"The Immortal" Book Review
Written by Victor Bobb
2011, 19 Pages, Fiction
Book released on April 18th, 2011
Immortality is something that man has been searching for for hundreds of years. Stories of the Fountain of Youth first began in the 16th century. While medical science has advanced a great deal since then, we're not quite immortal. Author Victor Bobb examines the possibility of the richest man on two planets who wants to live forever.
Bud Cook is ridiculously rich. He's described as having the ability to buy and sell Bill Gates. With seemingly all the money in the world, he creates a lab solely dedicated to the creation of clones of himself. These duplicates will span every twenty years at the age of 35 and will continue to do so for centuries. Cook finds that there is a price to playing God and he was not prepared to pay it.
Also included with this story is Homecoming. This is a tale of loneliness and desperation as Brent Corbell is stranded on a far-off planet with no beer and little hope for rescue. Fortunately he's able to stay busy and keep himself from losing his mind...or does he?
Of the two stories collected here, The Immortal is the better of the two. Although Bud Cook is doing all this with nothing but purely selfish reasons, you can identify with his motives and want to see him succeed. This makes it all the more heartbreaking when Cook starts to move forward with the final steps of his plan and things don't work out the way he thought they would.
Meanwhile, Homecoming's Brent Corbell is a simple character with basic needs. He's just trying to survive and take care of his bare necessities. He's easily relatable, but we join him when he's already crash landed on this planet. We haven't been with him from the beginning like Immortal's Cook.
Bobb weaves these two stories very quickly but with plenty of depth. All too often, short stories waste time and valuable pages on needless information. There's no fat in these stories. Each sentence is packed with information and it's all necessary without being boring. Both The Immortal and Homecoming are heavy in elements of science fiction but they work like episodes of The Twilight Zone complete with unique twists. You can almost hear Rod Serling's voice at the end of each one.
The Immortal and Homecoming can be downloaded from Amazon or directly from SpireHouse.
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