We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming (…of which I am terribly, terribly behind…) to bring you…
Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. Or so it seems.
This was the intriguing line posted in the synopsis of EXODUS 2022 by Kenneth Bennett, a sci-fi thriller that reads like a fast-paced detective story. The story opens with a situation that seems tragic, but not extraordinary—a couple, staying at a motel, wake up one morning. The man looks around for his daughter, and panics when he can’t find her.
If I weren’t hooked by this part, I would still be reading. Bennett’s writing is clear, fast-paced, and interesting. He has a knack for a turn of phrase without being so clever that the reader is pulled out of the story. He tells you just enough … and then pulls the rug out from under you.
That daughter that Joe Stanton can’t find and is causing a scene about? She doesn’t exist. Never did.
I don’t want to give too much of the synopsis away here—part of the fun is thinking you know what’s coming, and then find that Bennett takes you in a completely different direction. Even with the twists and turns, though, the writing is never confusing. Although I was constantly guessing, I was definitely hooked for the ride.
So enough of this gushing about how awesome this book is. How do you score a copy? Well, you will have to wait until May 20th, unless you’re a blogger and can get Bennett’s awesome blog tour manager to slot you a spot. But I definitely, highly, and directly recommend you get to your book retailer of choice and pre-order your copy today!
EXODUS 2022 – Release May 20 from Booktrope Publishing