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The End Specialist [Kindle Edition]

Drew Magary
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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A gripping, compulsive thriller set in a future where the cure for ageing has been discovered… to devastating consequences

The ebook edition contains exclusive extra content.

“You got me. I don’t want to die. I’m terrified of death. I fear there’s nothing beyond it and that this existence is the only one I’ll ever possess. That’s why I’m here.”
(An excerpt from the digital journal of John Farrell, cure age 29)

2019. Humanity has witnessed its greatest scientific breakthrough yet: the cure for ageing. Three injections and you’re immortal – not bulletproof or disease-proof but you’ll never have to fear death by old age.

For John Farrell, documenting the cataclysmic shifts to life after the cure becomes an obsession. Cure parties, cycle marriages, immortal livestock: the world is revelling in the miracles of eternal youth. But immortality has a sinister side, and when a pro-death terrorist explosion kills his newly-cured best friend, John soon realizes that even in a world without natural death, there is always something to fear.

Now, John must make a new choice: run and hide forever, or stay and fight those who try to make immortal life a living hell.

The e-book edition contains exclusive extra content - for those who want to find out even more consequences of the cure for ageing.



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Review

‘Drew Magary's haunting first novel imagines a postmodern dystopia that would seem far-fetched if it didn't seem so possible. The End Specialist will make you regret ever wondering, even secretly, what it would be like to live forever’
-Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freak and A Few Seconds of Panic

‘As insanely entertaining as it is ambitious, The End Specialist takes us into an America set in the next few years and coming apart under the onslaught of a dreadful new plague – that of human immortality. Magary possesses an explosive imagination and let loose in The End Specialist, he creates an alternate history of the near future that feels real and is probably inevitable’
-Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill

‘This thoughtful novel cleverly explores the consequences of having a long-term lease on life, from the mundane to the profound … Fascinating’
-Publisher’s Weekly

About the Author

Drew Magary is a writer for Deadspin, NBC, Maxim magazine, and Kissing Suzy Kolber. He's also written for GQ, New York Magazine, ESPN, Yahoo!, Playboy, Penthouse, and various other media outlets. His first book, "Men With Balls," was released in 2008. This is his first novel. He lives in Maryland with his wife and children.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1273 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007429088
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (30 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IH038O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,638 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Paul Bowes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
'The End Specialist' ('The Postmortal' in the US) is the first novel by Drew Magary, previously better known as an American sports blogger and the author of 'Men With Balls'.

'The End Specialist' takes its cue from Max Brooks' 'World War Z', a superior zombie apocalypse thriller. One of the strengths of that book was that once the reader had allowed the premise - the appearance of a disease that killed and reanimated human beings - almost everything else followed logically, with Brooks' plausible descriptions of events taking on an almost documentary quality and the rapidly shifting point of view building up a composite portrait that was ultimately more convincing than any one person's testimony.

Magary's premise is if anything more plausible than Brooks'. In the second decade of the twenty-first century, an American scientist accidentally discovers a treatment for ageing. Persons to whom 'the cure' is administered cease to age beyond their 'cure date'. Magary follows the life of a young lawyer, John Farrell, who uses his relative wealth and connections to take the cure in the early days of its development, at a time when it is still technically illegal. He is now immortal in the sense that he has ceased to age, although he is still vulnerable to accident and disease.

So far, so good. Magary goes on to follow Farrell's life as a 'postmortal', as the unforeseen consequences of the accidental discovery of immortality work themselves out in a world that hasn't thought very hard about the possible implications - a world that is still riven by political and social divisions, international rivalries and the impending exhaustion of natural resources.

'The End Specialist' is never less than readable, but it isn't as good a book as 'World War Z'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different and engaging read, an excellent debut. 15 Sept. 2011
By Mark H TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I picked up this novel as I enjoy reading first novels from authors and also because the subject matter intrigued me - what if science could find a way to stop the ageing process? On both counts I was pleased I picked this novel as I found the author had an engaging style and he has some interesting insights into just how strange life could become if we could stay young forever. After all, who hasn't contemplated cheating death and avoiding that step into the great unknown that faces all of us.

As a subject the cutting edge of science as regards DNA is fascinating to me. The ability of science to unravel what it is within each of us that controls our resistance to disease, the colour of our hair and every other detail that determines our physical being. So why not extrapolate that to the ability to track down the particular parts of our DNA that stop us getting older? A great idea and this novel takes us from the discovery through the moral debate of if 'the cure' should be allowed to the reactionary groups who both love and hate the fact that someone can choose never to get a day older. The central character, John Farrell, is not someone you are going to feel great about, or at least I never found myself completely behind him and quite often wanted to grab him by the shoulders and shake him up, but for me this is a far tougher trick for a writer to pull off than drawing a purely sympathetic character who readers will be completely in cahoots with. The technique of writing the novel as extracts from a recently found 'diary', interspersed with newspaper articles and message board posts, keeps it interesting and adds to the immersive feeling of being taken through an alternate future.

There were some down points.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good rather than great. 14 Jun. 2012
By Sam VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Three stars does seem a little harsh on 'The End Specialist', because it doesn't reflect how much I enjoyed reading the novel, or how easy to read and, at times, gripping it is, however I nevertheless feel it is justified for the reasons I shall outline below:

'The End Specialist' is somewhat unusual in it's format-it follows the story of one central protagonist John Farrell and is told from his perspective, however regular interjections come in the form of news articles, social network posts etc. Many of the chapters are between 5-10 pages long or fewer and the longest are probably maximum 15-20 pages. This means that the book is easy to pick up and put down even if you only have a short time to read-you still feel as though you are making progress with the story.

The book's basic premise is a futuristic world where a cure to end death has been invented. Of course the initial joy and euphoria is soon overtaken by unforeseen problems and eventually chaos ensues. Human rights are gradually eroded and the fundamental idea behind it all is the inherent selfishness of human nature. Here I have to give the book some credit-it really does make you think and it is clear that the author has thought quite deeply about all the possible problems that could be caused by a cure for death.

Sadly interesting though the premise is, it is undermined by an often overly-dramatic writing style, which feels quite simplistic at times. Another fundamental flaw is character development; I don't think I'm giving too much away by saying that characters die during the story, but I found it hard to care or even feel a hint of emotion. Even the central protagonist feels very much like a vehicle used to see this world and his emotional depth is somewhat lacking.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
I couldn't put this book down!! A great read.
Published 8 months ago by pinz
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book with some thought provoking issues
An excellent book with some thought provoking issues. I've told friends and colleagues about 'The End Specialist', some of which have purchased the book. All have rated it highly.
Published 8 months ago by Robin Sasson
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and powerful black comedy about the havoc a cure for aging...
"The End Specialist" by Drew Magary is not by any means the first novel to consider some of the social, political and economic chaos which might result from a major medical... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marshall Lord
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting ideas
The basic premise of the book is an entertaining one, and worth trying just to get a feel for it. I didn't particularly believe the route the author planned out, and at times it... Read more
Published 13 months ago by William Moffatt
2.0 out of 5 stars Suspension of disbelief breaks
This book reads a bit like a polemic against stopping aging. It spends a lot of time on negative consequences, and very little to none on positive ones. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jan Johansen
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever idea but maybe a bit too clinical
What would happen if there was no death? This is the main question that this book is based on. A cure for aging is discovered and we see how the world unfolds. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Russell G. Pottinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!
Haven't enjoy reading any of modern writers for a while, so was pleasantly surprised with this little gem. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Smart G
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it. Now.
This is one of those books I like to call "inside your shell books". You go to a corner so quiet and isolated you hear your own heartbeat and you read it all, devouring it like REM... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Hannah
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Wants To Live Forever?
Imagine the cure for ageing being discovered. You can still get ill. You can still die through murder or natural disease or stupidity but once you've taken the cure you wont age. Read more
Published on 25 Jan. 2013 by Carmen
4.0 out of 5 stars Eternal life is not all it's cracked up to be!
I bought the kindle version of this book. It comes complete with a number of 'deleted scenes' at the end which make interesting reading. Read more
Published on 12 Jan. 2013 by Ratrunner
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