Phoenix Afterlife

Mesa Vista is an incubator for tech start-ups. Eliot Stearns, at a loss for two weeks from his normal job, applies to participate in a study at the Rocky Mountain Neurocybernetics Research Institute. After all, having nanobots create a map of his brain to further research into Alzheimer’s and dementia cures sounds like a laudable cause, and solves his problem of two weeks of unpaid leave that he can’t really afford. It isn’t until he goes looking for a place to save some private files, and finds a file already there with his signature filename and containing a dire warning that he begins to really consider that he may be in serious trouble…

Phoenix Afterlife was one of those books that I emerged from still chewing happily on some of the ideas in the story, which provided me with an interesting distraction for quite some time after finishing it. James Leth has used his plot to frame discussion on a few fascinating ethical and scientific concepts. The story itself is a well-structured thriller, playing with society’s ongoing involvement with scientific progress and communication, as well as its deep-rooted fear of the unknown, and the characters were well-developed and believable. This is definitely a title I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys a thought-provoking read with their science-fiction – gripping and unique.

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