre-apocalypse)
Release date: May 20th, 2014
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. Or so it seems.
Unable to contain his grief, Joe loses control in public, screaming his daughter’s name and causing a huge scene at a hotel on San Juan Island in Washington State. Thing is, Joe Stanton doesn’t have a daughter. Never did. And when the authorities arrive they blame the 28-year-old’s outburst on drugs.
What they don’t yet know is that others up and down the Pacific coast—from the Bering Sea to the Puget Sound—are suffering identical, always fatal mental breakdowns.
With the help of his girlfriend—the woman he loves and dreams of marrying—Joe struggles to unravel the meaning of the hallucination destroying his mind. As the couple begins to perceive its significance—and Joe’s role in a looming global calamity—they must also outwit a billionaire weapons contractor bent on exploiting Joe’s newfound understanding of the cosmos, and outlast the time bomb ticking in Joe’s brain.
Miles we must travel today. So many miles.
Lorna Gwin’s mother pushed to the front of the crowd, where she set a brisk, even pace.
She had not communicated with Stan-ton in days. But he was out there. Alive. Healthy.
At least for now.
Lorna Gwin’s mother could feel it.
Stan-ton wasn’t aware of her at the moment. Not consciously, anyway. At present, she was only a vague, undefined worry in the back of his brain. Lorna Gwin’s mother knew this. But Stan-ton’s lack of awareness didn’t concern her. The connection had been made. The bond forged. It would not easily be broken.
Lorna Gwin’s mother could feel Stan-ton, out there, and she placed him now like an air traffic controller placing a fuzzy, far-off blip on a radar screen. Each passing hour brought them closer together and soon she would send him a message.
Lorna Gwin’s mother needed Stan-ton. She wished it wasn’t so. She did not want to need anyone. But the fact could not be denied. She needed him. And soon he would feel her summons like a scream in his mind.
Kenneth G. Bennett is the author of the young adult novels, THE GAIA WARS and BATTLE FOR CASCADIA, and the new sci-fi thriller, EXODUS 2022. A wilderness enthusiast who loves backpacking, skiing and kayaking, Ken enjoys mysteries, science fiction, action adventure stories and, most especially, novels that explore the relationship between humans and the wild. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son and two hyperactive Australian Shepherds.
THE GAIA WARS series was optioned for film by Identity Films, LA in 2012, and both GAIA and BATTLE have been featured as Top 100 Bestsellers in Teen Literature and Fiction on Amazon. Kirkus Reviews called THE GAIA WARS “A solid first entry of a promising, imaginative new young-adult fantasy series featuring a well-crafted character.”
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