PLAYING GOD HAS CONSEQUENCES.
Jake Wood has it made. He is a tough homicide detective with a partner who’s like a brother, and he’s about to marry the girl of his dreams.
Then Jake learns a close friend is missing and travels to South America in search of him. After a freak accident in the Amazon Rainforest, Jake wakes up in the hospital—eighteen months later. Long presumed dead, he discovers his fiancée is married and pregnant, his house was sold, his job is gone, and his partner transferred to another city to become lead detective on a serial killer case.
Jake buys a cabin in the woods and tries to leave the world behind, until his home is broken into and he discovers he was targeted—but why? When Jake’s former partner requests his aid in catching the Blood Eagle Killer, he offers to help find whoever is behind Jake’s recent trouble.
This leads to Fortech Industries, a pharmaceutical company secretly researching a way to create an immortal gene. Now they intend to destroy their only error—Jake Wood—who has become something more than human.
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About the Author
Jonas Saul has sold over 2 million books. On multiple occasions, he has outranked Stephen King and Dean Koontz on the Amazon Most Popular Top 100 Authors list.
He has traveled extensively throughout the world to scout settings for his thrillers, spending several years between Greece, Italy, Denmark, and Hungary.
Jonas is regularly invited to speak at national writing conferences, teaches writing classes, and offers editorial services.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jake is a cop in Ontario soon to be married and seems to have it all. He and his best friend/partner Kirk are drawn into a serial murder case but before they do much investigating Jake flies to Brazil to help his friend Luke in the Amazonian Rainforest. He never finds Luke but he has a freak accident. Waking up in the hospital he finds in life in shreds. His fiancée married another man and is pregnant. His dog dies. His house and belongings have been sold. Understandably he is angry and wants to get away from it all. But Jake has a really bad temper now and some weird abilities he didn’t have before. Is Fortech Industries, the company Luke worked for, involved in this? What has happened to the serial killer? Will Jake ever find peace? You will have to read on to find the answers in this book and subsequent books in this series. This book has mystery, suspense, and science fiction. The pace is fast and keeps you wanting more. Jonas Saul has a winner. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book to review.
As I read this, the first of a new series, I couldn't help but feel I was channeling medical thriller-writer Dr. Robin Cook. While the sci-fi aspect here may be a little harder to swallow than in those books (pun intended, and if you've read it, you'll know what I'm talking about), that doesn't make it any less exciting. The book begins with two separate stories, the first of which is a look into the life of Jeffrey Harris, a serial killer dubbed the "Blood Eagle Killer" because of what he does to the husband/father of the families he murders. The second focuses on Ontario Police Department Detective Jake Wood, a.k.a. new series hero), who's called in when the killer takes down a family in his jurisdiction. Just as he and partner and friend Kirk are getting into the nitty gritty, though, Jake has an unexpected allergy attack and lands in the hospital. While he's there, old friend and scientist Luke Mercer begs Jake to follow him to remote Brazil. Jake declines - at least until he gets a message from Luke saying it's a life-or-death situation. From that point on, chapters shift between progress in the two plots. We see the serial killer making plans for his next big thrill. And after some serious action in Brazil, we learn that Jake has been sidelined in a hospital for 18 months; he wakes up to learn he's been gone so long that he's lost both his fiance and his dog (yee-haw, cue in the country song). His doctor, though, lets him in on a more astounding tidbit: After a freak ingestion of snake venom out in the wilds, Jake has somehow acquired reptilian characteristics. Say what? If that's a bit of a stretch for readers, imagine how tough it is for Jake. He comes home to find that some nasty folks want a piece of his hide, but that just gives him a reason to put his newfound powers to the test. As he deals with the bad guys, he tries to balance what he's feeling inside and out with what he felt before - hoping to maintain some semblence of a human relationship with Kirk (just as Kirk struggles to understand the ramifications of the "new" Jake, such as his rather unusual taste in food). Then lo and behold, they agree to once again tackle the serial killer case - bringing the whole thing full circle. There's a cliffhanger ending, but I suppose that's intended to whet readers' appetites for what's to come. The only way that works for me, though, is if the author will be releasing that next one within a month or two; a year and another 100 books later, I'll have totally forgotten the details of everything I wrote about here. If I have an issue, it's that the concurrent plots are wildly different; and with the exception of one barely noticeable clue fairly early on, it was impossible for me to envision them connected in any way (even though common sense and reading enough novels that use this approach told me they must somehow converge). And converge they do - but not till after the halfway point. For me, that was frustrating; the connection - or at least a few other breadcrumbs - should have come sooner (boo, hisssssss). Other than that, though, this series is off to a fine start with an intriguing character. Count me in!
Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite Jake Wood is a tough homicide detective with a partner who has been his best friend since middle school. He’s a few weeks away from marrying the love of his life when a friend calls for help from South America. Jake drops everything to go to his aid, but ends up injured, in a coma, in a South American hospital. He awakens after eighteen months to discover his fiancée has married and is pregnant with another man’s baby, his job is gone and his partner has been transferred to another city. There are good reasons for Jonas Saul's best-selling author brand, and The Immortal Gene provides all the proof anyone could need. What starts out as a straightforward crime/serial killer thriller, becomes a sci-fi, horror thriller that will please fans of all the above-mentioned genres. There is much to impress in this story. Saul writes with an authoritative knowledge of biology, the many facets of zoology, criminal justice, and plain ol’ writing skills. As outlandish as the primary plot becomes, Saul makes it real with deft use of in-depth knowledge of the subjects involved, and writing technical know-how. From characterization to dialog to plotting and sub-plots, he displays expertise. I’m a fan of authors who don’t pussyfoot around graphic events (violence, sex, et al.) and instead write it like a movie... visual and realistic. Jonas Saul gets an A+ for verisimilitude. The Immortal Gene is the first book in a series and, as such, has a cliffhanger ending, but it’s not a debilitating fall and sets up book two perfectly. This is my first Jonas Saul book, but it won’t be my last.
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite The Immortal Gene by Jonas Saul is a thriller that is both chilling and mesmerizing. Jake Wood, a capable Canadian homicide detective, seems to have a happy life in front of him. Engaged to marry his beautiful girlfriend, Cindy, he answers a police homicide alarm with his long time partner, Kirk. The notorious Blood Eagle Killer strikes again and murders the Marcello family. Jake is, however, summoned by a friend conducting some kind of experiment for Fortech Industries, involving snakes, in the Amazon rainforest in South America. What was supposed to be a four-day trip turns into an eighteen-month-long nightmare and, as a result, his fiancee married another man. Jake lost his house, his job is in jeopardy, and he comes out of a coma a changed man. And when his new home is broken into, Jake realizes that he is being targeted by a powerful organization. And the Blood Eagle Killer is about to commit murder again. Fast paced and highly interesting, The Immortal Gene by Jonas Saul is the kind of book you would want to read in one sitting. On its own, the mystery of the Blood Eagle Killer is a gripping tale and on top of this is another twist to the story that will surely leave any reader breathless. Jonas Saul is a master storyteller. His characters are realistic and bigger than life. And there are enough twists and turns in The Immortal Gene that will make your reading exciting. And as you follow Jake's transformation into something that is more than human, you will be astounded that this fantastic story can indeed happen in real life.
Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite The Immortal Gene by Jonas Saul is a sci-fi crime thriller that follows two parallel stories, that of Jeffrey Harris, the Blood Eagle Killer, and Canadian detective Jake Wood. The Blood Eagle Killer is a psychotic criminal who enjoys staking out families with all the positive traits his own lacked, attempting to take over the role of husband and father himself through the grisly elimination of the man of the house, and resurrecting a torturous method of execution once employed by the ancient Vikings. In a plot that runs concurrently, Jake Wood is investigating Harris' most recent murder, leading to an explosive plot twist that originates in the Amazon and launches the story to a whole new level. The Immortal Gene is a unique story with two main plots and a host of subplots that keep the suspense heightened through to the end (which is not the real end, as the book's finale is a cliffhanger). Jonas Saul has done a fantastic job with character development and both Jeffrey Harris and Jake Wood come to life. There is a good balance of dialogue and narrative with shifting points of view that transition seamlessly, weaving back and forth between both leads until they finally converge. Despite the supernatural trait that Jake Wood ultimately finds himself possessed with, his humanity remains intact and the impact this major change has on his personal life keeps him feeling like an authentic protagonist. I'd recommend this book to lovers of the thriller and suspense genres, particularly when tinted with a bit of sci-fi, and anyone else just looking to get lost in a one-of-a-kind piece of roller coaster fiction.