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Monday, May 19, 2014

{BLOG TOUR: Excerpt + Giveaway} Exodus 2022 by Kenneth G. Bennett

Welcome to my stop at the Exodus 2022 Book Tour! This is a new sci-fi thriller book by author Kenneth G. Bennett and will be released tomorrow, May 20th. Yay! But before it hit the stores, let's take a sneak peek on Exodus 2022. There's also a giveaway at the bottom of the post so be sure to enter for a chance to win. ^__^

I'd also like to thank Vanya of YA Story Teller for hosting and organizing this book tour. It's a job well done, Vanya. You're amazing! Congratulations! 

Exodus 2022

Author: Kenneth G. Bennett
Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller (pre-apocalypse)
Audience: NA/Adult
Release date: May 20th, 2014
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
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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.

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. And Ella saw them.

Joe rose slowly to a sitting position and shook off his nightmare. 

“Whales,” said Ella, holding Joe tightly, clutching his hands in hers. She didn’t like how cold his hands felt. 

Tourists up and down the beach snapped pictures as a pod of orcas rolled through the sunlit channel. 

A park ranger stepped from the lighthouse and trained a pair of binoculars on the pod.

“It’s just like yesterday,” said Ella, glad that Joe was awake, glad to have something to look at and talk about to take his mind off his nightmare and the day’s events.

Joe was silent as he watched the whales. “Yesterday?” he said at last. “What’s like yesterday?”

“Well…the whales,” Ella replied. “Only, not quite as good, right? Had front-row seats yesterday. You especially.” She glanced up and down the beach. “How many of these people have ever touched a whale, huh?”

Joe’s body went so completely still that Ella let go of him and scooted around so that she could get a better look at his face. It was a face lined with worry and fear.

“Joe?” She took his hands and he stared past her. The whales were moving away now, steadily, in formation, soon to vanish around the point.

Joe said, “Talk about yesterday.”

“When we saw the whales,” said Ella. “You know. When we were kayaking. They came up under our boats. They were all around us. You touched one.”

Joe kept his eyes on the whales. They rolled on, finally disappearing from sight. The tourists turned back to the lighthouse, and the excited chatter faded. 

Ella held Joe in her arms again. After a long time, she said, “Sweetie…are you not remembering what happened yesterday?”

“Not a bit of it,” he replied, shaking his head. “Nothing.” He sounded close to tears.

Ella squeezed his hand. “It’s gonna be fine. You’re gonna be fine. But I think we better head for the ferry.”

“Yeah. I think you’re right.”

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.”

1 Kindle Fire
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There's also another giveaway wherein 1 (one) winner will get an ecopy of Exodus 2022.
Ends June 1st

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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!


  1. Aww! Thanks so much Julie! You warmed my heart! You've done an incredible job with this post! :)

  2. Ooooh good excerpt choice! Thanks for posting! BTW gorgeous site.

  3. Julie, the post looks great! Thanks so much for featuring my book and excerpt on your beautiful site. I really appreciate it.

    Kenneth G. Bennett


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