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Friday, August 17, 2012

The Immortality Virus by Christine Amsden/ RABT VBTOUR


Sci Fi
Title: The Immortality Virus
Author: Christine Amsden

Date Published: 6/15/12

In the mid-21st century, the human race stopped aging. Those who know why aren't talking, and the few who are brave enough to ask questions tend to disappear. To an elite few, The Change means long life and health, but to the ever-increasing masses, it means starvation, desperation, and violence.

Four centuries after The Change, Grace Harper, a blacklisted P.I., sets off on a mission to find the man responsible for it all and solicit his help to undo The Change -- if he's still alive. To complicate matters, Grace's employer is suspected of murdering his father, and when the police learn of their connection, they give her a choice -- help them find the evidence they need to convict Matthew Stanton, or die. But if they discover Grace's true mission, they won't hesitate to kill her in order to preserve their shot at immortality.

Winner of the Epic Award for Science Fiction, the Global eBook Award for Science Fiction, and a finalist in The Next Gernation Indie Book Awareds. 

My Review:

This was an awesome action adventure, sci-fi, mystery thriller read.  My breath was held in spots; I felt the pain of the heroine, Grace Harper.   She was definitely someone I could relate to.   Not rich, but not the bottom of society's crop either.   Rather cynical about why people would continue to bring children into this world that no longer aged and died by natural means.   Food was scarce for the growing throng of people and was fed by nutribars.  Real food was at a premium and work was scarce.   Grace had been blacklisted by the establishment when she killed a cop attempting to commit a rape.   Blacklisted and out of work, her captain did give her a card that helped her get established as a Private Investigator.

Grace was prepared to have no children.   She didn't believe in God.   She did not believe in love, although she had spent fifty of her 130 years with Sam.  She believed the old way was the best, let nature take the aged when it was their time.    Living forever appeared to have it's disadvantages.   However, she kept that last bit to herself.   You didn't want to get labelled for believing that way.

She is hired by Matt Stanton at Medicorp.  He wanted her to bring in Jordan Lacklin, who invented the immortality virus.  Matt claimed Jordan could prove his innocence in the claim Matt had killed his father.   Now like me, anything that could go wrong for our heroine did.   The first thing is encountering her Ex, Sam as he is Matt's right arm man.   The second is being sentenced to farm work once, she contacts Jordan's grandchildren, Alexander, Margaret, and Carl Lacklin.  She is tortured.   She eventually finds out, information has been withheld from her, she encounters  the Sewer Rats and things get foul real quick and there is positively no one to trust except possibly, Alexander and Meg.   Grace's search for Jordan challenged every belief and non belief she possessed.

Characters were very well developed and the pace of the story was captivating!  I think the world the author created is  one in which no one would ever want to live in...hope that stays between the pages of the book!   If you want action, it's here!   Want adventure?   Take it at your own risk!  Want sci-fi?  It's right here.  Mystery thriller...oh yeah!   A touch of romance?  Just a bit.  The ending is satisfactory.   This could be a stand alone read or could go into a series? who knows.  But the ending doesn't not leave you hanging.   Thank you Christine!   I loved your story and especially the heroine Grace!  A Very satisfying read.  4 out of 5 winks!

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Christine Amsden

Author Bio

Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

When she's not writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing, usually at Savvy Authors. She also offers professional editing services. She maintains a book review blog on her website with occasional writing tips thrown in for the fun of it.

Christine lives in the Kansas City area with her husband and two children. 

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

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