Hellenic Immortal (Immortal #2) by Gene Doucette
Genre: fantasy, adventure/mystery
Length: novel (235 pages)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Hellenic Immortal continues to follow the adventures of the immortal man, "Adam", "Jason", or "Dionysus" as the case may be. In this installment of his "memoir", he finds himself drinking late at night in Las Vegas when he sees the same woman several nights in a row. When he finally tries to approach her, he becomes confused by her response. Later he meets a man who tells him that he is under suspicion by the FBI of financing eco-terrorists, and that the woman he spoke to is related to that case. At that, another whirlwind adventure begins, interspersed with many tales of "Adam's" past that tie up in a satisfying package.
Gene Doucette has created a character with a wonderful, self-deprecating voice and the way the tale is spun is perfectly paced. All the little trailing details come together at the end of the story in a delightful way and the on-going tease of the immortal woman met briefly in the previous novel is added to in this one. With just a few glimpses of supporting characters from the first book, another interesting cast is introduced in this one, and I found the
Satyros especially intriguing. "Adam" is so likable in his humanity and many of his observations about people as a whole had me nodding and smiling as I read. Overall, I found this book to be every bit as enjoyable and mysterious as the first and hope that the series continues to be as well-written and exciting as the first two outings have been.
Urban Fantasy - novel
TBR reviewer: Amanda
Adam is immortal. He is not sure how old he is, but he can remember being a cave-dwelling hunter-gatherer, so he assumes he predates human history. As far as he knows, he is the only one of his kind, but rather than using his immortality to have people worship him as a god or conquer the world, Adam drinks too much, talks too much, and basically couch-surfs through life until someone catches up to him.
This story is written from Adam's point of view and his voice is dry, sarcastic and humorous. He often pokes fun at himself and at various famous people from history in little asides. He is by turns both self-deprecating and self-absorbed, but he also comes across as lonely. Without being able to share his true self with anyone, he moves from place to place and life to life. The story is written as a memoir, but there are also little snippets of the "present" at the beginning of each chapter that catch up to where he is and what is happening to Adam.
Without giving away the plot that develops, I can say that the story gently touches on interesting issues of scientific and business ethics without being heavy-handed or preachy. While there are also some scenes of violence, it is not overly disgusting and the other "non-human" creatures that also exist alongside Adam and play parts in the story are interesting as well. Although there are some sex scenes in the book (Adam is quite appreciative of women, even if he is not sure he knows what love feels like anymore), it is not overall a romance as much as it is a mystery and adventure story. I really enjoyed Immortal and look forward to reading about Adam's further adventures.