Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book Review: Immortalists

The Immortalists by Kyle Mills

It's a question microbiologist Richard Draman thought he'd answered when he walked away from his career to focus on curing a genetic defect that is causing his daughter to age at a wildly accelerated rate. But now he and his wife Carly are being forced to come to terms with the fact that eight-year-old Susie's time is running out. Then they receive an unexpected gift: startling new research into the fundamental secrets of life that could be the miracle they've been looking for. 

When Richard is arrested on a trumped-up charge of having stolen the data, he takes his family and runs, seeking out a retired special-forces operative and old friend to help dig up the truth behind the controversial experiments. Determined to either save Susie's life or die trying, the Dramans plunge into a bloody conflict between two powerful factions vying for control of a discovery that could change the face of humanity. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:
At first glance, this didn't seem to be my sort of book. I don't care for medical thrillers, and the synopsis sounded like a medical thriller. May be shallow of me, but I usually get bored and don't really care if the doctor(s) are able to find a cure in time before the whole world dies of some new deadly disease strain! 

Boy, was this a nice surprise! This is more a straight thriller, where the main character just happens to be a medical researcher. No boring details of the disease and no long, drawn-out explanation of how a cure is ultimately found. 

Was drawn into the story of how Richard and his wife Carly are suddenly thrust into a life on the run and wind up smack in the middle of huge conspiracy! The poor researcher and his chef wife handle themselves surprisingly well, but nothing too over-the-top unbelievable and they are both likable characters. 

Gave this one a 4/5 as it had interesting characters, was well-paced, had no gaping plot holes (that I noticed), and was well written. I even liked the ending. So lesson learned, and I won't automatically assume that something isn't my taste without at least reading the excerpt!

Review copy provided by Wunderkind PR in exchange for an honest review


  1. Awesome! I'm reading this one right now and am definitely liking it :)

    La Toya (La Toya, Literally.)

  2. It's always a happy surprise when a book turns out BETTER than you imaged. Great job on the review by the way...and I totally hear you on the "boring" details. Sometimes if they get TOO techinical it takes away from the story. Anywho...great job, and happy reading!

  3. La Toya - Can't wait to see what you thought of it!

    GMR - Thanks! I tend to get bored by too many details and skip ahead, possibly missing important clues! Oops! ;)

  4. I'm not usually one for medical thrillers either. Too technical for me. But this one sounds quite good. I like the whole conspiracy spin and that the wife is a chef. Also great that they handle themselves well but not in unbelievable ways. Will give this a try.

  5. A fan of medical dramas though oddly enough I haven't read too many medical thrillers, this sounds like my cup of tea, thanks for your review.

  6. I've been wondering about this one, so I'm glad you reviewed it! :-)

  7. Glad to hear you liked this one. At first it doesn't sound like one for me either, but from your review it does sound very good. :) Thank you!

  8. Lan - Will be curious to see what you think of it!

    Petty Witter - I tend to shy away from anything medical, though I was a fan of Quincy on TV! ;)

    Shannon - Hope you give it a try, as I enjoyed it more than expected!

    Melissa - This one was a nice surprise!