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The Father's Child

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  13 reviews
John Truman, a bright, introverted, college student belongs to the New Dawn...he just doesn't know it yet. The 300-year-old, Oxford-based, secret society designed him, created him, and built their organization to interface with him. They cannot survive without him; he cannot survive without them. All he wants is a simple, normal life of hanging with his friends, succeeding...more
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Published November 21st 2010 (first published November 2010)
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Jaidis Shaw
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...more
Sue Palmer
What a fantastic read!
This book is listed under the Thriller genre but is much more than that! The story is intriguing, you just never know what is going to be around the next corner, it is full of twists and turns, with a bit of romance thrown in as a bonus.
I thoroughly enjoyed how the plot developed and halfway through i was just baffled at how it would end.
It didn't disappoint ....the conclusion was exciting, unexpected and very different!
I would highly recommend this book, it was well writte...more
Mark Adair
Jan 16, 2011 Mark Adair rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: suspense/thriller fans
Shelves: techno-thriller
"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....more
Lex Write
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. New Dawn had all of the makings of a Kool-Aid drinking cult.(Paul the comic relief character makes a joke about it)
The Father’s Child starts at a party thrown by a group of friends known collectively as The Beatles because their names are John, Paul, and George (very cute) and we get to see a pretty good picture of the main characters personalities. John is...more
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John Truman is an ordinary guy, he has a good job, good friends and a relatively good life. Well, maybe he’s not that ordinary, because he speaks Latin as much as he speaks English—something that sometimes bothers his friends, who have to keep asking him what does he mean with those old words.

When one of his closest friends is kidnapped, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. Two years later, the Police still has no clue about w...more
Keryl Raist
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Sue Owen
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. I say riddled because it’s definitely not dripping or over done in any way. This book is well written and kept me guessing as to where it would all end. It is definitely not a casual read. If you want a run of the mill thriller with no thought put into it, this is not the book for you. The author has gone inside the minds of the main...more

The cover is dark and mysterious-looking and I'm not sure it captures the story exactly. There is definitely a mysterious element to the story, but it's not as dark as you would think by looking at the cover.

The title has a literal meaning, yes, but after reading the story I realized it was also a play on words ... in more ways than one.

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John is a brilliant whiz kid who grew up not knowing his biological father. Susan and he have been friends ever since they were li...more
Charles Markee
Generally a good read, especially the first 3/4 of the book. Part of the last section included the protagonist in a state of confusion, which left me in a state of confusion. It became a difficult read during that short segment. Otherwise the book was quite creative, well written and filled with authentic scenes.
I just cant decide if I liked this book or not, it was well written fast paced at times. But there just something I guess I just did not get out of the story line. When I was done I did not think I compleatly understood the story and felt I was missing someting deeper that want I was processing..?
Interesting plot for this book, but I thought the telling of it lacked definition, especially towards the end and the characters were portrayed as somewhat juvenile
My complete review can be found on my blog.
Sally Bennett
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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...more
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