Patriarch Run – Benjamin Dancer

30331928Good lord, this was non-stop action. Not my usual genre, but absolutely fantastic nonetheless. It was like reading an action film. Literally.

Jack doesn’t know who he is or what he’s done, all he knows is that skilled operators are trying to kill him. He heads instinctively to Patriarch Run, the home he left a decade ago, where his wife and son (who he doesn’t recognize or remember) still live. As fragments of his memory return, Jack must choose between the fate of humanity and that of his family.

The pace is fast. The narrative flits between present and different points in the past, and to different characters’ points of view on a page-by-page basis. Because of all the action, I didn’t have a clue what was going on most of the time, but I really didn’t mind. It was all so exciting. Benjamin Dancer’s writing is superb. Oftentimes switching time frames and POVs can disrupt the flow of a story, but not in Patriarch Run. The characters were likeable (though not exactly relatable… unless you happen to live in a mountainous area of America and have regular shoot-outs with special forces and run-ins with the Mexican drug cartel).

As I said, this isn’t my usual preferred genre, but I would recommend giving it a go. The story also carries a deeper message regarding the choices made by humanity as a whole, which gives the book a meaningful edge.

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