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Immortality (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Bohacz

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#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 - 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." - 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 Godson sale now!

Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 937 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 525 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0979181518
  • Verlag: CPrompt (12. September 2007)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000ZKRDGY
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #320.714 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An apocalyptic story that evolves 21. September 2008
Von Schtinky - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
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.

As an aficionado of Apocalypse books, 'Immortality' is a great addition to my collection. While marketed as a techno-thriller, it manages to fulfill both genres quiet nicely. Kevin Bohacz has done his homework. The descriptions are detailed, the dialogue is natural and flowing, and the plot has the distinctive feel of "real time". The characters are fully fleshed and naturally believable, you'll feel as though you know them personally as you travel with them through loss and triumph. The flow from one character's POV to the next is smooth and fits the flow of the storyline. Bohacz's coverage of possibilities, such as military mishandling, gang behavior, societal classes, changing politics, fear, herding and hoarding, and religious zealotry all smack of realism. 'Immortality' is a journey you don't want to miss.

On the downside, there are some typing errors, spelling and punctuation, probably due to a small press company, but don't let those distract you from a great story. The novel is not necessarily fast-paced due to the detailing, but I still found myself unable to put it down, and thinking about it while not reading. 'Immortality' is an overlooked gem in the apocalypse genre. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hard to put down 7. August 2007
Von R. Mink - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
This is an all around GOOD read...and not just for SF fans!
I admit, science-fiction is my favorite genre. But this book should appeal to a very broad audience; it has just enough intriguing "science" concepts to keep your brain cells firing nicely without bogging you down outside of the plot line.

When I discover a book like "Immortality" I am thrilled: a well constructed plot, fast moving story-line, well developed characters, attention to small details that add the feeling of reality to the writing, adroit blending of innovative concepts and current issues for earth and humanity...Wow.

I've wondered about how it would be when modern humans began noticing an evolutionary movement into our future, and what specific events might generate that shift...enter "Immortality" and human v2.0 with its intriguing concept.

Enticing reading for anyone. If you enjoy a book that holds your interest so much that you don't want to put it down, and happily anticipate the author's next novel, then "Immortality" should be on your list.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Brimming with ideas 3. Mai 2010
Von W. V. Buckley - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Kevin Bohacz' Immortality is one of those books I happened to stumble across while browsing Amazon. The plot sounded intriguing, so I took a chance and bought the book.

After a promising start set at an illegal tree cutting site in the South American rainforest, the novel grinds to a halt while most of the main characters are introduced and set in motion. I nearly gave up on the book at this point because the background, exposition and needless details bogged down the story. I'm glad I decided to stick with it. Once a mysterious "kill zone" forms over populated American soil, the book kicks into a high gear that moves the story along. Granted, there are still places in the book that slow the pace of the story, but as a whole the story of the kill zones and the work of a team at the Centers for Disease Control to find a way to predict where the zones will strike next (or maybe even how to stop them) makes for fascinating speculative fiction.

Bohacz weaves together paleontology, nanotechnology, computer networking, religion, psychedelia and other assorted subjects into a first-rate story. While some will be reminded of Stephen King's post-apocalyptic The Stand or perhaps a well-written Michael Crichton novel (if such a oxymoron is possible). And toward the end the novel seems to borrow heavily from Paddy Chayefsky's Altered States while the finale feels like a knock-off of Road Warrior.

I wasn't a big fan of the ending. It felt truncated. Obviously, the author is preparing a sequel, but it seemed like the action was cut short just to provide a stopping point for the novel. Frankly, I'm hoping for a sequel to find how he intends to wrap up the loose ends left behind in Immortality. For instance, what happened to the sole survivor of the first American kill zone? After being taken into custody by the military, he's not heard of again. I have a hunch that he'll show up in the next novel ... possibly as the story's new "big bad."

My only other quibble with the book is an apparent lack of research in some places. Obviously, Bahacz knows his stuff when it comes to computer networking and other technical topics; but when one of the characters gets his hands on a pharmaceutical that has been stored "for years" it has apprently lost none of its potency over time.

Even with its flaws I found Immortality to be a book brimming with ideas and would wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone interested in speculative science fiction and end-of-the-world scenarios.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointed 5. März 2009
Von J. I. Bowman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
I am surpised that the reviews of this book are as good as they are. Ultimately I was left very unsatisfied and unhappy. The book did have some good features and so I gave it two stars, but I would not recommend you spend your time on this.

First the good:
It had interesting characters that were multi dimensional
It had some interesting action scenes which fit the plot well
Up until a certain place the story line was decent and engrossing

Now for the bad:
There are strangely disconnected narrative portions of the book that don't come from any of the characters. This was true especially in the start of the book but disappeared later. This "omniscient" voice seems awkward.
The scifi part of this book was so completely implausible and disappointing that I found myself laughing and shaking my head. This book is purportedly about nanotechnology but actually, after 350 pages, you discover the book is about something else. The use of the term nanotechnology throughout the book is incorrect. What's strange is that the author takes pains to provide for credible scifi plot twists that are great till it comes to the big one.

After realizing the direction the author was going in (which I did about 60% in) I kept thinking that he will reveal soon that this plot direction was false. Sadly, I was left wondering what he was thinking.
As an avid fan of scifi, science, and apocalyptic stories, I was ultimately disappointed. There was promise here, but it was never realized.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen a well researched page turner with diverse characters 4. Januar 2011
Von Jeffrey M. Jilg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
The synopsis is well written in the amazon page. I thought the book was well done. There are some parts in the first 25% which seem to drag, especially the lectures about overfishing and man's ill effects on earth.

But overall the plot evolves through the whole book to the extent that most readers (including me) keep thinking what will happen next. I look forward to the sequel and intend to purchase it.

The editing is also good.
The kindle formatting is pretty good.
There were less than 10 typos in the whole 500+ page book! The attention to detail is much appreciated.
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