"Immortality, Inc" is a science fiction novel written by Robert Sheckley (his first in fact) and published (more precisely serialized) in 1959.
Imagine this, Thomas Blaine is a yatch designer, returning from his vacations. He is driving alone in a road at night and he suddenly loses control of his car, crashing into an oncoming car. In his final moments he realizes he's going to die. Or maybe not... And that's the unconventional beginning of "Immortality, Inc".
The rest is a smallish novel put together with notions and experiments of ideas now familiar to the realm of science fiction (time-travel, far-fetched technology, etc, etc).
Thomas, as a character, is rather believable. As he is, a person thrown into such foreign territory can become very unpredictable (I think) and suffer from such "common" dangers without even realizing. Of the rest of the characters, the same can't be said, some are predictable, others depthless and one or two rather mechanic.
The first five/six chapters are great, they're consice, fast, entertaining and without being lengthy give a wonderful insight of the protagonist. After the first chapters there's an obvious steady slow down of pace and even worst, the scope of plot diminishes greatly which turns a story of immortality and time-travels to something rather homely. In nutshell, it slackens.
I recommend "Immortality, Inc" because of its opening chapters, but as a novel it's rather disappointing.
Till next time,