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Not So Dead

(Sam Sunborn #1)

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In NOT SO DEAD, our technologist hero and his quirky team achieve immortality by digitizing their personalities. What could go wrong? Clever and ruthless terrorists want it at any cost. A high-stakes cat and mouse game ensues with apocalyptic danger at every turn.

Follow Sam Sunborn as he teams up with a real Einstein to give birth to an invention that could change the li
Kindle Edition, 315 pages
Published August 2nd 2017 by Munn Avenue Press
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Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Will explain why only 2 stars.

This book is first book in this series, also the first book of knowledgeable tech guy. His head was full of twist, and he try the include all of them, this made it slow and confusing. Started " about year 2020. Terrorism, 9/11 type, after many slow and boring chapters ended. Ask myself what do I know about the characters? Answer is not much. Will think long and hard for taking time to read the second book.
Michael Slavin
Interesting with an unusual premise in the book.

Sam and others had to save the world in this book. Without a spoiler, a lot of very bad things were going to happen all over the globe, and they were the only ones who could prevent it.

Early in the book, it had a great premise of downloading all of someone’s brain into a computer, to include the person’s personality. They were working on this as a business idea but had to use it to help solve the big world issue. Not a wholly new idea, but still in
Boyko Ovcharov
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Interesting premise, realistic settings, well written. It reads like a piece of speculative fiction with thrilling elements. Enjoyable as well. Recommended to fans of the genre.
Kate Annamal-O'Connell
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

One word to describe this book - Fascinating

The story in 20 words or less - Good guy creates a programme to make digital versions of human memories and is then hounded by terrorist.

What I thought - The feel of the book is a little like Philip K. Dick's short story Paycheck. It differs in the fact that Paycheck dealt with memory wipes and "Not So Dead" deals with storing memories. What is amazing about this book is
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read hundreds of mystery books in my lifetime and very seldom can I say that the ending was a total surprise. In this book, the ending with regards to Sam was totally unexpected to me. I truly enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait for the sequel.
Geoff Parker
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while a writer comes along who is really good. Every once in a while you get a lucky break, where a genre you are not really sure you want to read, or a topic or story you are not really sure you are going to like comes along, and you take a chance. Such is the case with Charles Levin's Not So Dead.

I am so glad I got this book! I am so glad I took a chance! Charlie is an extremely talented and well-rounded writer, one who knows his material, one who researches thoroughly, and one
Jan 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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In NOT SO DEAD, our technologist hero and his quirky team achieve immortality by digitizing their personalities. What could go wrong? Clever and ruthless terrorists want it at any cost. A high-stakes cat and mouse game ensues with apocalyptic danger at every turn.

Follow Sam Sunborn as he teams up with a real Einstein to give birth to an invention that could change the lives of everyone on the planet forever. Sam wants to help people through his inventi
Judy Roth
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thriller that will keep you on your toes and thinking

Not So Dead is a can’t put down thriller. From start to finish it is action packed with twists and turns that took me by total surprise but worked brilliantly.

Set in the tech world of the not so distant future Levin’s writing style is easy, accessible and often amusing as he not only entertains us but poses some timely and provocative philosophical and ethical questions.

From the West Coast of the US to the East Coast and back again we follo
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what I was going to get with this book... but it turned out to be a mystery-slash-thriller-slash-sci fi that I read cover to cover in two days (could have been one if I didn't need sleep).

The technical stuff could almost be happening today, it's so au courant with trends in IE.

The plot moves along briskly but it all makes internal sense.

Sam Sunborn is an interesting character. I'm hoping to get to know his wife a little better in the sequel.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not So Dead is a brilliant debut, full of twists and turns, suspenseful from beginning to end. Moreover, it's a lot of fun to read, filled with tech wizardry and information but also with plenty of humor. Don't think you have to be a techie to enjoy this book! Once you start this, it will be hard to put down.

Emily Anthony
Jill Scoggins
There were a few parts that disgusted me. There were parts that were offensive. But, the author made you really Hate the villain. It was a real villain. No confusion there. The story was one that I thought back on while I was working. There were philosophical conundrums that I had to question. This occupied my mind when I wasn’t reading the book. When I had time, I was reading. This wasn’t a book I could casually read. Attention was always on this book. I had to have it going even when I only ha ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, who would of thought this book would have left me reading all night. Had to find out what happens to Sam and his invention of immortality. Terrorists want it too. Excitement till the end.
Steve Crooks
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was an engaging read with action and p romise....up to the point where the author fell back on that old bugaboo, the destructive potential of a nuclear power plant. Under NuReg o654 such power plants are nearly sublimely safe against accidents and sabotage with multiple failsafes causing reactor "scram" with the onset of nearly any event. The explosion of spent fuel rods when deprived of water coolant is rather unlikely to say the least. The denouement was disappointing.
Bob Morton
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have both the audio version and the eBook version. The review is based on the eBook.

If the author is reading this I am sure he will get the pun I am about to make as he references it a few time in the book.

This book takes place 20 seconds into the future. Unlike the other dystopian books I have read, this is more of a normal future. We have our alphabet soup of government agencies. We have people who love each other, people who protect them, and people who are just people. But I get ahead of
Ursula Johnson
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, thrillers
Not So Dead Indeed-Read to Find out Why

Wow. This is a rip roaring E ticket ride into the near future. I say near because all of the tech mentioned in this book is in various stages of development. The author even provides links at the end of the book.

This is a techno thriller with an unusual premise. Can we digitally upload ourselves when we die and live on in cyberspace? In this book we find out that we can. We follow the events of Sam Sunborn and his tech site that uploads mementos of the dece
Charles Ray
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sam Sunborn, a technology entrepreneur, teams up with a descendant of Albert Einstein to create a program that allows them to digitize memories and personalities and store them on the Internet. When a determined terrorist, The Leopard, learns of their invention, he’s determined to get his hands on it in his quest to destroy the United States. With a team of nonconformists, a digitized ‘Einstein’, and a federal agent willing to bend the rules, Sam races against time to thwart the Leopard’s deadly ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alphabet Soup

Absolutely stupendous book! And this is Levin's first book. What an exciting future of fabulous books are ahead of us by this exceptionally talented writer. Levin's Not So Dead is right on the leading edge of AI and human interaction. This book hits all the bases and we can be confident that it is all realistic due to Levin's 20 years experience and exceptional research. Plus, he's a terrific writer. I was given a copy of this book, for which I am extremely grateful. I freely volunt
Ann Keeran
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling, exciting, addictive and most importantly, fun to read! A story about terrorism done in a completely new way. Not So Dead is a contemporary novel that could be newspaper headlines tomorrow. Can't wait for the next book!
paul natale Natale
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The future is here

From start to finish, this story will keep your interest. Every part of the story is so believable. The author has used his background to develop a story that could have been taken directly from today’s news.
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Wonderful Thriller!

If you love action this book is for you! I loved the Imagination of this author. I loved the determination of the characters. Everything about this book is great! Check it out!
Bonnye Reed
free electronic copy via Amazon
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
My original Not So Dead audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Sam Sunborn is a quirky nerdy techno guy who, along with members of his team, comes up with digitizing personalities of people.  Why?  Well, when we lose a loved one – isn’t it better to have some form of them present than nothing at all?  And what could that hurt anyway?  It would provide thousands of children, parents, friends and more with an everlasting connection to the deceased.  Perfectly harmless
Sarah Woods
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, thriller, action
The idea of uploading yourself to the internet to achieve immortality is both fascinating and scary. Not So Dead draws on both these elements to explore the incredible possibilities of such technology as well as the inevitable exploitation that follows. And yes, there’s a twist at the end but I won’t reveal that and I’m not even sure what I make of it myself.
With a frightening terrorist threat to avert and the developers of the technology caught up in the government’s reaction, Not So Dead takes
Bonnie Dale Keck
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
kindle unlimited, but already owned it when realized hadn't read/reviewed it yet on amazon/goodreads, books get lost in the shuffle, interesting take on things, the back and forth and is it/isn't it, but no spoilers so just read to find out

What could go wrong when a team of brilliant computer scientists achieves immortality by digitizing their personalities? Everything - if the government wants the technology and you've crossed paths with a band of ruthless terrorists bent on causing unspeakable
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am still trying to wrap my head around the ending of the book as I did not see it coming and really through me for a mental loop, but overall; I felt this book was a great, edge of your seat thrill ride.

The book kept me turning pages as I followed the chaos that was ensuing with danger and terrorist plots around every turn. I didn't find a lot of "down time" in the action and chaos which I like. It kept me guessing and wondering what was going to happen next; what change of plans would occur t
Ron Mac
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
~Non-stop excitement
~First, I’ll state that I received this book as a gift from the author to read and review.
~Chapter 1, First Line: “I don’t know how it started – I remember dying.” I was intrigued from the very beginning.
~This was a well thought out story. The reader is taken on quite a ride…and just when you think it is just about over, the bad guy does something unpredictable and devastating. Our good guys seem to be out maneuvered and out classed at every turn…until they begin to think out
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is Charles Levin debut novel and I'm sure if he continues in this trend there be many more to enjoy.
I have both the e-book and audio version so for the first time have been trying switching back and forth between reading and listening. Worked great on both my tablet and phone. Rather nice when you need to do something besides reading.
On the audio version Daniel Greenberg is doing a great job in narrating the story.
You are convinced different people are talking and he really brings the vario
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story take place in the near future with a group of people who will be able to create digital copies of themselves so that after they are dead, they can interact with their love ones. This is reminds me of something that was on TV in the late 70s or early 80s.
The story is about Frank Einstein and his partner Sam Sunborn who are attacked by by terrorist leader the Leopard. Frank is killed in the process. He just happened to be wearing the device to digitize himself at the time so all of his
Anne Rightler
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Never having read anything by Charles Levin I wasn’t sure what to expect with Not so Dead but know that readers who love techno thrillers will love this book. It is classic edge of the seat suspense as brilliant computer scientists are able to bring about immortality by digitizing their personalities. Ruthless terrorists wreaking havoc and a race against time to stop worldwide destruction and ‘wow, I didn’t see that coming’ scenes, kept my interest high. I look forward to finding out more about ...more
Walter Scott
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charles Levin concludes Not So Dead with a stack of references to scientific articles, worked in the scientific fields he wrote about for 20 years, and has a degree in philosophy. The ideal life experience on which to base a novel about digitizing human personalities.
Generally, the novel qualifies as Thriller Lite, but gives a taste of what the author might come out with next – which I wait for in anticipation. Not enough character development, perhaps, but that can come with experience. No Jaso
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Charlie's 23-year background in tech, a degree in philosophy and love of fast-paced thrillers are the brew that created NOT SO DEAD, NOT SO GONE, and NOT SO DONE.
He is the founder of Pathfinder Consulting Group, which builds, maintains. And markets multi-million-dollar websites together with providing Strategic Planning and Business Development services. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Amy,

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