James Kennedy is the author of The Order of Odd-Fish and the founder and director of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Before becoming a writer, he was a software engineer with a degree in physics and philosophy, subjects he continues to explore in his writing. Dare to Know is his first adult novel.
September 2021 Indie Next Pick A fascinating, compulsively readable thriller. -The Guardian Audaciously clever and well-written...a quite superb piece of storytelling: vivid, thought-provoking and unsettling. -SFX Magazine (5 stars) A creepy thriller that reads a little like Stephen King writing Glengarry Glen Ross. -GeekDad Imagine what would happen if Chuck Palahniuk, Enrico Fermi, and the Brothers Grimm got together to raise a child...Sci-fi, snark-horror and futuristic thriller fans will love it. -Terri Schlichenmeyer for The Guam Daily Post [An] enjoyable slipstream thriller....Readers with a taste for the synchronicity of the cosmic with the commonplace are sure to be entertained. -Publishers Weekly Dare To Know will prompt the reader to consider the philosophical implications of life and death itself. -Booklist [A] genre-bending thriller...good pacing and clever plotting keep the pages turning. -New York Journal of Books A razor-smart sci-fi corporate noir nightmare. Dare to Know is what happens when Willy Loman sees through the Matrix. A heartbreaking, time-bending, galactic mindbender delivered in the mordantly funny clip of a doomed antihero. -Daniel Kraus, co-author of The Shape of Water Philip K. Dick energy infusing Death of a Salesman emotional timbre....I loved it. -Kieron Gillen, author of The Wicked + The Divine and Once & Future Imagine Rod Serling hijacking Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross into The Twilight Zone, and you've got a glimmer of James Kennedy's doom-laden, genre-defying novel Dare to Know. A fresh and morbid twist...Kennedy spins a slow-burn nightmare in which something is clearly coming apart at the seams, but is it our self-cursed narrator or the whole of existence? -Stephen Segal, author of Geek Wisdom Time shifting from present to past, and possibly the future, Kennedy seamlessly integrates philosophy, first love, Beatles music, jaw-dropping science fiction and the four stages of civilization, and turns it all into a fast-paced, existential, mind-expanding thriller-a thoroughly enjoyable read. -Paul Dinh-McCrillis for Shelf Awareness Dare to Know is something of a mind-twister reminiscent of Philip K. Dick. -SF2 Concatenation