Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Forever Man by Pierre Ouelette (4.5 stars)

About The Forever Man: A Near Future Thriller

• Alibi e-original (Random House)
• 340 pages

From the author of The Deus Machine and The Third Pandemic comes a fast-paced thriller about the power of harnessing life itself—and the deadly secrets it conceals.

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.

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It's a new world with new societies and currency, but some things never change--sometimes we want what we can't, or shouldn't, have. Lane and Johnny are brothers on very different paths, but Johnny's involvement in some shady experiments puts both of them in danger. 

When Johnny goes missing, Lane is determined to find his brother. Unfortunately, this sends him down a perilous path. Saving his brother may not be an option when all is said and done.

This book pulled me in from the very eerie beginning. I can't give away much, but I will mention it starts with a grave. Each page revealed more details in the intricate maze of storyline. At times, it became a bit too convoluted and frantic, but I never lost interest for even a moment.

Highly successful as a thriller, keeping me guessing and surprised by the twists and turns, I was shocked to also feel emotionally attached to these characters. The ending left me sad and heartbroken, and there were some really deep themes.

A thrilling read!

Rating: 4.5 stars

About Pierre Ouellette 

Pierre Ouellette entered the creative realm at age thirteen as a lead guitarist for numerous bands in the Pacific Northwest, including Paul Revere and the Raiders, and later played with such jazz luminaries as saxophonist Jim Pepper and bassist David Friesen. He has had two novels published in seven languages and both optioned for film. He has also authored two biotech thrillers published in paperback under the name Pierre Davis, and directed and produced The Losers Club, a documentary about struggling musicians. Ouellette lives in Portland, Oregon, where he now devotes himself exclusively to writing fiction and playing jazz guitar now and then in a little bar just down the street.

Thanks to TLC for my review copy.

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.

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heathertlc said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour! I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.