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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  7,573 Ratings  ·  707 Reviews
Between life and death lies an epic war, a relentless manhunt through two worlds… and an unforgettable love story.

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion — a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave. He wakes without a scratch. The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sk
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
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Suzanne Leopold
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
FBI agent Will Brody is hunting down a sniper who is terrorizing the city of Chicago. Eighteen lives have been lost and there is widespread panic in the city. Claire McCoy is leading the task force and is romantically involved with Will. After this assignment they look forward to formalizing their lives together.

While investigating a tip on the sniper, Will enters a church and is engulfed in an explosion. Surprisingly, he wakes up without a scratch and is able to walk without any help. He is to
Montzalee Wittmann
By: Marcus Sakey
Narrated by: Finty Williams
This was the craziest after death book I think I have ever read. No ghosts here. Don't call Ghost Busters. This is one heck of a ride through levels of afterlife like you won't believe. It grabs you and won't let you go! I can't wait to see how Ron Howard turns this great book into a movie next year. Wow! I could picture it in my mind as it was happening, the author was so good in explaining it, the picture unfolded before me. Terrifying, suspe
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
In hindsight should I probably quite early on, just stopped reading this book when I realized that it was not working. Except, my middle name is apparently stubborn and I thought the idea of the book was so fantastic that I couldn't understand why I just couldn't get into the book. I mean it's nothing wrong with the writing, the characters did not annoy me either. I just felt a bit listless reading the book, and I think it's because I just didn't care that much for the story or for the character ...more
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was determined to finish it.

Even answered the questions at the end. Started out interesting, but completely lost me. Maybe I don't believe after life, guess I'll find out soon.
Read many good reviews from Goodreads friends, since it was free with my Kindle Unlimited decided to read it. Sex, murders and powerful devils.
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Without realising it, I have been waiting for a book to come into my life and completely blow me away. Afterlife was this book for me. I had no preconceptions going into it, didn’t re-read the blurb, didn’t Google it, I just dove right in. And I was greatly rewarded once I started.

Afterlife is a stunning read. There is a reason Ron Howard is making this into a movie! It is utterly captivating. Spanning decades and moving between life and death, it is an epic tale of survival and the lengths to w
Malina Skrobosinski
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Not a home run for me, but I still enjoyed the game.

When I first started this novel I was worried. The first Chapter almost lost me. Periodically through the book Edmund's character will make a random appearance and each time I was completely lost. I could say that maybe it's the fact that I read the majority of this book while on vacation and perhaps I was distracted at times, but then again, after looking over some other reviews, I don't think it was just me. I think the way this character wa
J.K. Grice
There were parts of this book that kept me on the edge of my seat, and also evoked a lot of emotions. Sakey is an excellent writer, and I would certainly be open to reading some of his other novels. For me, the last 75 pages or so became rather jumbled, confusing, and chaotic. There was a lot of jumping around to various "afterlife dimensions," and this fragmented the flow of the story, IMO. Also, we are led to believe in this almost perfect, self-sacrificing love between Brody and Claire. For a ...more
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
I've previously read some of Marcus Sakey's work, and while I enjoyed some of it, I wouldn't have willingly picked up Afterlife had the publicist not specifically asked me to. My expectations going into Afterlife were not high, but I figured I'd slog through it if necessary.

It wasn't.

Afterlife raises the bar on what I expect from Marcus Sakey a whole lot higher than it previously was. I had no idea the man was capable of pulling off something like this.

This is one of those books that immediate
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Like many others, I loved Sakey's Brilliance trilogy, and looked forward to this. I was quite disappointed. A crazed elusive sniper is terrorizing the city when two FBI agents: Assistant Director Claire McCoy and Special Agent Will Brody collaborate in an unconventional way to stop him. Meanwhile, the two are crazy for each other and their love passionate, raw and beautiful, until Will is killed. Will wakes up in the Afterlife, a different plane of existence, where if you kill someone, you absor ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
4.5 stars. This was an amazing book and I may up it to 5 stars. (Waited 30 minutes, kept raving about this book, upped to 5)

The book starts with a character named Edmund who murders a bunch of people and then dies himself, only to find that nothing much has changed. Our main characters are Claire and Brody, two FBI agents investigating a series of sniper murders.

The afterlife/"echo" world was extremely cool. It was well imagined, atmospheric, and different enough from the living world that I nev
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
According to the Acknowledgements, Afterlife was written in fits and starts over almost a decade. It shows. Cyclic, uneven, bordering on the pointless, it's carried by Sakey's style and two acceptable characters. Yet, almost like "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," they keep fighting the same giant squid, albeit in different ways. Plus, the Achilles heel of the two lead characters: they're goody two-shoes. At every turn.

Sometimes, ya just gotta take the (metaphorical) money and run. It makes better
Greg Zimmerman
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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No two ways about it: Marcus Sakey's new novel, Afterlife, is ambitious. Even though it clocks in at only about 300 pages, it has elements of several recognizable creative triumphs: The movie Inception, Stephen King's Dark Tower series, Gaiman's American Gods, and Nelson DeMille's best police thrillers, for starters. Hell, there's even a love story here. Perhaps this is why Sakey admits in the acknowledgments, "This one was a beast." Sake
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well now this was interesting. It's difficult to describe it without ruining some very cool reveals so I won't say much. However, it involves the afterlife (obviously) but more than that it's about how the power of love can transcend that. Which, that sounds cheesy as hell, but it's truly not. And I also think I need to seriously up my cardio game in the event of an early departure from this plane of existence. If you read the book you'd know why...

Sakey has quite the imagination and you follow
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Sierra the Nerdgirl
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Little Bird Publicity for this opportunity to give an honest review.

You guys, this book was a complete surprise to me. I did not expect to like it nearly as much as I did. The first chapter was real rough, and I mean real rough, almost enough to make me DNF the book. But, I kept pushing onwards, and I'm so glad I did because the book was such an interesting, mentally, and intellectually compelling book that drew
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible
This.was.awesome! 4.5 stars
Jeremy Baker
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first encountered Marcus Sakey’s work via his Brilliance Trilogy, which is for lack of a better term, brilliant. In those books, he tackled the mutants-might-be-our-future trope in a way that was completely and distinctly UN-trope-y, totally fresh, compulsively readable, and layered with realism that pulls you right into the story. Sakey struck me as a guy with big-L literary fiction chops who was writing kickass big-G genre fiction. And since I absolutely hate the willful mainstream categoriz ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was like the combo of a Hershey bar and a cold Pepsi- irresistible. I honestly couldn't put it down. Afterlife was an amazing blend of fantasy, romance, and mind-fuckery. I'll definitely be reading more by Marcus Sakey. 5⭐ ...more
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

I was offered a free download for a review.

I'm surprised to see Goodreads listing "Afterlife" as science fiction. From the blurb sent me by the publicist, it was clear to me I was being asked to read & review a fantasy book. Fantasy is not my thing. Books about afterlives and the supernatural leave me cold. I almost said no, and then I had a thought: afterlives=fantasy/supernatural; alternate worlds=science fiction. Something in the blurb told me this book would appl
Pete Kepf
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't often "purchase" promoted Kindle Unlimited books, but when the ad mentioned it was to be a movie directed by Ron Howard I decided to give it a go. I also don't often rate books 5 stars, but this one earned each one.

As I began reading Afterlife I found myself wondering why in the world was it titled such. Marcus Sakey , while developing the characters in no way reveals what a ride is to come. Midway through, with the actions and scenes, I understood the title but thought, "how in the worl
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3.5, writing 4
Libby Chester
According to the cover of the book 'Afterlife' by Marcus Sakey is slated to become a major motion picture. When it's made, I'd love to see it, to learn just how my imagination matches up with motion picture mojo.

Will Brody is an FBI agent and his boss is Claire McCoy. They're having an affair, but are keeping it secret so Claire can keep on climbing the ladder of success in FBI world. A sniper in Chicago who has killed seventeen people will change both of their life (and death) trajectories.

Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, others, netgalley
Der Anfang hat mich wirklich angestrengt. Edmund hat mich angestrengt, aber als es dann in dem Buch endlich losging, konnte ich kaum aufhören. Es wird ein flottes Tempo angeschlagen, das für meinen Geschmack genau richtig ist. Beeindruckenderweise gibt es sogar viel Gefühl, Spannung und jede Menge Aktion.
Der Schreibstil an sich ist sehr detailreich und genau in dem richtigen maß bildhaft. Das Buch lief wirklich wie im Film vor meinem inneren Auge ab.

Die Liebesgeschichte ist immer present aber n
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the “Brilliance” trilogy. “Afterlife” has the same train-wreck pacing (if you can get through the beginning, the first 20% was a little slow and too romance-y for my taste.). Then it was like wow, this is great, I can’t put this down. The ending was just ridiculous (in my opinion;) I hate when you get a great ride in the middle, and then it was like this epic ending that just did not ring authentic. I wonder if there are alternative endings written...anyway, it was a great read for most ...more
Paula Cappa
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This is true horror. Not just ghosts. This is about the echoes of the afterlife but in a very twisted way. I’m not keen on this kind of heavy horror so I have to say I didn’t like it all that much. The writing is excellent, actions, descriptions, characters hold up well. Sakey is a star author! A multi-layered plot weaves in and out as part police procedural and part serial killer and apocalyptic themes for thrilling reading. A powerful evil pervades here and it’s quite disturbing with gruesome ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is an interesting story, and one that is not what you will expect.
This is a Romeo and Juliet story, with something that you would have expected from Dan Brown. The bi-line of it being the Matrix was a bit confusing and I don’t really get the reference, but I can see the similarities to Ghost.
So this starts off as a dramatic thriller, a city under siege by a crazed sniper, he has already taken down 17 victims, and they are no closer to discovering who he is. The leads are Claire McCoy and Wi
It's official: Afterlife is my favorite novel of the year (at least so far, but it's already December)!

This book literally has it all…

A major city (Chicago, very much a vivid and vital character in the story) terrorized by a serial-killing sniper. Brave FBI agents, including impulsive Will Brody, on his trail in a whodunnit mystery. Task force head Claire McCoy: easily the best, most complex, strongest, most authentic, and least sexist female main character rendering I have ever seen executed
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are hundreds of novels (probably more) that speculate about what happens after death, but I doubt that few authors have the gumption to reimagine eschatology the way Marcus Sakey has in Afterlife. In this fantastical thriller, protagonists Will Brody and Claire McCoy have to chase a mass murder across the boundary between life and death. For these two, an FBI badge doesn’t expire after they die...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of this book from NetGall
Jacques Filippi
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A complex and ambitious creation that doesn't stop to admire itself in the mirror. It is original, brilliant, and entertaining as hell!
You can mix equal parts "The Matrix" and Ray Bradbury's "What Dreams May Come" then add a bit of love from Eurydice and Orpheus. "Afterlife" is all that and more.
Toni Laliberte
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books that I've read, in a really long time. Such a unique and wonderful story, rich in characters and perfect writing. Marcus Sakey is my new hero. He spun a tale about the power of love and what shared love is capable of. Love does conquer all. Read this book, people!
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Marcus Sakey is the bestselling author of nine novels, including the Brilliance Trilogy, which has sold more than a million copies.

His novel AFTERLIFE (July 18, 2017) is soon to be a major motion picture from Imagine Entertainment and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. His novel Good People was made into a film starring James Franco and Kate Hudson.

Marcus lives in Chicago with his wife and dau
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