Eternity Falls, Rick Macey Series #1
More than a cyberthriller
What if we could choose to defy death? Would we choose to? If we did, would we regret the choice? What implications would such a choice have on our Christian faith? And should the ability to a make such a choice be limited to those with the ability to pay? It is these questions that make Eternity Falls an intriguing read.
I wasnÃ¢ÂÂt exactly sure what a cyber thriller was, possibly it has something to do with cyborgs. What I was expecting was a male-oriented action thriller. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs exactly what Outerbridge delivered. ThereÃ¢ÂÂs plenty of action and testosterone Ã¢ÂÂelevating elements (ie. cars, weapons, and all things mechanical). Eternity Falls is a great combination of action with deep thought-provoking moral questions. I think the book accomplished what the author set out to do. I would certainly recommend the book, especially to male readers.
But I have to admit, that as a female reader I was hoping for more. Yeah, I know, itÃ¢ÂÂs unrealistic to expect a male-oriented action thriller to do a great job of dealing with relationships, but hope springs eternal, doesnÃ¢ÂÂt it? While the Rick-Virgil friendship works great and is heartwarmingly believable, I had trouble with the Rick-Shelia romance. After all, weÃ¢ÂÂre a third of the way through the book before it begins to look like Sheila may have even one redeeming quality. Then Rick goes to quickly from barely tolerating to believing sheÃ¢ÂÂs the most important person in his life, without really showing us a reason for the change. But as I have already admitted, this is probably an unfair criticism considering the genre and intended audience.
November 30, 2010
Eternity Falls: By Kirk Outerbridge:
Rick Macey is a hardboiled detective for hire. HeÃ¢ÂÂs got brains, brawn, andÃ¢ÂÂa cyborg body. Not to mention the ability to use his implant to search the web. HeÃ¢ÂÂs used to putting away the bad guys, the street snipers, and domestics. From his work at CDI heÃ¢ÂÂs an expert on religious terrorism, but this next job may try him to his max. Sheila Dunn has a job for him, find who killed a client. SheÃ¢ÂÂs made billions off of the miracle treatment. Take a pill, live forever is the idea. The rich and famous love it, life forever in ease! UntilÃ¢ÂÂ¦someone dies of natural causes. She wants Macey to find who did it, and nail them. Macey starts on the case with some trepidation, all the clues he has is that there was a Bible in her room. Face down too, no message there, no hint of foul play, except for the fact there was no residue of the treatment in her blood. Something negated it. And a nameÃ¢ÂÂVirgil. A name from the past, war buddies, brothers in more ways than one. Is Virgil connected to the death?
MaceyÃ¢ÂÂs faith has laid dormant for years after his wifeÃ¢ÂÂs death, heÃ¢ÂÂs 112 in a cyber body. HeÃ¢ÂÂs basically indestructible, but will the real battle be inside? When he finds Virgil, is he right? Is Sheila clouding his judgment, and what about God? Can he really take Macey back?
I really enjoyed the majority of the book, something that I didnÃ¢ÂÂt like though, was that though society was really messed up, I felt like a few too many references were made to unwholesome things. I realize that the potrayal of society was important but...I think it went just a little too far.
ThatÃ¢ÂÂs my only complaint however, and the writing style was engaging and a serious buckle-up-and-hang-on read! Keep writing Mr. Outerbridge!
October 13, 2010
Eternity Falls is a Cyberthriller... say what? Hmm, Cyberthriller. Well, if Eternity Falls is an example of a Cyberthriller than I think I have a new favorite genre.Eternity Falls sets us in the future where a new genetic formula is being used by the public called "Miracle Treatment" which alters the dna back to a younger you, so an 85 might look 25. This is very popular among the rich and famous but then one of their spokespeople, actress Greta Darling dies, of natural causes... except of course that is not possible because she is a Miracle Treatment user. One of the heads of Gentec, Sheila Dunn, hires Rick Macey to figure out what happened since she is sure that the treatment itself could not have failed.We set out on a trip to the truth with Macey and Sheila as they try to determine whether it is a religious conspiracy, espionage, or murder and who is behind trying to ruin Sheila. People start dying and the past comes back to haunt Macey, his secrets start rearing their ugly heads and in the midst of everything can he remember Who has been there for him all along?Great book and an excellent addition to the Marcher Lord Press releases to date.
September 30, 2010
Building action to a conclusion I shed a few tears at. While the dectetive noir/steam punk is not my preferred genre this book was really enojoyable. I loved the transition from detective to action hero, in fact I was half way through the first action seen before I realized that hero was going lay down some serious firepower. A great balanced that challenged how I think about up and coming technology while keeping me entirely engrossed in a face-paced engrossing story. Have to admit I had trouble empathizing with the heroine and by the end I still had mixed feelings about. That said can't wait to read about Rick Macey's adventure.
July 14, 2010