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A Life Eternal

A Life Eternal

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This is one of the few books I’ve ever read that I want others to read, so I can discuss it with them. It would be an excellent book for any book club! The highs of love and the depths of despair are all explored and in the end, it was life affirming. What you’d give to help others. The main character didn’t choose greatness with his life, his ordinariness made it so much more relatable. I began to think about what the reality of being immortal would be-what it would really be like to live forever-and I decided that it would be awful. How could you fall in love if you knew that, one day, that person would disappear from your life while you remained young and vital? What would that do to your humanity? I also did not really like the idea of someone living for hundreds and hundreds of years-I thought that this would drive anyone who suffered it mad. And so the main idea of A Life Eternal was born. I would tell the simple story of an ordinary man with an extra-ordinary life, based in the 20th Century; a time, perhaps, of the biggest changes of the human race. It remains the fastest story I’ve written; it seemed to pour from me and I completed the first draft in about three months. I’ve never known that before, and I hope it bodes well for the book. Your previous novels were a mix of music and horror – so A Life Eternal is a bit of a change of scene from that! How did you come up with the inspiration for the story? But he’s a good character to watch the world through the eyes of. And the characters he meets along the way… well they all change him in their own unique way.

Richard Ayre gives us Rob Deakin, a young man who has been blessed with eternal life. Or is it a curse? With descriptive, imaginative, spellbinding writing Richard takes us on Rob’s life journey to discover for ourselves if this “gift” Rob has received is a blessing or a curse. An emotional journey for sure as I cheered for Rob, felt sorrow, empathy, anger and love for him. I easily connected with and truly cared about him. Then we have the mysterious Medic, the true friend Jonathon Greene, the alluring Molly, the beautiful and wise Madeleine, the endearing Pearl, and many other wonderful characters that bring richness and depth to this story. A riveting and heart-breaking tale, simply and elegantly written in the first person, which puts a new spin on the classic themes of the immortality tale. I liked the deeper descriptions of the futuristic workaday world as well as the magical elements. The robots, the glass-walled skyscrapers, the transport systems; all described in wonderful detail, reminding us that Steve's world, even away from magical Darkacre, is very different to our own.The primary theme of "A Life Eternal' is as much a philosophical reflection on humanity and the sometimes sordid, sometimes mundane details of living, loving, and dying as it is a rote recital of events and people from a seemingly disengaged and disinterested main character. A Life Eternal is a poignant exploration that really gets you thinking about whether immortality would be a blessing or a curse. This book truly shows the talents of Fullerton; a modern John le Carre mixed with a hint of Clive Cussler. All in all a fabulous, well-researched, gripping thriller. This book should be a movie; it has everything needed. The protagonist of the novel, Rob Deakin experiences life and love and death in equal measure. Each experience shaping and changing him, the indestructible life force within him changing and hardening his attitude towards humanity. And bringing him to a life long resolution that is poignant and well considered.

However, a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger will change the course of Rob’s life forever… Not only has he been healed, but he cannot die, and he will never age. Sam once again is on the trail of X-Ray and nothing is going to stop him getting his man. There is also the shadowy 'Widower Maker' to contend with, a serial killer who is as gruesome and awful as any character can be. All in all, Sam has his hands full, but, being the man he is, he isn't going to stop until he's won the day. And that is only the first part. From Dunkirk to D-Day, the Cuban Missile Crisis to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the horrors of the twentieth century intensify while Deakin faces a new threat: a man who knows his secret and desires it for his own dark purposes. Life is simply a clutter of lines, moving in every direction.” (p99) and it’s was. How differently would we live life if we knew we couldn’t die?I loved writing as a kid and at school English Lit was always my favourite lesson because I got to write stories. I still remember writing a dystopian future story in Middle school, and the teacher telling me it was really good and that I had a talent for it. I liked that praise as I was never the most diligent student. Writing was my thing. I loved creating characters and settings and seeing how things would turn out. I started this book as I usually do, right before bed. I generally read for an hour or so then fall asleep around 9:30-10:00-ish. I stayed up till 1:30 in the morning that first night, then read all the next day (even though I read a LOT, I'm a pretty slow reader much to my annoyance). I read this every chance I got until about the 70% mark when I stopped. I didn't want it to end. I loved it so much I didn't want to continue because that would mean I had finished it and would no longer be experiencing it for the first time. Does that make sense? My husband said that made no sense, lol. What if you knew you could never die? How different would your life be? How different would you be? This story is a philosophical journey into the nature of humankind and the quality of (the possibility), of an eternal life. An extraordinary novel with a simple philosophical premise. Who wants to live forever and if this were possible, would you wish for this, and how would it affect you and want would you do.

It's hard to give this story a genre; if pushed I would call it a thriller with a slice of grounded sci-fi. If you enjoy either of these then this book is for you. Whatever the genre is, though, it is simply all you could want from a book; something to take you out of the ordinary and the mundane and transport you into a world populated by characters you'll love (and hate). This is not just another trite tale or formulaic adventure; it has clearly been written by someone with a particular story they want to tell, and Richard Ayre’s passion to tell it well is evident throughout. I found myself easily carried along on the main character’s incredible journey, sharing his experiences and emotions. The author’s knowledge as a history teacher also shines through, and Ayre is able to deftly summarise the stark realities of key events of the twentieth century through the eyes of his protagonist in a way that’s always plausible and interesting. And if the sense of time is – quite rightly – the star of the show, the sense of place also deserves a mention. From the wilds of Northumberland to New York, Paris, London and Berlin, and from those big cities to the remotest corners of Scotland, all of these environments are portrayed brilliantly. I think the idea for the story, and the character of Rob Deakin, came from my love of history, I am a history teacher, after all. The First World War was an industrial war-it was a war of factories and steel and explosives-and it has always interested me how it must have affected the men who went through it and survived.Richard is not only an amazing author, he’s also an all-round great guy with a fascinating story to tell. So, without further ado… Overall though, I actually enjoyed the process; just having a pub This fascination with endless life is what drew me into this story, and it was what kept me reading when I became a little weary of the main character. Rob Deakin is equal parts everyman and no-man, but is ultimately generally unlikeable and his “glass half-empty” personality made the times he lived through, and the people he interacted with more ‘history textbook’ and less ‘historical novel’. Rob comes off as mechanical and emotionless even before he is changed by his mysterious interaction with The Medic. This was a great book about war, love, death, betrayal, pain, laughter, and life. All of which very importantly shower us the dualistic nature of the human condition. I laughed, I was angry, I loved, I despaired, and I cried true tears of joy and acceptance. Well done, sir! I'm looking forward too reading more of your work!

Richard Ayre was born in Northumberland, too many years ago now to remember. He has had a variety of jobs including roofer, milkman, and factory worker. Tiring of this, Richard studied for a degree with the Open University and now teaches History for a living. Only after many years did he come to realize the truth. The truth about himself and his unique condition. He finally found the medic. The medic had become an old man. He was dying. How had that happened? The quest to find out how this eternal life came about ran along side chapters of his life, the sort we all have, the places we live ad the relationships we’re in, yet we know, with some certainty that it’s going to end at some point.An If there's one thing this story has, it's atmosphere. Coming from the other end of the country I have no idea what the south west is like (apart from a few holidays in the general area), but Kruse has created a sense of time and place brilliantly.



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