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 noticed her immediately. Every guy on the site noticed her.
She was tall and graceful, with a gorgeous smile, perfect features, creamy skin, and abundant red hair pulled back in a ponytail.
Her group—a half-dozen volunteers with axes, shovels, and other tools strapped to their packs—stopped to chat with the foreman and then edged single file onto the temporary bridge deck, bound for the meadow, where they would set up camp.
Joe was splitting rails on the opposite bank of the creek. He watched as she crossed the unfinished bridge, realized he was staring—ogling, in fact—and went back to swinging his axe. He couldn’t resist looking up again, though, and when he lifted his eyes, she glanced his way and smiled.
His swing went wide—completely missed the log he was aiming for—and he stumbled forward with a grunt, burying the axhead in the dirt. She laughed—once she saw that he was okay—and continued on with her group.
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.”