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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...more
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Published 2007 by CPrompt
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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...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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
Corine Schramke
Sep 16, 2008 Corine Schramke rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Corine by: Amazon
This is a science fiction mystery/thriller. A plague is striking various areas of the earth. Is it a new disease? A new biological weapon? Or something else? The story is follows a Nobel winning scientist, a researcher with the CDC, and a couple civilians who become central to the storyline.

The story was well told, up to the climax. The characters weren't as fully developed as they could have been, and we live with some characters who start to develop, and then become secondary to the story, whi...more
Tim Coleman
Excellent

A very good read. Great character development and in turn great story telling all around. I highly encourage anyone with an interest in possible futures to indulge themselves with this book.
Richard Scott
This is an extraordinary read. I got it for my kindle for 99 cents, but if I'd known how good it was, I would have gladly paid full price.

A word of warning, however. This book is thick, and while I also mean long, I really mean heavy in content. There is microbiology, paleontology, nanotechnology, psychology, anthropology, medicine, and probably several other disciplines that I'm forgetting to add. The book takes a long time to get going, but once it fires up, the fires don't go out.

The book lef...more
Kallierose
This must be a huge book because it's slow reading, but I *am* enjoying it, so I will keep at it. After all, as one of my LJ friends says, Who doesn't enjoy a good apocalypse?

Edit: All done now. Took forever, but I did enjoy it for the most part. There were points, though, where I had trouble suspending disbelief, and others where the explanations got a little tedious and above my head. One thing that this book did REALLY well though is create an incredibly spooky post-apocalyptic world. The se...more
John Oberdiek
I love the "End-of-the-world-as-we-know-it" sub-genre. The first half of this book was really well done as society was taken to it's knees. However, the plot got silly as a human villain was added. He was not needed, was not developed as a character well and was a distraction through the last half of the book. The climax was centered around the villain, rather than the impending immortality of the main characters, with a completely unsatisfying ending as the villain is destroyed.
Tina Hsu
A very good medical/sci-fi/thriller. Moves a little slow at times, but keeps your interest until the very end, when it just disappoints. Some of the really minor characters get far more pages than they deserve. It gets a little repetitive toward the end, but there are a lot of interesting ideas. However, key questions are left unanswered. It doesn't really read like the author is setting up for a sequel, but I guess one is in development.
Debra Slonek
Very interesting read with well-developed characters. This story takes place in the present or very near future. Groups of people around the earth begin dying suddenly from an unknown reason. As more of these deaths occur, the survivors panic. The storyline includes details from science, medicine and nanotechnology. A core group of characters become bound to one another in various ways. Thought provoking and satisfying.
Nick
I'm pleased that Kindle offers a sample feature, because the blurb would have had me buy this book. However, one chapter in, I can say that this is one of the worst written books I have ever had the misfortune to turn my eyes to. It is laughably bad. Embarrassingly bad. I just can't understand how an editor let it slide. Baaaaaaad. Negative stars. I want my half hour back. If I meet Kevin, I'm going to point and laugh at him.
Tina
The underlying plot was excellent, and the science was very accurate and engaging. The characters were not as fully developed as I would have liked, and I also was not fond of the disconnect in the first couple of hundred pages between the storylines. I was bored with some of the subplots and just skimmed those pages. But overall, good story.
Travis
A more sweeping scope than many dystopians. This one in spirit is much closer to The Stand than The Road. Add in a healthy dollop of Michael Crighton and you get the idea. The nanotechnology was cool, the mystery of what was going on was well played out. Could benefit from cutting this down by 20%.
Brenbren13
This book grabbed me from the beginning. It was intense, interesting, and exciting, but then it went on and on and on forever and could have ended a lot sooner. There were lots of grammatical errors. Who ever was the editor of this book did a terrible job. Also, there is a LOT of bad language.
Larry Weiner
The plot is good ol fashioned end of the world stuff- and it's done well. Some of the science is a bit heady. But that's my problem really. There are some ideas set forth in this book which I find fascinating. Action moves well,people feel alive. I'm enjoying this adventure very much.
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