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.
He lay there, lost in thought, feeling deeply content. Alive.
And then—an interruption. An intrusion. Someone walking out from one of the other camps, into the meadow. Joe cursed. Already the light from the walker’s headlamp was messing up his night vision.
He lay still, in no mood for company. The meadow was huge and full of crisscrossing deer trails. Surely the person would take another path.
The walker came on, straight for Joe. He sighed and thought about taking his pad and quietly moving to a different area. But he liked the spot he’d chosen and didn’t want to give it up just because of some clueless insomniac.
The walker drew close. A beam of light splashed across Joe’s supine form, and the walker gasped. Stopped cold.
“Hi,” said Joe.
“Are you okay?” asked the walker.
A small shiver traveled the length of Joe’s spine and shot out to his arms and legs, fingers and toes.
He sat up, shielding his eyes. “Yeah. Fine. Just looking at the stars.”
She laughed and turned off her light. “Sorry I messed up your night vision.”
“No worries,” said Joe. “What are you doing?”
“Just walking. Thinking.” She paused. “You’re one of the bridge guys.”
“Yeah,” said Joe, getting to his feet. “I’m Joe. I’d shake your hand if I could see it.”
The woman laughed again, extended her hand, found Joe’s. They shook. Her hand was warm and soft and strong. “Ella,” she said. “Nice to meet you.”
Ella tilted her head to look at the sky and Joe caught a delicious fragrance in the air. Clean skin. Wet hair.
She went swimming, he thought. Went for a swim after working on the trail all day. How the hell did I miss seeing that?
MEET 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.”
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