When the body of Harry Injurides – playwright, provocateur and bodybuilder – washes up on a beach, his friends are shocked, but not altogether surprised. But when they meet to mourn Harry, he shows up and says he’s been resurrected. 

Pharoni is the story of those friends. Tommy Pharoni tries to overcome his shock by writing about his friend’s resurrection, and accidentally starts a religion. Roy Sudden starts a tech empire based on digital empathy and digital pain, drawing in billionaire investors, femme-fatale programmers, and tsunamis of capital. And, Roy’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Maud works in secret to bring radical justice to the most neglected and abused corners of society. 

As Tommy’s religion grows, Roy and his backers try to take control of it. The battle, about more than doctrine, engulfs Tommy’s marriage and threatens his life, leading to a conflict with strangely humane results that no one could predict.

Notable 100 Book – Shelf Unbound’s Best Books of the Year List

Science Fiction Silver Award Winner – Reader Views’ Annual Literary Awards

Finalist – Foreword Indies Science Fiction Book of the Year

Quarterfinalist – ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition

Order Pharoni through your local bookstore, or an audiobook store or Amazon.



“Completely fresh and utterly surprising, Pharoni is an off-the-wall novel that will keep you scratching your head until the last unpredictable scene.” – INDIES TODAY (5/5 STARS)

“(T)he storyline itself is ingeniously mysterious… miraculous spectacles in quick succession… sharply limns… the spirit of New York … provocatively mocking the ambition of artists…” – KIRKUS

“(O)riginal and thrilling… a supremely intelligent work of explorative and experimental fiction that deserves a place amongst the best of indie sci-fi that I’ve read this year… a strong thriller plot… the high impact of a mainstream dystopian masterpiece….” – READERS’ FAVORITE (5/5 STARS)

“Filled with fascinating ideas… technology transmitting pain… that a modern-day religion would be subsumed into corporate “wellness” … he writes about them with zest” – INDIE READER

“A mercurial story that takes many satisfyingly surprising twists and turns… religious, social, psychological, and criminal processes come to life… intrigue and wry humor… a strange journey, indeed.” – MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

 “​​A literary masterpiece that will have readers questioning everything they ever believed about wealth and religion.” – READER VIEWS (5/5 STARS)

Pharoni, with its philosophical and social commentary, shows the face of the world that we often ignore… captures readerly attention until the very end.” – INDEPENDENT BOOK REVIEW

“(W)ith vivid characters. Pharoni offers modern day parallels to the founding of Christianity… it forces you to take a look at this fellowship of friends” – THE NEW PODLER REVIEW OF BOOKS

“(U)nconventional… Dodds’ prose is a delight… Pharoni is not a bleak book… thought-provoking and intelligent and one to contemplate” – SCUFFED GRANNY

“Once you begin reading Dodds you will want to keep going. His style, his turns of speech and his continuous plot twists sustain and engage.” – FLOYD COUNTY MOONSHINE

“Simmering lyricism and a killer ending from its last sentence also add to the novel’s charm… a fine read!” – Eileen Tabios, Award-Winning Author of DoveLion: A Fairy Tale for Our Times

“Loved it! Pharoni is a wacky, wonderfully written sci fi novel with themes of technology, opportunism, art and cults. I struggled to put this down…  I would highly recommend this book to any fans of Andy Weir and Kazuo Ishiguro’s books. ” – Eilish Shovelin, REEDSY

“If you think your life is confusing, get a load of Pharoni’s. Is he a post-modern John the Baptist? Or maybe Pontius Pilate? Get engrossed in his journey and decide for yourself.” – Tod Davies, editorial director, EXTERMINATING ANGEL PRESS, and author of The History of Arcadia series

ISBN: 978-0-578-28766-9

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