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The Remortal [Kindle Edition]

Ramsey Isler
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Telly is a homeless teenager struggling to survive on the streets of
Los Angeles, but he has just met a man who can make all of his dreams
come true. His rich new benefactor only asks for one thing in return—something no one else has been able to do for two and a half
centuries.

He wants Telly to kill him.

The man with the death wish is named Van, and he offers Telly an
escape from the constant fear, hunger, and shame that have haunted him
during his homelessness. Telly thought he had Van all figured out,
until a chance encounter with a gun-wielding thug shows that bullets
don't do Van the slightest bit of harm.

Van is much more than he seems; he’s an immortal seeking escape from a
world he now despises. He desires a higher plane of existence, but in
order to get there he must train someone to complete the grim ritual
that will free him from the confines of his immortal body. If Telly
can fulfill Van's request, he will inherit Van’s wealth, strength, and
eternal youth. But he soon discovers that Van is a harsh teacher with
a questionable sense of morality, and there are other immortals who
believe Van’s plans for ascension could lead to something they’ve been
dreading for centuries: the birth of a wrathful god.


Editorial Reviews

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"The entire story ends up being a fascinating exploration of what makes someone worthy of true power." - Wading Through Electronic Ink Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 2248 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VB532E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting philosophical concept June 4, 2012
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(cross-posted from the blog Wading Through Electronic Ink)

The Plot

Telly is just getting by on the streets of Los Angeles when he meets a man named Van who has in intriguing proposition for him. Van claims to be immortal, and he says that he will transfer his immortality - and all his worldly wealth - onto Telly... if Telly can pass all his tests.

The Good

I actually enjoyed The Remortal a great deal more than I thought I would. I confess that sometimes when I pick up a novel that I have agreed to review, I don't expect very much. And a book about a male protagonist who lives on the street is exactly the kind of gritty "boy" book that I usually have to force myself to read. But in this case, I am glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

The basic concept surrounding the novel is that there are four immortal beings on the planet. At any point during an immortal's life, he or she may choose a successor. The immortal's power then transfers to the successor over the course of approximately 50 days until finally the successor kills the immortal. At that point, the former immortal ascends to a more powerful position in the universe, and the successor becomes the new immortal.

We see this world from the point of view of Telly, who may have the same name as a Muppet from Sesame Street but is actually a teen runaway living on the street of Los Angeles. An immortal named Van chooses Telly as his successor and puts him through the kinds of tests that determine whether Telly is worthy of being an immortal. As the novel progresses, Telly learns how the other immortals have differing perspectives on what immortality entails, and he must decide what he believes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock on August 17, 2011
By K W R
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"Telly found himself in a neighborhood full of small, tan-colored houses with dusty, brown lawns. Bits of random trash littered the sidewalks. Most of the streetlamps were dead, or dying. Each house boasted metal bars on the windows and doors. Some of the bars were bent into curling, flowery patterns- as if that little decorative touch would make them seem less menacing."
If you've never been to Los Angeles, don't worry you'll jump in and soon be walking about. Set in the modern day suburban city, our heroes and antagonists intertwine in this piece on social civility between immortals. Very few, it seems, have survived on Earth. Our young adult protagonist , Telly, a runaway homeless kid soon meets with an opportunity that defies his own logic and is introduced to a new dangerous fate. Immortality is, after all, a burden with its own challenges.
The protagonist is a strong willed guy who is quickly unafraid to speak his mind to his Elder, an immortal with a dark proposal.
And If you are a fan of paranormal action and adventure set in the real world then you will get your mind whet with this nice read. There are a good number of quirky characters who are surprisingly organized. It's a smart read with good imagination for explosions and devious but concerned undying beings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good SF... Check It Out November 24, 2013
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How would you like to be immortal? Basically, that was the offer given to teenage street kid Telly when he was rescued by a strange man named Van while being pursued by a drug dealer he'd ripped off for a few bucks.

There are only four immortals in the world. No one knows exactly, but there are legends. In the ancient past, some of the Gods wanted to offer immortality to mortals. As punishment, they were condemned to live among them.

There were a few rules. You can tell no one about it. You can't harm another immortal. After fifty years as an immortal, one can try to move back to Godhood.

To do that, one must pick a successor and begin the training, after first exchanging blood. That sets off changes in the soon-to-be immortal. They don't need to sleep. Or eat. And therefor no bodily functions. Drugs and alcohol don't affect them.

When it's time for the Ascension Rite, the old immortal is weakened and the successor is on the cusp, He must kill the master with the Amaranth Dagger, two thrusts into the heart, the only way an immortal can die.

Telly begins his training and meets the other three immortals. They don't like Van and have plans of their own. You see, Van is different from the others. They all have aristocratic backgrounds, the only one born in this century traces his family line back to Julius Caesar, one of them. Van was merely a slave in his pre-immortal days.

I liked this book. Author Ramsey Isler has given us a metaphor of religion disguised as an adventure novel that is quite satisfying.

Would recommend this one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good writing August 14, 2011
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Ramsey Isler succeeds at the neat trick of portraying a realistic LA that is vast and anonymous enough to contain the characters and plot of this urban fantasy. Well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read December 22, 2013
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A very good read. I kept turning pages all the way to the last one to see what was going to happen next. I will defiantly look for more books by this author. I hope to see another book that continues Telly and Mattie's story of immortality.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read from a new author! April 5, 2013
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I enjoyed this book so much! The characters seemed well known to me by the time the book was even half way read - really good characterizations. It reminded me of the "The Mysterious Stranger" by Mark Twain.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Remortal
A very interesting read with a strong ending that is left open enough for a second book. Well written with great characters
Published 1 month ago by K. C. Combest
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice read.
At first, this will feel like it's borrowing from Highlander but stay with it and you'll see it has its own story.
Published 1 month ago by Capricorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed This Story
Good plot, interesting questions about power, influence, class and who has the "right" to rule. It's a quick read; but, it is well written and a compelling story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kimberly T. W.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the younger reader
It was a good, easy read that should attract young adult readers because of the young hero and the plot. An immortal wants to end it and go to a higher plain of existence. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael A. Wendorff
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
I really enjoyed this book a lot. It has been a while since I have read a deep, detailed and entertaining science fiction. Read more
Published 8 months ago by mikmik3mik
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Story
The Remortal surprised me with its engrossing dialogue and fantastic description. I quickly found myself pulled into Telly's world. Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Kindle Book Review
4.0 out of 5 stars Immortality is boring!
Immortality is boring. This is one of the aspects of stories about immortality that I enjoy, but not many of the stories I've read deal with this. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Really a great book to read keeps you wanting more even at the end!!!!!!
Couldn't put it down even stayed up late to keep reading!!!!
Published 15 months ago by Niquei
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading!
I jumped into the novel without knowing anything about it, but ended up really enjoying the premise (an immortal passing along his "gift") and the writing and found myself wanting... Read more
Published on June 24, 2012 by VM
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Very well developed and kept me interested! Can't wait to start reading the other book by this fabulous author! I hope there will be more books to come!
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More About the Author

Ramsey Isler is an author, software developer, and designer who lives in Los Angeles. He currently writes feature articles and media reviews at IGN.com, an entertainment site that focuses on TV, movies, and video games. Ramsey loves books, anything with circuits and wires, and cats.

For fiction, Ramsey usually writes urban fantasy that blends elements of science fiction and suspense. His stories feature young protagonists that are often unsure of themselves, but they find the strength to persevere when faced with extreme circumstances. Ramsey does not write traditional "evil" villains or black-and-white morality tales; he instead opts for antagonists and anti-heroes who have viewpoints and ideals that pose difficult moral challenges for the protagonists, and the worlds they inhabit.

You can find Ramsey's regular musings on his blog at blog.ramseyisler.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RamseyIslerWrites
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ramsey_isler

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