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….
Full Publisher’s Weekly STARRED review: 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.
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.
Ghost of the Gods
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.
The reality is we never experience reality we only experience what is inside our minds. Your life, my life, everyone’s life is a vast consensual lucid dream within a dream, a naturally occurring virtual reality in which we are all entangled and the only way to wake up is to go to sleep or die.
Some people have mastered the art of dreams of clarity, and through that learned how to mentally influence the virtual reality of others. This hard earned knowledge has made them some of the most powerful people alive. These truths and skills are the greatest esoteric mysteries hidden in plain sight for epoch after epoch, for these skills not only unlock our lucid dreams masquerading as objective reality, but the mystery of life itself, and the great cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. Tibetan Dream Yoga is but one part of these hidden truths as are the esoteric teachings of many other great religions.
Michael Smith is a true man of science, though Smith is not his real name. He is a Berkeley professor of anthropology and archeology who is about to receive his 15 minutes of fame. For his entire life he has been obsessed with seeking that one great find that changes history as we know it. After terrible hardship, he has unearthed something impossibly ancient for which he has been searching, but it is also something for which he has no more comprehension than ant has for the sole of a boot. Holding onto this discovery may cost him everything and everyone he loves.
Smith suddenly finds he is caught in the center of both a great conspiracy and deadly conflict to monopolize this power to influence people. Right and wrong soon become blurred in his race to recover long lost ancient technology in a world where lucid dreams and reality are often confused. At times Smith wonders if he is going insane. His confusion is not an accident. There is someone out there in the shadows seeking to steal the ancient technology Smith has discovered and bring about a dark future for all mankind.
- Dream Dancers (pub 1994 Hayes Associates)
- Handwriting in Water (unpublished)
Up coming novels:
- The Bridge