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Immortality by [Bohacz, Kevin]
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A #1 best-selling techno-thriller on Amazon from January 2008 to June 2014!

Publisher's Weekly STARRED review - Bohacz's 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 4 out of 4 stars review - "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." - sfreader.com.

Publisher's Weekly FULL 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.

Dust 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 and continues in the sequel Ghost of the Gods on sale now!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3290 KB
  • Print Length: 526 pages
  • Publisher: CPrompt (12 September 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000ZKRDGY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I like the complexity of the scientific concepts and the characters. The prose flowed well and the alternating between the disparate situations for the characters has kept my interest. I am only 80% though and hope the ending measures up
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I book with a difference. The author has taken a different view as to how mankind came to be.
He made his story very believeable and interesting to read.
Having read this book you must read his next book...Ghosts of the Gods
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Such a powerful novel for a first book. Kevin knows the science and knows how to put it all together into a coherent tale. Can't wait to devour the next one.
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Great different story line. Good characters. May have had a little too much science explanation but that was easily overlooked. Have bought the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, but it shouldn't be the end. 2 June 2016
By Korianto - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Ordinary "Plague" novel 1 November 2015
By Norm - Published on Amazon.com
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I started reading what I thought was another bioterror type drama, but was surprised to find out it was entirely new and original. It is a lengthy novel, because the plot is intricate, and the characters even more so. At the end of the story, I was so interested on where the author was going with this premise (escaped medical experiment, alien intervention, evolutionary quirk, etc.), that I immediately bought the sequel, which I am now reading.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise! 24 February 2013
By Eric - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great Sci-Fi book. Sometimes a "Sci-Fi" book may be fiction, but has little to do with science. Not this one.

When "kill zones" start popping up across the globe, the search for answers ramps up to include Molecular Biologist Mark Freedman. Kill zones, circular areas of varying sizes with specific boundaries, kill everybody within them in a matter of seconds, with a few exceptions. While the survivors become highly prized research subjects, government leaders take to airborne command posts, interstate quarantine lines go up, and society begins to unravel.

As the crises continues, police and military resort to violent tactics to enforce the quarantines, violent gangs take over behind the quarantine lines, and local government agents become warlords and black marketers. Life in the quarantine zone becomes a "survival of the fittest" hell.

Meanwhile, Freedman and researchers from the CDC and Military race to discover the secrets of the kill zones. While making progress, Freedman still can't stop a kill zone from killing his daughter, girlfriend, and ex-wife. These deaths cause a major change in Freedman's mental state, and when kill zone survivor Sarah Mayfair shows up at the CDC, she tells Freedman of a drastic step he can take to get answers.

Now at the mid-point of the book, I'm going to stop my description of the story, because the rest of the book takes a sharp turn, and I really don't want to give away any more of the story line. But what started as a microbiological infection becomes something significantly different. With millions dead already, high level government feuding with the military, and the scientist being chased by a vengeful militiaman, surprising revelations with religious overtones race to a sudden and tragic end.

Several scientific disciplines are represented here, the main one, at least in the first half of the story, being microbiology. And since I can't fathom the thought of this actually happening, I am happy to say this is clearly a science fiction story.

I highly recommend this book to science fiction fans, and, assuming there will be a sequel, to post-apocalyptic fans.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Immortality 3 September 2013
By M. Owens - Published on Amazon.com
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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?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just another plague story 29 March 2012
By James Tepper - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up "Immortality" after it kept showing up on my recommended list. It sounded interesting and although I have been burned many, many times by overhyped underwhelming offerings garnering 4 and 5 star reviews, I decided to take a chance on "Immortality" due to its description, even though some of the reviews harshly panned it. I mean, for $0.99, how can you go wrong?

I am happy to report that this was another of my $0.99 Kindle wonders. I would have been happy paying full retail for this interesting story that is constantly morphing from one genre to another. It starts out looking like your basic apocalypse-in-the-making ancient microbe plague story, then veers off into uncharted waters trying to understand the plague that isn't a plague while describing the destruction of some parts of US society, and then careens off into completely unforeseen territory related to paleontology, information technology, computer networks, neuroscience, psychopharmacology, panspermia and nanotechnology. For a first time indie SF author, the verisimilitude was broad and striking

I found the writing at least serviceable (but I read stuff like this mostly because of the ideas and the plot. Truly good writing is a bonus). The pacing was fast, and I kept reading longer than I wanted on a couple of nights because I wanted to see what would happen next. Among the many characters only 3 or 4 are really fully fleshed. The two best were the principal protagonist and the one hunting him. The development of the latter's character was particularly good.

I have read several reviews describing the horrible writing and large number of typos in this kindle version, two things that I am normally very sensitive to, and that usually jerk me completely out of the story. I just didn't see them here. Either I downloaded an edited version, I am growing soft in my middle years, or the story was just so interesting that I glossed right over them. The first thing I did when I finished was to check and see if there was a sequel planned, and I was delighted to find out that there was.

So, with the caveat that your version may contain typos that I either missed or weren't in mine, I have no problem saying:

Recommended.

JM Tepper