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Promise Me Eternity

2.67  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Dr. Simon Patterson is a successful and well-respected neurosurgeon at Central Hospital in the town of Medford. Married, though without children, he keeps himself so busy that one day is not much different from another. Until, that is, he saves the life of the powerful mobster Carlo Vucci.
At a dinner in honor of Dr. Patterson, Carlo Vucci introduces him to his alluring wif
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published January 20th 2011
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I was asked to review this book by the author. The premise definitely sounded intriguing, so I agreed. I’ve been reading this one in small chunks here and there for nearly a month now, and I wish that I could say that it was a great book... but it just wasn’t.

I didn't care for this book, but I think that it had quite a bit of potential to be very good. The writing, the details, the stiffness of the story just didn’t get it anywhere close to where it should be. There was far too much erroneous s
Initial thoughts: I'm going to meditate on my rating for this book before I put up a full review, but I have to say that I struggled quite a bit with "Promise Me Eternity", and while the novel did start picking up in the latter parts when the mystery/crime elements started falling into place, I couldn't get past some of the more glaring faults the book had with respect to its characterization, pacing, among other structure elements that I think a more thorough editing process would've alleviated ...more
Feb 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was going to send a message to the author and tell him I just can't review this book. Then, I went and read the reviews at Goodreads and Amazon (etc.) and I decided some balance was required. Whenever I read a book like this and I read reviews that are not only positive, but have praise specifically for the very things I find worst about the book - I always wonder if they're friends of the author, alternate identities of the author, or people with really low standards in their reading selectio ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Author: Ian Fox
Published By: I.F.
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA

"Promise Me Eternity" by Ian Fox was indeed good suspense
mystery. The author really had a lots going on in this novel. It was
a long read and if you are able to stick with it.. lots of details will find its a very good read. The characters go on and on....Dr. Simon Patterson, (his wife) Helen, Anita and Jerry, Carlo and Christine, Edna, and Paul Tuttle only to name a fe
Jason Edwards
Mar 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was asked by the author to read this book and write a review. I'm afraid I do not feel this book is a very good read. And I was reluctant to post what will mostly be negative things, but it seems others have also been asked to read and review, and so I am more or less echoing what they've said.

The characters are flat, stereotypical, and at the same time unrealistic. Entire chapters are dedicated to extraneous characters who have little, or nothing to do with the plot. The writer lavishly desc
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
The doctor is being accused of murder. All but one of his friends and acquaintances think he did it. The other characters include a suspected mob boss and his beautiful wife, the fighting neighbors, co-workers and a cleaning lady. Who is the murder? The story works similar to a soap opera with each character having a separate, but often intertwining story. It's a mystery, a romance and a drama all rolled into one story.

My opinion of this book was a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, I enjoyed read
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Feb 22, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I received a free copy of the book by the author in exchange for a review on my blog.

I started my rating at three stars, and I could not give it the fourth star which would indicate a recommendation to readers of this genre nor could I give the fifth star for skillful writing worth a second read. I took away one star for boring me with too many chapter-long backstories about minor characters. The fictive dream was broken several times when I disagreed with law enforcement jurisdiction and legal
Mar 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: review-copy
Review posted at: The Owl Review

I was asked by the author to review this book for him and received a Kindle copy. This book starts off introducing the character Simon, Dr. Patterson, who is alone on a highway and is telling himself he must kill Carlo for Christine. Then it cuts to earlier in time and the story begins with the introduction of the character Simon.

Simon is a heart surgeon but is attempting to find a vaccine that creates eternal life. He spends all of his free time at home hiding f
Aug 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Set in and around a hospital in Medford Oregon, Ian Fox’s Promise me Eternity tells the stories of criminals, self-absorbed doctors, unfaithful wives, ambitious girlfriends, broken homes and wounded childhoods all rolled into one. With so many flawed characters it was hard sometimes to settle into reading—each new scene feeling like an accident waiting to happen. Promise Me Eternity is not a comfortable book or a quick read, but it does have a soap-opera allure as it meanders from hospital to ri ...more
Anna Rubini
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't understand all the negative reviews.I had almost decided not to read it after reading them.I'm very glad I did read it all in one day: Just couldn't put it down. I simply loved this book: a classical mystery. lot's of twists and turns. It isn't filled with lots of hard violence and explict sex. It seems as if books nowadays don't meet these two last requirements, are just thrash and aren't worth to be read.
I'm going to get all the mystery books by this author and just can't wait to read
Milo (BOK)
Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-crime
Original Review:

Ian Fox is one of the many self-published authors out there, and one of the few of those that I’ve read. The other authors that I’ve read who have had their work self-published would be Dan Johnson, and John Charles Scott, whose work I enjoyed, but both had their flaws – and although Promise Me Eternity is, I believe it’s safe to say, somewhat enjoyable, it still has flaws. However, despite that, I managed to plough through Ian Fox’s novel
Jason Brown (Toastx2)
May 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, reviewed
How to describe this book, written by Ian Fox..This is a tough one, as i would rate it 1.5 stars for plot, but 4 stars for characters. Because of this, you will find a very confused review follows below.

Quick synopsis. Successful Neurosurgeon is depressed and has a home life that can only be described as extreme emotionally abusive. He is consistently ripped into, which causes him to be distant, which exacerbates his situation. Neurosurgeon saves the life of a known gangster after a car wreck, t
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Promise Me Eternity by Ian Fox starts off with Dr. Simon Patterson waiting on a dark road for Carlo, the man he wants to kill. The story then jumps back several months and we are introduced to Dr. Patterson, the surgeon. Dr. Patterson is the chief surgeon at a local hospital but his real passion is research. He built a lab in his basement and has been working on a cure for aging.

Dr. Patterson's wife Helen despises his research and wishes he would look for a job in a bigger town so that he coul
Toni Osborne
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
After reading this novel I still have mixed thoughts on how to label it. I went through the usual list: is it a tale of suspense, a thriller, a medical mystery, a psychological drama, a simple fiction or a combination of all of the above? Don’t mistake me it was a fair read although at times hard to grasp but what intrigued me the most was its premise. As I carried on I became quite curious by the life of the many characters, many lived a very shallow life style. I was captivated by the things t ...more
Jessica Workman Holland (Tales Between the Pages)
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I don't think Ian Fox likes women very much.


[T]here are two different kinds of female characters: the bitchy, controlling, greedy kind and the kind that blindly falls for the protagonist without explanation. In any case, all of these women are stereotypical. I couldn't find a single female character who I could identify with. This is a problem for me. An author should be able to write both genders well and not give preference to one or the other
Andrea P.
Feb 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Originally published on Cozy Up With A Good Read

I am a huge fan of mysteries and crime novels, so when I saw the synopsis this seemed like my kind of story. Sadly I was not taken with this book. Ian had a good story but this novel was a little too long for the idea behind the story.

I believe there were a few too many characters to be able to concentrate on the story. I found that the chapters were very short and we switched to a new storyline quickly. I felt that a lot of things were cut short t
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you’re the wife of a researcher; be prepared to take the back burner to mice, rats, rabbits and other critters that come cheap and can be tossed if they die. If you’re married to Dr. Simon Patterson like Helen is; even Dorothy the rabbit upstages you. A plus might be that if his experiment works, Simon Patterson will have discovered the way to a much longer life. Not that Helen is anyone’s idea of a gem. She is shrill, nagging, shrill, beautiful, shrill, nagging….you get the idea. She wants ...more
Apr 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was asked by the author to review this book and received a free e-version.

In all honesty, I had a difficult time getting through this one, and because I don't want to write anything overly negative, I feel that this will be a short review.

The main problem I had with the book was that I didn't like any of the characters. All of the women were portrayed as such shrill, nagging, gold-digging, scheming, money and status obsessed creatures that I couldn't help but roll my eyes. I also had a hard ti
Yin Chien 인첸
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book, as I have never read any book by this author previously. Promise Me Eternity is not in my usual reading scope, but I found myself enjoying the book, which is a great thing.

The main character of this book, Dr. Simon Patterson, is someone who is clever but ultimately boring. Although he's a neurosurgeon, he's devoted to experimenting a vaccine that would prolong a man's life, even to the point of locking himself up in a basement for ex
Feb 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinishable
Ok - I have tried REEEEEEEEEEEALLLLLY hard to finish this book. Simply put, I can't. It's bad...and I don't know if it's just not my style, because I can read just about anything and be happy. I HATED that each character seemed to have their own story inside of the main plot. Maybe I just never got to the point in the plot where the many differenct characters come to merge...but I really could not force myself to go ANY further. I read for enjoyment...and I did NOT enjoy what I read.

Have you eve
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Dr. Simon Patterson is a successful neurosurgeon who is researching an age-defying medicine. He is married but often ends up with fighting with his wife. He is a workaholic who wishes to make it big in the medical world and also make it rich by inventing a medicine which can stop ageing in humans. Simon’s life is going on as usual, until Christine enters his life. Christine is the wife of a well known criminal Carlos and is an epitome of beauty. Simon is naturally attracted to her against his wi ...more
Donna (BLHmistress)
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Most of you know I have been trying to branch out of my comfort zone and try new genres and this book was one that is totally out of my realm. It is a mystery/thriller and the premise had me intrigued.

I did like this book, though I do have one issue, and that is the switching of characters views. I really don't mind one or two but this was the all the characters. Though I can see what the author was trying to do, for me it was a bit much. And while all the subplots did eventually connect with t
Don Bradshaw
This book ok. The cast of characters was enormous which made it a little hard to follow at times. I also think that the story would have flowed much better if some of the unnecessary scenes were removed. The story revolves around Simon Patterson, a successful neurosurgeon in a small town. Simon saves the life of a mob boss, Carlo Vucci, and is suddenly thrown into a maelstrom. His money hungry wife, Helen, has an affair and is subsequently murdered. I was personally glad to see Helen go. Simon ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
One laboratory is arranged with wooden tables were the various instruments and gadgets essential to experiments. One man a scientist and neurosurgeon Dr.Patterson he is truing to make a vaccine for antiaging. Why he would make this vaccine?
Why he does this for money or publicity?
The answer is: money.
Dr.Patterson is a dedicated scientist, but he doesn’t seems to like good person, because he chiding his wife and he making something unnatural like vaccine for long life. Not that I am against antia
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I was hooked from the very first page and was unable to put it down, except from when I was forced to. This novel was full of twists and turns throughout and I never felt like I knew what was going to happen next. The plot is well though out and easy to follow most of the time.

However for me there was to many characters present within this novel. I found myself confused at time to what was going on as each chapter seemed to jump from one character to the next. However on a positive note, all the
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in an e-format and promised to write a review. Well, it took me a while to read....not because the book isn't good- more of a scheduling issue. Anyways, I've really enjoyed this book immensely! The very beginning of the book starts with Simon, a physician, waiting by the side of the road for someone to come by. The next thing we know, we are being introduced to several more characters; each chapter is written in the voice of a different person. (I love this format!) Well, I'm not ...more
Sarah Batchelder
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
I'd actually give this a rating of 2.5 if I could. While entertaining in parts, I did not care at all for any of the characters. I also found the whole idea of this story being set in Medford, OR to be unbelievable. The author did not convey a real sense of place to me. He referred to a hedgehog in one scene and hedgehogs are not even found on this continent. [I read a print version of the ebook - maybe this scene is different in the electronic format].

In spite of (or maybe because of)the stiff
Lesley McCullough
Mar 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is the kind of review I hoped I would not have to write but I’m afraid this novel defeated me. Giving the author the benefit of the doubt, English is not his first language, something has been lost in translation. I tried very hard to find rhythm and depth in the writing but was unsuccessful and found the dialogue stilted and naïve (but not in a good way). I’m afraid I couldn’t warm to the characters either as they were unbelievable and verging on caricatures’, particularly the women. There ...more
Kathy Jackson
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
I’m sorry, I could not get into this book. It was predictable and not very original. Plus the story was told to us, rather than giving the feeling that you are actually in the story. Mr. Fox does well describing scenes.

This is not to say that some who like mysteries and crime dramas might not like the book – but I can say in no uncertain terms that this was not my cup of tea. This was my first and last book by this author. I feel badly because he asked me to review this book and share what I tho
Sep 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Free e-book from the author received for review. Meant to be a popular fiction type murder mystery with the successful doctor on the brink of a scientific breakthrough, the mobster and his gorgeous wife. English is not the author’s first language and that is evident in the stilted conversations and in the sentence structure that sounds like a ninth grade exercise in creative writing.

One star because he tied up all the plot ends. Sorry, Ian.
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Ian Fox was born in Slovenia (EU), and has also lived in the U.S.A., France, and Germany. He is fluent in English, French, and German. Because of his extensive international experience, his books are set in the U.S.A. or Europe. Ian’s books have enjoyed great success in Europe. He has published three crime (mystery) novels that have sold very well and been ranked among the top 100 most borrowed li ...more