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You'd think the secret of eternal life would be an eagerly awaited boon to humanity. Yet when cutting-edge researcher Hal Cousins travels deep below the ocean's surface in a two-man submersible, seeking primitive lifeforms that may hold the key to immortality, his pilot attacks him. Barely surviving, Hal maneuvers the sub to the surface--and finds a fellow scientist has shot up his research ship. Then his lab is destroyed, his twin brother leaves a mysterious message saying they're both being pursued by an unknown force, and his sister-in-law calls to tell him his twin, who is also researching life extension, has been murdered. Someone or something has already discovered the secret of eternal life. It has immense power and influence, and it will stop at nothing to protect its secret. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Unfortunately, the construction of the plot is not done well at all; even the main character is mostly cardboard.
There is nothing overtly wrong with the story except that it feels both half-finished and already done better by somebody else.
It seems like the end of the book is an afterthought, almost as if he had written enough and had to wrap it up in 5 pages.
Too many characters, too much descriptive detail, slow story evolution. I loved Darwin's Radio and Darwin's children. Read morePublished 11 months ago by JB
It starts so well but has the feeling that it is a much longer book that has been edited, and not very well, for page number reason as there are gaps in the story that cry to be... Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Bob
I really enjoyed this but at the same time I can see why some people seem to be frustrated with it!
It is very well written and the `science' all sounds quite plausible. Read more
I can't believe this is reviewed so badly! I thought this was one of Greg's best books. The science was very interesting and the story was great. Read morePublished on November 28, 2010 by B. Peroceschi
Greg Bear is a talented author. But this one was a dud to me. Forgiveable, given all the other thought-provoking books he wrote - esp Darwin's Radio.Published on August 26, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Getting to the guts of eternal life.
A researcher, employing a lot of lateral thinking and investigation of other areas is looking at life extension techniques and... Read more
The most damning thing I can say about Vitals is that I actually read it twice without realizing it. Read morePublished on April 21, 2007 by J. Brian Watkins
"Darwin's Radio" was Greg Bear's first novel I've read and I was delighted with it, so after reading its sequel I was eager for more.
Alas! Read more
Is an author to be bashed for stepping outside his safe zone? Granted, this is not your typical sci-fi tale of aliens, fabulous nanotechnology, time travel or space exploration. Read morePublished on July 11, 2006 by Avid Reader