Exodus 2022

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Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. 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 ...

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Overview

Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. 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, 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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Publishers Weekly
11/17/2014
Despite occasional heavy-handedness, this well-paced eco-thriller shrewdly teases out its tantalizing premise. Bennett launches his story with a persuasive burst of misdirection as Joe Stanton becomes hysterical when his daughter, Lorna Gwin, goes missing. Despite his terror and vivid sense of loss, Joe, an Episcopal priest on a weekend getaway to the Puget Sound with his girlfriend, Ella, soon recalls that he has never had a daughter. His public meltdown draws the attention of Sheldon Beck, the violently unbalanced third-in-command of Erebus, a private military contractor. A gradual unveiling of the source of the hallucinations, shared by three other men who are now dead, keeps the mystery alive, while Beck’s pursuit of Joe and Ella provides ample tension, but the protagonists’ stolid earnestness is far less interesting than the malevolent, tech-savvy Erebus crew. As Beck’s escalating psychotic behavior generates fireworks, it becomes increasingly difficult to invest in the plight of the two leads. Despite this drawback, Bennett prevails when it counts, leading readers towards a riveting and unequivocally satisfying showdown. (BookLife)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620152126
  • Publisher: Libertary Co.
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Pages: 422
  • Sales rank: 1,120,538
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Posted June 8, 2014

    Exodus 2022 is an atypical book choice for me ¿ it has been a fe

    Exodus 2022 is an atypical book choice for me – it has been a few years since I read much in the way of science fiction. I signed up for this review tour after a friend and fellow blogger told me she thought I would like the book. And she was right! I did enjoy the book tremendously. It just wasn’t exactly what I was expecting after reading the synopsis. I would term this book an eco-thriller as much as science fiction or anything else. And while I strive to be a friend of the earth – I recycle, don’t litter, and generally try to pay attention to things like household water and energy usage – I had the vague feeling that I was being scolded for being part of the human race while reading this book. For the most part, I was able to ignore the human-beings-are-destroying-the planet undertones and just enjoy the book. It is extremely well-written, with rich characters and vivid imagery. I give is a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

    The story takes place in the near future, so there aren’t a lot of technological advances to try to wrap your brain around. The setting is primarily around the Puget Sound area in Washington State and the coastal waters of Alaska. Joe Stanton and his girlfriend Ella are happily vacationing when Joe starts having hallucinations about his dead daughter, Lorna Gwin. But Joe has never had a child. Joe isn’t the first person on the west coast to have these hallucinations; the others have all suffered mental breakdowns and died. Joe eventually hears a voice in his head, one that gives him directions to follow, and imparts specific knowledge to him. He is able to make contact with the consciousness, who leads Joe and Ella in a race against time to find a way to save his own life and to help intervene in the imminent ecological crisis.

    The ending will likely surprise you. There are a lot of unanswered questions. (Trying to avoid spoilers here!)

    In many ways, this is a classic tale of good-vs-evil. (Sheldon Beck, a former soldier who is now an unscrupulous government contractor, is a good foil for the Episcopalian priest. I absolutely hated him.) It is also a cautionary tale of human greed and lack of respect for our planet leading to an ecological disaster.

    Will there be a sequel to this book? Should there be? While I would love to know what happens to everyone, both those who left and those who stayed, I have mixed emotions about the advisability of a sequel. I fear that it would be anti-climactic at best.

    I received this book from Novel Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

      Wow, where to start! This was a fantastic thrilling book that

      Wow, where to start! This was a fantastic thrilling book that keeps you hooked until the end. Part Sci Fi, fantasy, thriller set among conspiracy like settings. You will have to read it to see what I mean. It is a wonderful mix from multiple POVs. This book was wonderfully written and that made it a joy and a breeze to read in a quick amount of time! That takes skill! Thank you Mr. Bennett!
         Joe and his girl friend Ella are very much in love. Joe is a very important part of his work and they decide to go celebrate. This takes place in the Northwest, Washington. (a little close to home for me :) ) All of a sudden chaos ensues when Joe starts having hallucinations of his daughter, whom does not exist. Come to find out he is not the only one. What on earth is going on here?! Joe is acting crazed and it is time to figure out why. 
         Follow along through the action and see where it ends up! Will Joe survive this? Can they get to the bottom of what is happening and why? Please go on this journey to find out. You will not regret it. I am gladly giving this book 5 Stars and would give it more if I could! I will be looking forward to more from Mr.Bennett soon! Thank you so very much!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Joe Stanton wakes up in a panic.  Something is terribly wrong.  

    Joe Stanton wakes up in a panic.  Something is terribly wrong.  His daughter, Lorna Gwin, is missing.  He runs out of the hotel room that he and his girlfriend Ella are vacationing at, in a rampage screaming for his daughter, causing chaos and a huge scene.  The issue is that Joe doesn’t have a daughter.  He doesn’t have any children.  Joe’s worried he’s either going crazy or has a brain tumor that caused this hallucination; his girlfriend, Ella, who’s a nurse, has similar worries.  However, Joe’s not the first person that this has happened to.  The others who were affected didn’t live long.  Will Joe survive long enough to find the answers?

    I love that I couldn’t guess what was going to happen or even why it was happening to begin with.  It’s kind of hard to write a review without giving anything away, but I definitely don’t want to leak any spoilers because it’s awesome when you figure out what’s going on.    Sometimes science fiction novels are hard for me to follow, but that wasn’t the case in this story.  And although it is a science fiction book, it felt relatable, as though it could be classified as urban fantasy as well.  I think this book will appeal to readers who like both genres.

    There were twists and turns in every chapter.  The characters were relatable, and the villain was hate-able.  Every time I tried to put the book down to go to bed, I told myself, read just one more chapter, and then it would be 2am.  I didn’t want this story to end, and I’m wondering if there will be a sequel?

    Romance, suspense, fantasy, drama; Exodus 2022 has it all.  So if you like science fiction, and even if you don’t; I highly recommend this book.




    My Rating:  5 out of 5 stars


    ~Pam



    ***I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  Also, while I am professionally associated with Booktrope, I am not being compensated in any way for this review.***       

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2014

    This book starts with action right out of the gate. Joe Stanton

    This book starts with action right out of the gate. Joe Stanton, an Episcopalian Priest, wakes up screaming about his murdered daughter Lorna Gwin. He causes a huge scene at the hotel where he is staying with his girlfriend, Ella Tollefson. Of course it’s captured on video and becomes an instant YouTube hit. But there’s only one problem… Joe Stanton doesn’t have a child named Lorna Gwin… he doesn’t have a child at all!

    At first I took issue with Joe spending a long weekend away with his girlfriend, simply because of his profession. But really, who am I to judge. It’s been a long time since I’ve been a practicing anything. Maybe that’s not something that a “progressive” church would find sinful. Maybe I was reading more into it than needed to be read into it. There was zero sex, so maybe they truly did just cuddle up and sleep. Again, I’m no saint… and you know what they say about people who live in glass houses….

    At first I was a little disappointed in the characters of Joe and Ella. To me they seemed a little flat. Ella is a nurse (or nursing student) and very beautiful (this point was driven home a lot). And for quite a bit of the book that seemed to be all there was to them. Joe was a priest, Ella was beautiful. But, by the end of the book, I loved them. I shed a tear for them. By far, one of the best developed characters from beginning to end was Sheldon Beck. He was evil incarnate. There are quite a few other players in this game, most of them are fleshed out nicely.




    There were two small things that really bounced around in my head and kept me from giving this 5 full stars. The first was what the heck really happened with Sheldon Beck? Maybe it was written that way so that the reader fills in the blanks however they want to. And the second thing was the ending. This book ended with ….me gripping my Kindle screaming at it! Yea, sorry, no spoilers here! I heard a rumor (ok, so I read it really) that a sequel was planned but not for the near future. I would absolutely love a sequel…. and while the ending does leave it open to one, it is that ambiguous ending that a lot of thrillers leave you with. The reader figures it out… maybe it’s not always a happily ever after.

    There’s also a fantastic message in this book that we all need to hear before it’s too late.

    This wasn’t a particularly quick read at 350 pages, but it was thoroughly enjoyable. It’s an eco-thriller that won’t disappoint.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

    Suspense, drama, and an underlying grain of truth, Exodus 2022 w

    Suspense, drama, and an underlying grain of truth, Exodus 2022 was a fast-paced read that kept you tethered until the end. Filled with dynamic characters and a unique story-line, this was a read that was easy to engage in and hard to put down.

    While it's hard to review this book without giving much away, there was a lot I enjoyed about it. The plot seemed well thought out, and the messages were clear without being over-the-top. I have read a number of "End of the World" novels, but this book was unique in the sense that the scenario felt unlikely, but the core warnings were all too real.

    I liked the characters, and I liked watching how both the protagonists and antagonists developed along the way. There were times the chapters felt a little fragmented, but after awhile the book's snappy speed took away some of those concerns. The writing was well done, it was easy to engage in and it felt well researched. Overall, this was a great book, and one that keeps you thinking long after the last page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2014

    I have received the book from the author for an honest review. 

    I have received the book from the author for an honest review. 
    This is my first encounter with author Kenneth Bennett's work, and it will not be the last. His thought provoking, mind blowing writing had me glued to the book from the first page. Everything just flowed, paragraph into paragraph, sentence into sentence; one after the other as the story line becomes intriguing by the minute. Ever building as you delft deeper within the secrets of the book becoming more acquainted with the plot. Spellbound by the thoughts and actions of each character that appeared in each chapter, growing steadily to give you this great book. 
    Who could have known that sea life could be so fascinating but yet complex as we discover the heart of the plot in the depths of the ocean. The humans mere vessels for the task at hand.  The great Exodus to save themselves from the acid waste buried within our seas, and oceans. Fighting back or rather taking back what men had stolen from them. I just loved Mia's character, getting to know her and her quest as she connect with humans in the most extra-ordinary ways. Opening herself to reveal her heart to Ella, Joe and Dr. Dieterlund. Stopping at nothing to find the people who could help her in her hour of need.
    And the end, I didn't see it coming, but yet fitted perfectly within the book's composition. Fluently written it was perfect in its delivery and it took me a few moments to gather myself; thinking what if this really could happen? Each character's development uniquely blended with the plot, making it compelling; giving you a heart wrenching feeling as you walk with the two main characters; Joe and Mia. Getting to know them better. You are disgusted with the lengths people's greed could take them as they become a puppet of their own demons. The suspense filled moments when you think there simply cannot be any thing left with which Joe could be harassed, assaulted, damaged and tortured to get the demon's way; but then the author digs deeper and came up with more ways that turned your gut; thinking there is no way that this young man could endure more. 
    A book I can whole heartily recommend to science fiction lovers; filled with scientific breakthroughs, geniuses and the unexpected twists that revealed more than you hoped for. People's endurance will once again captivate you as they are put to the test, knowing they can help. Using all resources to safe the day. 

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

    Exodus 2022 is unlike anything I have ever read before. I think

    Exodus 2022 is unlike anything I have ever read before. I think it deserves a genre of all its own.  The plot....was simply amazing and breath taking and unique and....different in a good way. How else did I read a 400+ page book in one day? 




    The plot. Oh jeez....where do I even begin??? Part fiction, part fantasy and part sci-fi (or something close to sci-fi--the story takes place in the year 2022, not too far from present day), Exodus 2022 will blow your mind with its plot uniqueness and integrity. It's one of those books that just seems to unfold more and more the further you read. I love how the author reveals little bits of the mystery at a time, allowing readers to piece together the big picture.




    The novel is told from 3rd person POV, and alternates POV between different characters. I really enjoyed Joe's character because he isn't your stereotypical thriller-action-adventure-hero. He's a priest. But he's not your typical priest either. He's adventurous, understanding and possesses an unyielding loyalty to Ella, his girlfriend. The other characters were solidly put together.




    The writing was easy to understand, but I think the author particularly excels in descriptive writing. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book, most of them describing natural wonders.




    "The sky was clear, a rare thing in Southeast Alaska, and Eagle Peak lorded over Admiralty Island like a stoic king, its jagged snow-covered slopes jutting crisp and white against a pale blue sky." Isn't that beautiful? I love the play on words with lorded and stoic king Bennett implemented in this sentence.




    "I look at the stars because they remind me how most the stuff we worry about is so...trivial. How insignificant we are in this little splinter of time and space we occupy." Once again I laud this beautiful passage. I particularly love the last sentence.




    "Beneath stars glittering like shards of blue ice in a black ocean. Constellations wheeled big and bright beyond the cliff, so that it looked as if one could run, leap from the edge, and fall directly into another galaxy." Stunning imagery. Period.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    I love this book and I think it would make a fabulous movie!  EX

    I love this book and I think it would make a fabulous movie!  EXODUS 2022, by Kenneth Bennett, is a well-written, unique thriller that keeps you in suspense from page one right up to the end.  The story has some unexpected twists, beautiful imagery and a truly scary, evil villain.  EXODUS 2022 has left a lasting impression on me that has me contemplating our impact to the world around us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    NOTE: I received the book from the author in exchange for my hon

    NOTE: I received the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

    I hadn't even heard of Kenneth before I read EXODUS 2022. Nor did I know what to expect of the book. I do love science fiction, and thrillers are usually blood-boiling, so I thought "Why not?"

    There were scenes that had me laughing. By the end it had me teary eyed and somewhere in the middle I was pointing at the evil dude, saying "That's what you deserve, mister!"

    Writing style:
    Clean, well structured, and professional. The action flowed from one scene to the next without any stumbling. It was definitely a page turner.
    Also, I can't say how much I loved the paragraph length. SHORT!

    Story line:
    I think I can count on my one hand the novels that kept me guessing until the very end. EXODUS 2022 was one of them. I had no idea what was going to happen until, literally, the very last page.
    So, what's the story?
    A young man by the name of Joe Stanton is struck by hallucinations. Of the daughter he never had. After a video of him going out of it is uploaded in the global web, he is noticed by a genius scientist and a weapons baron who are suddenly interested in solving the mystery of several Pacific coast victims. Things get tense and complicated along the way ans the mystery gets unraveled.

    Themes:
    -The power of money and how it can corrupt people;
    -The human influence over anything seems to be mostly destructive;
    -There are other sentient beings living on this planet. We'll do well to remember that.

    Characters:
    Joe Stanton was a quiet, peaceful young man. He had his life ahead of him, a life he was hopeful to share with his girlfriend Ella. He had an open attitude, a huge heart and a mind set in the right place. For someone placed in his situation, Joe was doing admirably. He knew what was waiting for him in a week's time, but he never lost sight of what he thought was important. He was a strong man, even when perceived as week, for strength is not always found in the physical body.

    Ella was not a girl, who would run at the first sight of trouble. In fact, I thought that was going to be how events would unfurl, but I was proved wrong. Ella stood by Joe's side until the very end. She suffered a lot - seeing him fall apart, seeing him struggle to remain with his mind, feeling helpless beside him, being kidnapped, harassed and everything else... Despite all that, Ella remained strong and brave.

    Beck... well, he was the antagonist. Not entirely, but to a certain extent, he made known that he was the force to be reckoned. And while the forces within him were the main evil, he was still one sick, egotistical man. He cared about nothing but himself. I despised him way before he became evil personified. He wasn't an admirable character to begin with - he was a murderer without a conscience. But he degraded even further as the story progressed. What I liked about him was that he wasn't a flat character. There was depth to him, layers upon layers and not even one of them was the the spectrum of goodness.
    So yeah, lots of times I find myself rooting for the villain in a novel, but... dude, not this time.

    In conclusion, I'd like to say that EXODUS 2022 was a journey I never expected to take, but am glad I took it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Spectacularly imaginative! Deep sci-fi with potent emotional dri

    Spectacularly imaginative! Deep sci-fi with potent emotional driving force below the surface. I fought to breathe every moment I had to put it down.  So captivating it got me in trouble with my family because I refused to put the thing down. I can't recommend this book enough!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    EXODUS 2022 is the latest offering by Kenneth G. Bennett, the au

    EXODUS 2022 is the latest offering by Kenneth G. Bennett, the author of the lauded young adult series, THE GAIA WARS. An ecological, paranormal Sci-fi Thriller set in the year 2022, opens with 28 year old Joe Stanton waking up in a motel room on San Juan Island in Washington State, hysterical to find his lost daughter. Odd thing is, he doesn’t have a daughter. The police and ER doctor believe his delusions are drug-related but what they don’t know is that poor Joe isn’t the only one to have experienced these same hallucinations. Divers and fisherman from the Bering Sea to the Puget Sound, experienced almost this exact episode –resulting in their imminent death.

    “A jolt of adrenaline traveled the length of his body, like a blast of electric current. His limbs twitched and his heart thumped in his chest. Ella felt Joe’s body quiver and tense. Heard him cry out: ‘No!’ She dropped her book. Spun around. Caressed his face. ‘Joe. Sweetie? Joe? You okay?’
    He couldn’t hear her. He was deep underwater now, zooming toward a huge drifting shape. A shape he somehow recognized. Click! Skeleton. Brain. Lungs. Internal organs. Heart. Heart? The heart’s not beating. The heart is still. ‘No!’ Joe twisted and writhed, twitched and moaned. His face paled and a slick glaze of sweat coated his forehead. ‘She’s dead!’ he cried, his voice a guttural, strangled gurgle. A sound Ella barely recognized.
    She gripped him by his shoulders. Shook him. ‘Joe! It’s me! You’re having a bad dream. Wake up.’ Joe stirred, and suddenly people up and down the beach were yelling. For a moment, Ella thought they’d heard her worried cries and were yelling at her. But everyone was staring at the water. Pointing and smiling and cheering. ‘Whales!’ someone shouted.” pp.44-45.

    As Joe & his girlfriend, Ella, discern the images during these spells and who the voice is in his head, a very powerful and dangerous weapons contractor tries to identify the link with these occurrences and how his coterie might profit. But not all is as it seems as Joe comes face to face with a sentient being who needs his aid. And if he does help, at what cost?

    Although sci-fi thrillers are not my typical cuppa tea, I must admit EXODUS 2022 is a provocative, unprecedented, spine-tingling novel; and coupled with the very germane “Blackfish” documentary & images from Taiji, Kenneth G. Bennett’s eco-thriller has stayed with me long after the last page. I can absolutely see this as a feature film. And the ending warrants a sequel! Add EXODUS2022 to your to-be-read list—sooner than later.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Joe Stanton wakes up searching for his missing daughter - the da

    Joe Stanton wakes up searching for his missing daughter - the daughter he knows is dead... the daughter he never had. This bizarre hallucination is only the beginning of a wild ride that Joe and his girlfriend, Ella, find themselves on - one that includes a billionaire weapons contractor, a genius scientist, telepathy, the future of life on the earth and Joe's impending death. 

    I totally loved Exodus 2022! I'd read it halfway before bed on Monday night and was intending to do stuff on Tuesday morning, being a public holiday, but partially because I was lazy and also because I really had to know what happened I ended up spending the whole morning finishing the book. 

    The story has a very strong environmental thrust and some paranormal overtones. I'd hesitate to say fantasy... it has a more "religious" feel to it (i.e. other higher power, good vs evil). 

    I only had 2 issues with this book, which isn't quite major enough to warrant any drop in my rating, but I figured I would mention them here:
    1. Priest with tattoos, long-hair, earrings and on holiday together with his girlfriend? Not something that would normally be tolerated in churches where I'm from, but then again I don't know much about the Episcopal church.
    2. The ending (which was happy/tragic for me) raised one... question... 

    I received this book for review as part of the Novel Publicity Tour.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    The basic plot of all good books and plays is to build up to a big scene

    It has worked since the greek plays shakespeare and on down the line yes it works in law and order with a minute of violence then build to a trial and then build again to the finish this doesnt work in a book and reader feels cheated .

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  • Posted October 1, 2014

    I adored this book, without a doubt. At least the basic plotline

    I adored this book, without a doubt. At least the basic plotline the book followed. Then why, you may ask, did I only give it 3 stars? Because it devolved into environmentalism preaching. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of taking care of the environment when we can, but this book preached at me at times.




    Now, the good: I loved the truth about what/who Mia (the mysterious voice in the priest's head) was and WHY she was contacting him. I liked the interplay of good versus evil as it played out through Beck and what was driving him toward the end. The idea of the exodus going on was...mind blowing. I loved that the players could actually do what they're doing.




    The bad: I've already covered that and I can't go into more details without spoiling it. 




    Still, I'd probably check out a sequel if one were written. 3 of 5 gargoyles for me!




    Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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