Wednesday, October 24, 2018

*Review* The Immortal Gene by Jonas Saul

Genre: Sci-Fi/Thriller
Published: July 17, 2018
Pages: 334


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 fiancĂ©e 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.

I was hired to proofread this book. The only aspects of the story that I influenced were the spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection to the story makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review. 

This book hooked me from the beginning, although I saw it going in a completely different direction than it went at that point. I was curious about the Blood Eagle Killer and what actually went along with him "taking a new family." While I got most of the gruesome details of the taking itself, I'm still a little unclear on the exact end result. But the Blood Eagle Killer storyline is really kind of tangental to the main storyline of the book. It has some clear connections, but it didn't feel like the main focus.

What kept me reading the story (after I realized that the Blood Eagle Killer wasn't really the main focus) was the intrigue of the changes taking place in Jake after his time in the Amazon. I'd had a feeling something was going to change in him, but I was still anxious to see how and what that change would be.

Overall I give The Immortal Gene 4.793 stars. - Katie 

Jonas Saul is the bestselling author of the Sarah Roberts Series and has sold over two million books. His most recent release, THE FUTURE IS WRITTEN, is published by pioneering media company Adaptive Studios.

Saul has traveled extensively throughout the world to scout settings for his thrillers, spending several years between Greece, Italy, Denmark, and Hungary. He is regularly invited to be a guest speaker at international writing conferences. Jonas is represented by Gandolfo Helin and Fountain Literary and Dramatic Rights Management.

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