Blake's long, complex medical thriller tells the story of the resurrection of three pioneers in the cryonics movement who die in the 1990s and get unfrozen 38 years hence, in a brave new world where people call old-fashioned ideas ``twencent'' (meaning 20th century) and read newspapers on screens instead of in print. A doctor, a biochemist, and a lab assistant revive a dead dog from frozen suspension in liquid nitrogen--the first mammal ever to ``come back.'' But they are stalked by a religious fanatic, a brilliant but demented computer hacker who sees their vocation as the devil's work. The gore starts on page one of the prolog and doesn't end until p. 496. Blake's easy way with humorous dialog lightens the proceedings, however, and there's a glorious surprise ending. This first novel is recommended for large public library collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 4/15/93.-- Joyce Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
This is a bit long to read at one sitting but hard to put down. In 1995, Immortality Incorporated (I2), a small cryonics company, battles against the field's unfavorable public image and powerful commercial and religious enemies. At curtain rise, I2 general manager Alex and physician-researcher Susan, an adviser to I2, are bringing an Irish setter back from frozen suspension and making the dog the first large animal to undergo the company's cryonic process successfully. When, later, Kathryn appears for a job interview, the book's team of good guys is complete. The bad guys are George, a solidly built computer expert with psychological problems, the Rev. Montana and his Marble Cathedral, and the increasingly present Dr. Lomax. George does the work of the Lord on irreligious scientists, and the dead bodies increase. The important ones still wind up cryonically suspended, though, usually one jump ahead of the police. What's more, a few of the vital bodies spend quality time horizontally. Blake paces the conflict beautifully and, unlike some thriller scribes, provides a realistic psychological and motivational framework.