Author: Benjamin Dancer
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Coming-of-age
Publisher: Old Man Press
Release Date: March 22, 2014
Summary: PATRIARCH RUN is a thoughtful and character-driven, coming-of-age story. Billy discovers that his father might be a traitor, that he was deployed to safeguard the United States from a cyberattack on its military networks. After that mission, his father disappeared along with the Chinese technology he was ordered to steal–a weapon powerful enough to sabotage the digital infrastructure of the modern age and force the human population into collapse. Against a backdrop of suspense, the story explores the archetypal themes of fatherhood, rites of passage and self-acceptance through a set of characters that feel alive on the page.
Reviewer: Margaret via Book Explosions
The story begins with Jack, who finds himself in the midst of a horrible bombing and no memory of who he is or why he’s there. As Jack’s memories slowly and incompletely return to him, he discovers that he is being pursued by two very dangerous groups, but doesn’t know why. His instincts lead him to Patriarch Run, the home he deserted years ago and the family that still lives there. This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that keeps you turning the pages until the very end. The well developed characters and scenes are full of intrigue, love, loss and sacrifice and much, much more. The ending was not only satisfying, but left the reader thinking about the human race and all its complexities.