It’s a tour day! Today I have a story set in a future where the possibility of immortality is closer to reality than ever imagined – and the repercussions that come along in its wake…The Forever Man by Pierre Ouellette
Published by Random House on 2014-07-08
Genres: Mystery & Thriller
Portland, Oregon, was once a beacon of promise and prosperity. Now it’s the epicenter of a world gone wrong, its streets overrun by victims and hustlers, drifters and gangsters. Lowly contract cop Lane Anslow struggles to keep afloat—and to watch out for his brilliant but bipolar brother, Johnny, a medical researcher. Lane soon discovers that Johnny is part of an experiment veiled in extraordinary secrecy. But he has no idea who’s behind it, how astronomical the stakes are, or how many lives might be destroyed to make it a reality.
Now Johnny’s gone missing. To find him, Lane follows a twisting trail into a billionaire’s hilltop urban fortress, a politician’s inner circle, a prison set in an aircraft graveyard, and a highly guarded community where people appear to be half their biological age. Hunted by dueling enemies, Lane meets a beautiful and enigmatic woman at the center of a vast web of political and criminal intrigue. And behind it all is a sinister, desperate race to claim the biggest scientific prize of all: eternal life.
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
When Lane Anslow’s brother Johnny tells him he’s set for life, Lane doesn’t anticipate that Johnny’s going to die in a plane crash. But that’s what apparently happens – and next thing you know, Lane’s going undercover with the funding of a political party to find out what really happened.
Because Johnny’s not really dead. What he is, is a pawn in the quest for immortality. And I’m talking good old-fashioned scientific progress here, not vampires or elves or other long-lived supernatural races… Add in the haves vs. have-nots, political aspirations, powerful gangsters, and a megalomaniacal puppeteer at the top of the mountain, and you have the ingredients of a fascinating story.
But The Forever Man didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I liked some of the characters enough and I liked parts of the story, but I felt on the whole that The Forever Man was a bit too disjointed between the current action and Lane’s ruminating on his past with his brother. The e-ARC I read didn’t have any clear demarkation between what was one part of the story and what was another, so I found myself confused as to what this had to do with what I was reading. Constantly resetting the story and/or timeline really didn’t help me inhale The Forever Man or lose myself in the story – both of which are qualities I consider requisite for a good book.
I’m leaving my rating at “Pick it up” because the issues I had with The Forever Man could certainly be with my review copy and not indicative of the actual book itself. If you do read this and have a different opinion, do comment and let me know.
drey’s rating: Pick it up!
Have you read The Forever Man? What did you think?