Afterlife by Marcus Sakey #bookreview #thriller #fantasy

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 wave.

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 machetes.

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 the beginning? –

After finishing this book, I had to sit with it for a few days.  I’m a fan of Sakey’s Brilliance Trilogy – but Afterlife is a cut above and unlike anything I’ve ever read.

Whatever ideas you’ve entertained about the afterlife – I promise, you’ve never thought of it in this way.  Highly creative and thoroughly engaging, Afterlife is a phenomenal blend of thriller, fantasy, and love story set in a dark, dangerous world.

I really liked Will and Claire and their likability is crucial to this story.  Both possess characteristics you hope to see in law enforcement – unwavering honor, incredible bravery, and keen intelligence, although Claire is usually a couple of steps ahead of Will.  What they’re willing to sacrifice for mankind and each other is completely selfless.

Although I felt the strength of their bond later in the story, the initial connection between them wasn’t quite believable for me.  Maybe I’m just not an almost ‘love at first sight’ kind of person.

Afterlife is an epic battle between good and evil with an original, wondrous story that will stay with you long after finishing the last page.  I just hope they don’t screw up the movie.  This book is scheduled for release July 18th, 2017.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital ARC.



14 thoughts on “Afterlife by Marcus Sakey #bookreview #thriller #fantasy

  1. Great review, Teri — very intriguing. I usually like the book better than the film version… If the characters (at least through part of the book) are not quite believable… maybe this is one of the rare cases where the movie is better than the book. Hugs.

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      1. The only one that comes to my mind was a TV series, rather than a movie. Terry Goodkind’s fantasy series “The Sword of Truth” was made into the TV series “The Seeker.” In the books, the graphic depictions of torture took a lot away from my enjoyment. They couldn’t get away with that on TV, and I actually enjoyed it a lot more.

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        1. And then there was Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire series vs True Blood. I actually do like the books a little better, but the books and HBO series were so vastly different, that it was hardly the same story. I enjoyed both.

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