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Publisher's Summary

The future story of United States Internment Camps...of the dreams of the pre-deceased...and of triumph over oblivion.It's 2020, and an attempted cure for AIDS has mutated into a deadlier disease, V-CIDS. The United States, under martial law, has set up "quarantine centers" in the Southwest. Searching for his gay son, Jon, media mogul Michael Barris smuggles himself into one of the centers, only to discover that it and the other centers are actually extermination camps. With a strange assortment of allies, including the leader of the camp's gay barracks, an Army officer, and a local cowboy, Barris precipitates an inmates' rebellion that promises the unraveling of the death-camp system and the overthrow of the government that established it.
© and (P)1996, 2007 Tracy Hickman
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Critic Reviews

"Excellent and exciting...depicts a future far too many Americans think they'd like to important book." (Robin Wayne Bailey)
"Powerful, disturbing, with its vision of a future that is all too possible, the true message of Hickman's The Immortals is ultimately a message of hope." (Margaret Weis)
"Boasts some considerable virtues, including superior characterization, a carefully built setting and excellent pacing....[Hickman's] to be commended for his daring and vision." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Michail on 05-17-08

The Immortals

Much to my chagrin I did not read the reviews before purchasing this book. I have other audio books by the author and am pleased with them so was not prepared for the disturbing sound affects to be found on this recording. Most disturbing in my opinion is the alternating high and low buzz similar to a cell phone ringing, in the background that has nothing to do with the story but is just THERE.

Unfortunately because of vision problems I don't have the option of reading the book from the library so I am just stuck with an extremely disappointing recorded book that is probably a pretty good book.

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By Marniy on 04-22-08

The Amateurs

I really wish I had read the other reviews before buying this audiobook. The story may be great, but I'll never know; I can't stand to listen past the first chapter.
They say it was read and "performed" by Hickman and a relative. I've usually enjoyed listening to authors read their own work. Had Hickman stuck to just reading it, it would have worked ok. Sadly, he also produced it (in his living room?), and had someone with a electric keyboard and a stack of sound effect CDs doing really cheesy background noises.

What finally got me was the loud, continuous sound loop of a protesting crowd- when there was no protesting going on in the story. I couldn't even focus on the author's words it was so distracting.

I might check the book out from the library. I certainly won't be buying it. The authors have gotten too much money from me for this mess.

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11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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By dreamer on 03-16-15

couldnt get past chapter 5

i expected a great book by a favored author. the book was okish,but stick to writing tracy

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By Tara on 02-21-12

Horrible Background Noises

I can't comment on the actual story as I had to stop reading about 10 minutes in. The constant ringings and buzzings in the background gave me a migraine. -.-

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