Pale Highway

Pale Highway

by Nicholas Conley


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ISBN-13: 9781940215532
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 09/02/2015
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Originally from California, Nicholas Conley has currently made his home in the colder temperatures of New Hampshire. He considers himself to be a uniquely alien creature with mysterious literary ambitions, a passion for fiction, and a whole slew of terrific stories he'd like to share with others.

When not busy writing, Nicholas is an obsessive reader, a truth seeker, a sarcastic idealist, a traveler, and - like many writers - a coffee addict.

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Pale Highway 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Barnseys_Books More than 1 year ago
Gabriel Schist was once a brilliant scientist who won the Nobel Prize for inventing an AIDS vaccine. Now he's an elderly Alzheimer's patient residing at Bright New Day nursing home. When other residents fall victim to a deadly virus, Gabriel must battle through his Alzheimer's to try and find a cure. He discovers the virus is actually a product of his original AIDS vaccine and it has one purpose - to work as a collective to destroy humanity. Nicholas Conley has created a book that pulls at the heartstrings - an exceptional mind slowly being extinguished. We're shown glimpses of Gabriel's younger self - his love for Yvonne, their marriage destroyed, daughter Melanie entering his life and his close relationship with man-of-the-cloth Father Gareth. All have played a major role; shaping him into the person he became - the person who is now gradually fading away. With visitations from talking slugs and the mysterious Victor, the reader is left wondering if the entire scenario is a figment of Gabriel's fractured sense of reality. In my opinion, that's what makes this book so good - not knowing what's real and what's imagined. Without giving away any spoilers, the whole book is somewhat bizarre and 'trippy' to say the least! Overall, I found Pale Highway to be a good, solid, and extremely well-written story. Would I read it again in a few years' time? Probably not. A giant talking slug called Michael and his minions was just a little too surreal for me .
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: PALE HIGHWAY is a medical thriller with fantasy twists. Taking a scientific genius and pitting him against a merciless disease as well as his own fading mind, this book races against time and reason. Suspenseful, reflective, insightful, mysterious, and emotional, this story takes quite the remarkable and unexpected journey. This book surprised me. I thought I knew what to expect but it managed to surprise me and keep interested. I definitely recommend it to you sci-fi fans (: Read my full review here:
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Gabriel Schist won the Nobel Prize for inventing a vaccine for AIDS. Now he’s in his 70s and losing the battle with Alzheimer’s. Living out his days in the Bright New Day nursing home, Gabriel is just trying to hang onto as much as his memory as possible. When a horrific and terrifying new disease begins to affect residents and the government is keeping it completely hush hush, Gabriel wonders if his deteriorating mind can come up with the cure before it fails him completely. He doesn’t think so, but a resident named Victor and some prodding by some hinky beings that are probably, maybe, figments of his swiss cheese mind get him working on the problem. The results are mind boggling! Gabriel’s tale is a terrifying one for someone like me, fast approaching 50 and familiar with relatives in nursing homes. However, while at times depressing as hell, there are plenty of times when it is quite heartening. Gabriel is an interesting character and in addition to seeing his life in the nursing home, there are flashbacks to when he was younger. They are very well-done and dovetail what is happening in his present. As the tension of the strange disease ratchets up, I had a hard time putting this book down. But…you knew there was a but, right? It got quite weird. Not exactly bad weird, just weird. I was left sitting there scratching my head and going wtf just happened? I mean, I pretty much know what happened, I think, but still… You’ll understand what I mean when you read it. LOL Even with the weirdness I recommend it. It’s quite the ride.
AnnWerner More than 1 year ago
Gabriel Schist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for developing an AIDS vaccine, is destined to spend his last days in the Bright New Day nursing home while his once brilliant mind falls victim to the ravages of Alzheimer's Disease. He walks the halls of the facility in his signature trench coat and fedora, remembering days gone by, feasting on the regrets of things he should have done and cursing the fate has befallen him. Then, one day, a mysterious disease hits the nursing home. It quickly spreads throughout the facility and then into the outside world. No one knows what to do about it, but Gabriel's mind is once again awakened to the realization that even in his debilitated state, he still has much to offer the world. In a narrative that combines fantasy, science fiction and the everyday struggles of a man wrestling with an incurable disease, Nicholas Conley traces Gabriel's quest to find a cure while also giving the reader glimpses into Gabriel Schist's former life, when he was young and whole. In the best tradition of writers like Stephen King, Conley stretches the imagination, provides thoughtful insight into what it means to grow old and lose parts of what once defined us and, in the end, takes us on a fantastical ride into the very nature of what it means to be human. I loved this book! I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
Well, this was sure different. The main story thread, the search for the vaccine, is a solid science fiction story. What raises it beyond just another story is the character of Gabriel. He's an easy character to like. Extremely accomplished, yet far from perfect, he knows he's coming to the end of his days, and is coming to terms with decisions he's made in life that might have been mistakes. He has a lot of backstory which is introduced smoothly. Rather than feeling like it's being dumped on the reader all at once, it’s doled out at appropriate points. I also found experiencing Gabriel's struggles with the deterioration in his mental processes due to his disease interesting, at least to a point. Anyone who has aged enough to realize their brain isn't as sharp as it once was may find pondering how they would handle Altzheimer's something to contemplate. (Then again, some may not.) As Gabriel's condition worsened, I often found myself uncertain what was hallucination and what was science fiction. If you're a sci-fi reader who appreciates character development, Pale Highway would be a good choice. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
i-lv-sci-fi More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author for my honest review. The Pale Highway may be science fiction but it is based in enough reality that it gave me chills! The characters are all so complex even ones that appear to be simple are anything but. The subject matter that is the base of the story is heart wrenching. I don’t think I have ever experienced a disease through reading but I feel like I have the most realistic view of Alzheimer’s I could possibly have aside from having a family member (or myself) with the disease. The storytelling is done in a manner to slowly show the reader both the sad and joyous sides of life. To take this journey with Gabriel felt like living portions of his life. Gabriel Schist and all the residents of the Bright New Day facility left me with a profound desire to call my aging family members and remind them how much I love them and to sit and listen to as many stories of their youth as they care to tell. This isn’t normally a genre I would pick up but I have read another story by this author and loved it. The style in which Nicholas Conley writes and composes his stories have left my emotions vulnerable and raw more than once. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. ***
JBronder More than 1 year ago
At one time Gabriel was on top of the world when he discovered a vaccine for AIDS and won the Nobel Prize. But now he is suffering from Alzheimer’s in a nursing home and is feeling the loss and separation that comes with it. Then a new virus strikes a resident. Gabriel convinces the administration to let him find cure for it. But this is not going to be easy. The Alzheimer’s is taking away his memory, confusing him with visions, and make the cure difficult to find. Can he hold on long enough to find a cure and save the people in the nursing home? This is a heart breaking story. Gabriel knows he has Alzheimer’s and it is horrible to know what he is losing. The bitterness he has just makes it worse. Then when he convinces the staff to find the cure to the new virus it revives him but that is when his mind takes a turn for the worst. It’s sad and scary but the thought and research that went into writing this story comes through with each episode that Gabriel fights. You can’t help but cheer him on to keep fighting to find the cure. This is a great story and one that you should read. It would be the perfect book for a book club. Definitely check this out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this book for free from Sage’s Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.