- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Angry Robot (1 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857660004
- ISBN-13: 978-0857660008
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,248,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Amortals Paperback – 1 Nov 2010
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"Matt Forbeck does near-future so well, I think he's been there. Actually, I think he designed it. Then he kicked its ass."
- Dan Abnett
“a light-hearted, enjoyable fantasy”
- Dark Animus, reviewing Dead Ball
“non-stop action, adventure, humor, and blood… Even during the darkest parts of this story I kept finding myself laughing out loud”
- Huntress Reviews, reviewing Rumble in the Jungle
About the Author
Matt Forbeck has worked full-time on fiction and games since 1989. Frankly, he is a creative machine, and thus utterly perfect for Angry Robot. His many publishers include Adams Media, AEG, Atari, Boom! Studios, Atlas Games, Del Rey, Games Workshop, Green Ronin, High Voltage Studios, Human Head Studios, IDW, Image Comics, Mattel, Pinnacle Entertainment Group, Playmates Toys, Simon & Schuster, Ubisoft, Wizards of the Coast, and WizKids. He has written novels, comic books, short stories, non-fiction (including the acclaimed Marvel Encyclopedia), magazine articles and computer game scripts. He has designed collectible card games, roleplaying games, miniatures and board games. His work has been published in at least a dozen different languages. Matt is a proud member of the Alliterates writers group, the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, and the International Game Developers Association. He lives in Beloit, Wisconsin, USA, with his wife Ann and their children: Marty, and the quadruplets: Pat, Nick, Ken and Helen. (And there s a whole other story.)
Top Customer Reviews
`Ammortals' is a slice of light science fiction that wraps complex ideas around an action packed thriller. The book has as many explosions, chases and gun fights as it does science fiction concepts. The future world created by Matt Forbeck is a believable one and the reasoning behind his science is solid. However, rather than become bogged down in theory, Forbeck instead gives the reader some light relief - the type of sci fi I enjoy. With this in mind `Ammortals' is a book that anyone can read, fan of genre books or not. It has as much in common with the likes of Lee Child as it does Iain M Banks. The book moves along well until the very end, when it does become a little confused and loses its way. However, the many pages before this make it a worthwhile read for fans of lighter style science fiction.
Thus Dooley who has been killed off in the line of duty many times, is now some 200 years old and still working for the Secret Service. If he stops working, his chance to be recloned will expire with him - whenever that arrives.
Naturally enough, there are several people interested in killing him off. After all, over 200 years you're bound to make a few enemies, I would have thought. The action is frenetic. Dooley escapes death time and again in his search for those who decapitated him the last time. Sounds odd? Yes, it is but it's a premise which works pretty well in this story.
Then there is the matter of Dooley's social life. Given his lifespan, it's reasonable to accept he has acquired a large number of descendants, met a few women, had a good time but, apart from the first of these, apparently not so much, though his loss of re-cloned memory doesn't help matters. Anyway, we do meet up with some of them and their part in the story does not detract from the main thread.
I think a little tighter editing would have helped the book, there being instances where little things are repeated unnecessarily but, overall, if you like futuristic stories with more than a toehold on present day values, this book will keep you entertained. As I said, Dirty Harry mixed with Bruce Willis's character from The Sixth Sense mixed with ...oh well, you get the picture.Read more ›
It's definitely a novel tale that certainly has an unusual outlook, bringing a possible future to the reader today within this techno thriller alongside an excellent sense of pace. However, the downside to this offering is initially the principle character himself. Dooley is difficult to get a handle on and for the first part of the story is aloof to the reader which unfortunately makes him unlikeable. Yet as the story progresses the author helps the reader to not only sympathise with the hero but clearly, through dialogue, demonstrates that he is a man out of his time through the clever use of modern references.
It is well written and will definitely give the reader an adventure to enjoy yet unfortunately I cannot quite give up on the notion that I've read most of the conventions within this title before. Don't get me wrong, it is a nice piece of escapism but when you add a pretty swift ending to the tale with everything tied up in a neat bow, I did wonder if the story had ended up more as a screenplay originally than a story and was adapted to fit the brief.
It's the story of Ronan Dooley. Or rather the latest version of him. An American secret service agent who died in the line of duty, he was brought back to life - in a manner of speaking - via the amortal process. This involves copies of a persons memories being downloaded into a cloned body. Which has all sorts of ramifications. Not least if you didn't back your memories up recently because then the new you could have a gap in their memories.
Which is a problem for the latest Ronan because he hadn't backed up in several months. And thus he has no idea what he'd been doing prior to the previous version of himself being murdered. A murder that was recorded and played out all over the web, seemingly by those opposed to the amortal process.
Ronan narrates the book in the first person and it's the story of his investigation into his own murder. And the startling discoveries he makes as a result.
The chapters are short and most end with cliffhangers that do keep the pace going. The writing is descriptive and clear, and the whole thing rattles along nicely enough. The ramifications of a world where this process exists have been thought through and there is enough detail to show the effect that has on society, and the way in which this world is subtly different from the one we know now.
At the same time the personal ramifications are also considered. Of someone who in effect can't die. And how that would get to you. With loved ones long gone and descendants who you might just outlive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This did not work for me. I read the wriet up and thought it was going to be OK but the characters were so 2 dimensional TV like that I could not wait to just finish the book. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2013 by Mr. Mark A. Laborda
Perhaps because I am too much of a political animal, I find it very difficult to envisage an America that could survive an even greater divide between the haves and have nots, with... Read morePublished on 6 May 2013 by Prof TBun
I loved this - Forebeck fits in a trilogies worth of background into a lightning fast murder thriller. This reminded me of Spider Robinson's "Mindkiller", of K.W. Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2011 by Michael Mooney
This book starts with the death of Ronan Dooley, the protagonist. Fortunately he lives in a world where the chosen few can have their memories backed up and upon their deaths they... Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2011 by Richard Kelly
It's almost 200 years in the future and Ronan Doonan is watching a thrideo of his own murder.
Doonan is an Amortal - a clone of a secret service agent who died almost... Read more
In Matt Forbeck's futuristic thriller, death is no longer permanent. The rich and powerful now have the opportunity to download their brains into vat bred clones when they die,... Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2011 by Book Addict
My biggest gripe about this novel is the comparison to Richard K Morgan's Altered Carbon, because that gave me expectations that this novel failed to live up to. Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2011 by Mr. A. J. D. White
The basis of the book is that the world (actually only America, but the author assumes that this means the world) is run by a small group of immortals - sorry, amortals - who,... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2011 by Amazon Customer
I'd given up on sci-fi for some time because the books had started to become too samey. This is a blast of fresh air. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2011 by Dinky