"An extremely imaginative sci-fi thriller with tons of shocking twists and turns"
Reviewed by Tanzey Cutter
Posted July 24, 2017
Romance Suspense | Dystopian | Thriller Paranormal - Supernatural
Chicago is under siege from a lone sniper, who's randomly
17 innocent people all over the city. There's no
connection between the victims; the sniper hasn't made any
demands, taunted the police or sent any ultimatums via news
or social media; and he hasn't been claimed by any known
terrorist groups. The FBI task force, headed by Claire
McCoy, is doing everything they can to find the sniper
before he strikes again. When the 18th victim is FBI agent
Will Brody, Claire's lover, she's devastated by the outcome.
Brody thinks the things he's seeing are hallucinations
while he's being taken care of on the operating table.
Instead, Brody is dead and experiencing the afterlife.
Adjusting to this new realm of existence leaves Brody
confused and disorientated, especially when he starts
meeting other beings who inhabit what they call the "echo."
There's no logical explanation, which makes it difficult
for Brody to accept the inevitable. When Body sees a vision
of Claire confronting the assassin, he wonders if he can do
anything to help her. Unfortunately, he cannot.
Now, Claire, as well as the assassin, are dead and have
followed Brody into the afterlife. And their nightmare is
just beginning because now they have to kill the sniper
again in the afterlife. But what happens when they do? They
find the outcome and its far-reaching repercussions
staggering and beyond belief.
I could go on and on writing a description of the unique and
complex plot of AFTERLIFE by author extraordinaire
Marcus Sakey, an imaginative sci-fi thriller with tons
of shocking twists and turns, but I don't have enough room
here. Besides, it defies brief explanations. There are so
many layers of AFTERLIFE to uncover: shocking and disturbing
revelations of life-after-death; the ultimate resolution of
reincarnation; a unique approach to the good-vs-evil theme
encompassing parallel worlds. Brody and Claire are destined
to be together through eternity, and it's totally
mind-boggling what they both do for that love. Theirs is an
otherworldly love story that transcends time and place.
Themes of morality and of sacrifice are evident throughout
the narrative interspersed with strong, unusual characters
and thought-provoking emotions.
I've never read anything like AFTERLIFE, which totally blew
me away, with so many surprises, I could not wait to find
out what Sakey would conjure up next in his unusual view of
the AFTERLIFE. The press release states that AFTERLIFE is
"soon to be a major motion picture" and Sakey will be
writing the screenplay. But don't wait for the movie, read
this book as soon as it goes on sale for a
Soon to be a major motion picture from Imagine
Entertainment and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.
Between life and death lies an epic war, a relentless
manhunt through two worlds…and an unforgettable love story.
The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the
explosion—a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock
He wakes without a scratch.
The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago
is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He’s
relieved to spot other people—until he sees they’re carrying
Welcome to the afterlife.
Claire McCoy stands over the body of Will Brody. As head of
an FBI task force, she hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep in
weeks. A terrorist has claimed eighteen lives and thrown the
nation into panic.
Against this horror, something reckless and beautiful
happened. She fell in love…with Will Brody.
But the line between life and death is narrower than any of
us suspect—and all that matters to Will and Claire is
getting back to each other.
From the author of the million-copy bestselling Brilliance
Trilogy comes a mind-bending thriller that explores our most
haunting and fundamental question: What if death is just
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