An engrossing tale of whether the Earth can be saved from destruction, the story unfloding with vibrant characters resonating perfectly with the plot.An engrossing tale of whether the Earth can be saved from destruction, the story unfloding with vibrant characters resonating perfectly with the plot.
Disguised in human form, a supernatural being returns to Earth on a mission -- saving the planet from destruction by outer space beings. He takes on the Mafia, the Establishment and the police in this quest -- in the process falling in love with the beautiful Felecia.
Through all of this, unknowingly, Earth faces its greatest peril: Obliteration!
The reader is kept on pins and needles as to who will end up destroying mankind.
Matt Thomas -- the Death Disciple, known to the Mafia as Aros, is a master of disguises. In addition, he possesses a mysterious extra sense, "a thirdMatt Thomas -- the Death Disciple, known to the Mafia as Aros, is a master of disguises. In addition, he possesses a mysterious extra sense, "a third eye" which had saved his life in a thousand confrontations on the battlefields of Vietnam.
Aros had made twenty-one hits for the mob, and he decides it is time to retire -- while his luck held, and besides he wanted to settle down and marry the beautiful Rachael.
But when Teresa Romero, the mysterious psychic, lost her only daughter to a drinken mafioso's bullet, and put a curse on the members of the Families, killing them off one by one with the hideous green sickness, Aros (Matt) is called in again, and for ten million dollars, agrees to take the contract.
What starts out as a simple hit, quickly turns into a hair-raising battle of psychic forces, as Aros fights his way through Romero's demons, her hideous spirits summoned from the depths of hell to protect her from him.
The suspense -- keeping one on edge right to the end -- becomes a question of can the Death Disciple stay alive long enough to lure Romero to her death, using his combination of a killer's expertise and psychic power to destroy her?
I won't reveal the answer, but the ending grabs the reader with a fantastic play on the imagination! ...more
Young Gary Scott, candidate for a PH.D. in psychology, is subtly introduced to the corrupting influence of power. Through crisis mounting on crisis, hYoung Gary Scott, candidate for a PH.D. in psychology, is subtly introduced to the corrupting influence of power. Through crisis mounting on crisis, he watches the tools of power manipulate people. Blackmail, half-truths, force and violence dissolve the troubles that threaten to engulf him and to wreck his promising caqreer.
He learns his lessons well and uses these tools to get everything he wants ---prestige, wealth, even love. Engaged to Tina, he falls passionately in love with Jo, the daughter of a Mafia chieftain.
Face to face with the leader of the INNER CIRCLE -- a secret organization more powerful than business or government and with its thumb on the Syndicate -- he wields his power for his own gain.
This taunt novel of how Gary Scott uses his power -- and how it uses him -- will hold you in its grip until the surprising climax on the very last page. ...more
FALLING IMMORTALITY is a PI (private investigator) tale, and my rating for it is really 3.5. By the very nature of its genre, the novel's scope has toFALLING IMMORTALITY is a PI (private investigator) tale, and my rating for it is really 3.5. By the very nature of its genre, the novel's scope has to be somewhat limited, its focus more precictable, its unfolding plot moving toward one goal --- solving the case, and the expectancies of the protagonist usually set beforehand.
In any event, I liked the story: it has well-crafted characters, its own originality, is well-written, has an easy to read style, and I suspect PI buffs will become quite engrossed in it. So my tip of the hat to Robert Downs, the book's author.
The problem is, not being a PI buff, I had difficulty rating the novel, concerned about doing it justice. But in the end I had to go with the book's overall impact compared to the scope and incredible stories of books I have read.
The protagonist, Casey Holden, a stubborn, beer-drinking PI with spunk and a short fuse, great physical shape, has the reputation of finding out the truth no matter what chaos it causes others, including himself. He operates on instinct, fueled by an overemphasized bravado about his own masculinity. Part of this perceived masculinity is his insatiable sexual appetite. Often fantasizing about beautiful young women in the nude, Casey regards women as a source of recreation. His non-commital affairs with his two closest lady friends --- when he's not on the investigative fly --- is reduced to the basic animal instinct of fulfilling raw sexual urges as a manner of sport. These two ladies love it, but are peeved at his otherwise emotionally distancing himself from them.
But on to the main story. Operating from a sparsely furnished office in an old warehouse, Casey takes on a case presented to him by a peculiar woman involving her dead husband. Two years past the widow's spouse was in a bar when out of nowhere pops an unknown assailant who promptly shoots her husband in the back of the head then quickly vanishes; the murder still unsolved. The client wants Casey to finally solve the murder, bringing her closure.
So far, simple enough, and not overly exciting. But you want to keep on reading; so easy to do so. As it is throughout the story, you're drawn in by the wit of Casey's thoughts and reflections, and his wise-cracking comments and snappy comebacks. But these can only carry a story so far --- except for PI buffs who supposedly eat this sort of stuff up right to the end. One thing affected is the dialogue. For the most part, the dialogue is effective and to the point, fitting the situation. But on occasion, too often, when the wit and wise-cracking and snappy comebacks wane and become thin, not working, the dialogue seems to deteriorate; becoming simplistic or trite, even silly; a drag on the characters resonating with the plot. At times, I asked myself: "In such a situation, would real people actually speak to each other like this?"
Whether they would or not, as the story moves on toward the end, the dialogue takes on strength; becoming more appropriate, with the added emphasis needed and required.
But back to Casey. With the help of his best male friend, a steady member of the local police department who regards Casey as having wild theories in his approach to solving this case, and while not losing a chance to size up every beautiful woman he happens to lay eyes upon, Casey sets out with misgivings to solve the baffling murder of his client's husband. But in spite of all his hectic and life-threatening efforts, Casey's quest ends up as a joke on himself. He is blindsided, wise-cracks and all.
The story's evolvement is so unusual that I will not dwell further into overview detail, not wishing to risk giving away the story's complex surprise ending. That I'll leave for you to discover.
Falling Immortality is a book worth reading. As with me, if you like an interesting, quick easy read, you should like this novel. If you're a PI buff, you should love it!