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In a tired, terrorist-plagued 2079 still reeling from the aftereffects of a massive Yellowstone eruption, Brad Sheridan escapes from America's refugee camps by signing up for an overseas indenture. Chance earns him a spot working in Italy's lavish commemoration of the 2,000th anniversary of the destruction of Pompeii. Beneath quiescent Vesuvius, tourists enjoy entertainments real and virtual. Ben's ambition is limited to minor scams and romance, but fate places him near the epicenter of a terrorist plot of unprecedented scale. This seminihilistic novel, reminiscent of Mining the Oort and The Cool War, is not among Pohl's best only because the Grand Master's previous novels have set such a high standard, and it stands as a demonstration of his continuing strengths in the eighth decade of his career. (Apr.)
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"SFWA Grand Master Pohl's latest is a pure delight, miraculously combining wry adventure and compassionate satire…. His tempered, hard-won faith in humanity makes this book especially satisfying." (Publishers Weekly on The Boy Who Would Live Forever)
"Very few books have ever held my attention in such an iron grip right up until the last paragraph, built so irresistibly to such a satisfying series of blockbuster punch lines, left me so breathless with admiration, achieved such truly cosmic scope." (Analog on Beyond the Blue Event Horizon)
came in good shape.
Love Pohl, he always is good.
A main stay in the genre.
This is a hard read.Tough trying to keep characters and places in line. I find myself re-reading every 20 pages or so. Interestingly weird. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alan J Chlystun
Ever since Andre Norton walked a stargate Pohl has been on my reading list. This ok, but he's written better. We all get old.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fred: we expected so much more from you. If you really needed my 8 bucks you should have just asked, there was no need to present this sham parading as a novel to get it. Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by John B.
Pohl proves himself a committed existential nihilist through his main character's first person narrative, Brad Sheridan. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Donald
The premise of this book is exciting! Then you read it and realize it's barely worth remembering. A volcano in Yellowstone blows up, the scene switches to Pompeii for the two... Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by Rick O
All the Lives He Led (2011) is a standalone SF novel. It is set in the late twenty-first century circa 2079. Read morePublished on August 8, 2011 by Arthur W. Jordin