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The Forever Man: A Near-Future Thriller

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  32 reviews
From the author of The Deus Machine and The Third Pandemic comes a fast-paced thriller about the power of harnessing life itself—and the deadly secrets it conceals.

Portland, Oregon, was once a beacon of promise and prosperity. Now it’s the epicenter of a world gone wrong, its streets overrun by victims and hustlers, drifters and gangsters. Lowly contract cop Lane Anslow
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ebook, 340 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Alibi (first published January 1st 2014)
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Ash Wednesday
3.5 STARS
”Most of us spend our lives waiting for something. The last thing we wait for is to die.”

The thing with being a rabid consumer of all things pop culture is that it takes a bit of effort not to get distracted whenever you recognise the similarities. And while these are probably largely unintentional on the part of the author, any scene or exchange feels palpably reminiscent from a different book, any character seems like an amalgam of this movie hero and another’s protagonist. This
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Barb
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
“The Forever Man,” a near-future thriller, is very believable when you compare it with the possibilities in our world today. Economic collapse of the United States, gang rule of certain areas, scientific advances beyond what the civilization and humans can absorb. It sounds like it is just around the corner for us. I am not sure the specific scientific advancement that played a central role in this novel is truly possible, but then I have been surprised with some of the real-life scientific ...more
Isis
I would like to thank NetGalley & Alibi for granting me a copy of this e-ARC to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review.


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From the author of The Deus Machine and The Third Pandemic comes a fast-paced thriller about the power of harnessing life itself—and the deadly secrets it conceals.

Portland, Oregon, was once a beacon of promise and prosperity. Now it’s the epicenter of a world gone wrong, its streets
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Danny
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on Bewitched Bookworms thriller scifi
The world definitely seems to be heading towards darker days lately, in terms of the financial landscape and in the violent and disconnected way that our society exists today. In The Forever Man: A Near-Future Thriller, author Pierre Ouellette paints a bleak picture of the direction that America is headed. The divide between the rich and the poor is even bigger. While the poor barely scrape by and fight for low paying jobs in the
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Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Forever Man by Pierre Ouellette is a very highly recommended dystopian science fiction crime novel.

Set in the near future in Portland, Oregon, society has eroded into the haves and have-nots. Corruption, amoral behavior and greed have taken over. The land has broken down to sections ruled by various crime lords and the government/law enforcement is likely just as corrupt as the rogue leaders. If you have the money, you will be living in privately guarded enclaves and constantly seeking a way
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Tom Duff
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Forever Man: A Near-Future Thriller
Pierre Ouellette

This is the type of book that I'll pick up and read every time... The Forever Man by Pierre Ouellette. It's a near-future sci-fi novel set in Portland, Oregon (my town), and I found it fascinating to see how Ouellette set his dark story among landmarks and locations I know well. I was probably more caught up in the imagery than the actual story, as I found it hard to tie together the multiple things going on at any given time. Still, it was
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John Purvis
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“The Forever Man” was published in 2014 (July) and is the third book written by author Pierre Ouellette.

I was given early access to the book for review through https://www.netgalley.com. This is a Science Fiction, post apocalypse novel set in near future Portland, OR. The writing was well paced, never letting the reader get bogged down.

The primary character in the story is Lane Anslow who is an aging contract police officer for Portland. His younger genius but bipolar brother Johnny contacts
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Lisa D - Sassy Cat Chat
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I usually do not read Sci-Fi type books nor watch t.v./movies in this genera. I was pleasantly surprised with The Forever Man by Pierre Ouellette.

While the novel is set in a future version of America, Pierre Ouellette does a wonderful job of staying grounded and not venturing too far off the path of realism. Travel, technology, and society in The Forever Man are all morphed and advanced but in a way the reader can actually visualize.

The question asked in The Forever Man is if it's possible with
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Suzanne (The Grand World of Books)
I would like to thank Random House Publishing Group - Alibi for the opportunity to read this book.

This book never really got past 3 stars for me, and there are a few reasons for that. Mostly the book just kind of frustrated me, because Lane kind of ran around in circles the whole time and nothing was really ever done to save Johnny. That was my main problem with the book. Throughout most of the book, he needed to save Johnny, but he wasn't very proactive about that it seemed like to me. That
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Henry Lazarus
Jul 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Pierre Ouellette sets his noir thriller in the near future after America’s economy has collapsed. But there are still the very rich who want to stay young no matter what it costs. The Forever Man (ebook form Alibi) is the result of a very-rich, old man willing to pay to create the genetic engineering necessary, and ruthless enough to kill any that learn the secret. Contract cop Lane Anslow gets involved when his genius brother, the lead researcher in the project, somehow survives the attempt on ...more
Susan Beamon
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In a world not too far off from our own, where the 1% truly have everything, include all the plastic surgery and organ transplants they want or need to slow the signs of aging and governments have sold off schools and parks and entire neighborhoods to the wealthy, what is left? And what happens when a genius figures out how to slow aging to such levels that a person might as well be immortal? This little gem has a suggestion. We follow the genius's brother as he tries to stop a corporation and a ...more
Jay Williams
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The near future environment with enhanced technology is perfect for a story that deals with human nature, human frailties, and the philosophical and ethical issues of eternal life. This is an action story with suspense to keep the reader locked in, and with hints of romance to tantalize. Imagine a cat and mouse hunt in the dark where the predator has enhanced sense of smell to track his prey. Imagine an enclave where the rich define themselves with two ages, regular and enhanced. Imagine a gang ...more
Natty
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Truly remarkable thriller. Fast paced action set in a near future post economic and societal collapse sets the biomedical and pharmaceutical haves against the have nots in a constant struggle. Within this framework is the family struggle of the moral compass older brother trying to save his out of control younger brother in the face of the weight of the monetary means of the wealthy establishment. Social commentary with explosions and fighting, topped off with some strong science. Quite an ...more
Orville
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book offers a frightening view of life just around the corner. Or maybe this sort of depersonalization has already happened. (The train has left the station...) I like these characters a lot. Lane is appealing, and his brilliantly nutty brother is too. Even the villain's story is told with sensitivity, even if he is a totally creepy bag of bones. With violence, insight, and lots of suspense, I recommend this book for readers of all sorts: it is a thriller, a mystery, with sci-fi and horror ...more
Marjo
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book Readers Review
The Forever Man, as the title states, is a ‘Near Future’ detective thriller with a hint of Sci-fi. Contract cop Lane Anslow and his brother Johnny who is a medical researcher, are the main characters. There are many twists and turns and other characters that pop in and out of the story line. Sometimes it is a little difficult to keep track of all that is happening, especially when there are flips from present to past. However the main thread of the book is futuristic and
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Mieneke
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
From its synopsis The Forever Man sounded like an interesting near-future SF thriller and it was. Pierre Ouellette’s latest novel from Random House Alibi was an interesting story, with some original world building and a sympathetic main character. Yet while I enjoyed reading the book, I had a number of problems with it that made the book less compelling than it could have been.

My biggest problem was that there is a lot of science in the book. This isn’t a problem in and of itself, but in this
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Heather
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-tour, to-review
The world definitely seems to be heading towards darker days lately, in terms of the financial landscape and in the violent and disconnected way that our society exists today. In The Forever Man: A Near-Future Thriller, author Pierre Ouellette paints a bleak picture of the direction that America is headed. The divide between the rich and the poor is even bigger. While the poor barely scrape by and fight for low paying jobs in the overflowing dangerous slums that are controlled by gangs, the rich ...more
Marlene
Jul 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

The Forever Man combines two well-used science fiction plots into a single story that never quite jelled for me. The individual parts were both potentially interesting, but the whole doesn’t do either one of them justice.

The story takes place in a near-future dystopia. A future so near that the protagonist still remembers the pre-rotten past, meaning now. It’s a future where the 1% has retreated into their gated communities as the rest of us barely get by.
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Kathryn Svendsen
Jun 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
The near-future setting of Portland in The Forever Man is bleak indeed. The city almost seems to be a miniature replica of the entire world complete with areas of third-world status and other areas for the insanely rich. Crime is rampant in most areas except for the gated communities where the very wealthy live.

Lane Anslow is no stranger to life on the streets of Portland. He's a contract cop, struggling to make ends meet -- and watch out for his brilliant medical researcher brother who suffers
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Renee
Aug 04, 2014 added it
The Forever Man is unlike any book I've read. A combination of suspense, science fiction, mystery, and dystopian with a gumshoe detective sort of vibe, it's one of the most unique stories to grace my Kindle in a while. Lane Anslow is the antihero cop who's main concern becomes looking for his brother Johnny, a brilliant but tortured mind whose gotten in deep trouble with some powerful people. That story-line is one I've read before, but when combined with the dystopian setting and "science-y" ...more
Corinne
Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5
This sci-fi noir reads like a movie script – which was both a good and a bad thing. The book is written in the odd, seldom used present-3rd person, which makes it sound like a director on set giving direction to both the camera man, the effects crew and the actors. It leads to a whole lot of telling and very little showing. What ‘showing’ there was, however, was excellent.

This book has diamonds in it. Gold nuggets of literary magic. It’s a shame they are hidden under a somewhat large pile of
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Faith
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
I was looking forward to this book because I have fond memories of the author's book "The Deus Machine" and the plot of "The Forever Man" sounded intriguing. This turned out to be a pretty good dystopian sci fi/thriller in the second half of the book, but I almost didn't make it to the second half. There were so many things I found annoying at the beginning of this book.

The dystopian future is not very imaginative. There is some pretty heavy handed social commentary on easy targets like
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Sheryle
May 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
ARC provided by NetGalley


I was quite pleased to receive an ARC of “The Forever Man” by author Pierre Ouellette from NetGalley and Alibi. It sounded like such an exciting idea for a book. After finishing the book, I still think the idea is exciting; I just don’t think much of the execution of the idea.

I found the book a little hard to get into, but it did pick up once I got into the story. And, while I did like the cast of characters, I found them to be lacking depth. The character of Autumn, in
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Tia Bach
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5 stars

It's a new world with new societies and currency, but some things never change--sometimes we want what we can't, or shouldn't, have. Lane and Johnny are brothers on very different paths, but Johnny's involvement in some shady experiments puts both of them in danger.

When Johnny goes missing, Lane is determined to find his brother. Unfortunately, this sends him down a perilous path. Saving his brother may not be an option when all is said and done.

This book pulled me in from the
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Susan Johnston
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
If you enjoy books about a not quite but close to apocolyptic futures, you will likely enjoy this book. It is well written and has interesting premise where the world's supply of oil has been grossly overstated and when the wells run dry, society crumbles with it. The world that the author creates is gritty and unpleasant, not necessarily bad things when it comes to moving along a story. My problem lies in not being able to find anyone that I truly like to carry me through the depressing vision ...more
Susan
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The United States is becoming a place of have and have-not in the near future. Johnny is a medical researcher who makes the breakthrough of discovery of reverse aging. Johnny disappears. Lane is a cop who is also Johnny's brother. Lane has to figure out what Johnny was working on and who wants to kill both of them. Will he succeed?

This is a science fiction dystopian crime story. While it is entertaining, it is also informative. This was an interesting novel. I would had liked the story to be
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Dawn Cronk
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I don't normally read sci-fi's so this was a stretch. It is set in Portland, OR, in the future. Lane Anslow is the main character, and he is a contract cop. His brother is bipolar, and a genius who is medical researcher who has gone missing. Lane does whatever he has to to find him. So just like real society, there are the rich who have it all, and the poor who are scraping by, only in this novel the rip between the two is extremely wide! Very good character development, and the pace is rapid. I ...more
Tellulah Darling
May 09, 2014 rated it liked it
The writing was quite solid. I enjoyed the world building and the mystery as Lane discovers what exactly his brother was involved in in this dystopian society. The big issue for me that kept it from a higher rating was that I found a lot of moments of info dump, where I would just glaze over at the tech or medical information being poured out.

Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Alibi and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Misha Estrada
This was an interesting story line, but went a little slow for me.
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