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Fathers, sons and the scares that bind them

  • Jan 16, 2013
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An intriguing novel of parents and their children, Patrick Greene’s Progeny follows two dysfunctional families and their interactions as reclusive author Owen Sterling brings his eleven-year-old son to stay with him in the woods. The son, brought up by his mother after the parents separate, presents himself as a mystery to his father. Meanwhile other fathers prove mysterious to their sons, and all are wrapped in the overarching mystery of Indian tribal lands where Owen lives and Zane Carver longs to turn his teenager into a hunter.

When Zane and his friends discover the secret of Owen’s forest, quiet mystery gives way to fast and scary action, even horror, while love struggles to reveal itself behind a veneer of self-image and self-respect. I really enjoyed the characters in this tale and longed for more honest communication, even while holding my breath in hopes the best men might survive. And I enjoyed the non-human characters too, mourned the dog and recognized honest respect in the “other” whose progeny fuels the story’s disaster.

I’d love to see this novel made into a film. I really enjoyed it.

Disclosure: I was lucky enough to be given a free ecopy of this novel when it was released. I’m just sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it.

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Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
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Some dark serendipity plopped a young Patrick Greene in front of a series of ever stranger films--and experiences--in his formative years, leading to a unique viewpoint. His odd interests have led to pursuits in film acting, paranormal investigation, martial arts, quantum physics, bizarre folklore and eastern philosophy. These elements flavor his screenplays and fiction works, often leading to strange and unexpected detours designed to keep viewers and readers on their toes. Literary influences range from Poe to Clive Barker to John Keel to a certain best selling Bangorian. Suspense, irony, and outrageously surreal circumstances test the characters who populate his work, taking them and the reader on a grandly bizarre journey into the furthest realms of darkness. The uneasy notion that reality itself is not only relative but indeed elastic is the hallmark of Greene's writing. Living in the rural periphery of Asheville, North Carolina with his wife Jennifer, son Gavin and an ever-growing army of cats, Greene still trains in martial arts when he's not giving birth to demons via his pen and keyboard.
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