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I have to say that I did enjoy this one bec even though it's a true story,it read more like a spy novel and kept me wondering what was going to happen to the people running the cryo-lab.Those people sure are a pack of wackos.
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First of all, let me say this...if you've read reviews of the narration being bad, they are correct. If you were to simply buy the book and read it, you might have a different interpretation of dialogue within the book. William Dufris more or less tends to use bad tonality and sarcasm, making fun of nearly everyone involved in the book. The book is great, but be aware that you may not enjoy listening to it. You can also buy it much cheaper at amazon.
If you don't know much about cryonics, former medic and COO of Alcor shares his story of a 7 month stretch in which he worked at Alcor, a non-profit organization that specializes in "extending life". As Johnson gets deeper into his job, he soon learns of the quirkiness of the employees, the lack of medical knowledge and training of the staff, and unspeakable procedures and experiments that go on behind the closed doors of the Scottsdale, AZ facility.
While the book may not be blatantly biased against cryonics and cryonicists, it is certainly biased against Alcor and with good reason. While Alcor has vehemently denied everything in the book and attempted multiple law suits to shut Johnson up, one can't help but wonder the legitimacy of the text. If you were to take movies "Young Frankenstein" and "The Skulls" and mix them together, you would have an inkling of what has gone on at Alcor since it's founding in 1972.
I found myself fascinated by the whole idea of being "suspended in animation" only to be "reanimated" someday. But as a practical matter, their technology and practices are nothing more than science fiction gone bad. I could probably write a book about how crazy the whole thing is (not to mention the people) and have sufficient evidence to back it up. Johnson was a medic during the David Koresch scandal in Waco, TX back in the 90s and he compares the cultish attitudes of "Alcorians" to be like that of the Branch-Davidians. You decide. But buy the book.
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