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The December Protocol

(Immortal Archives #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The year is 2419 and humans have colonized the solar system. Life on Mars is difficult, but offers a second chance to those living beneath the frigid surface.

Arriving on Mars is Marcus Truman, with only weeks left to live, but determined to secure a life denied him by cancer. With the best intentions in the world, he finds himself inextricably caught up in a lawless conspi
Kindle Edition, 335 pages
Published May 18th 2017 by Devin Hanson
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Meenaz Lodhi
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This has been a perfect sci fy thriller! Immortality and how we react to it is a question of moral and ethics in this plot. To what lengths will we go, kidnapping and killing early teen girls for a shot of serum every month. The story unravels itself based on the main characters, with their back stories, an immortal detective on the run, trying to solve the conspiracy behind the disappearance of the girls. The writing is a pleasure to read, full of action and thrill, keeps you always on the edge ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. It's pure Science Fiction and is set in a dystopian future where anything is possible.

In addition to being amazing Science Fiction this book delves into the philosophical and ethical dilemma of immortality. What if the human race was suddenly given the means to become immortal? What do you think we as humans would do? How far do you think people would go to gain what they wanted? What would you do if you were faced with a life threatening disease and the only way you c
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My original The December Protocol audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

What if you could live forever?  What would you be willing to turn a blind eye to?  Who would you sacrifice to have immortality? December Protocol is a probing story that demonstrates what could happen to society when their number 1 resource for survival is threatened with extinction as well as just how far humankind will go to live forever.

The main characters – Min, Angelina, and Marcus demonst
Robert Gelms
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ll Do It Tomorrow
By Bob Gelms
Immortality is the subject of hundreds of stories both in science fiction and in other genres. The earliest stories of eternal life go back at least as far as 1513. That’s when Juan Ponce de Leone, as the first European to set foot on Florida, did so looking for the Fountain of Youth. One drink bestowed immortality. Currently, his search for the Fountain has mostly been debunked but the story fueled imaginations for an exceptionally long time.
One of my favorite s
I do love a good detective novel. And I love Mars stories. This tale wraps both up in a pretty entertaining listen. My favorite character was Min, who has been around a long time and seen how human society (both on Earth and on Mars) has evolved over the decades. I pictured him as an albino version of Gaff from the original Blade Runner movie. He’s a bit shady in some ways but has hard boundaries on other things (like murdering young ladies for their ovaries).

The setting was well integrated into
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
( Format : Audiobook )
"Limitted resources and infinite time."
When a scientist is interviewed about the claim that she can give immortality to the world, the sceptical reporter laughingly asks, 'Who wants to live forever, anyway?'
Six years later, her claim is a fact with two differently working possibilities. But later, with hundreds of thousands already having become the new immortals and social problems growing, Earth passes legislation banning all of them from Earth, those who have received t
Colin Rowlands
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many books have featured the quest for immortality, but this one is more about the kind of world that would result afterwards particularly when the immortals need monthly doses of serum that can only be made from a woman's eggs and demand is so high that the black market trade in kidnapped young women is very lucrative to criminals.

While the books features numerous flashbacks to the time when the treatment was first invented and the aftermath of it that led to the titular December Protocol that
Elena Alvarez Dosil
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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In the year 2419 there are ways to prolongue life and cure deadly diseases like cancer. It's called the December Protocol, but as the only way to get its benefits is using ovules from young women, it has been forbidden on Earth. It is still legal in Mars, though, and many people with money go there just to benefit from it. But there are many interests at hand, and an illegal trafficking networks are kidnapping young girls. T
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Within a colony on Mars, a thriving criminal enterprise revolves around girls who are kidnapped and killed for the contents of their ovaries. The precious eggs are highly sought after, being vital to a medical procedure already outlawed on Earth, but on Mars it's quietly tolerated in the young and fragile economy. The procedure prolongs human life by thousands of years. A black market emerges on Mars, happy to supply the increasing demand for neverending youth and everlasting health. After two g ...more
Todd Oliver
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Humanity has achieved immortality, but at what cost? Could you imagine being able to live forever, free of disease? What would you do to be able to afford your monthly treatment to remain that way? What would you be willing to overlook and ignore? Could you ignore the fact that young girls are being kidnapped and killed for their eggs? There are many women willing to sell their eggs for a nice sum of money, bit where there's a lot of money to be made, there will certainly be a criminal element a ...more
Jessica Peña
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Different... in a good way

The December Protocol is a sci fi taking place on Mars in a world where albinism helps create immortality. This immortality cures everything but an egg from a woman’s ovary is the key part, which leads to theft of women’s ovaries etc. Fascinating storyline and I love how the three perspectives merge together on their paths.

Definitely a worthy read. Devin doesn’t get super wordy on his description of the world like many sci fi authors do and I really appreciate him keep
Chris Davis
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible story! I actually read via Kindle Unlimited and turned right out and bought the book.
I'm promoting this outstanding Science Fiction story every chance I get.

I'm extremely hopeful author Devin Hanson will have a follow up and this becomes at least one more novel / series.
Great work!! Loved everything about this book.
Rhett Price
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read. I was pulled in and read "every" word. Generally, when we read, we tend "scan" read, getting to those parts that interest us. Not so with this novel. Devin created a world in which I was hooked on every word from beginning to end. Great story and fantastic writer! I can't wait for the sequel to be released.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not my first of his books

I have read most of the books and this being the first or one of it shows. That being said it's great that it shows I can clearly see a progression in the writing. The book is fun and has some twists. The characters are very relatable in this Syfi world.
Marlene De leeuw-cain
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Future?

There are many books with stories of the future. Most are almost exactly like the last. This story is different, it is hard to follow at the beginning but the author brings together each part with twists and turns that are very unexpected. Worth the time to read.
Robert N LaForce
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot.

I go through a lot of frogs. When I find a prince I ration it to make it last.
Not this author. I'm glad to say I broke all my rules and couldn't put this book down.
Shelly Singhal
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really good. Impossible to put down

This is a fantastic story that combines a couple of different genres perfectly. Great sci-fi. Great mystery and great dystopian fiction. I hope someone makes a movie out of this.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A thriller read

Great story that has strong characters is full of action with some twists to keep your interest can't wait to read the next book in the series
Paul Devall
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded the book to Kindle and it may even have been a free one. Excellent.

An original story and well written. The story kept moving to keep the reader interested.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun Book

I typically only review books I like or thought were a fun read. Characters were fun, book was well paced and I enjoyed it all the way through.
R Grisham-Whitehouse
Excellent book

What an interesting mystery with space stuff thrown in. I truly enjoyed this book. Will be thrilled to read more.
Matt Kelland
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Passed the time on a long flight.
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Has all the ingredients for a good science fiction book. The writing style reminds me of some of the great writers of the 70's and 80's.
This book starts tackling some interesting topics including immortality, surviving on a harsh planet, believable values and ethics, throw in a bit of greed and a harsh environment and you have a mix that makes for a good read.
I hope the rest in the series are equally good. I hate starting books that are simplistic and designed to hook people into buying lots o
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