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The Remortal by [Isler, Ramsey]
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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

"There was potential for the story to focus too much on the concept of upper class versus lower class but, while the other immortals do have concerns, I really liked the way Isler let the others deal with Telly personally and come to their own conclusions beyond mere snobbery." - The Bibliosanctum

"Van is a brutally fascinating character" - Fantasy Book Critic

About the Author

Ramsey Isler is an author, screenwriter, and product strategist who lives and works in Los Angeles. He enjoys books, cats, and gadgets. When he's not writing he can be found taking long walks on sunny days, or long naps on rainy days.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2753 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VB532E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,883 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By Giero Lee on August 17, 2011
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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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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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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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I really enjoyed this book a lot. It has been a while since I have read a deep, detailed and entertaining science fiction. The characters, location, and situations help add a nice touch that allow readers a chance to reflect and relate there everyday lives to the story; very nice human touch and feel without being too mystical or robotic. I cannot wait to read more of Ramsey Isler's work, good stuff.
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