Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Exodus 2022 by Kenneth G. Bennett

Exodus 2022
Author:  Kenneth G. Bennett
Publisher:  Booktrope Publishing
Pages: 420
Release Date: May 20th, 2014
Source: Received from author in exchange for an 
honest review

Eco, sci-fi, thriller EXODUS 2022:

"Bennett, after a neat Dean Koontz–style curtain-raiser, keeps raising the stakes… Deft storytelling and a riptide of action propel this cataclysmic narrative." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

IS HE LOSING HIS MIND-- OR HIS WORLD? 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 new-found understanding of the cosmos, and outlast the time bomb ticking in Joe’s brain. 

"I'm not usually a sci-fi thriller enthusiast. But Kenneth G. Bennett has set this on-the-edge-of-your-seat story in the Great Pacific Northwest where I make my home. After reading EXODUS 2022, this place will never look quite the same. His best yet."--Rebecca Wells, author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and other novels.

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. It's difficult nowadays to find a book that doesn't quite fit a mould. I'm glad Exodus 2022 was that kind of read to you. :)

  2. Mati, thanks for excellent review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. I love the illustrations and design on this site and it's nice to see Exodus 2022 featured here. Thank you for a great post!

    Kenneth G. Bennett