Today is my stop during the blog tour for Exodus by Kenneth G Bennett. I share some information about the boook, a guest post written by the author and two giveaways. Check out the tour schedule here.
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.
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And now for the guest posts:
Websters defines an exodus as “a mass departure.” And of course Exodus refers to a book from the bible– the second book of canonical Jewish and Christian scripture.
I chose the title EXODUS 2022 because the story is set a few years in the future and concerns a planet-altering migration that humans don’t anticipate. The main character in the book, 28-year-old Joe Stanton, begins to perceive the looming cataclysm– the “exodus”– through violent hallucinations, but at first believes that he’s simply losing his mind.
I considered a range of other titles having to do with loss, leaving, and separation but none seemed as singular or as able to encapsulate the global scale of the story.
My biggest concern in choosing a title with the word “exodus” in it was that readers might assume the story is a religious tale. It is not. While the story does contain spiritual elements and references to the Episcopal church, it is first and foremost an adult sci-fi thriller. If it were a movie it would doubtless receive an “R” rating. Here’s how one early reader/reviewer described it: “Part thriller, part ecological position statement, part romance, part sci-fi, part fantasy, part mystery, Mr. Bennet’s overpowering description of things never seen before by human eyes is masterful. Even his scenes of gruesome violence are somehow poetic, similar to best-selling author Cormac McCarthy’s. It left me exhausted as I was carried forcefully along on one of the wildest literary rides I have ever experienced.”
Thank you for your interest in the book and I hope you enjoy the story!
About the Author:
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.”