What does the man who has everything want? The answer is simple: for it to never end. Jackson Riley is a young billionaire living in the year 2052 with a single obsession - to discover immortality within his lifetime. But what happens when this obsession tears him apart from reality and his one true love Nicole? And why have untraceable special agents taken an interest in his medical experiments? Counterfeit Youth is an emotionally charged sci-fi thriller that explores the concept of happiness, and what it means to live forever.
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Narbeh Avanessian lives in Los Angeles as a freelance writer and marketing professional. He spends his free time writing science fiction and studying video games.
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Counterfeit Youth based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
I received this book to give an honest review. When I read the blurb I figured I would give it a try. I enjoy some sci-fi reads but not all of them. This is a short story but it just didn't appeal to me as I hoped. I was a bit confused on everything that was truly going on within the story. You have Jackson Riley who is a rich young man, and he wants to be immortal. We all know that this is impossible but hey he thinks he has it down. He spends tons of money on research and coming up with the invention. When he does the "big" reveal that is when the trouble comes towards him. All I got out of it was the government did not want this to come out to the public and started going afterward Jackson and his friend Arsen. Some where Jackson's past love comes into play. There is a rocket launcher that comes out and I have no clue where the guy named David got it from. I think the characters needed to be developed a whole lot more that way they are connectable in some way. Also I thought it was too short, it is like you start to understand and maybe have a question or so as it all only to have the ending come up and go "I don't have that dream anymore."
Seeing his father get sick and grow frail has led Jackson Riley on a quest for immortality. With his ample resources, he has the best scientists working on a cure for aging. He’s also had work done to look as youthful as a twenty-year-old. As a result, he’s lost his true love and high-school sweetheart, Nicole. He’s also caught the interest of a special branch of the government which strives to keep anti-aging research under wraps. Is immortality worth the cost? COUNTERFEIT YOUTH is sharp and well-written, easily capturing and holding the attention of readers. I could easily see this novella becoming a full length novel. Some of the characters do come across as one dimensional, but I feel it’s a failing of the length of the story not in the ability of the author. Obsession is an unhealthy emotional attachment and COUNTERFEIT YOUTH serves as warning for those who would fall into the abyss. The author has a style which will suit him well in his future creations.
Awesome READ! Counterfeit Youth by Nabeh Avanessian starts off with a prologue that was quite fresh. It starts in 2035 when Jack is a teenager who is already wishing for "forever"! Then there was Nicole; someone I wanted to get to know. Why was she so calm and know-it-all? Special Agent Michael Turner was identified from a microchip one tenth of the size of a needle-head implanted in his left shoulder – That is neat! I really liked this character from the start. Michael Turner is reading Jack’s letter in a very special way. I really liked this part talking about fitness and foods and, I quote “I refuse to accept our so-called inevitable demise” In comes Arsen who is into paintings, digital mostly but, one oil painted one which was most striking. Now I am facing an enigma. Arsen has $100 bills, heavy machinery and was preparing an exhibit called, Buying Time. At this point, Arsen and Jack Riley are both 33 years old. Sometimes, I just laughed feeling that Jack was a big baby or maybe hypochondriac. It was nice to read how Arsen, Jack and Nicole went through it all. Reading about Amanda Cunigham had also some elements of mystery. As I read through it; it may have not all been quite unique but Nabeh Avanessian has written it in a very interesting and fresh style. I do recommend it. Adriana LG