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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  603 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Kirkus - There is enough power in the premise to leave readers reeling. A novel that will surprise fans of science-fiction and doomsday scenarios....

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 catastro
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Amazon Kindle eBook, 516 pages
Published 2007 by CPrompt
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Grundlepuck
This is not the book that I thought it would be, but that's pretty much my own fault. I like to start a novel with a clean slate of expectations, so I don't read flyleafs or back covers or reviews or basically anything that will potentially spoil the joy of discovery for me. I just pick it up and start reading, and if the first page grabs me then there is a good chance that I will buy it.

Based on the first page and the cover, I thought I was in for a man-merging-wth-machine singularity kind of e
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John
Jan 02, 2012 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
This book reminded me of the Dustin Hoffman movie "Outbreak" combined with a bit of "The Stand" and a touch of environmental activism thrown in for good measure, which I'll get to in a bit.

The story revolves around a biological killer that appears in South America, and over the course of a few months moves around the globe. It manifests in "kill zones" that are as large as several hundred feet across, and only strikes humans. Death happens in minutes, and few people, if any, survive the encount
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Alysia
This book was sent to me from Audible.com for a review of the story, the narrator and the overall audiobook experience. First let me say that I was shocked the audiobook was 24 hours long. Holly cow! That is a chunky book!
Immortality is the epic story of the days and weeks leading up to the end of known humanity and the beginning of the end of our modern day civilization. Once people start noticing the unusual death zones around the world Mark Freedman, a famous paleontologist, is called to th
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Michael
I came very close to abandoning this book in the first 1/8 of it. I am extremely glad I did not but all my frustration with poor writing and character-development and general unnecessary verbiage continued to be justified. Thankfully I was able to force my brain to adjust and read lightly when indicated. This was a large and incredibly complex premise with a lot of fascinating science driving it. It is larger than the skills of the author. Had this book been co-written with an actual skilled wri ...more
Goddessinlb
OMG!! This book was awesome....

I stole this review from amazon:

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 biologic
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Gayle
REVIEW

The story begins in the South American Amazon rain forest. Here we have the setting of an illegal tree cutting. There is a strange zone that forms. Humans are dropping like flies. These zones are known as the "kill zones".No one pays any attention until "the zone" hits Anchorage, Alaska, American territory. The Centers for Disease Control is working hard, analyzing the "kill zones". They are trying to find out if they are chemical or biological. They are also working on a way to discover w
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Jolie
This book was a great read and a little scary....because this is something that could happen.


I was a little confused by the technical/medical jargon but Googling it cleared it right up.


The religious ascpect of the book (ie the godheads) were a little too much in places but once you got into reading it, it totally made sense.


I also liked the sci-fi part of the book.


I gave this book a 5 star review on Shelfari. Would I recommend it to friends? Yes, but only if they liked this type of book.
Victor Gentile
Kevin Bohacz in his new book, “Immortality” published by CPrompt brings us into the life of Dr. Kathy Morrison.

From the back 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 the
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Gerrit Middelkoop
The plot of "Immortality" is very interesting. A god-machine that has inhibited the world for at least 200 million years is using nanotechnology within a simple and age-old bacterium to kill the majority of the world's population to bring along a new stage in human development. A Nobel Prize winner and a CDC doctor are the ones that discover what is going on. The Nobel Prize winner and a female cop have the genetic predisposition and the willpower to connect to the god-machine and their brains b ...more
Don Viecelli
From My Newsletter Number 89:

This review is on Immortality by Kevin Bohacz. It is the first book I have read by this author. It was first released in 2003 and again in 2007 and 2011. The ebook eighth edition was released in 2013. It is a long read for the price at 525 pages.

The story starts out in the Amazon Rain Forest. A man was working clearing the forest when something dreadful happens. The story moves to New Jersey where a woman is having a nightmare about something evil causing people to
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Jennifer Clausen-greene
This book was AMAZING! I was not sure what to expect, but was blown away. The book has a Stephen King/Michael Crichton feel to it. Kevin provides us with a well written story with a great plot, interesting characters that are well developed and alot of suspense. I enjoyed the doomsday/apocalyptic tales and Bohacz delivers, coupled with a wide range of well developed characters with alot of depth to them made this book brilliant.What I loved the most about this book was the realism.Yes, there is ...more
Michele
This is a science fiction novel of a doomsday scenario that will leave you shaken. Only after having finished this book was I able to see a lot of similarities to Biblical stories which made it even more frightening if possible--and in some ways more believable. I certainly hope this NEVER happens!!

The last sentence of the book has me sad on a couple of levels for the human race-- and very curious

"So much misguided fear," said Mark. "Funny how everything can change and still nothing's different.
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Lynda Coker
This is not a beach read or a one-night-stand. It took me over a week to finish this. So be prepared to invest some time. It's dense with content, characters, and plot. All of these things are not bad, but it will take commitment to finish. You'll find a little bit of everything, philosophy, medicine, paleontology, nanotechnology, and the list goes on and on. The book takes a while to pick up pace, but then moves briskly. For me, the premise didn't jell, but as always, that's only one person's o ...more
Leonardo Etcheto
The idea of ancient nanotech permeating the world was good and the story is story is pretty interesting. The whole "destroy humanity to save the world" thing I find an annoying theme however. Plenty of Deus ex machina commentary about how shitty humanity is and how we consume and destroy mindlessly and should turn pacifist and vegetarian. I never really got into the characters, never got the sense of them as real rather than an archetype. Cool concept, okay execution, crappy moralizing. Still re ...more
Larry Bartal
Silly book

I stopped reading this silly book only 5% into it. I'm sorry I invested that time and effort. I wish I could get my money back like at WalMart or Target. Instead of proceeding with his story, the author spends most of his time on environmental ideological rants against the typical leftist enemies of mankind -- big businesses and landowners. Typical late-sixties misguied hippy activism. I'm sixty-seven years old -- I've been there, done that, and eventually grew up. I don't need to rel
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Dawn
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

What an intense read! Immortality is a tense science fiction techno-thriller. It was difficult to put down although it was a little too technical at times for my taste.

Kevin Bohacz’s writing flows well. His idea is original and scary. The way people react to most of mankind dying and society falling apart is believable. The characters are well developed and it was easy to empathize with them.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I do think it was
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Christopher
So many pages and no satisfaction.
Gina Basham
I enjoyed the story and the characters. I was a little concerned in the beginning because I did not like the main character. The action and plot helped move the story along and the main character grew on me. The events and the mass reactions seamed totally plausible. Terrifying to place yourself in the aftermath of this type of event. I am purposely being vague so as not give anything away. I like the characters and their development. Could have used a little less of the technical. Good read. I ...more
Robert Laird
This was a fairly interesting end-of-the-world hard sf novel, with good characterizations, well thought-out plot line, a small but adequate amount of action, and not too cliche'. Bohacz managed to keep it fairly believable, and worked hard at maintaining your trust in the science. My biggest complaint -- not a very big one, really -- is the title of the novel. While immortality was hinted at, it was never part of the story. To make the finale work, he had to take a well-developed character and f ...more
Aaron
The description of this book had me intrigued. Unfortunately the topic I was interested in only manifested during the last 20% of the book. The beginning starts off fairly good with a science thriller investigation into the genesis of a new 'plague' that is very curious indeed. The book then switches back and forth between the interesting parts about the scientists investigating this 'plague' and two supplemental characters, a female police officer in New Jersey, and a married couple in New York ...more
Al Swanson
Starts off in one direction and ends up somewhere along the lines of "The Stand". Don't get me wrong - that's a good place to end up! If you're a 'hard science' kind of sci-fi fan, the first 2/3's should prove fairly satisfying. To be fair, even in the beginning there's a hint of where the book is going and it's not like the author keeps it a secret.

Sorry to be so vague, but my task as a reviewer is not to give away plotlines or spoil surprises. And I don't usually discuss the plot itself. If th
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Eva
I got this book as a Kindle loan from a friend. It has two rather distinct feels to it, the first half I'd give 5*s to, the 2nd 3*s. (I try to keep my reviews vague, but as with any review there may be some spoilers)

The first half was great. It grabbed me like a Roland Emmerich movie, watching as imminent disaster approached humanity while snacking away on my popcorn. You jump around, meeting people in various places, and the set up is pretty solid. There's mystery and a (metaphorical) ticking c
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Mike  Owens
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 dea
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Rose
Nov 20, 2008 Rose rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rose by: Amazon
I really enjoyed this book. It was like a science fiction version of Stephen King's The Stand. The characters are pretty well drawn and the read is compelling and fast-paced. The reason for 4 stars instead of 5, have to do with 2 things. I think the ending could have been cleaner. I thought the ending didn't clear up as many of the questions that I had going through the story and little bit rushed there at the end with shoddy explanations. Also, the characters were very interesting with exceptio ...more
Jason Weitzel
I really didn't enjoy this book, which was too bad because I normally like these type of books. Andromeda Strain and the Stand come to mind. I kept hoping this one would turn around, but the whole thing ended up being a disappointment. My biggest issue was that I just couldn't get behind the characters. They were just not relatable in any way. Even with the world ending, I never really felt any pressure on them. Plus, there was just no one I was rooting for. Normally I don't post such negative r ...more
Julianne G Cockey
Just Great!

A totally new concept of plague and survival in gripping detail with excellent character development. I was not bored with scientific explanations, but rather enthralled with the ideas theorized. Don't get bogged down trying to remember names, the author does an excellent job keeping you current. This is a story you will never forget.
Manoj
A little too drawn out, repetitive, predictable and didn't really flow well. The premise was good but the way it could've used better presentation and plot lines. The pseudo-philosophical undertones notwithstanding, what irked me most was how almost all major sub plots were dead ends, forcibly placed in the story just to create a sense of suspense but leading nowhere. And don't even get me started on the plot holes!! What interested me much more than the characters and the plot lines was the int ...more
Jim Mohler
This is a good story. The science is intriguing and the not so subtle references to our major social and environment issues of our time are compelling. There are a couple editing errors which I found distracting and some of the early setup was unnecessary and never resolved which made the book drag a little until the story took over and started moving. Characters, early in the book, are not well developed and the dialogue seems a little strained. Later in the book some of the characters become s ...more
Martin
An excellent read. It starts out as a "plague" or "pandemic" story, but then...... the mysterious intelligence causing the plague may not be bad, but trying to get humanity to evolve. There are a few cliched characters, such as the General who just wants to nuke everything, but the main characters (especially the somewhat tortured hero) are well portrayed. It is a long read but worth it.
Jeff Davis
I read it all the way through out of respect for the work the author put into it.It seemed very amateurish to me,even with all the technichal details,which bogged the story down considerably.The characterization was weak,dialogue not great.sigh.its still better than anything i have written so i give it a star.
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