Kirkus: There is enough power in the premise to leave readers reeling. A novel that will surprise fans of science-fiction and doomsday scenarios…
Publisher’s Weekly STARRED review: Bohacz’s vision of a humanity that faces the need to evolve profoundly or face certain destruction is as timely as today’s news and as chilling a doomsday scenario as any ecological catastrophe can suggest….
Sci-Fi Reader – S.J. Higbee: This book manages to do what all the best sci-fi does – provide a thought-provoking, alternative viewpoint on the business of existence. I recommend you give it a go. (read the full review)
“Speaking as an evolved Transhuman, I applaud this very entertaining, intelligent, and thought provoking journey to the edges of humanity.”
Danny Rubin, author and screenwriter of Groundhog Day.
“Immortality is a fine, tense, scientific mystery adventure that puts mankind in a challenge of survival with a short time limit. This is the way the world could end.”
Piers Anthony, author of 21 New York Times best-selling novels.
Immortality, the #1 best science fiction book of 2008 by W Thomas Payne No. 1 – “Immortality” by Kevin Bohacz capitalizes on the theme of impending environmental collapse and the rapid extinction of species that we read about daily in the national news. Following in the wake of the Hugo-award winning novel “Darwin’s Radio” (Greg Bear), Bohacz keeps the reader riveted with a tale of how the rules of evolution when being crushed by environmental factors could create new species that are “hidden” amongst us – including fellow members of the human race.
Full Publisher’s Weekly STARRED review (quoted above): When human extinctions occur in South America and spread worldwide, paleobiologist and genetic researcher Mark Freedman senses a connection to the Chromatium Omri bacteria, the oldest known life form on Earth linked to previous extinctions. The growing virulence in the “kill zones” spurs Freedman to join forces with Kathy Morrison, expert on viral and bacterial pathogens with the Centers for Disease Control.
Despite personal losses, Freedman and Morrison find romance and make discoveries about the devastation and what lies behind it. Other colorful characters include dedicated policewoman Sarah Mayfair, whose horrific dreams and improbable survival enable contact with the forces behind the outbreaks; cynical Gen. James McKafferty, committed to preserving the U.S. at whatever cost; and Artie Hartman, goaded by his wife’s death to wage war on gangs and government forces indiscriminately.
The seemingly random attacks and emergence of chaos allow Bohacz to explore such themes as whether humanity deserves to survive, the meaning of being human, and the cost of perfect health and immortality. The originality of Bohacz’s ideas is nearly equaled by detailed descriptions of a decontamination lab, the frenzied search for answers, and the aftermath of destruction.
His vision of a humanity that faces the need to evolve profoundly or face certain destruction is as timely as today’s news and as chilling a doomsday scenario as any ecological catastrophe can suggest.
Kirkus: If you thought Immortality was powerful, just wait until you read the sequel. Blending fierce action, twisted conspiracies and bold “transhumanist” visions, Bohacz once again drives readers through a whirlwind in which even the characters aren’t sure if their thoughts are their own or if they were installed by the god-machine… Bohacz constantly raises the stakes, and the crisp dialogue and well-drawn characters keep the story barreling forward.
Publisher’s Weekly STARRED review: Bohacz provides mind-bending portrayals of factions vying for power and reflections on the essence and fragility of humanity. But philosophical concerns never obtrude on the fast-paced plot, as authorities investigate communes of hybrids, and Freedman and Mayfair must choose between absorption into a collective mind or fidelity to their remaining humanity. The question of who can be trusted impels the reader to keep turning the pages of this highly satisfying and dynamic techno-thriller.
S.J. Higbee: Bohacz manages to provide a gripping plot with plenty of twists and turns that kept up the tension right to the very end. Bohacz has aimed very high with this techie yarn about why we are here and what might happen next – and even if techno-thrillers aren’t normally your favorite genre, give this book a go. I’m betting that you’ll still be thinking about it when some of your favorite authors have faded into the furniture.
“Handwriting in Water” is my newest novel that is coming soon…
Transhumanism is as old as the story of Adam and Eve, and far more dangerous than that first bite of the apple. This is what Dylan Smith is about to learn. As a Berkeley professor of archeology and over-the-hill college football player, Dylan is about to receive his own personalized fifteen minutes of infamy. Since graduate school, he has been obsessed with discredited clues about a mysterious South American archeological site that could change the timeline of history as we know it. He should have been far more careful about that wish.
Handwriting in Water marks a return to my sci-fi / techno-thriller writer’s roots and the roots of my two prior bestsellers. It is a contemporary techno-thriller. The themes are transhumanism, ancient technology, conspiracy, and the power of opposites when they come together to form a whole. This is not a story of Atlantis or some other wondrous mythological place. This is a realistic story about human evolution, cycles of global destruction, and science instead of magic.
Baseless fears are deadlier than the deadliest terrorist bombs. America is drenched with napalm from its toxic politics of hate and lies. When a famous Nobel Laureate’s prediction of an extinction event from space falls like a burning match from God’s fingers, an irrational suicidal wildfire erupts that could reduce the world to ashes. Domestic religious terrorists seize the opportunity with their own brand of bloody mayhem. The best way to defuse this escalating madness is to stop using truth to fight the Orwellian lies that stoked all this hate and instead use that truth to fight people’s irrational fears. What that truth turns out to be is impossibly both far darker and far more liberating than anyone imagined.
The Bridge is a contemporary techno-thriller with genre-bending metaphysical threads running through it. The Bridge is not a story in which technology and science are more important than the characters. Like my two bestsellers, it is, first and foremost, a story about people and society. Technology is the medium, not the message.
- Dream Dancers (pub 1994 Hayes Associates).