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Forever Drug Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1995
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The sequel to Spindoc takes Venture Silk to Earth 2, home world of his lover, Zia Relanj. He is pursued by Terran intelligence; she is pursued both by her own world's covert operators, who suspect her loyalty, and by a Terran agent who wishes to extract from her body the secret of the life-prolonging drug with which she is being treated. All this means that between bouts of sex, martial-arts training sessions, and target practice, Silk and his lady have a good deal of excitement guarding their backs and just barely succeeding at it. What Perry is doing more and more often is writing a hard-boiled thriller or men's action novel with an sf setting. Since the books are good and he makes no pretense of doing anything grander, readers who like this kind of thing can just settle down for a few hours of good entertainment. Roland Green
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"The Forever Drug" ("TFD") can best be described as a science fiction thriller. The pace is quick and includes plenty of action, intrigue, mystery, and romance. The plot of "TFD" picks up fairly shortly after the end of "Spindoc." We find Venture Silk and his lover Zia have settled down on New Earth (a.k.a. "E2"), and are doing their best to piece their lives back together after experiencing a tumultuous series of events on Earth. Their relatively short time of peace is shattered when agents of unknown origin begin targeting the couple. The couple is then forced back into survival mode and they once again have a mystery on their hands to untangle. While entertaining and fast-paced, the plot is rather similar to that of "Spindoc." However, like is predecessor, "TFD" effectively cultivates a sense of mystery that will leave the reader eager to discover the goals of all parties involved in the plot.
Characters in "TFD" are well-conceived and the author does a good job of helping readers get into their heads and see what makes them tick. "TFD" also benefits from what feels like a larger cast than "Spindoc," which helps add a little more nuance and depth to the story. Readers will feel that "TFD" gives the characters of Silk and Zia a more complete character arc than could be accomplished in "Spindoc" alone. By the end of "TFD," a real transformation in these characters has taken place, showing real depth in character development.
Steve Perry's writing style has pizazz, with plenty of technical jargon, humor, and futuristic lingo to go around. Perry's grasp of trends in future technology and societal norms is interesting, and the author comes across as perceptive, an important part of crafting any type of futuristic novel. Of particular note is the culture of E2 that Perry has created, and how it contrasts with that of Earth. Readers should be aware of the high amount of sex in the novel.
It's rather unfortunate that the Venture Silk concept only lasted two books. Both books are a highly effective blend of action and sci-fi that are well worth your time whether you happen to be a Steve Perry fan or are just looking to be entertained. Give the books a shot; I doubt you'll be disappointed.
-a real sense of mystery
-strong grasp of tech and culture of the future
-entertaining writing style
-plot not the most original
For over a year I've been passing up "SPINDOC" by Perry. The back cover write up just didn't interest me. This book is Part 2 of "SPINDOC". Although "THE FOREVER DRUG' is a neat stand-alone story, enough hints of what happened previously mean that now I have to get a copy of "SPINDOC", and it's no longer on the shelf at my local bookstore. I should have known better than to pass up a book by Perry.