Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Immortal by Gene Doucette

ImmortalImmortal by Gene Doucette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars







From the blurb:

Surviving sixty thousand years takes cunning and more than a little luck. But in the twenty-first century, Adam confronts new dangers—someone has found out what he is, a demon is after him, and he has run out of places to hide.Worst of all, he has had entirely too much to drink.

What a fun read!!! I was intrigued by the blurb and couldn't wait to get my hands on this book when it became available at NetGalley.

I'm so glad I did. I had a difficult time putting it down for sleep and work and other such pesky time consumers.

The story is told in the first person narrative by Adam, who's been around the block a few times (actually, a few tens of millenia, give or take), a somewhat average guy in looks and stature, and who just happens to be immortal, frozen in time at about age 32, with no recollection as to how that actually happened.

Imagine having lived that long, constantly moving from place to place because you can't stay anywhere for too long in fear of people noticing how you don't age. You'd be jaded, too. And possibly, much like Adam, quite a bit cynical about the human race and somewhat confused by modern technology since your birthday basically pre-dated spoken language.


Adam has a slight problem with alcohol - well, actually he has a slight problem without alcohol.


"My relationship with alcohol is complicated. Give or take a few days here and there, I hadn’t been dry since the speakeasy fire in 1922. By all normal human standards that would make me a raging alcoholic, except that by those same human standards I would also be dead by now, if not from old age then from cirrhosis of the liver. But eighty years for me is like a glass of wine with dinner for anybody else." - Adam


Yes, Adam is not often sober. And it's likely because of his loose tongue while drinking that some sinister forces are after him now.

He's got some interesting personality traits - some because of his relationship with booze and some because of having lived so long - and it's fascinating to read about his history, and all the things historical we take as facts that Adam has a unique insight to, having lived through those periods long time ago.

He's immortal but not invincible, meaning it is possible for him to die. Just not of old age or disease (he's immune to everything from the common cold to cancer), but a bullet to his head will surely take him down. So far, he's been quite successful in avoiding the Grim Reaper, and he has no plans to meet the guy any time soon. He knows his best bet to stay alive is to keep moving every so often and turning his back on any serious issues by running from them, since he knows that by doing so, he's likely to outlive those situations.

But then things get really complicated really fast, and Adam slowly figures out that running isn't an option to fix this latest FUBAR situation, and decides that with the help of a few human and supernatural allies, he might just have to tackle this one head-on.

Throughout the book, with much snark, witticism and irreverence, Adam recounts anecdotes of what he has seen and experienced in his very long life. Gene Doucette lets each historical flashback stand on its own while still weaving it seamlessly into the overall story.

This is some really exceptional story telling, and it was an incredibly captivating story to read.

I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley.

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