Amortals / Matt Forbeck

“Matt Forbeck does near-future so well, I think he’s been there. Actually, I think he designed it. Then he kicked its ass.”
– Dan Abnett

Amortals. Too tough to die.Today you die. Today you are reborn. Today you hunt the man who killed you.

It’s Lee Child vs. Altered Carbon in a high-tech blast of tough-as-nails future thrills. Matt Forbeck arrives as the new king of high-concept – with a blockbuster action movie in a book. In the near future, scientists solve the problem of mortality by learning how to backup and restore a persons memories into a vat-bred clone. When Secret Service agent Ronan “Methusaleh” Dooley is brutally murdered, he’s brought back from the dead yet again to hunt his killer, and in doing so uncover a terrible conspiracy.

Science Fiction [Future Thriller / Cheat Death / Rogue Agents / Who Killed Who?]

More praise!

Amortals (to paraphrase another sci-fi writer who, in my opinion, has nothing on Matt Forbeck) blew down the walls of my imagination. It then stepped over the smoking rubble, seized me by the throat and kicked my ass. Was this your first novel, you bastard? Holy crap!”
– Billy Campbell, star of The 4400

“Amortals is Chandler by way of Blade Runner, with the pace of an express train. Great fun.”
The Guardian

“There’s a lot of clever plotting and writing in this book, with clues to the mystery doled out to reader and protagonist at the same time … And while certain plot twists will be familiar to cinemagoers, it’s how they’re put together that makes the difference.
VERDICT: 8/10 – Highly enjoyable technothriller.”

SciFi Bulletin

“In Amortals, Matt Forbeck does what all great science fiction authors do: weave thought-provoking concepts through a cracking good story. The morality of immortality is a fascinating idea with which Matt Forbeck deals deftly. If you are looking for a great story with action, politics, great characters and an eye toward what might well be our future, Matt Forbeck’s Amortals is not to be missed!”
– Mike Stackpole

“It kicks like a mule & whispers sweet nothings in your ear like Mike Tyson in a boxing match.”
– Ben Templesmith

“With Amortals, Matt’s whipped up an action-packed thrill-ride with the occasional sucker punch to the brain you won’t see coming.”
– Monte Cook

“Amortals fuses cutting-edge technothrillers with old-school action and storytelling. Matt Forbeck tells a wickedly cool, scarily plausible story that hits the ground running and then picks up speed.”
– Richard Dansky

“A near-future detective story that asks a fundamental question: what is it to be human when you never really die? A taut existential action thriller and a must read!”
— Jack Emmert, head of Cryptic Studios

“With Amortals, Matt Forbeck takes the hard-boiled detective story and the SF genre and forges a fascinating, gritty saga like none other!”
– -Richard Knaak

“It’s gripping, exciting, imaginative… It would could make a great film, but it’s a great book anyway so read it, whether you like scifi or not!”
Writing and Reading

“I keep wanting to use that old slogan “Tight, taut and terrific” about Amortals, which is accurate, but oh, so wrong. There’s not a wasted word. There’s not an idea that doesn’t make sense. I meant to start it tonight and finish other work, then finish it tomorrow, but it’s a read-at-one-sitting book so I’ve rescheduled some other things… I love the opening. Just enough information – just enough fear… Easy to read. Easy to understand. Easy to get hooked. Very nicely done. As is the rest of the book.”
Gillian Polack

“Amortals is a very enjoyable summer read. It is packed with action and reads like a Hollywood blockbuster script.”

“[Forbeck]’s ability to create a believable near-future setting is genuinely astounds me.”
– Voxael, Spoiler Alert!

“Incredibly gripping and a downright science-fiction thriller, Amortals is a non-stop roller-coaster ride.”
– Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

Matt Forbeck
Science Fiction

November 2010
416pp A-format paperback
£7.99 UK $tbc Aus
ISBN 978 0 85766 000 8

January 2011
416pp mass-market paperback
$7.99 US $8.99 CAN
ISBN 978 0 85766 002 2

November 2010
ePub ISBN 978 0 85766 003 9

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