Wednesday, May 21, 2014

G326 Book Review of Immortality by Kevin Bohacz

Name of Book: Immortality

Author: Kevin Bohacz

ISBN: 978-0-9791815-1-1

Publisher: self published

Part of a Series: Ghost of Gods is the sequel

Type of book: Speculative fiction thriller, science, bacteria, water, environmental damage, COBIC, military, destruction, evolution, top secrets, USA government, martial law, plague, god-machine, drugs

Year it was published: 2008

Summary:

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. A sequel, Ghost of the Gods is coming soon.


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Characters:

The main characters include Mark Freedman, an overachiever who discovered bacteria that supposedly wiped out dinosaur species. He is best described as a playboy, attractive for his age, and will do whatever he can to eradicate the plague. Another important character is Kathy Morrison, a scientist that cares more for career than personal life and who is also a workaholic. She has two cats and when she meets Mark, she is determined to keep him away from her. Sarah Mayfair is a police officer who is very strong, resourceful, and has a 120 lb Rottweiler. She discovers a lot of important secrets that she shouldn't have, and becomes Mark's guide.  Artie Hartman is a half Japanese half Caucasian man that is married and is excitedly expecting a child with his wife. He is also resourceful and used to be in a gang. I admit that Sarah and Artie were two of my favorite characters.

Theme:

Treat everything with respect

Plot:

The book is written in third person narrative from a lot of characters' points of views such as Sarah Mayfair, Mark Freedman, Kathy, Artie/Alexander, and James McKafferty. Although the places do change with warning, the author doesn't tell the readers from what point of view is he writing. There are some minor characters and their points of view, and they are a little essential to the story, but not as much as the characters I mentioned. The story focused a lot on finding out about the disease, what it is as well as survival and why are some spared while many are hunted down. And what is the motive, if any of this disease. For me personally, the author does sound like he knows what he's writing about.

Author Information:

I am Kevin Bohacz the bestselling novelist of Immortality and a lucid dreamer… Welcome to my dreams. I am also a writer for national computer magazines, founder and president of two high technology corporations, a scientist and engineer for over 35 years, and the inventor of an advanced electric car system – the ESE Engine System (circa 1978). I was also a short order cook for I-Hop, flipped burgers at McDonalds, and delivered Chicken Delight. All of those careers and more are behind me now that I am a full time storyteller, a catcher of dreams. Thank you for reading my stories and making this all possible.
His latest books are Immortality and Ghost of the Gods.
Visit Kevin’s website at www.kbohacz.com.
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Opinion:

I don't have a positive experience with science fiction: in 2010, I took a science fiction class just to have an excuse to read Lord of the Rings (which was not a pleasant experience,) and despite my hard work, I was still awarded C. Prior to taking science fiction class, I never read or touched science fiction, only fantasy. The teacher seemed to hop around a lot in my opinion, and instead of getting appreciation for the genre, or even liking it, I detested it and couldn't stand it. For me, science fiction was like reading a language I had no training in. What attracted me to reading this book is that it was labeled as a thriller and speculative fiction. As I began to read it, I was very impressed with the writing, character, the way the author immerses me into his world little by little until I hardly know I'm actually reading and enjoying something that's possibly science fiction. Parts of it really reminded me of Whisper of Death by Christopher Pike. I really would recommend this book to people, especially to those who detest science fiction. Also, for those that are looking for books where there isn't a lot of romance, then this is the right book too.

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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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