“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 is an overlooked gem in the apocalypse genre. I highly recommend this book.” Schtinky, top Amazon reviewer.
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…
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: There is enough power in the premise to leave readers reeling. A novel that will surprise fans of science-fiction and doomsday scenarios…
There is enough power in the premise to leave readers reeling. A novel that will surprise fans of science-fiction and doomsday scenarios… An eschatological techno-thriller that explores human evolution, technology and the threat of global environmental collapse. An illicit bulldozer operator begins hearing terrible noises from the depths of the Brazilian rainforest. It’s too late for the operator and something terrible is in the air. Birds begin to fall from the sky, and before he find shelter, he slides into a deadly paralysis.
Traversing the globe, the narrative picks up ten months later in a Wyoming mountain range. Nobel laureate Mark Freedman is leading an expedition to study bacteria with a group of graduate students. Unaware of the incident in Brazil, or the other ‘kill zones’ manifesting around the world, his knowledge of a particular bacterial strain will become indispensable in the following months as humanity struggles to survive. In Atlanta, Dr. Kathy Morrison humbly prepares for a blind date, but in a few weeks she will be looking for the causes behind another demi-apocalypse’this time on American soil.
What follows isn’t simply a rehashed viral saga in a level-four biohazard suit. It’s a story about genetic revelation, environmental destiny and humanity’s ecological responsibility. The science of the novel feels just on the side of authentic, and the expertly rendered sterilization procedures that Morrison must endure are as creepy and cool as anything on film or in print. But the novel’s quasi-metaphysical implications make it more technically fantastic than hardcore science fiction. Bohacz takes great care establishing each character with personal details that serve the narrative well. Additionally, the science and science fiction are fascinating. There is enough power in the premise to leave readers reeling. A novel that will surprise fans of science-fiction and doomsday scenarios.
Immortality, the #1 best science fiction book of 2008
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.
Sci-Fi Reader: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.
Immortality, by Kevin Bohacz – Reviewed by S. J. Higbee for Sci-Fi Reader
Sarah Mayfield, a young rookie cop, is plagued by dreams and a sense that some horror is just around the corner. Nobel winning molecular biologist, Professor Mark Freedman is increasingly obsessed with the microbe that made his reputation. His hunch that fossilised mats of this organism may be linked to great extinction events of the past, is starting to look feasible in the light of his most recent discoveries made on a field trip. Reformed gang member, Artie, is now a solid citizen as his beloved wife Suzy is expecting their first baby. Dr Kathy Morrison works at CDC, the national facility where the entire world’s known pathogens are stored and studied. These four people are ripped out of their everyday lives and find themselves struggling to make sense of it all when the unthinkable happens. And goes on happening…
This doomsday tale of changing times and humanity’s attempts to adjust has an old-fashioned feel about it. The constant swinging between a very wide cast of characters — all told in third person POV — harks back to Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain in atmosphere and treatment. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, in order to make this particular storyline structure work, the author has to tread a very fine line between keeping up the pace, without confusing his reader with a dizzying procession of characters and events. Bohacz manages not to confuse, but at the expense of the narrative drive, particularly in the first section. I felt he could have shed many of the early episodes without losing much of the plot, while gaining pace and keeping the key characters to the fore.
But as the narrative picks up and the main characters clearly emerge from the incidental clutter, the science fiction aspects of the storyline gripped me sufficiently to keep me engrossed for the duration. Once he gets into his stride, Bohacz’s depiction of the despair and chaos as civilisation crashes and the differing reactions of his characters are entirely plausible; as are the more extreme edges of his hypothesis accounting for the main extinction events that have dotted Earth’s history. Bohacz’s writing style isn’t flashy. There are no shafts of sharp humour, or displays of wordplay. But his painstaking, detailed accounts of the changes afflicting his main four protagonists are riveting and horrifying in equal measure.
After a sticky start, 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.
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Kirkus: If you thought Immortality was powerful, just wait until you read the sequel.
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: Impels the reader to keep turning the pages of this highly satisfying and dynamic techno-thriller.
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.
I’m betting that you’ll still be thinking about it when some of your favorite authors have faded… S.J. Higbee
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.
Here is a tiny random sample of the five and four star reader reviews of my books…
An apocalyptic story that evolvesBy Schtinky, TOP 500 Amazon Reviewer
Deep in the Amazon, within specifically precise boundaries, humans drop dead within seconds, leaving behind animals and plant life. The areas are circular, and become known as “kill zones”. Little notice is taken until a kill zone strikes in Anchorage Alaska … American soil.
Dr. Kathy Morrison, a CDC doctor in their BVMC (Bacterial and Viral Maximum Containment) lab is assigned to study the kill zones. Are they chemical or biological? What she does find is large amounts of Chromatium Omri, a benign water bacterium, in eighty percent of the Anchorage victims. She needs an expert on the bacterium.
Dr. Mark Freedman, a bimolecular biologist, has been studying ancient layers of Chromatium Omri BIC 3.7 in fossilized form from the Cretaceous period. He’s nicknamed the bacterium COBIC 3.7. Mark leaves behind his girlfriend Gracy, his ex-wife and daughter, to fly from Los Angeles to Atlanta to join Dr. Morrison’s search for the cause of the kill zones. When Mark discovers a tiny “seed” embedded inside the COBIC, it’s a race for time to discover if the seed is natural or foreign, and whether it’s related to the kill zones. What they find is going to surprise you, over and over again.
Other major characters are Sarah Mayfair, a police officer in New Jersey and her hundred and twenty pound Rottweiler Ralph. Sarah finds herself a fugitive after surviving a kill zone, and must find her way back into society. Artie Hartman and his pregnant wife Suzy live in New York. Artie is a lawyer, working as an assistant DA and running from his past as a former gang member. General McKafferty, an ugly, determined man, leads the military research faction called BARDCOM … but is BARDCOM working with the CDC or against them?
Mark and Kathy are in a race against time and a deadly foe, one that cannot be predicted or controlled. The fate of the world relies upon them breaking the code of the COBIC bacterium.
As an aficionado of Apocalypse books, ‘Immortality’ is a great addition to my collection. While marketed as a techno-thriller, it manages to fulfill both genres quiet nicely. Kevin Bohacz has done his homework. The descriptions are detailed, the dialogue is natural and flowing, and the plot has the distinctive feel of “real time”. The characters are fully fleshed and naturally believable, you’ll feel as though you know them personally as you travel with them through loss and triumph. The flow from one character’s POV to the next is smooth and fits the flow of the storyline. Bohacz’s coverage of possibilities, such as military mishandling, gang behavior, societal classes, changing politics, fear, herding and hoarding, and religious zealotry all smack of realism. ‘Immortality’ is a journey you don’t want to miss.
On the downside, there are some typing errors, spelling and punctuation, probably due to a small press company, but don’t let those distract you from a great story. The novel is not necessarily fast-paced due to the detailing, but I still found myself unable to put it down, and thinking about it while not reading. ‘Immortality’ is an overlooked gem in the apocalypse genre. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!
Shock of recognition March 27, 2008 By Nomenclature
A profoundly realized vision of a world sliding into inevitable chaos. Bohacz shows us a population changing in the most extraordinary, terrifying ways. The vision of “Immortality” is that of a future where the boundary between computer and human, between the programmed and the self-generated, no longer exists. And–the real achievement here–this world is rendered in the calmest, most eerily placid and gentle prose, as if we could not but yield to its lures (which makes the story all the more frightening). Somewhere, Arthur C. Clarke is smiling.
A work of GeniusBy C. Fricks
I found this book to be an amazing work of genius that clearly stands out for its innovation into the sci-fi realm. Despite having finished it some time ago, I still find myself thinking about its haunting portrayal of a world doomed, yet ready to be reborn. The originality of the science is wonderful, thought provoking, yet it is interwoven with well established scientific concepts . This makes the book Immortality seem very real, almost as if it actually happened. I walked around with an “eerie” feeling while I was reading the book, half-expecting bizarre things to start happening in real life like they were in the book! Immortality is an awesome achievement and I will certainly be looking for works from this gifted author in the future.
Best debut since S M StirlingBy P. Mchenry
The old cliche I couldn’t put this book down is absolutely true. This is the best book I’ve read in 2008. An author who has come up with even an original idea for us to mull over. Fast paced, I hated for it to end. I can’t wait for his next one.
This spoke to the extropian in me!Extropian “Heather”
This book was absolutely incredible. It’s one of the first books I purchased on my Kindle. The story really gets you thinking. I don’t want to give anything away… this is like CSI meets X-Files. Wonderful story… I want more!
Fascinating story By D. Eden
I really didn’t know what to expect when I ordered this book. It didn’t take long for me to be totally immersed in the story – and turning pages fast to find out what was going to happen next. Wow! I really enjoyed this book and look forward to a sequel from this author. Great job, Kevin!
First time using the Kindle PC and could not have picked a better read. Up till 3:00 AM and enjoying every minute of it. I’m a techno thriller reader and this book rates as one of the best. The sub plots take on a life of their own until they tactfully merge into the story line. An exceptional book, looking forward to the sequel which I’ve read is a work in progress.
Thank You for an excellent readBy Stephen Brissette
Quite simply, thank you Kevin Bohacz for such an excellent read. It was very well paced, wonderfully written and difficult to put down (which quite frankly did not happen often). Writing is obviously something you should be doing. I will absolutely keep my ear to the ground for any and all future works including the sequel to “Immortality”. Thank you again.
Hard to put downBy R.Mink
This is an all around GOOD read…and not just for SF fans!
I admit, science-fiction is my favorite genre. But this book should appeal to a very broad audience; it has just enough intriguing “science” concepts to keep your brain cells firing nicely without bogging you down outside of the plot line.
When I discover a book like “Immortality” I am thrilled: a well constructed plot, fast moving story-line, well developed characters, attention to small details that add the feeling of reality to the writing, adroit blending of innovative concepts and current issues for earth and humanity…Wow.
I’ve wondered about how it would be when modern humans began noticing an evolutionary movement into our future, and what specific events might generate that shift…enter “Immortality” and human v2.0 with its intriguing concept.
Enticing reading for anyone. If you enjoy a book that holds your interest so much that you don’t want to put it down, and happily anticipate the author’s next novel, then “Immortality” should be on your list.
Great read By D. Jones
Similar to a Michael Crichton novel. A fun easy read. A truly great-reading thriller with enough real-world facts to make the sci-fi elements completely in-context. Can’t wait to read more from this author.
Please, more!By J. McLeavy
Another Kindle book I’ve devoured. I am missing the characters already – and wondering what happens to the “new tribes” after the dust has settled. This book blends fantastic scientific ideas and terminology with our modern day global dilemmas… and leaves us with a ‘what-if’ that gives chills. What a ride this book was. I hope for a sequel, to bring us up to speed with Mark, Carl, Sarah, and Kathy. And Ralph, the Rottweiler, too! Thank you for a fantastic trip!
Dark, spiritual, political, sexy, intellectualBy B Litwin
Just finished Immortality and loved it. Dark, spiritual, political, sexy, intellectual, violent, environmental, scientific, and geographical….everything in one book. I can stop reading now and plug into the nexus of COBIC.
ExcellentBy Spencer Smith
This is top-notch science fiction, one of the best I’ve read in years. Hard science ideas are presented logically and believably, and in a way understandable to the non-geek. Characters are sound and manage to avoid complete stereotypes for the most part, though portrayals of military personnel, etc. stray a little close…
A Thrilling RideBy D.Gilbert
Immortality is an exciting thrilling ride as scientists and the government race to uncover who or what is behind a killer that is rapidly spreading it’s deathly web across the world. The characters draw you into their lives in such a compelling manner that you feel an impending dread as you realize their mortality is descending upon them. There is a timely theme of the destruction humans are inflicting upon their own environment and consequently each other. I think everyone should read Immortality as a cautionary tale of the dire consequences that could arise from our irresponsibility towards our only home – planet Earth.
I don’t usually read science fiction but I couldn’t put this book down. Whether you like science fiction, thrillers, mysteries, or just great writing, fascinating characters, and a first-rate story, you’ll love his book.
I loved this bookBy C. Curry
I loved this book, once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down! If you like Stephen King you will really enjoy Immortality. The characters in the book are realistic and the story is absolutely terrifying. What is really frightening ‘ human beings are currently experimenting with unimaginable technologies that could very well change the definition of life itself. Designer humans are probably already being created in research labs throughout the world. Humans evolving into machines are already upon us. Modern society will face many ethical and moral issues as technology entwines with biological beings. Currently, humans can clone animals, new breakthroughs on human cloning are occurring on a daily basis. Governments are experimenting with biological weapons and everywhere you turn “superbugs” are mutating so quickly there is nothing we can do to stop them. Immortality takes these frightening technological advances to its ultimate limit. Will humans survive? Who will “police” the researchers who develop technologies that could ultimately destroy us? Who decides what is right or wrong, good or evil. Kevin Bohacz has definitely hit an issue that we should all be concerned about. This may be human’s future destiny and how are we going to deal with it. The book was fantastic-it is a must read for everyone.
Engrossing and CleverBy C. Bierdrager
Excellent book: Intelligent, entertaining, and interesting. For those who like end-of-the-world and/or nanotechnology science fiction, it was creative and refreshing — something a bit different from the typical plot. There was a human element to the interface between man and machine that was unexpected and plausible. The characters were solid and the pace was good, without being too melodramatic or expecting you to even like the characters. There were a few minor typos/grammatical errors, but not enough to distract or irritate. Definitely on my list of recommended books.
Leaping light-years ahead of anything I’ve read to dateBy B. McKinney
Wow. What a read and what a big thought. Leaping light-years ahead of anything I’ve read to date, Bohacz brings his seemingly endless knowledge of nano technology to a what one might think is the non-technological origin of man. His story builds a web of intriguing reactions that make mere mortals question what’s inside us all. As you follow the characters through their own web of challenges, the plot plays out across all kinds of levels. I thoroughly enjoyed the read that Bohacz has put down on paper (or Kindle if you’re tech inclined). It’s a solid five stars.
This book would make a great movieBy D. Sorrells
I just finished reading “Immortality” and by the time I was just over half way through I couldn’t put it down! It was an intriguing story and full of depth, intricate and remained plausible throughout. I enjoy reading books which have a philosophical perspective so that is why the second half of your book particularly spoke to me. This book would make a great movie. Your writing has ‘camera-appeal’ in the way you pan in on scenes and pick out details. It would be a fantastic action movie but what would draw me are the philosophical underpinnings and the amazing science fiction possibilities that are developed in the second half of the book.
Great FunBy C. Kauffmann
I really enjoyed this book, and I’m sure that anyone who likes “hard” science fiction (and no doubt plenty of others) will enjoy this as well. A fun, absorbing read, interesting characters, a fast-moving plot – I could hardly put it down!
Immortality is AmazingBy S. Swanezy
Immortality is amazing. It’s fascinating it’s very very interesting…. I’m mesmerized. I keep it in my car so I always have something to read when I stop for lunch or just need a break. I’m almost done. I don’t want it to end.
Eco-techno thriller worth the readBy Barbara M. Krueger
Kevin Bohacz’ latest work is a creative, well-researched novel that begs questioning of the political, ecological, and philosophical paradigms of our current time. His detailed character development aids the reader in understanding the complex story line, giving the reader a sense of empathy for the situations in which the characters find themselves in a grim, post-apocalyptic, but very believable world.
Great Read and Fascinating Story around Nano Technology!By SpiritWarrior
Great Read! Hard to put down! Fascinating Story around Nano technology. Good character development. Story builds with a lot of action after a gradual start.
Screaming for a SequelBy Dark Minion
Really interesting theory/premise. I would have given this book 5 stars but it ended too abruptly. Definitely needs to have sequel, which seems to be in the works per author’s blog. Hope its soon.
Slow start…. Amazing finishBy L. Reynolds
Immortality started out pretty slow, but it had so many accounts and characters that it had to so you could get familiar with everything. After getting through the first tedious half of the book it started to pick up. Then all of a sudden it just explodes with excitement. The ideas are astounding and very exciting to think about. I feel like it is a pretty advanced novel and requires a great deal of thinking, understanding and knowledge to fully understand and pick up on the plot. But once you understand and are immersed it is worth it. All in all, Great concepts and very good novel.
Brimming with ideasBy W. V. Buckley
Kevin Bohacz’ Immortality is one of those books I happened to stumble across while browsing Amazon. The plot sounded intriguing, so I took a chance and bought the book.
After a promising start set at an illegal tree cutting site in the South American rainforest, the novel grinds to a halt while most of the main characters are introduced and set in motion. I nearly gave up on the book at this point because the background, exposition and needless details bogged down the story. I’m glad I decided to stick with it. Once a mysterious “kill zone” forms over populated American soil, the book kicks into a high gear that moves the story along. Granted, there are still places in the book that slow the pace of the story, but as a whole the story of the kill zones and the work of a team at the Centers for Disease Control to find a way to predict where the zones will strike next (or maybe even how to stop them) makes for fascinating speculative fiction.
Bohacz weaves together paleontology, nanotechnology, computer networking, religion, psychedelia and other assorted subjects into a first-rate story. While some will be reminded of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic The Stand or perhaps a well-written Michael Crichton novel (if such a oxymoron is possible). And toward the end the novel seems to borrow heavily from Paddy Chayefsky’s Altered States while the finale feels like a knock-off of Road Warrior.
I wasn’t a big fan of the ending. It felt truncated. Obviously, the author is preparing a sequel, but it seemed like the action was cut short just to provide a stopping point for the novel. Frankly, I’m hoping for a sequel to find how he intends to wrap up the loose ends left behind in Immortality. For instance, what happened to the sole survivor of the first American kill zone? After being taken into custody by the military, he’s not heard of again. I have a hunch that he’ll show up in the next novel … possibly as the story’s new “big bad.”
My only other quibble with the book is an apparent lack of research in some places. Obviously, Bahacz knows his stuff when it comes to computer networking and other technical topics; but when one of the characters gets his hands on a pharmaceutical that has been stored “for years” it has apprently lost none of its potency over time.
Even with its flaws I found Immortality to be a book brimming with ideas and would wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone interested in speculative science fiction and end-of-the-world scenarios.
I Wanted to Give It 5 Stars ButBy D Buxman, TOP 500 Amazon Reviewer
I really enjoyed this book and would have given it 5 stars, but for an ending that, while fulfilling to some degree, seemed a little too convenient. While the first hundred pages or so exhibited some slow spots, it was never bad enough to have me put down the book. Character development was great and the scientific elements of the story were extremely creative. Much like Stephen King, the author was able to weave several different stories into a final resolution, but that resolution wasn’t incredibly shocking or innovative (also like King sometimes). I felt like the ending could have been more extensively developed and that the book was about 25 pages too short. Still, I think this book is very readable and worth the time. It’s just a little short of 5 star material.