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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Forever Man: A Near-Future Thriller


From the author of The Deus Machine and The Third Pandemic comes a fast-paced thriller about the power of harnessing life itself—and the deadly secrets it conceals.

Portland, Oregon, was once a beacon of promise and prosperity. Now it’s the epicenter of a world gone wrong, its streets overrun by victims and hustlers, drifters and gangsters. Lowly contract cop Lane Anslow struggles to keep afloat—and to watch out for his brilliant but bipolar brother, Johnny, a medical researcher. Lane soon discovers that Johnny is part of an experiment veiled in extraordinary secrecy. But he has no idea who’s behind it, how astronomical the stakes are, or how many lives might be destroyed to make it a reality.

Now Johnny’s gone missing. To find him, Lane follows a twisting trail into a billionaire’s hilltop urban fortress, a politician’s inner circle, a prison set in an aircraft graveyard, and a highly guarded community where people appear to be half their biological age. Hunted by dueling enemies, Lane meets a beautiful and enigmatic woman at the center of a vast web of political and criminal intrigue. And behind it all is a sinister, desperate race to claim the biggest scientific prize of all: eternal life.

Praise for The Forever Man
 
“Pierre Ouellette has written a tough-guy detective thriller set in a realistic near future with a fascinating and believable twist. If you like nonstop action and intelligent plotting, The Forever Man is the book for you.”—Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Worthy Brown’s Daughter

Book Readers Review
The Forever Man, as the title states, is a ‘Near Future’ detective thriller with a hint of Sci-fi.  Contract cop Lane Anslow and his brother Johnny who is a medical researcher, are the main characters.  There are many twists and turns and other characters that pop in and out of the story line.  Sometimes it is a little difficult to keep track of all that is happening, especially when there are flips from present to past.  However the main thread of the book is futuristic and intrigue keeping one hooked, wondering, and reading.
I found the novel both entertaining and thoughtful.  The author writes with clear, concise language, making it easy for the reader to visualize both scenery and action.  Pierre Ouelette provided several different points of view giving a good glimpse into the main players’ minds, adding another dimension to the book.  I received a copy of The Forever Man in exchange for an honest review.  My recommendation is for those who love a mix of Sci-fi and adventure and give a four star rating.  Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced readers copy.

Biography

Pierre Ouellette (aka Pierre Davis) entered the creative realm at age 13 as a lead guitarist for numerous bands in the Pacific Northwest, including the nationally known Paul Revere and the Raiders. He went on to play with such jazz luminaries as saxophonist Jim Pepper and bassist David Friesen, all the while composing sound tracks for short films and videos. To support his music habit, he became a freelance writer and eventually co-founded KVO, an advertising agency specializing in high technology, serving as its creative director. During this period, he wrote two novels eventually published in seven languages, with both optioned for film. His third novel, A Breed Apart, was published in 2009 to highly favorable reviews. He has also directed and produced The Loser's Club, documentary about struggling musicians, which was broadcast on public television and exhibited at numerous film festivals. Pierre resides in Portland, Oregon, where he now devotes himself exclusively to writing fiction and playing jazz guitar now and then in a little bar just down the street. He recently completed second novel for Bantam-Dell, entitled Origin Unknown, which explores the relationship between neurobiology and evil. It will be out July 2011. He is currently working on a revision of a novel he wrote 12 years ago, set in a world with a vanishing middle class, a collapsed health care system, and mounting political conflict. Sound familiar? It's titled "The Final Age: A Post-Econolyptic Account of Life Everlasting". 

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