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Immortality has received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly as well as high praise from many other book review publications. Immortality was a #1 best-selling techno-thriller on Amazon from January 2008 to June 2014.

Publisher's Weekly starred review: When human extinctions occur in South America and spread worldwide, paleobiologist and genetic researcher Mark Freedm
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Paperback, 516 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Kevin Bohacz (first published January 1st 2007)
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N.V. Cefalo How could you enjoy any science fiction story (or any fiction, really) if you are wondering the whole time if it really could happen or not? A lot of …moreHow could you enjoy any science fiction story (or any fiction, really) if you are wondering the whole time if it really could happen or not? A lot of times I want the science to be "out there" to suspend my belief in the ordinary. Generally the author makes leaps within a subject but does not completely go out of bounds. Balancing fact and fiction to where you aren't sure is successful writing in my book!(less)

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Grundlepuck
Mar 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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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Jose
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Starts well then it gets boring

This book doesn’t have an original premise but it was promising. The first act starts well, mostly action packed. The author brings more characters, the military, other researchers and then no development. Long and repetitive situations (like a few attempts of rape). One is enough, two don’t serve a purpose.
I finished just to complete the book. It got boring and very predictable.
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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Goddessinlb
May 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Michael
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jolie
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Travis
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
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%.
Christopher
Dec 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
So many pages and no satisfaction.
Lagarto
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I agree with other reviewers that the author lacked the chops to pull this off as the masterwork that it could have been.

The good: its concepts are brilliant, it has a Michael Crichton level of technicality (something I love), it keeps the reader guessing and is not predictable

The bad: many of the primary characters are unlikable and unrelatable, some of the passages bog down in boring repetition, some of the action is gratuitous instead of gripping

I nearly gave up at a few points, but the journ
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patricia i. kainu
Immortality Review

The story was interesting enough to keep me reading but must confess to skipping over a number of places where the detail (to me) went on far too long which caused me to begin losing attention.
Neil
Jun 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book, but after only 43% read I couldn't be bothered with it. I was skipping large sections of narrative, that simple repeated the previous pages. Perhaps it wasn't for me. ...more
Ken
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting premise, but it shouldn't be the end.

Okay, we know this is sort of a pre-apocalyptic, and apocalypse type novel. People die, anarchy breaks out. But I don't understand why it should in some respects. Why? Well over seventy percent of America's populace is killed off. That means thirty percent is left. That's millions of people. If our population is over 300 million, that's around 90 million survivors. Ninety million. And what was our population in the 1800s? You see what I'm getting
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E.
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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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Gayle Pace
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Don Viecelli
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Mike Owens
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Victor Gentile
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Al Swanson
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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Aaron
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Robert Laird
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer Clausen-greene
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Rose
Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Manoj
Jul 06, 2013 added it
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
Gerrit Middelkoop
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Corine Schramke
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michele
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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J.C. Weitzel
Jun 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Carla Patterson
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenge
There were enough interesting concepts to keep me reading but there were times when the writing itself was quite annoying to me. It got better as it went along - or, maybe I just got used to it. ;) What was annoying was the way the writing tried to explain every motivation, every action, every relationship in a way which seemed quite awkward. Writing about concepts is more what this guy is good at, I think - writing about people and their inner thoughts is his weak point, IMHO. He also seemed to ...more
Richard Scott
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Larry Bartal
Apr 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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