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Immortality has received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly as well as high praise from many other book review publications. Immortality was a #1 best-selling techno-thriller on Amazon from January 2008 to June 2014. Publisher's Weekly starred review: When human extinctions occur in South America and spread worldwide, paleobiologist and genetic researcher Mark FreedmImmortality has received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly as well as high praise from many other book review publications. Immortality was a #1 best-selling techno-thriller on Amazon from January 2008 to June 2014. Publisher's Weekly starred review: When human extinctions occur in South America and spread worldwide, paleobiologist and genetic researcher Mark Freedman senses a connection to the Chromatium Omri bacteria, the oldest known life form on Earth linked to previous extinctions. The growing virulence in the "kill zones" spurs Freedman to join forces with Kathy Morrison, expert on viral and bacterial pathogens with the Centers for Disease Control. Despite personal losses, Freedman and Morrison find romance and make discoveries about the devastation and what lies behind it. Other colorful characters include dedicated policewoman Sarah Mayfair, whose horrific dreams and improbable survival enable contact with the forces behind the outbreaks; cynical Gen. James McKafferty, committed to preserving the U.S. at whatever cost; and Artie Hartman, goaded by his wife's death to wage war on gangs and government forces indiscriminately. The seemingly random attacks and emergence of chaos allow Bohacz to explore such themes as whether humanity deserves to survive, the meaning of being human, and the cost of perfect health and immortality. The originality of Bohacz's ideas is nearly equaled by detailed descriptions of a decontamination lab, the frenzied search for answers, and the aftermath of destruction. His vision of a humanity that faces the need to evolve profoundly or face certain destruction is as timely as today's news and as chilling a doomsday scenario as any ecological catastrophe can suggest.Kirkus - There is enough power in the premise to leave readers reeling. A novel that will surprise fans of science-fiction and doomsday scenarios."Speaking as an evolved Transhuman, I applaud this very entertaining, intelligent, and thought provoking journey to the edges of humanity." - Danny Rubin, author and screenwriter of Groundhog Day."Immortality is a fine, tense, scientific mystery adventure that puts mankind in a challenge of survival with a short time limit. This is the way the world could end." - Piers Anthony, author of 21 New York Times best-selling novels.Sci-Fi Reader - 4Stars - "This book manages to do what all the best sci-fi does - provide a thought-provoking, alternative viewpoint on the business of existence. I recommend you give it a go." - story begun in Immortality is not over and continues in the sequel Ghost of the Gods....

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Number of Pages : 516 Pages
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Immortality Reviews

  • Grundlepuck
    2019-06-07 05:50

    This is not the book that I thought it would be, but that's pretty much my own fault. I like to start a novel with a clean slate of expectations, so I don't read flyleafs or back covers or reviews or basically anything that will potentially spoil the joy of discovery for me. I just pick it up and start reading, and if the first page grabs me then there is a good chance that I will buy it.Based on the first page and the cover, I thought I was in for a man-merging-wth-machine singularity kind of exploration, but what I got was an apocalyptic plague with some pretty cool concepts behind it. This is much less my kind of book, but that's OK, it's a side effect of my obsession to remain spoiler-free, and I can live with that -- I've even on a couple of occasions realized 1/2 way through reading a novel that it was actually non-fiction.The bigger problem with the book is that the writing is clumsy and all the characters are unlikable. I suspect that with a good editor and some more experience, Bohacz will be a quite interesting author, but the writing in this novel is not up to the level of the ideas.

  • Alysia
    2019-05-29 06:40

    This book was sent to me from for a review of the story, the narrator and the overall audiobook experience. First let me say that I was shocked the audiobook was 24 hours long. Holly cow! That is a chunky book! Immortality is the epic story of the days and weeks leading up to the end of known humanity and the beginning of the end of our modern day civilization. Once people start noticing the unusual death zones around the world Mark Freedman, a famous paleontologist, is called to the CDC to help them unearth more information about the Chromatium Omri bacteria, the oldest known life form on Earth. And the killer of us all. This audiobook is filled with chapters from various people and their perspectives on the coming Armageddon. I loved the deep research and the approach the author took to get the whole thing to make sense (in the beginning). Then something happen. Around the time in the book the author had one of the strong female characters sitting at a campfire with a Indian Chief popping pills I was confused. Is this the same book I started with? It was like another complete person took over and starting writing. The bacteria goes from something killing humanity to something that is selecting a few to restart a better human race and you can communicate with it once you take a TON of LSD. Hmmmm? Well?? I’m not sure that was a good route to take. There was one more issue I had with the book. The science of it all was a bit overwhelming at times. If I was a paleontologist or a genetic researcher then I might ne interested in all of that detail but I am a regular reader and at times I wanted to just skip all of that to get back to the story.The narrator Kevin T. Collins was … intense. That is the first and only word I could use for him. There was intensity in his voice the whole time. I mean strong “T” in intense. Yes. Every single T was pronounced. I liked his voice but there were times in the audiobook were he didn’t need the intensity and he could have relaxed a bit. I also would have been nice to have the female parts in the book read by a female narrator. Overall, I am ok with the audiobook, no love not hate and I am a bit curious to see what will happen in book 2. P.S. There is a snippet of book 2 at the end of this audiobook.

  • Goddessinlb
    2019-05-27 01:26

    OMG!! This book was awesome....I stole this review from amazon:Deep in the Amazon, within specifically precise boundaries, humans drop dead within seconds, leaving behind animals and plant life. The areas are circular, and become known as "kill zones". Little notice is taken until a kill zone strikes in Anchorage Alaska ... American soil. Dr. Kathy Morrison, a CDC doctor in their BVMC (Bacterial and Viral Maximum Containment) lab is assigned to study the kill zones. Are they chemical or biological? What she does find is large amounts of Chromatium Omri, a benign water bacterium, in eighty percent of the Anchorage victims. She needs an expert on the bacterium. Dr. Mark Freedman, a bimolecular biologist, has been studying ancient layers of Chromatium Omri BIC 3.7 in fossilized form from the Cretaceous period. He's nicknamed the bacterium COBIC 3.7. Mark leaves behind his girlfriend Gracy, his ex-wife and daughter, to fly from Los Angeles to Atlanta to join Dr. Morrison's search for the cause of the kill zones. When Mark discovers a tiny "seed" embedded inside the COBIC, it's a race for time to discover if the seed is natural or foreign, and whether it's related to the kill zones. What they find is going to surprise you, over and over again. Other major characters are Sarah Mayfair, a police officer in New Jersey and her hundred and twenty pound Rottweiler Ralph. Sarah finds herself a fugitive after surviving a kill zone, and must find her way back into society. Artie Hartman and his pregnant wife Suzy live in New York. Artie is a lawyer, working as an assistant DA and running from his past as a former gang member. General McKafferty, an ugly, determined man, leads the military research faction called BARDCOM ... but is BARDCOM working with the CDC or against them? Mark and Kathy are in a race against time and a deadly foe, one that cannot be predicted or controlled. The fate of the world relies upon them breaking the code of the COBIC bacterium.

  • Michael
    2019-06-04 04:36

    I came very close to abandoning this book in the first 1/8 of it. I am extremely glad I did not but all my frustration with poor writing and character-development and general unnecessary verbiage continued to be justified. Thankfully I was able to force my brain to adjust and read lightly when indicated. This was a large and incredibly complex premise with a lot of fascinating science driving it. It is larger than the skills of the author. Had this book been co-written with an actual skilled writer, it could have succeeded wildly. Had a skilled editor with a heavy hand been deeply involved in the project, it could have been a much better read. What I did like enormously was the detailed descriptions of the characters actually 'doing science'... the minutiae of the processes involved, machines and tests used ect. Toward the end of the book, I thought the descriptions of the mental interfaces with the god-machine used by the main character were fascinating. I also thought calling it the god-machine was stupid! I can't say that I forgive the deep flaws of this book but the concepts were well worth wading into and satisfying on the other side. I am looking forward to the sequel!

  • Jolie
    2019-06-16 02:23

    This book was a great read and a little scary....because this is something that could happen.I was a little confused by the technical/medical jargon but Googling it cleared it right up.The religious ascpect of the book (ie the godheads) were a little too much in places but once you got into reading it, it totally made sense.I also liked the sci-fi part of the book.I gave this book a 5 star review on Shelfari. Would I recommend it to friends? Yes, but only if they liked this type of book.

  • Christopher
    2019-06-19 06:41

    So many pages and no satisfaction.

  • patricia i. kainu
    2019-06-10 02:39

    Immortality ReviewThe story was interesting enough to keep me reading but must confess to skipping over a number of places where the detail (to me) went on far too long which caused me to begin losing attention.

  • Neil
    2019-06-17 05:45

    I had high hopes for this book, but after only 43% read I couldn't be bothered with it. I was skipping large sections of narrative, that simple repeated the previous pages. Perhaps it wasn't for me.

  • Ken
    2019-06-09 04:24

    Interesting premise, but it shouldn't be the end.Okay, we know this is sort of a pre-apocalyptic, and apocalypse type novel. People die, anarchy breaks out. But I don't understand why it should in some respects. Why? Well over seventy percent of America's populace is killed off. That means thirty percent is left. That's millions of people. If our population is over 300 million, that's around 90 million survivors. Ninety million. And what was our population in the 1800s? You see what I'm getting at. There's no reason for our Federal government to completely fall apart. Our infrastructure is still in place. There should be enough of a population, a world population to build ourselves back up fast, with the right type of leaders. The following Spring, we could be planting fields, feeding the nation. Trading with other countries. We would just need to watch out foreclose, for who had control of t h e world's nukes. Now on the other hand, if only five percent survived, then there might be problems. But, that's still 15 million Americans, enough to run many things, right? From my impressions of the novel as I was reading it, I thought it was an Extinction Level Event. In fact, that word, Extinction, is used quite a bit. But thirty percent survival rate is certainly not Extinction, is it?There were one or two loose ends that perhaps will be addressed in the sequel, part two. One are the people that were changed, seemed to be psychologically damaged. The dirt grubbers? They also appeared to have superhuman abilities, like speed. What happened to them? One other thing I don't like is when Authors preach. Sure, in a way the book is pro-Environment, extraordinarily so. But we can't keep being reminded, especially when these attacks are only recent. Face it, here in America we've come extremely far in cleaning up our environment. During the 1960s and 1970s most of our Rivers were so polluted nothing lived in them . The Chicago River even caught on fire. Acid rain poured down on the Northeastern United States. But we passed the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, and established the Environmental Protection Agency. Yes, we've come a long way. With the onset of this novel's apocalypse, one wonders why it didn't occur years, decades earlier, when our Nation first participated in the Industrial Revolution, or at least after the first Atomic bombs were exploded.Anyway, I do see a certain need for continue to respect and restore our Environment. This is especially true of late when one major PolItical Party, and their Presidential candidate want to gut, and or do away with all Environmental controls, and Agencies - He essentially wants to give Industry a free pass to pollute our Nation's Air, Water, as well as Soil. This has to be prevented, this has to be stopped. If it proceeds we may have more then an ecological disaster on our h ands, we may be looking, as shown in this novel, at the end of humanity's existence upon our World.

  • E.
    2019-06-18 07:47

    I got this book as a Kindle loan from a friend. It has two rather distinct feels to it, the first half I'd give 5*s to, the 2nd 3*s. (I try to keep my reviews vague, but as with any review there may be some spoilers)The first half was great. It grabbed me like a Roland Emmerich movie, watching as imminent disaster approached humanity while snacking away on my popcorn. You jump around, meeting people in various places, and the set up is pretty solid. There's mystery and a (metaphorical) ticking clock, and you just can't wait for find out how everything fits together. Will they be able to stop it before mankind is destroyed?The second part of the book gets much more Sci-fi. I actually enjoyed the ideas and how they evolved but I felt like the writing became a lot sloppier. The 'villains' while well motivated became somewhat cartoonish, and it felt like Dr. Freedman made a couple of dumb choices just so the book could last a little longer. Where before we had the perspective of several characters, most of them are sidelined and it becomes pretty much just about Dr. Freedman. While that was somewhat expected I felt that after all the time we spent with Sarah and Kathy they were suddenly no longer involved with the reader. Once Sarah accomplishes her story task, she pretty much just stands around saying 'Come on guys, We should be doing X,' and everyone goes and does Y for a while. Once they finally agree on the plan to move onward it takes pages for them to 'get ready to go.'Why was it that 9 times out of the 10 that Sarah met a male they tried to sexually harass/assault her? Ok, she's amazingly hot. It still became incredibly tiresome. I can only hope the idea was that she was So evolutionarily special that subconsciously all the guys were smelling her pheromones and just Had to try and jump her bones. The scene with the 5 people at the pond was pretty much unnecessary abuse. Also, Sarah goes from feeling a malevolent force, to realizing it's unfeeling and cold, to feeling like there's some big evil out there again. Just felt sloppy or unclear.There's a whole side storyline going on with the crazy/zombi-like people that are walking around or being collected. We get a random scene about this directly and then it's never mentioned again. What about Gabriela Martinez (I think that was her name, we never hear about her again so I forgot her) or Henry N? Gabriela was supposedly in the CDC with them, they didn't grab her too? Several ideas and Characters kinda just get dropped.My complaints aside, I did enjoy reading the book and would like to see what happens after. I wouldn't pay $15 for the paperback, but at $.99 on the kindle it's a definite recommendation for people who like Sci-fi/outbreak stories.

  • Gayle Pace
    2019-06-12 07:24

    REVIEWThe story begins in the South American Amazon rain forest. Here we have the setting of an illegal tree cutting. There is a strange zone that forms. Humans are dropping like flies. These zones are known as the "kill zones".No one pays any attention until "the zone" hits Anchorage, Alaska, American territory. The Centers for Disease Control is working hard, analyzing the "kill zones". They are trying to find out if they are chemical or biological. They are also working on a way to discover where the zone will strike, a possible way to find out how it started and a possible way to stop them. Dr. Kathy Morrison and Dr. Mark Freeman discover a tiny seed. They are racing against time to discover if the seed is foreign or natural. The extinction of humanity or the survival is in their hands. The findings will amaze you.I felt like the "kill zones" were more alien derived, with evil intent on wiping humanity and taking control.The book does give us an interesting fiction read of the post apocalyptic. I found the story a little hard to keep up with at times. To me there was a little too much detail and descriptions. There were so many characters with their stories going on at the same time. It was a slow moving read for me. The author put in a lot of descriptions of the experiments to discover if the plague was a zombie virus or something else.I believe the author is trying to help the read to follow the turns and twists by providing a lot of detail. I don't believe all of the detail and repeats were necessary. To me that made it a slow read. The book would have been better for me if there were a few less descriptions and a little more of, what if this would actually happen. This wasn't a far fetched read. Just think, open minded, that there might be a remote possibility. Be sure to read GHOSTS OF THE GODS by Kevin Bohacz. I myself felt it was a better read than IMMORTALITY. Just my own opinion. I would suggest you get both books and read them. Then draw your own conclusions. Could this really happen to us? Was this an alien intelligence that created the "kill zones'?It's up to you and how you perceive the read. I was given a complimentary copy of IMMORTALITY by Kevin Bohacz from Pump Up Your Book Virtual Promotions for my honest view. No other compensation took place.

  • Don Viecelli
    2019-05-28 05:30

    From My Newsletter Number 89:This review is on Immortality by Kevin Bohacz. It is the first book I have read by this author. It was first released in 2003 and again in 2007 and 2011. The ebook eighth edition was released in 2013. It is a long read for the price at 525 pages. The story starts out in the Amazon Rain Forest. A man was working clearing the forest when something dreadful happens. The story moves to New Jersey where a woman is having a nightmare about something evil causing people to die. The story moves again to the Wyoming foothills where another man is searching for mysterious bacteria with an acronym of COBIC-3.7. The story moves again to… You got it. This story has a lot of locations and characters you need to keep track of.This book is about a new, deadly contagion that springs up out of nowhere and everywhere in a seemingly random manner. It kills humans instantly and then moves on. People start calling the areas where the contagion strikes—Kill Zones. One of the main characters thinks this type of contagion could explain the extinction of the dinosaurs.The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta is tracking the killer and trying to figure out what it is and how to stop it. Most people die from exposure immediately, but a few survive and no one knows why. Containment zones spring up around the country to try and stop the progression. It does not work. More people die. COBIC-3.7 seems so unnatural that it defies human logic. The important question is where did it come from?The author is very meticulous in describing the settings, technology and science behind the contagion. The main characters become apparent by the middle of the story and interrelate throughout the remaining chapters. The mystery thickens and the story escalates to the final sequence of events to keep you wondering who is going to survive this unyielding terror. The reason for the title of the book becomes apparent once the riddle of the contagion is solved. I give this story four stars because it is interesting and the details are so complete that you have to wonder how much of it is real and what is made up. I look forward to reading the next book in the series called, Ghost of the Gods, to see how this story evolves.

  • Mike Owens
    2019-05-28 23:50

    This highly imaginative technothriller blends elements of McCarthy's The Road and Crichton's Prey. Of course, in Bohacz's novel, the apocalyptic elements evolve over the course of the narrative, and the nanotechnology threat that Crichton uses so well in Prey is, in Bohacz's world, something left over, implanted by beings who populated the planet long before we crawled out of our primordial slime.The story begins with a group of localized deaths in the Amazon. The circumscribed nature of the death pattern doesn't attract much attention until it repeats in New Jersey, Los Angeles, New York and other metropolitan areas. People aren't slain by vengeful vampires or zombies, they simply stop breathing and drop dead. In time it appears that the plague, if that's what it is, will consume mankind.Investigators at the CDC in Atlanta, make discoveries that draw in Nobel prize winning scientist, Mark, who finds evidence that the victims were infected by a bacterium on which he landed his big prize in the first place. Cobic 3.7 is Mark's claim to fame, and he finds high titers of infestation in the few victims they are able to examine. Even more intriguing is the pattern of infestation, a concentration of bacteria at the base of the brain. As the "kill zones" spread throughout the country, and the world, there seems no stopping them. Mark and his collaborators discover that the bacteria, unlike those he originally investigated, are powered and controlled by a nanotech device that allows them to operate in coordinated fashion, killing people in a localized area, leaving others unscathed. Indeed, Mark himself is infected but survives. In time he hooks up with other survivors, notably a former police officer, Sarah, also a survivor. They flee some of the more violent survivors and ultimately triumph is a bloody battle. The author leaves a number of unanswered questions that are obviously the jumping off point for a sequel. This is an entertaining thriller from the start. Suspension of disbelief is part of the process for the reader, but if we can buy into zombies and werewolves, can prehistoric nano-driven bugs be that much harder?

  • Victor Gentile
    2019-06-14 03:33

    Kevin Bohacz in his new book, “Immortality” published by CPrompt brings us into the life of Dr. Kathy Morrison.From the back cover: Without warning, something has gone terribly awry. In the remote and unnoticed places of the world, small pockets of death begin occurring. As the initially isolated extinctions spread, the world’s eyes focus on this unimaginable horror and chaos. Out of the ecological imbalance, something new and extraordinary is evolving and surviving to fill the voids left by these extinctions. Evolution is operating in ways no one could have expected and environmental damage may be the catalyst. Once discovered, this knowledge changes everything.The story begun in Immortality is not over. A sequel, Ghost of the Gods is coming soon.The virus begins quickly and heads towards human extinction. Quickly it becomes apparent that this is a bio-terrorist threat, but who? “Immortality” is a techno-thriller as all of mankind is in danger. Mr. Bohacz has placed many themes in this highly original thriller. Do all of them work? I feel it would have been better to have handled less then, possibly, the narrative would have been smoother. Every so often it felt as though I hit a speed bump. Is this a roaring good story that will keep you highly interested in what is going to happen next? You betcha! I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Al Swanson
    2019-06-07 23:26

    Starts off in one direction and ends up somewhere along the lines of "The Stand". Don't get me wrong - that's a good place to end up! If you're a 'hard science' kind of sci-fi fan, the first 2/3's should prove fairly satisfying. To be fair, even in the beginning there's a hint of where the book is going and it's not like the author keeps it a secret.Sorry to be so vague, but my task as a reviewer is not to give away plotlines or spoil surprises. And I don't usually discuss the plot itself. If there's anything I've discovered about reading over the years, it's that "to each his own" is possibly the maxim of reading. Two folks who love the same genre can differ a great deal in their appreciation of any author or single book. I usually know within the first few pages of a book if I'm going to keep reading. If I like those, I'll turn to a random spot in the center and see if the writing is still interesting. That's my method.This is a Kindle book review, which means my 'method' of selecting the book was not available. For Kindle, I start with a book I like and let it make suggestions. Sometimes it works out - like with this book. Sometimes...well, let's say I have a collection on my Kindle titled "Won't Be Read". Hard science mixed with a bit of fantasy mixed with a decent plot along with good, solid characters. No, you won't learn anything, but you will have a few decent hours of enjoyable reading. And in the end, what more could you ask than that?

  • Aaron
    2019-06-11 03:21

    The description of this book had me intrigued. Unfortunately the topic I was interested in only manifested during the last 20% of the book. The beginning starts off fairly good with a science thriller investigation into the genesis of a new 'plague' that is very curious indeed. The book then switches back and forth between the interesting parts about the scientists investigating this 'plague' and two supplemental characters, a female police officer in New Jersey, and a married couple in New York.Besides the obvious spelling errors, fairly unimpressive prose, the mid-section about the two supplemental stories drags on for what seems forever, only barely interspersed with updates with the core interesting storyline about the 'plague', its causes, and the sci fi elements that first interested me in the book. Fortunately the last third/fourth of the book is fairly good, but it definitely had me wishing that the author had dedicated the majority of this book to the two protagonists and their interesting developments. Good news is that the ending definitely leaves room for a sequel. I'd read it, especially if the author gets a new editor to help trim out the fat of the heavy prose.

  • Jennifer Clausen-greene
    2019-06-23 02:46

    This book was AMAZING! I was not sure what to expect, but was blown away. The book has a Stephen King/Michael Crichton feel to it. Kevin provides us with a well written story with a great plot, interesting characters that are well developed and alot of suspense. I enjoyed the doomsday/apocalyptic tales and Bohacz delivers, coupled with a wide range of well developed characters with alot of depth to them made this book brilliant.What I loved the most about this book was the realism.Yes, there is the sci-fi aspect, but what was truly creepy is that some of this could actually happen.I cannot wait to read Ghosts of Gods and can easily recommend Immortality to others. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pump Up Your Book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  • Robert Laird
    2019-06-20 03:49

    This was a fairly interesting end-of-the-world hard sf novel, with good characterizations, well thought-out plot line, a small but adequate amount of action, and not too cliche'. Bohacz managed to keep it fairly believable, and worked hard at maintaining your trust in the science. My biggest complaint -- not a very big one, really -- is the title of the novel. While immortality was hinted at, it was never part of the story. To make the finale work, he had to take a well-developed character and flatten him out to 2-dimensional status, and tried to blame it on the scientific postulate he espoused. That was a bit lame, but easy enough to give it a pass. Overall, I can easily recommend this as moderately good entertainment, a fair description of society falling apart, and a not unreasonable scientific basis for how it got to that point. Perhaps if I knew more biology, I could be more wowed with it's plausibility, but, since I don't, I'll have to assume the god-machine he described is not too out-there.

  • Rose
    2019-06-17 01:40

    I really enjoyed this book. It was like a science fiction version of Stephen King's The Stand. The characters are pretty well drawn and the read is compelling and fast-paced. The reason for 4 stars instead of 5, have to do with 2 things. I think the ending could have been cleaner. I thought the ending didn't clear up as many of the questions that I had going through the story and little bit rushed there at the end with shoddy explanations. Also, the characters were very interesting with exception to Artie/Alexander. I liked this character originally and then when he went south, really south, there didn't see to be a clear cut explanation for that either. I understand revenge taking on it's own like and anger, but to keep it at the level he did and at such an irrational level, I just wasn't sure I bought that based on who he was to begin with. Gang member or not, didn't ring true. other than that, I recommend this for hardcare science fiction fans.

  • Gerrit Middelkoop
    2019-06-02 05:43

    The plot of "Immortality" is very interesting. A god-machine that has inhibited the world for at least 200 million years is using nanotechnology within a simple and age-old bacterium to kill the majority of the world's population to bring along a new stage in human development. A Nobel Prize winner and a CDC doctor are the ones that discover what is going on. The Nobel Prize winner and a female cop have the genetic predisposition and the willpower to connect to the god-machine and their brains becomes more and more replaced by nanotechnology. The story is very interesting, fast-moving and action-packed. I gave the book 4 instead of 5 stars because of implausibility in some of the sub-plots (e.g. why Alexander wants to kill Mark and Sarah), many typos and some long winded descriptions. Definitely a must-read, however, for everyone who likes sci-fi and mystery.

  • Manoj
    2019-06-10 07:26

    A little too drawn out, repetitive, predictable and didn't really flow well. The premise was good but the way it could've used better presentation and plot lines. The pseudo-philosophical undertones notwithstanding, what irked me most was how almost all major sub plots were dead ends, forcibly placed in the story just to create a sense of suspense but leading nowhere. And don't even get me started on the plot holes!! What interested me much more than the characters and the plot lines was the interpretation of the idea of God that the story presented. I also enjoyed the way the story of Sarah and Alexander served as a reflection of the main story from a human perspective. I think it would have been a truly amazing book if it was written in a more concise style and the subplots were presented in a way so that the subtext was not forced upon the reader.

  • Carla Patterson
    2019-05-26 04:23

    There were enough interesting concepts to keep me reading but there were times when the writing itself was quite annoying to me. It got better as it went along - or, maybe I just got used to it. ;) What was annoying was the way the writing tried to explain every motivation, every action, every relationship in a way which seemed quite awkward. Writing about concepts is more what this guy is good at, I think - writing about people and their inner thoughts is his weak point, IMHO. He also seemed to be talking down to his audience a bit at times, assuming we weren't smart enough to get certain (to me at least) obvious points. Still, I stuck it out to the end (it's a very long book) and, as I said earlier, got into the story more as time went on.

  • Michele
    2019-06-02 05:39

    This is a science fiction novel of a doomsday scenario that will leave you shaken. Only after having finished this book was I able to see a lot of similarities to Biblical stories which made it even more frightening if possible--and in some ways more believable. I certainly hope this NEVER happens!!The last sentence of the book has me sad on a couple of levels for the human race-- and very curious"So much misguided fear," said Mark. "Funny how everything can change and still nothing's different."Ghost of the Gods, the sequel to Immortality is on sale now and I really want to know what happens next!! Guess I will just have to go in and purchase it!Immortality

  • Corine Schramke
    2019-05-26 04:20

    This is a science fiction mystery/thriller. A plague is striking various areas of the earth. Is it a new disease? A new biological weapon? Or something else? The story is follows a Nobel winning scientist, a researcher with the CDC, and a couple civilians who become central to the storyline.The story was well told, up to the climax. The characters weren't as fully developed as they could have been, and we live with some characters who start to develop, and then become secondary to the story, which is a little frustrating. The climax was a bit disappointing. After the build-up, it fell flat, like the author wasn't sure how to wind it up. Overall a pleasant read, but not one that I was sad to reach the end of!

  • J.C. Weitzel
    2019-06-16 04:48

    I really didn't enjoy this book, which was too bad because I normally like these type of books. Andromeda Strain and the Stand come to mind. I kept hoping this one would turn around, but the whole thing ended up being a disappointment. My biggest issue was that I just couldn't get behind the characters. They were just not relatable in any way. Even with the world ending, I never really felt any pressure on them. Plus, there was just no one I was rooting for. Normally I don't post such negative reviews, but I couldn't help myself when I saw all of the positive comments. The reviews on here were the whole reason I picked it up. I should have just trusted my instincts after the first few chapters and stopped reading.

  • Richard Scott
    2019-05-31 23:30

    This is an extraordinary read. I got it for my kindle for 99 cents, but if I'd known how good it was, I would have gladly paid full price.A word of warning, however. This book is thick, and while I also mean long, I really mean heavy in content. There is microbiology, paleontology, nanotechnology, psychology, anthropology, medicine, and probably several other disciplines that I'm forgetting to add. The book takes a long time to get going, but once it fires up, the fires don't go out.The book left me yearning for a quick publishing of the sequel, but don't let a large story arc stop you from reading the first of the two-volume series. The story is well-written and satisfying.

  • Larry Bartal
    2019-06-01 01:38

    Silly book I stopped reading this silly book only 5% into it. I'm sorry I invested that time and effort. I wish I could get my money back like at WalMart or Target. Instead of proceeding with his story, the author spends most of his time on environmental ideological rants against the typical leftist enemies of mankind -- big businesses and landowners. Typical late-sixties misguied hippy activism. I'm sixty-seven years old -- I've been there, done that, and eventually grew up. I don't need to relive that silly time, even through the guise of a purported piece of fiction.

  • Leonardo Etcheto
    2019-06-05 02:36

    The idea of ancient nanotech permeating the world was good and the story is story is pretty interesting. The whole "destroy humanity to save the world" thing I find an annoying theme however. Plenty of Deus ex machina commentary about how shitty humanity is and how we consume and destroy mindlessly and should turn pacifist and vegetarian. I never really got into the characters, never got the sense of them as real rather than an archetype. Cool concept, okay execution, crappy moralizing. Still read it though to see if anyone survives and what the V2.0 of humanity is supposed to look like.

  • Dawn
    2019-06-22 03:49

    I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.What an intense read! Immortality is a tense science fiction techno-thriller. It was difficult to put down although it was a little too technical at times for my taste.Kevin Bohacz’s writing flows well. His idea is original and scary. The way people react to most of mankind dying and society falling apart is believable. The characters are well developed and it was easy to empathize with them.Overall, I enjoyed this book. I do think it was longer than it needed to be and I was ready for it to end.

  • Kallierose
    2019-06-22 03:29

    This must be a huge book because it's slow reading, but I *am* enjoying it, so I will keep at it. After all, as one of my LJ friends says, Who doesn't enjoy a good apocalypse? Edit: All done now. Took forever, but I did enjoy it for the most part. There were points, though, where I had trouble suspending disbelief, and others where the explanations got a little tedious and above my head. One thing that this book did REALLY well though is create an incredibly spooky post-apocalyptic world. The sense of fear and urgency that the characters felt? I felt it too.