A futuristic noir thriller: When Jess Green is recruited by the Unit for her unusual abilities, she hopes she’s finally found safe haven. Unfortunately life in Department Thirteen (Crime Solutions) is anything but.
A sinister brotherhood are stealing human organs, and Jess and her uncooperative handler are put on the case. Their quest takes them into the lair of a rich philanthropist and his beautiful, brilliant daughter who together run The Eternity Fund, anti-aging as it’s never been known before.
Haunted by flashbacks and convinced that something within the organisation is dreadfully familiar, Jess finds herself recalling the shadows of her past and wondering whether she will ever truly be free…
©2013 Liz Monument (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
The plot and characters are first-rate. Although I found the primary villains just a little "over the top" there is still room for the the mere two-bit and sleazy villains to add that extra color!
Well done and highly recommended.
Reading and listening to books is a way of life for me I love to get out of my world and immerse myself in something new
Good world building. Writer has excellent descriptive skills allowing the listener to get into the story. Liz Monument drops you into the middle of the story and gives character background and develops the mystery until the end.
Several : Meeting Reginald, Cake with Rosie, Meeting the Fortune teller, Meeting the geneticist, Finding the wasteland lair and the horrors she saw there. I really thought the story was clever and well written.
I cried once, laughed a couple of times.
I was sad when the book was over and wanted more. I wonder if a follow up could be written?
I enjoyed the pace. It took its time to build the story, characters, & environments. I expected a more paranormal type of story, but really it's a mystery set in a kind of sci-fi / future culture.
I liked her voice, it's on the mellow side. She used just the right amount of inflections to suggest emotions without being over bearing.
No. I was pleasantly surprised by this book and hope to see more by this author.
"Crime and SF"
Probably. I will give her next book a chance
It was something different and it wasn't obvious who the perpetrator was.
"addictive post-apocalyptic dystopian fairytale"
Absolutely. Beautifully observed characterisations; highly original and endearling female protagonist with an uncanny talent, who comes head to head with a brilliantly realised, scary societal solution to anti aging, and a twisting, beguiling plot driven through a vicerally depicted, seductively believable future world. Very ocassional i got a bit lost, but it didn't affect the story's overall excitement . I'd like a copy of the book to reread the complex ending - but then i'm someone who always needs to get the crossword puzzle out. Looking forward to the second and third in the trilogy, not least see how the bigger canvas is painted. What destroyed the earth initially? Will notions of anti-ageing ever lose traction? How can Jess make sense of her future... ?
Being thrown headlong into a confident, assured narrative and left to glean the context and story like a local. The writer's authentic voice and engaging style creates a fully formed furturescape, yet simultaneously maintains a deep sense of mystery. Reminded me of Pullman's writing, in that way.
Jess, of course. But they're all engaging, particularly Mo, and Jess's mentor, who's name i've forgotten. I loved the golumesque librarian too.
Yes, but I only wish I had the time - instead I was listening in snatched moments on the tube and whilst cooking meals for hoards. Would buy the book too, if it gets into print. It should.
"a good start but a missed oppotunity"
The world in which our main character occupies is rich and interesting, the characters are brilliant I foud myself wanting to know more about them but our main character is the opposite, uninteresting is the best word to describe her. The ending felt rushed and incomplete so I am hopi g for another book or two. A missed oppotunity.
"Fast paced Scifi thriller full of twists and tech"
An exciting escape into a dark future through the eyes of a newly recruited heroine. Wonderfully narrated edge of the seat stuff.
loved it, really good story, and told clearly and with passion. Well recommend to all.
"An intelligent take on the future maybe"
What (who) would you sacrifice to live forever?
The future is a scary place with dark roots in the past in this chilling tale of a society where people are divided into the valued and the disposable.
"Good concept but quite boring"
Well, the discription of this book made it quite intriguing so I went for it. But even if the concept is really cool it took me way to long to get hold of the actual story. And by then I had become quite tired of it. I can't say I was overly excited about the ending either.
"Engaging story but appalling English"
Attention to English language. Even MS word would have corrected most of the errors.
Yes - actually the narrator was the saving grace.
The story itself was reasonably good but there were so many 'English' errors that I became very frustrated. Poorly written - "Mo and me" ?? For goodness sake, that's grammar 101 - "Mo and I"!! Made up words and repetition of others, stock phrases over used. Sad, because otherwise I would have enjoyed the content.
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