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Posted May 1, 2011
Debut author Kirk Outerbridge has crafted a series that combines a rugged (and reluctant) hero with counter-terrorism, bioelectronics, and medical ethics. The futuristic scenario is edgy -- but it is an well-written adult science fiction read. In Eternity Falls, Rick Macey is a former government agent, specializing in religious counter-terrorism. He is asked to investigate the death of a movie star, who's a spokesman for "the miracle treatment," an anti-aging elixir. A beautiful executive is convinced it was not a natural death. Rick doesn't want to take the case. He doesn't agree with the treatment. He knows living beyond a normal lifespan has its problems. After all, he is a cyborg. When an important clue points to an former comrade, he finally takes the case. Sheila and Rick are attracted to each other despite their differences. This story takes place in a society obsessed with staying young - eternally. (excerpt taken from my review in Christian Library Journal, Feb. 2011)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2011
Eternity Falls stars Rick Macey, a private detective who excels in using the neural technology of the day. When Macey is called to investigate the cause of a movie star's death, he finds the woman had been receiving GenTec's Miracle Treatment, designed to reverse the aging process and enable someone to live forever. Only, GenTec's marketing guru Sheila Dunn is afraid that the Miracle Treatment might be construed as the cause of death, and she wants Macey to prove that there was a different killer.
Several obscure clues lead Macey to the underpinnings of a deadly plot. What's worse (besides falling in love with Sheila, no matter how hard he tries not to) is that he's sure he knows the mastermind. Macey is forced to confront his past and his faith as he fights to stop
The book is written in sharp, biting way that matches PI Macey's personality. Author Kirk Outerbridge does an excellent job pacing the plot, sprinkling a few slower scenes in between chases, explosions, and shootouts--you know, all the stuff of a good hard-boiled cyber-thriller. There were times I felt as if I'd barely caught my breath before Macey and Sheila took off again. The technology is believable and easy to understand without long explanations.
The characters were well-developed with understandable motivations, and the plot was familiar enough to make me comfortable, but new enough to keep me interested. Some of the theology interplay and thought processes of the characters really intrigued me, and one of the biggest questions in the book--would God approve of treatments that allowed someone to live forever--gave me food for thought for several days afterward.
That said, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone under 16. My reasoning for this lies in the blatant references to questionable lifestyles, homosexuality and hard-core partying being just a couple. I understand that the author did this to show the depravity of a largely anti-Christian, bored culture (I say bored because everyone who has been given the Miracle Treatment lives pretty much forever, so they quickly begin indulging themselves in whatever they want), but I would have preferred less information than what he gave.
Eternity Falls by Kirk Outerbridge is a worthwhile, thought-provoking, exciting read nonetheless. Four stars.
Posted July 1, 2010
Rick Macey is a decorated war veteran. He works as a freelance private investigator now, solving the crimes he wants to solve. And he is not a man to mess with.
He takes a job to find out what really happened to actress Greta Darling. Greta is dead, but she was a client of the Miracle Treatment, a product that offers everlasting youth to those who can afford it. Does the Miracle Treatment have a flaw or are religious fanatics trying to sabotage the product that offers eternal life? Macey is on the case and he won't stop until he knows the truth.
What a cool book! I've never read any cyberpunk, but I could defiantly read more, especially from Kirk Outerbridge. This story was an action-packed mystery. I liked Macey's tough-guy character. Kirk created a fascinating future Los Angeles with all kinds of cool high-tech toys. The story had a compelling plot that kept me turning the pages and made me thing. Well done!
Posted December 1, 2009
From the very first page, you know that Rick Macey is no one to mess with. A private investigator with a military and anti-terrorism background, he always gets his man. And now he must use every bit of that background to help him track down the truth. You see, there is a drug that lets you live forever. But a rich customer has died - a supposed impossibility. The startling revelations keep coming until the read - and Macey, for that matter - no longer know whom they can trust.
Kirk Outerbridge's debut novel is a rock-and-roll ride full of action, mystery and suspense. It is also a thoughtful look at whether living forever on this Earth is something we should yearn for or avoid at all costs.
Hats off to Outerbridge for a fascinating book, and here's hoping more adventures of Rick Macey are forthcoming.
First off, don't let all the talk about cyber-this or techno-that fool you (or scare you off.) Eternity Fallls is primarily a mystery/action/adventure novel wrapped in the guise of hi-tech. Here the "cyber" and the gadgets are similar to those used in Chris Nolan's Batman movies-extra sauce atop an otherwise thoughtful and satisfying story.
There are some fascinating questions being asked here: What if we could stave off death indefinitely? How would that change the way we see our world and others? Affect our view of eternity and the divine?
Aside from all that though, the book is heavy on fun factor. And surprises! Altogether it makes for an interesting and enjoyable read. Well done, Mr. Outerbridge!
Posted November 7, 2009
Eternity Falls is a fun, fast-paced cyberthriller that I could easily see running through my imagination as if it were a movie. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this sci-fi adventure to any one looking for a good read with a sci-fi twist--this book is right up my alley. I love a good suspenseful story that will hold my attention and keep me turning the pages, one after another.
And yet, Eternity Falls goes beyond many suspenseful sci-fi adventures in that a couple of profound themes are woven deep into the plot. Themes of: self-righteous judgement; how difficult it can be sometimes to determine what God's perfect will is; and when righteous anger is righteous versus when it is misdirected.
And one of my favorite quotes from Eternity Falls sums it all up: "It's never too late-never, before eternity falls-to regain your soul."
Posted October 3, 2009
Intense, riveting, and fast paced. I was breathless by the end of the first chapter, needed to sit back and draw a breath before continuing. I felt that way several times during the book. The author has a great gift of putting the reader right in the middle of the action and doesn't give much away until necessary. The ideas of how religion fails to thrive in the future through governmental processes and lack of personal day-to-day involvement in faith is extrapolated from today's trends and makes perfect sense in the story. Rick Macey's doubt in his faith and his client's disbelief in God although posited in the future are definitely a timeless conflict that the author has used to great advantage. Very well written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 25, 2012
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Posted November 29, 2009
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