by Kyle Mills
Thomas & Mercer 2011
Do you have an incurable disease? Does a child or loved one? Aging is such a disease. So we all have an incurable scourge growing within ourselves.
Do you also have unlimited funds? If not, do you have world class research skills and an insight of how to cure such a disease?
These are the elements of this thoroughly enjoyable story by Kyle Mills. In this case, Richard’s only daughter, Susie, is aging rapidly and will shortly die. He is a skilled researcher seeking a remedy, relying on funding that seems to be tightly controlled.
He learns of research done by a famed scientist who disappeared long ago. The source of the information dies mysteriously. He begins asking questions which reach the ears of deep-pocketed old men desperately trying to find the elixir to extend their own lives.
The chase begins when Richard and his wife Carly must disappear and hide their daughter. Who can they trust? Through many countries they flee, as the custodian of the daughter embarks upon his own quest to hide from the armies seeking Susie.
Mills draws us into a story full of parental love and desperation. Can a researcher and a housewife outwit the hordes of their protagonists? Can they devise a strategy to level the playing field with the adversaries? Richard decides to walk into the lair of the bad guys, hoping to find a way to turn the cure that has indeed evolved to save Susie.
The Immortalists is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The issues framed by the story are as thought-provoking as Richard, Carly, and Susie are engaging. You will find yourself immersed in their obviously impossible quest.
In the end, you will ask yourself some very interesting questions. Is it possible for you to extend your own life?
Kyle Mills is a talented storyteller. There will be more great reads coming from his word processor, I hope.