Patriarch Run by Benjamin Dancer 


“A breathless thriller…a literary meditation clutching a straight razor behind its back. Bold, beautifully written, and surprising.” – Marcus Sakey, bestselling author of THE BRILLIANCE TRILOGY

Nine years ago, Jack Erikson was deployed to China to protect the United States from a cyberattack. Now, suffering from a drug-induced amnesia, he is unable to recognize his own son. What Jack knows for sure is that an elite group of operators is determined to kill him. What he does not yet remember is that he controls a cyber-weapon powerful enough to return human civilization to the Stone Age. If Jack lives long enough to piece together his mission and his identity, he will be forced to choose between the fate of humankind and that of his own family. 

Readers of Cormac McCarthy and Peter Heller will appreciate both the suspense and the Western setting. In his thrilling literary debut, Benjamin Dancer also explores the timeless themes of fatherhood and the fraying fabric of global stability. 


Jack is under attack and so is his estranged family. Rachel, his wife is kidnapped. Billy, his son is part of a shoot out.  All of this is because of something Jack has done in the past. He just cannot remember what it is. 

Jack has a magnetism which draws the reader in. He is damaged yet, he is strong and protective. He could be a “new book boyfriend”. I love the strong silent type. I love the way he and Rachel interact, before AND after he loses his memory. Rachel is a tough lady and when Jack busts back into her life, she becomes almost vicious.  This is her strength coming out to protect her son and herself. 

It is choppy in places.  However, I feel this is by design. It creates a way for the reader to experience Jack’s amnesia, makes it extremely real life. 

This story has so many levels it is hard to realize what is going on till the end. I thought I had it figured out when it shifted on me. The betrayal, the espionage and the action never stop. I was a little disappointed in the ending. The tale could have ended a little differently.  Oh well, I will live with it and move on! 

This is a good shoot’em up, car chasing, espionage, fast paced thriller which never slows down. This would make a fabulous action/adventure film. 

This novel is set for release in October.  Place this on preorder status!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review. 

Purchase here 

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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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