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The Forever Man: A Near-Future Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Pierre Ouellette
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the author of The Deus Machine and The Third Pandemic comes a fast-paced thriller about the power of harnessing life itself—and the deadly secrets it conceals.
Portland, Oregon, was once a beacon of promise and prosperity. Now it’s the epicenter of a world gone wrong, its streets overrun by victims and hustlers, drifters and gangsters. Lowly contract cop Lane Anslow struggles to keep afloat—and to watch out for his brilliant but bipolar brother, Johnny, a medical researcher. Lane soon discovers that Johnny is part of an experiment veiled in extraordinary secrecy. But he has no idea who’s behind it, how astronomical the stakes are, or how many lives might be destroyed to make it a reality.
Now Johnny’s gone missing. To find him, Lane follows a twisting trail into a billionaire’s hilltop urban fortress, a politician’s inner circle, a prison set in an aircraft graveyard, and a highly guarded community where people appear to be half their biological age. Hunted by dueling enemies, Lane meets a beautiful and enigmatic woman at the center of a vast web of political and criminal intrigue. And behind it all is a sinister, desperate race to claim the biggest scientific prize of all: eternal life.

Praise for The Forever Man
“Pierre Ouellette has written a tough-guy detective thriller set in a realistic near future with a fascinating and believable twist. If you like nonstop action and intelligent plotting, The Forever Man is the book for you.”—Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Worthy Brown’s Daughter

Product Details

  • File Size: 3039 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Alibi (July 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HTMC46U
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,025 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The Forever Man by Pierre Ouellette is a very highly recommended dystopian science fiction crime novel.

Set in the near future in Portland, Oregon, society has eroded into the haves and have-nots. Corruption, amoral behavior and greed have taken over. The land has broken down to sections ruled by various crime lords and the government/law enforcement is likely just as corrupt as the rogue leaders. If you have the money, you will be living in privately guarded enclaves and constantly seeking a way to extend your life through various medical procedures. If you don't have money you will be scrambling hard to find some way to get by, avoid confrontations with local bad-boy enforcers, and likely with some self-medication to try to make it all tolerable.

Lane Anslow is a contract cop in his 40's who is at the low end of the pay scale and on the verge of being considered too old for the job. Lane's brother, Johnny, is a brilliant medical researcher who has just made the break-through discovery to reverse aging that everyone seeks - but especially Thomas Zed, a man wealthy beyond imagination who wants nothing more than to live forever. Now Johnny has disappeared and it is up to Lane to save him, again. Lane must untangle what Johnny has discovered and who would be trying to kill both of them.

The Forever Man worked as a noir crime fiction novel for me, one that just happened to be set in the future. The sci-fi elements are there and believable, but it's the search and digging up information in a bleak world that really propelled the novel along and compelled me to read faster. The sci-fi elements of the world are just a given, they are just background and there as Lane tries to stay alive and figure out what has happened to Johnny and why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! July 13, 2014
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Few novels manage to be heartfelt, entertaining and informative all at once. The Forever Man pulls off this hat trick in truly spectacular fashion. The hero, Lane Anslow, is a cop in a slightly futuristic US that is rapidly sliding into bankruptcy and political anarchy. The social safety net has completely disappeared, and he can only contemplate a grim future. Then his bipolar brother, a brilliant scientist, is abducted while working on a secret anti-aging project. This launches Lane on a search that forces him not only to fight to preserve his only family, but also to confront the ultimate truth about human mortality. A great read. I was quickly hooked and stayed that way all the way through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A literary sci-fi noir that needs some polishing August 10, 2014
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3.5 stars
This sci-fi noir reads like a movie script – which was both a good and a bad thing. The book is written in the odd, seldom used present-3rd person, which makes it sound like a director on set giving direction to both the camera man, the effects crew and the actors. It leads to a whole lot of telling and very little showing. What ‘showing’ there was, however, was excellent.

This book has diamonds in it. Gold nuggets of literary magic. It’s a shame they are hidden under a somewhat large pile of debris.

I refrained from saying ‘a large pile of rubbish’, because this book isn’t rubbish. That would be much too harsh a word. It has the makings of something grand, but somewhere along the way it got lost. It is, at its heart, a literary science fiction noir. Unfortunately, it felt as if the author was trying too hard to fit more pieces into the puzzle than were needed to create a magnificent picture.

There is a lot of back and forth. Between characters. Between memory and present. Between literary style and blatant stage-direction writing. Step by step, the characters are told what to do through the odd 3rd-person present, and every little detail is mentioned. This creates a well-built world for the imagination, yes, but it was all simply too much. Then, when the characters themselves proceed to give detailed accounts of previous events through memory, I had a hard time staying awake.

There is good mystery here. Good intrigue and some unique ideas. Many of the brush strokes are beautifully penned to paper, and it was the search for this mystery and those occasional moments of brilliant writing that kept me reading. I would recommend this for readers who enjoy sci-fi noir or literary science fiction.

I received a copy in request for an honest critique
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tense. Taut. Science. August 5, 2014
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[QUOTE]"Most of us spend our lives waiting for something. The last thing we wait for is to die."

The thing with being a rabid consumer of all things pop culture is that it takes a bit of effort not to get distracted whenever you recognise the similarities. And while these are probably largely unintentional on the part of the author, any scene or exchange feels palpably reminiscent from a different book, any character seems like an amalgam of this movie hero and another's protagonist. This didn't necessarily prevent me from enjoying this book, but it did get a little exhausting.

The plot operates with some of the elements in Gattaca and Elysium with shades of Neal Shusterman's Unwind series in the latter half. Every time Thomas Zed walks in, I get a mental picture of Mr. Burns from The Simpsons without fail. And since this is "hard" science fiction (a sub-genre I just learned), I had to tap back into my old Molecular Biology lessons. Because Ouellette knows kung-fu. Science Kung-fu.

So yes, exhausting.

Johnny Anslow just made a breakthrough with his research in Molecular Genetics which could possibly spell the unlocking of the secret to eternal life. But he gets entangled with a host of powerful and dangerous people, led by a mysterious man holding fort in a research facility with the means to either make Johnny powerful and dangerous himself or refuse to give in to his demands and make him disappear instead. Guess which of the two happens?

His brother Lane is a street-smart cop recently forced into retirement by his age.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This was an interesting story line, but went a little slow for me
Published 3 months ago by Misha Estrada
5.0 out of 5 stars The future or is it?
“The Forever Man,” a near-future thriller, is very believable when you compare it with the possibilities in our world today. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Barbara Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Not For Me
Too sad, depressing and violent for my taste. A post apocalyptic detective novel. I wasn't interested in spending time in this version of future reality. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sandy Penny
5.0 out of 5 stars the horror of the future of Portland, Oregon.
Another " can't put it down" Pierre Ouellette thriller, if not the best so far! Superbly written and carefully crafted.
Published 8 months ago by sweetweasel
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good science fiction crime story
The United States is becoming a place of have and have-not in the near future. Johnny is a medical researcher who makes the breakthrough of discovery of reverse aging. Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Mahaffey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book Pete! I think I'll check out the
Published 9 months ago by Larry E. Pindar
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept Me Guessing With Surprising Twists & Turns
Rating: 4.5 stars

It's a new world with new societies and currency, but some things never change--sometimes we want what we can't, or shouldn't, have. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tia Bach
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, Thrilling Fiction!
The Forever Man is unlike any book I've read. A combination of suspense, science fiction, mystery, and dystopian with a gumshoe detective sort of vibe, it's one of the most unique... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Renee Chaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on immortality!
I received this book for free as an EArc, and while that doesn't affect my opinion of the book, it doesn't seem fair to review it without mentioning that particular fact. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the local angle (since I live in Portland)...
This is the type of book that I'll pick up and read every time... The Forever Man by Pierre Ouellette. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Thomas Duff
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More About the Author

Pierre Ouellette (aka Pierre Davis) entered the creative realm at age 13 as a lead guitarist for numerous bands in the Pacific Northwest, including the nationally known Paul Revere and the Raiders. He went on to play with such jazz luminaries as saxophonist Jim Pepper and bassist David Friesen, all the while composing sound tracks for short films and videos. To support his music habit, he became a freelance writer and eventually co-founded KVO, an advertising agency specializing in high technology, serving as its creative director. During this period, he wrote two novels eventually published in seven languages, with both optioned for film. His third novel, A Breed Apart, was published in 2009 to highly favorable reviews. He has also directed and produced The Loser's Club, documentary about struggling musicians, which was broadcast on public television and exhibited at numerous film festivals. Pierre resides in Portland, Oregon, where he now devotes himself exclusively to writing fiction and playing jazz guitar now and then in a little bar just down the street. He recently completed second novel for Bantam-Dell, entitled Origin Unknown, which explores the relationship between neurobiology and evil. It will be out July 2011. He is currently working on a revision of a novel he wrote 12 years ago, set in a world with a vanishing middle class, a collapsed health care system, and mounting political conflict. Sound familiar? It's titled "The Final Age: A Post-Econolyptic Account of Life Everlasting".


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