- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 18 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Charles Levin
- Audible.com Release Date: October 10, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076655GX9
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Not So Dead: A Sam Sunborn Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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On the audio version Daniel Greenberg is doing a great job in narrating the story.
You are convinced different people are talking and he really brings the various characters to life.
The story is a combination of reality and futuristic possibilities.
Placed in a real world of politics, terrorist, global events and been able to store oneself as a digitized version in the clouds allowing interaction with the living after death.
Opens up a lot of ethical questions but the story line is wonderfully put together.
The ending is a surprising development and leaves some opportunities for multiple books. I highly recommend this book.
If the author is reading this I am sure he will get the pun I am about to make as he references it a few time in the book.
This book takes place 20 seconds into the future. Unlike the other dystopian books I have read, this is more of a normal future. We have our alphabet soup of government agencies. We have people who love each other, people who protect them, and people who are just people. But I get ahead of myself.
The idea of the book is that in the near future we will have one group of people who will be able to create digital copies of themselves so that after they are dead, they can interact with their love ones. This is close to a concept that many countries as well as a few terrorist organizations are working on. Sam Sunborn and partner Frank Einstein are attacked by terrorist leader the Leopard. Frank is killed in the process. He just happened to be wearing the device to digitize himself at the time so all of his information up to the point of death is available to him.
From this point they travel across the US trying to capture the Leopard with a local police detective and Rich Little from Homeland Security (no not the famous one). As they travel you get pulled into the story and start to like each one of the characters. You want to keep turning the page, or in my case, listen just a few minutes more. I listen to audiobooks while driving to and from work. When I would get to my destination many times I would sit there and at least finish the chapter I was in.
Age wise I would say older teen through adult. Killing is a big part of the story. If you are interested in suspense stories with a little science fiction, this would be a good choice for you. I would recommend it.
Not So Dead is a mesmerizing read.
Despite a significant time zone change and the exhaustion of a rigorous travel schedule, I gladly chose a sleepless night rather than postpone reading its final chapters.
Mr. Levin has woven a saga rich in detail as he successfully threads vintage trivia with futuristic science fiction. Through the lens of his protagonist, Sam Sunborn, he patiently and parenthetically explains the sophisticated digital jargon so critical to the plot. Even the most technologically-naïve readers are able to follow the subtleties of his story with their newly-informed wisdom.
Incorporated in this action-packed thriller is Mr. Levin’s respect and advocacy for women. While their roles are not necessarily significant, their intellectual importance and power are unmistakable. He emphasizes their overall value to society and its balanced functioning.
The periodic references to the pop culture of the 60’s 70’s and 80’s evidence the wealth of both personal knowledge and painstaking research. Commendably neutral in its presentations, Mr. Levin allows for the latitude of his readers’ selective reverie of their own associations with eras past. He has contemporized both past and future in a convincing confluence. There is a fluid and almost indistinguishable sense of “was”, “is” and “might be” conjectures that engage imagination and visualization in a credible and even comfortable harmony.
Not So Dead is a MUST read…buy it and settle in for a suspension of belief that is riveting and well worth the inevitable sleep deprivation that it promises!!!
Not So Dead by Charles Levin is a quirky novel, combining technology (real and imagined), politics, and terror in a literary thrill ride that’s every bit as exciting as a roller coaster with multiple hairpin turns and loops. The author weaves a fantastic tale that has enough real technology to be credible, and enough excitement for even the hardest action junkie.
The ending is not quite a cliff hanger, but sets the reader up for sequels nicely.