The Dawning, A Novel of Mystery and Suspense “The dark hand of our government had just come crashing down around John Warren and fear clutched at him, centering deep in the pit of his stomach.” Nine … see full wiki
Alien space-ship, or the voice of the gods? Tiny geniuses, or products of genetic tinkering? Hope for the future of mankind, or a threat to be eliminated? Linda Pendleton’s The Dawning pulls all these threads together as scientists investigate genius children from around the world, religious groups and governments threaten each other, and an American Indian recovers his lost heritage. With war, disease and societal breakdown, perhaps the world’s in need of a new dawn. This novel adds the rise of UFO sightings and paranormal powers to the mix, plus one resourceful father, one determined mother, and some good and bad guy government agents determined to do good or bad. Desert scenery is beautifully described with all its light and sounds. Surprises jump from the page with a nice sense of timing. Exciting chases, carefully-explained clues, sudden death and surprising revelations all come together with a pleasing sense of adventure, romance and mystery. Conspiracy theories darken the path, while hope for the future lightens it. Meanwhile, long insights into characters’ minds become important as the characters change. Change is a hope and promise that fuels this novel, and secrecy a danger allowing suspicion to thrive. It’s an interesting tale with an intriguing premise and some very nice characters; long explanation balanced with beauty, high death-count balanced with hope, and mystery balanced with mystique.
Disclosure: I read this novel in the Popular Literature – Fiction section of the Dan Poynter Global eBook Awards, where it made the winners’ circle.
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