Exodus 2022 – Review & a Recipe for @KennethGBennett
Remember when I mentioned my thing with preachy eco-thriller fantasy reads, umm Tuesday? Well this is the one that I really had high-hopes for and I was let down because of just that. I did NOT expect eco-thriller based on the synopsis and if I had expected it I would not have been as annoyed when reading it. I would have been in a different frame of mind.
The question is, would I have read it knowing it was a bit preachy? Probably not but since it is also set in the Pacific NW where I grew up knowing the areas he is describing and all the marine wildlife, I am pretty sure I would have chosen to read this anyway.
Let’s get to breaking down the book to make it easier to give you why I felt the way I felt. Let it be said now, and a few more times, this book was written excellently. Amazing story telling. Just not my flavor of salt water taffy! (speaking of which, make sure you look below for a recipe!)
Set in Washington State’s Puget Sound, some of the waters of Alaska and partially in Montana this part did not let me down. I absolutely loved it…. At first (but we will get to that part later). The writing is top notch, there are no if’s ands and buts about that. So 4 out of 5 stars on the solidity of the writing and the story drive. Again, fantastic.
Characters are solid and either likeable or hateable (is that a word even?? Oh who cares… ummm despicable.. THERE thanks Geoff)! Written in difficult manner of third person with head hopping, it did get somewhat confusing at times, only a tiny bit. But I enjoyed it. Over all I would give the characters and their builds a 4 out of 5 (there were some I feel deserve more fleshing out).
Here is where I get to the part I where the problems due to my reading interests arose. On a personal level I want to be able to choose to read a book or not and know I am not going to be surprised at being preached too with politics, religion and any other solid activism message. If you can work it in without it overwhelming the story, which I felt it did here, then yes I can deal with it but this one left me annoyed.
Sure it is a journey from a specific man’s point of view (and his girlfriend, this part I LOVED because she is fabulous and I like how the author included her in the protagonist’s journey), it focuses on the way man and nature connect, or at least how they should be connecting. Throw in some sci-fi, a whole lot of thrills and adventure.. and wham! Right? Well ummm no this is where it fell flat for me. Enter in……… duh… duh duhhhhhhhhhhhhh …
(sort of a spoiler but… it won’t totally ruin it promise)
The marine life decides it wants to jump ship, as in the Earth. To do so it has to communicate its needs and uses a very high ranking ummm marine mammal to do so (this is way cool since I have actually swam with the feeeshies big and small in the Narrows).
So what’s the issue, we have the example of man’s greed, his abuse to the environment, the evilness of war etc… but … and I am going to get the smack down from my friends in Washington, if I wanted to discuss impending doom to our planet I would go to a rally, if I want to read it, I want to be prepared.
So on comparing the synopsis (see below) to the book and what was actually inside, 2.5 out of 5 (halfway through was my turning point). Because it was not just a sci-fi genre bending thriller with a side of eco-preaching, it was a side of good writing, excellent story telling thrills with a Thanksgiving size coma platter of food in front of me kind of eco-preaching.
Over all the book was excellently written. If I was prepared in any way shape or form for ecological messages of doom to come I may not have had this reaction. As it stands I have to give it a 3.5 based on the above averages. If I was not reading this for the tour, I honestly would have stopped reading it about halfway through. It started off SO well. BUT don’t let my feelings stop you. Now that you have an informed viewpoint and you don’t mind stuff like this, GO FORTH AND READ!
by Kenneth G. Bennett
Published by Booktrope
on May 20, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Thriller
Source & Buy Links: Novel Publicity
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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 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.
I received this book from Novel Publicity in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Salt Water Taffy (simple)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¾ cup light corn syrup
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon flavoring (your choice but if you use extracts use real ones if they have them, otherwise don't skimp the cheap ones are full of alcohol fillers, ewwww. Mine are all vanilla)
- a couple of drops of food coloring (your choice)
- Mix sugar and cornstarch in 1-1/2 quart saucepan.
- Stir in corn syrup, water, butter and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and sugar is completely dissolved. Continue cooking then, without stirring, until candy thermometer reaches 260 degrees or between firm and hard ball candy stage (mixture will form a flexible ball when drizzled in cold water).
- After boiling has ceased, stir in flavoring and coloring.
- Pour onto lightly greased pan. Let stand until cool enough to handle.
- Pull the taffy with greased hands. This is a blast with kids or with a bunch of drinking adults.. ok you don't have to drink but it could be fun!
- Cut into 1-inch pieces and wrap the candy pieces in waxed paper.
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