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The End Specialist [Kindle Edition]

Drew Magary
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‘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

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 693 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • 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 (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,409 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and Real 22 Aug 2011
By S. D. Spicer VINE VOICE
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I couldn't put it down.

Which is rare for a work of fiction for me. I read this almost in a single sitting, pausing only for a few hours sleep. Now I have finished, I'm glad I know how it ends - and this time I didn't read the end prematurely - another unusual thing for me, but I am left wondering deeply.

Currently there's a TV series running in the UK, that has the same central premise - no one dies. but Drew Macary's book makes it sound plausible and real. Here, gene therapy means you don't age and therefore don't die, but you can still die - of injury, illness etc. You just don't get old.

The book examines the moral ethical issues, how old must you be before you can gain immortality, what happens to a life sentence when you could live for ever, should marriage be for life and many more; and comes up with some answers and a whole lot more questions. It's not a heavy read however, so you could give it to someone who doesn't like scifi and they would enjoy it or you could read it somewhere like the beach. What it will do is have you asking people around you "would you choose immortality" and then blasting them with the good and bad points.

The story is pretty good as well. There's some plot twists that you definately won't see coming, the characters are rounded; I felt genuinely sad for one of them by the end. In all it's a book that will have you thinking and involved and I throughly recommend it.
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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 Sep 2011
By Mark H TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The End of The End? 29 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
Before you start reading this review do me a quick favour; go and take a good look at yourself in a mirror right now. It's ok I'll wait here...

Good, you came back.

Now, I'm looking for some honesty here. If you had the choice to stay exactly as you are at this moment in time would you take it? I'm not worried about your weight or the colour/style of your hair. I want to know if you would be happy with your age? I've reached the age (thirty seven since you asked) where I sometimes wake in the dead of night and ponder my own mortality. You may have experienced the same horror yourself? During the day, I have the distractions of life to keep these dark thoughts at bay, but at night I lie there panicked about the fact that one day it is all going to end and I can't do a damn thing to stop it. Cheery stuff I'm sure you'll agree, but I think it did make me particularly receptive to premise of The End Specialist by Drew Magary.

The book follows the extended life of one man, John Farrell. He decides to take `the cure' at age twenty nine and the reader gets to follow the next sixty years of his life. He learns that, barring accident or disease, the cure means that he will remain forever young. I felt initially that Farrell came across as quite a vain individual. The choices he makes in the years just after the cure are certainly driven by his own selfish reasons. That said, I am pretty sure that most people, given the same opportunity, would probably do exactly the same thing. Don't get me wrong - I didn't actively dislike John, he does try to care for his family and friends, but it took me quite a long time before I began to empathise with his situation.
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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 3 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 6 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 8 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 9 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 15 months ago 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 15 months ago by Ratrunner
4.0 out of 5 stars A true original.
A truly remarkable read, to put it simply. It is not often that one finds a book that can be described as original, however I feel that this might just be one of those... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jon Cowling
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on longevity
The end of death or at least the end of growing old. Well put together and presented. I've read plenty of books that have taken this topic on but none have done so so well!
Published 16 months ago by rock maker
3.0 out of 5 stars What's so wrong with being old?!
The End Specialist sounds brilliant right? As a concept, the cure for aging (not death, just aging, it's important to note) is one most of us are probably more than interested in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by N. J. H.
3.0 out of 5 stars Something different
What a fantastic idea for a story. Imagine a cure that stops you aging, a cure that stops death and the possibilities from there on in. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lainy
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