Thursday, 4 November 2010

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Amortals - Matt Forbeck

Release Date: 04/11/10


Today you die. Today you are reborn. Today you hunt the man who killed you. It's Lee Child vs. Altered Carbon in a high-tech blast of tough-as-nails future thrills. Matt Forbeck arrives as the new king of high-concept - with a blockbuster action movie in a book. In the near future, scientists solve the problem of mortality by learning how to backup and restore a persons memories into a vat-bred clone. When Secret Service agent Ronan "Methusaleh" Dooley is brutally murdered, he's brought back from the dead to hunt his killer, and in doing so uncover a terrible conspiracy.


This offering is a strange tale firmly in the realm of science fiction as Forbeck’s vision of the future blends elements from films such as Surrogates and The 6th Day.

It’s definitely a novel tale that certainly has an unusual outlook, bringing a possible future to the reader today within this techno thriller alongside an excellent sense of pace. However, the downside to this offering is initially the principle character himself. Dooley is difficult to get a handle on and for the first part of the story is aloof to the reader which unfortunately makes him unlikeable. Yet as the story progresses the author helps the reader to not only sympathise with the hero but clearly, through dialogue, demonstrates that he is a man out of his time through the clever use of modern references.

It is well written and will definitely give the reader an adventure to enjoy yet unfortunately I cannot quite give up on the notion that I’ve read most of the conventions within this title before. Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice piece of escapism but when you add a pretty swift ending to the tale with everything tied up in a neat bow, I did wonder if the story had ended up more as a screenplay originally than a story and was adapted to fit the brief.

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