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Amortals Paperback – 1 Nov 2010

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  • 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)
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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

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.)

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You can probably guess how thrilling my life is when you hear that on more than one occasion I have become embroiled in a heated argument over cloning in science fiction. A clone is not you, but a separate copy of you. They have their own life and may or may not share the same memories as you - some people think that a clone is the same as the real thing, its not. `Ammortals' investigates this interesting idea and wraps it around an exciting and fun thrill ride. Ronan Dooley is an Ammortal secret service agent in futuristic Washington, his reward for saving a President 200 years ago was to be granted a replacement body every time he died. This new body would come fresh and young, but with the memories of the previous version of Dooley. However, when the previous version of himself is brutally murdered Dooley decides to investigate his own death, will he find the killer or a far bigger crime?

`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.
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I rather enjoyed this frenzy of pure escapism, especially with the main character, Ronan Dooley who is, it seems, a sort of long-life Dirty Harry. Set in USA in 2168 when those who can afford it, when killed or reach the end of their normal life span, can have their clone take over as a reincarnation - or, in the author's words, a revivification.

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.
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This offering is a strange tale firmly in the realm of science fiction as Forbeck's vision of the future blends elements from films such as Surrogates and The 6th Day.

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.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2011
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A work of near future science fiction, this is a stand alone novel that runs for three hundred and ten pages and has thirty eight chapters.

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.
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