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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Moscow, 2138. With the world only beginning to recover from the complete societal collapse of the late 21st Century, Zoya scrapes by prepping corpses for funerals and dreams of saving enough money to have a child. When her brother forces her to bring him a mysterious package, she witnesses his murder and finds herself on the run from ruthless mobsters. Frantically trying t ...more
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Published November 24th 2014 by Breakwater Harbor Books (first published November 23rd 2014)
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The Immortality Game, admit it, we would all like to win that one, but at what cost? Ted Cross takes on a trip into the future to Moscow, the year is 2138 and the world has barely survived a complete meltdown. The poor struggle to scratch out a living serving the wealthy and elite. Science has made tremendous bounds, but is it going in the right direction? Citizens are required to have data ports implanted. Yeah, think built-in USB port for simplicity's sake, is it a scientific break-through or ...more
Ivan Amberlake
Ted Cross’s The Immortality Game tells about a girl named Zoya who gets a mysterious package from her brother not long before she finds him dead, and who then has to flee for her life from the mobsters that killed her brother.

There is also Marcus who leaves Phoenix, Arizona for Moscow in search of that same package as it might help his dead father Javier Saenz (who only exists in the digital world) get a new body.

Set in Moscow of the year 2138, which is far from a safe place, The Immortality Gam
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, 2015-reads
A slow start but then the tension rise.
Here is my full review

On 8th of January I read following post over at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist:

Calling on all self-published/indie speculative fiction writers: Final Update

There was a book mentioned in the post which aroused my interest. I was impressed when I read that the author paid 2000 USD out of his own pocket for the cover art done by the well known Stephan Martiniere.
I was surprised by the cheap price for the digital copy and based on price, cover and
Regina Foo
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

It's year 2138 in Moscow. Zoya is working with a corpse when her brother, Georgy suddenly appears at the morgue. He thrusts a package to her and asks her help to deliver the package back to him the next day. Zoya never thought that day would change her life, forever.

The Immortal Game is a cyberpunk, dystopian science fiction that sets in the future where everyone has some sort of network connection port and card slot that is implanted into their bodies. Wealthier people c
Michael Offutt
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first line begins, "Zoya hummed along to a pre-dark times rock tune as she sketched a final line of purple lipstick onto the grossly fat man on the stainless steel slab." It pretty much sets the tone of this science-fiction thriller, and Ted Cross' ability to wield words reminds me of Martin Cruz Smith, author of Three Stations, who has an equally torrid ability to bring life to black and white letters on a page. I guess it's kind of eerie then that in my comparison, the first chapter begins ...more
Patrick St-Denis
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
You guys are aware that my attempt to read and review a self-published SFF work sort of went down the crapper last year. I felt kind of bad, because I really wanted to give an indie speculative fiction author's book a fair shot and come what may. Most of the Hotlist's readers seemed to be against the idea, maintaining that it would likely be a total waste of time, that self-published novels sucked, yada yada yada. And yet, against my better judgement, I elected to do it anyway. Perhaps I should ...more
DNF. I don't know, maybe I'm just not in the right frame of mind for this book. I found it boring and each page I read I got distracted and found something more interesting to do. The different POVs really chopped up the flow too, and I already found myself groaning in the few first pages of the book. You know what I'm talking about. It gets to a semi-interesting part and BAM, change POV to something completely different. I wasn't in the mood for that kind of crap. I'll probably come back to it ...more
Donna Hole
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m not normally a quick reader, but I was drawn into the world of The Immortality Game from the opening chapter through the ending. The futuristic setting was immediately and expertly introduced, and the female lead character, Zoya, had a good-girl appeal from the opening dialogue with her roguish brother. The world after The Dark Times is further built through the perspective of Marcus, the young son of a deceased millionaire who invented the program- cure for the “internet virus” that hackers ...more
Christopher Gerrib
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was attracted to this book by two things. First, Ted Cross, the author, has spent serious time in Moscow, where the story is set, and currently resides in lovely Baku, Azerbaijan. Second, just look at that cover! It’s from Stephan Martiniere, one of the premier SF illustrators.

Fortunately, The Immortality Game lives up to its cover. Set primarily in Moscow in the summer of 2138, the book is the story of Zoya and Marcus. Zoya is a Russian teenager, who by accident comes in possession of some m
Hart Johnson
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It is gratifying to me, and it comes along so rarely, that a story has the trifecta of important pieces, all developed well: character, setting and plot. Zoya and Marcus are 'everyman' in different ways, Marcus in recovery from a “Mesh” addiction (that escape to a fantasy world of his choosing where his body is stabilized in a bed and his head hooked into escape instead of reality), son of a very wealthy (but mostly dead) man who had managed to finally eradicate viruses from the online world. Z ...more
Scott Toney
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, intelligent, fast-paced sci-fi fun! I picked up The Immortality Game and could not put it down. Usually I read several books at a time, but nothing made its way into my reading time other than The Immortality Game and I read it in 1/3 the time it normally takes me to read a novel. The author clearly has great strength in world creation and in making characters feel real, like they could be someone you know. I love it when an author can make me feel that way about their characters, esp ...more
Very good premise, very well developed world, extremely well-developed, rounded characters. All of it just tacked on to a good, but not special plot.

The plot of this book is a chase story, our wonderful protagonist Zoya and her foil Marcus are chased through a moderately far future Russian city. This is all well and good, but the middle of it is just the same couple scenes over and over again. This is where I got frustrated. Thankfully it was saved by the well written characters. And of special
Mary Enck
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ted Cross is a stellar creator of amazing stories and a master world builder. As I read The Immortality Game I witnessed a stunning look into the future world and what may come. We can only imagine how it will be in those mists of tomorrow. Ted brings us there as we read his view of those times and the story he plays out for us.

I love a novel that excites my senses in the way of sitting on the edge of ones seat breathless and waiting to see what comes on the future pages. I was so wrapped up in
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
As a fourteen year old with a love for classic rock and other such genres, the Immortality Game really appealed to me in almost every sense. This action packed thriller is a great read, and the clever twists and turns will keep you entertained all the way. The world is wonderfully realistic; in fact I could easily imagine the world turning out not much different in the future. Altogether this book is amazing when you just want to sit down and stay sitting.
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Wow, not what I thought. I am not a huge science fiction fan, but the idea of living on the Web was fascinating. It also was scary in its implications and in the future world the author created. Bravo.
Peter Steitz
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Author Ted Cross takes the reader into a future world where technology is both a great blessing and a terrible curse. His vision of medical nanobots, human-machine interfaces and flying cars is balanced by his development of real characters facing extraordinary challenges. Millions are trapped in virtual realities more addictive than heroin. Others are forced to live underground. As with our current world, those without means suffer the greatest deprivations.
The Immortality Game’s core protago
Sherry Terry
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Immortality Game by Ted cross! The cover is well done and fits the story very well. I like the futuristic feel of the cover, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well-rounded and fleshed out splendidly to make them feel like real people. 

The first chapter hooked me so hard, I couldn’t put The Immortality Game down, and the story kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. I loved all the futuristic Scifi stuff, and I think Ted Cross did a fantastic job wit
Rob Andrews
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book in a very short time, compelled to find out what would happen to this fascinating and well-written cast of characters. Ted Cross creates a believable and incredibly creative future earth following a catastrophic depopulation and destabilization that leads to a future where people surrender themselves to an alternate reality much kinder than the harsh conditions the poor face. In the 22nd century, the remnants of civilization house ultra rich thrill seekers alongside the ...more
Tammy Armstrong
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book! The concept is interesting, and the story had an excellent flow. I look forward to reading anything this author puts out.
J.B. Garner
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the Musings of a Starving Author:

Future worlds, thrills, crime, action, and foreign lands … these are the ingredients that are dangled before the diners sitting at Mr. Cross’s table. We’ve sampled technothrillers before, but The Immortality Game promises to take things a step beyond the near-now. Will taking the technothriller formula forward another century add a swirl of delicious flavor to our dish or will it simply confuse the literary palate?

Before we find out, let’s recount the Starvi
Minki Pool
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This was a tense, fast-paced read that included many characters with complicated and often morally ambiguous motivations, which made it seem as messy and real and sometimes downright contradictory as only real humans can be. Set in a future that feels partly very probable and partly like a sly joke about the current political climate, it offers, among other things, a very interesting look at the question of human cloning and how a clone is in no way an exact copy unless you also duplicate the mi ...more
Erika  *and her little dog too*
It's a late Saturday afternoon when Zoya's brother Georgy shows up at her job with a package he needs her to hold on to and deliver to him the following morning. Zoya is understandably hesitant; her brother's mixed up with the Russian mob. I mean, who would willingly take possession of a package that likely has ties to the Russian mob? Eventually she's convinced, and she sets off the following morning to bring the package to her brother and instead becomes witness to his murder. Turns out the pa ...more
Kristin Dutt
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a fast paced Sci-Fi thriller for sure. I have to say I just simply love this cover. It's fantastic! I was given a copy of this book to give a honest opinion. But this cover seriously screams the future to me. I would buy this book just based on this cover.

The Immortality Game is a great game indeed. Well more like a chase in Moscow in the year 2138. The world is a mess to say the least. Science has gone above and beyond requiring ports which I love this idea concept to go on.

Zoya is a fa
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, quick read. The universe Cross creates is an interesting one, with enough detail to give proper context, but not so much to detract from the plot. It's a fast-paced, action-filled book that's a good page turner for an airplane trip or a lazy afternoon by the pool. Not really long enough to grip you or draw you in, but still very entertaining.

My biggest gripe was the forced love story. It felt incredibly false and unrealistic that two people could fall for each other as fast and far as th
Anton Müller
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Easy and entertaining narrative flow, some bright ideas about what the future might be regarding artificial intelligence; other than that has all the trappings of a classic thriller involving heroes and villains - quite enjoyable without being a great novel
The author is talented at world building and well developed characters.I enjoyed this book and found myself caring about the characters and their futures.I would recommend this book to any fan of the sci-fi genre.I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review .
Idina Jomia
A dark, exciting, dystopian novel that was well worth the read. Follows a girl named Zoya in the year 2138 in Moscow who gets a package from who brother (who then dies), and she finds herself running from the mob who killed him. It's intense, thrilling, and all around a great read. ...more
Canadian 135
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Incredibly fast-paced thriller sci-fi. Near future Moscow, where kick-ass female lead has to run for her life to protect two data-chips left in her care by her brother. Lots of fun.
Peter Voutov
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Quick and fun read. This book was recommended to me as a fan of Altered Carbon. Should appeal to anyone interested in contemplating immortality and the possibilities it would bring. Its perfect casual reading as chapters are short. It took me less than 2 days to get through it. The universe in which the events happen is not nearly as well described or deep as that of Altered Carbon (there are no aliens involved and it's only 100+ years from today). There were some strange limitations of technolo ...more
Eänolituri Lómitaurë
Great idea. Great world but lacking characters...
Javier is most failing one author says how smart is he, but Javier is neither smart nor bright. At best he is subpar. And it is place where story is failing.
Zoya is completely illogical. Marcus is extremely childish: instead of explaining his position to Javier he he cuts connection...
Lev's nanobots allergy. Nobody aware about how allergy works will buy this story: Allergy is happens because of antybody/antigene reaction and it means nanobots are
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Ted Cross is from Arizona and has spent the past two decades traveling the world as a diplomat, all the time dreaming about writing fantasy and science fiction. He's visited nearly forty countries and lived in nine, including the U.S., Russia, China, Croatia, Iceland, Hungary, Azerbaijan, The Bahamas, and Italy. He's witnessed coup attempts, mafia and terrorist attacks, played chess with several w ...more

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