Book Review: The Father’s Child May 20, 2011Posted by Jaidis in 3 Tree Reviews, Book Reviews, Jaidis Shaw Reviews.
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John Truman, a bright, introverted, college student belongs to the New Dawn…he just doesn’t know it yet. The plans of the 300-year-old, Oxford-based, secret society revolve around him, the final piece in their puzzle. He struggles with almost everything – the girl he loves, the extroverted uber-social best friend, his estranged father, and the recurring visions that compromise his ability to interact with others. All John wants is to get through today; all they want is to rule the world.
Suspense, intrigue, mystery, and romance all woven together into one thrilling tapestry. Enter a world where nothing is what it seems and no one can be trusted. Are you ready?
The Father’s Child by Mark Adair is a techno-thriller that is jam-packed with twists and turns. John Truman is just an average guy, or at least he seems to be. The book opens with your average college party and John is not the party type. After hiding out for as long as he can, he slowly tries making his way downstairs to blend in among friends. Only things take a wild turn and masked men decide to crash the party. Armed with serious weaponry, they demand that one of John’s close friends, George, step forward or else. Deciding to give himself up rather than see anyone hurt, George agrees and is taken by the masked men, who then leave just as quickly as they came.
Years later, John and another good friend Paul have decided to move and start over. Deciding they should go ahead with the original plans, they want to open their own company. Only John starts having weird dreams and appears to be borderline psychotic. Being able to create complicated computer programs, John sets out on a search to track George’s last steps before he was taken feeling as though he owes it to George to find the truth. Little does he know at the time, but John’s whole life has been planned out for him and he is to become part of the New Dawn.
This book took me a little while to get into it. The beginning starts off great with a lot of action and then there are several chapters where Mr. Adair is laying the ground work, setting up the story and giving the readers details that will be needed later in the story, although there are a couple of spots where there is a little action. On more than one occasion I found myself pushing this book to the side and coming back to it. Once you get through the beginning, it does pick up if you stay with it.
The Father’s Child is a book with two point of views. Each chapter alternates between John and Paul and I found this to be a little bit distracting. I would just be getting comfortable reading the story from one view only to have it abruptly switched to another. John and Paul may be best friends but they have very different personalities and therefore different ways of telling the story.