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The Father's Child [Kindle Edition]

Mark Adair
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Book Description

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?

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From the Author

When I first began "The Father's Child" I had only the idea of a socially-challenged college guy named John Truman who had some interesting friends. Not knowing where the story or the characters might be going, I slowly churned out a chapter here and there. A few chapters and a couple months into it the idea for the New Dawn, a secret Oxford society, formed. Like the proverbial light bulb going on I understood the characters and their mission in life. Everything fit together.

I wrote the first draft in about ten months. After feedback from critique friends and my inner-critiquer, I reworked and rewrote 5 or 6 more times before I thought it was acceptable. A few more rewrites and I started thinking "this is pretty darn good." I still remember the time I read through the last several chapters without slowing down. Obviously, I knew the plot and the characters intimately. Evenso I found myself caught up in the story and the lives of those involved.


From the Inside Flap

A day in the life of John Truman...

My mental grip slipped as I once again lost the struggle to resist the latest onset of the recurring vision:

Four men, one whom I thought I should know but couldn't remember, gathered around a small table in a dark corner of a small room. Their voices soft, almost hypnotic, spoke Latin with English or possibly Scottish accents. They discussed economic systems, political structures, social causes, theological constructs, and people groups as if they were simply pawns on a chess board.

At some point in the complex, and occasionally inaudible, conversation the words Necessitas non habet legem would rise above the others, triggering a morbid and sickening reaction in me - I wanted to throw up. I would try to look away, but the more I resisted, the stronger those words held me in their grasp and the further into the room they drew me.

Finally, they would look up at me, vacant, zombie-like expressions in their eyes, point to the empty chair, and say, 'Welcome.'"

The vision ended and, as usual, my transition to unpleasant physical manifestations began. First the cold sweats followed almost immediately by piercing pain that seemed to dance around in my skull - base of my cranium, behind my eyes, top of my head, nasal cavity, inside my ears, and then start all over again. Like every other time, the experience culminated in a single drop of dark red blood falling from my nose.

Man, this really sucks.

Ten minutes later the physical manifestations completely subsided. These episodes started when I reached puberty. After an embarrassing eighth grade incident involving my presentation on the roots of Latin and the drop of blood spilling onto the white, tile floor, I learned to detect the early symptoms and avoid further public humiliation.

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  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DCB3W0
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buckle up, fire up your Kindle, and enjoy the ride! December 20, 2010
By DJ Bowd
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Mark Adair's 'The Father's Child' is a roller coaster, bungee jump, and treasure hunt all rolled into one! The story quickly develops a team of main characters, each of them uniquely talented with very intriguing personalities. You quickly get inside their heads; understand their motivations, desires, quirks and their synergistic dependencies...and BAM! There's an unexpected event that propels the college companions on a thrilling journey filled with suspense, mystery and high-tech adrenaline.

The story's main characters, John Truman and Paul Eastman, first meet in the 9th Grade. Coincidence or destiny? They quickly become great friends and end up going to college together. In addition to their academic and nightly pub activities, John and Paul, along with two other close friends, are well known for their wild parties. It's during one of their `soon to be famous' mid-western college parties, where something happens that changes all four of their lives forever.

Adair is a master at witty dialogs, artful descriptions and teasing the reader with seeds of fore-shadowing. The story is filled with twists and turns, and fun surprises from beginning to end; a masterful plot that continues to develop all the way to an exciting and unexpected conclusion.

Buckle up, fire up your Kindle, and enjoy the ride!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like suspense, this is for you! November 28, 2010
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The Father's Child is one of those books that's hard to put down. It had me on the edge of my seat from the very first page until the end, and the twists and turns had my mind reeling well after! If you're a fan of suspense and just plain good writing, I highly recommend this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind bending adventure January 7, 2011
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This story is indeed a thriller. The protagonists, John, Paul, Susan and Julia will take you on a mental adventure into a techno and psychological sub-culture that I found both exciting and mind bending. Adair has a knack for moving the story forward at a fast clip using both inner and outer dialogue. His characters are well defined, and fiercely contemporary, carrying us along with the glib dialogue of their 30-something world. The storyline builds in tension as the characters begin to realize the danger they're in and how much is at stake and dependent on them. Adair provides his readers and his characters plenty of challenges, astonishing surprises and paradigm shifts that will blow your mind. It's a good read, a page turner, a thrilling ride and it's well written. I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. December 3, 2010
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Great read. I read a lot, but this is my first review in a long time. This is my second book read on Kindle - with which I'm very comfortable. I highly recommend The Father's Child - get it, read it, you'll be glad you did.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Full of Twists and Turns May 20, 2011
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Society? March 16, 2011
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The Father's Child
By Mark Adair
Copyright 2010 by Mark Adair
Kindle ASIN B004DCB3W0

The Father's Child is an interesting foray into the land of kidnapping, mind control and world domination. The beginning is a bit slow, laying the foundation for the rest of the story but if you continue through the story it will all be worth it in the end.

The storyline for The Father's Child is interesting, and in today's day and age feasible. It is easy to suspend belief and enter into the realm of the story.

The Father's Child has a lot going for it. It has some great action scenes near the end, and a complex and evolving storyline that really draws you in. You can absolutely picture the situation happening. You can believe in the backdrop of a long-standing clandestine society spending hundreds of years moving toward their solution of how to solve all of the world's problems. You know there are people out there for whom the end justifies the means. You know there are societies that would love to dominate the world. You know there are groups that think their solutions are the only way to bring about a better world. You are so drawn into the story because of this that even the twists and turns along the way make perfect sense as they arise. The story will absolutely keep you reading.

There are a few spots where the difference in time frame references from one character's experience to the other character's experience can throw you off, but you'll quickly adjust to the difference in time between the events in the character John's timeline and those in the character Paul's timeline. John and Paul are the two point of view characters in the story and Adair does an admirable job of switching between the characters in a clean, neat fashion.
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2.0 out of 5 stars First Kindle book I couldn't finish
This is the very first Kindle book I haven't been able to finish since I got my Kindle a year and a half and countless book downloads ago. Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by K. Simmons
3.0 out of 5 stars Indie Book Review: The Father's Child
I've wrapped up The Father's Child by Mark Adair, and even a few days later, I'm not sure what precisely I'm feeling about it. There were parts that were very, very good. Read more
Published on October 15, 2011 by Keryl Raist
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
The Father's child has some foul language in it, but the story is still a good one. For the foul language of Paul, I will give this book 3 stars. Read more
Published on September 25, 2011 by tjslinks
4.0 out of 5 stars I love creepy secret society books
I am sort of a sucker for secret society books. I like the creepy and mysterious aspect that they provide and this book did not disappoint. Read more
Published on August 8, 2011 by Lex Write
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John Truman is an ordinary guy, he has a good job, good friends and a relatively good life. Read more
Published on June 5, 2011 by Murphy's Library
4.0 out of 5 stars The Father's Child
This was billed as a thriller but it is so much more than that. It's riddled with philosophical ideas about the character's, life, hope and what is true happiness. Read more
Published on May 29, 2011 by Sue Owen
3.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious Plot With Several Twists

The cover is dark and mysterious-looking and I'm not sure it captures the story exactly. Read more
Published on May 21, 2011 by Mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book
This book is awesome.I read this today and I just couldn't put it down. This suspense has the twists and turns that will keep you reading this novel until the end. Read more
Published on February 20, 2011 by Canadian Book Addict
3.0 out of 5 stars More little knots to pick apart than Auntie Mame's macrame
Whether techno-thriller, -suspense, or -mystery, this longish first novel (est. 270 pages) lies well below my usual reading interests. Read more
Published on January 6, 2011 by J. Faulk
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Mark Adair spent over twenty-five years in the Information Technology world designing and developing complex software systems for clients such as the US Navy, Disney, and Lockheed Martin. One evening, after the latest 14 hour workday in a string of many, he struggled to wind down. Looking for a place to escape, he grabbed his trusty laptop and began writing a suspense story about a guy named John Truman. Several months later he had completed the first draft of his first novel, and realized that he would never be the same.

Recently, he debuted his suspense novel, "The Father's Child", on the Kindle platform.

After living in Southern California, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, and Colorado, he now makes his home in lovely Northern California. In addition to writing, he enjoys swimming, wine, Oklahoma football, the ocean, friends, and his family...not necessarily in that order.


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