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The Secret of Immortality

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Egyptology mingles with Indiana Jones in this mystical mystery adventure.

Synopsis

What would you do if you discovered how to be immortal? Tom Carrott’s life turns into chaos when the director of his university research group drops dead while giving a speech, leaving the group unexpectedly bankrupt.

Tom stands to lose everything he cares about – his job, his credibility, his girlfriend Eloise – until an ancient Egyptian chest arrives on his doorstep, with a note from beyond the grave. Tom embarks on a dangerous and life-changing adventure in pursuit of the secret of immortality, with a fake researcher, the CIA, a beautiful Mossad agent named Eshe, the Theory of Everything Important, and a ruthless billionaire who will stop at nothing to obtain the secret.

Lies, friendship, love, danger, and greed are intertwined as Tom and Eshe race to solve the mystery before they lose everything, including their lives.

This is an original, entertaining novel that intricately weaves together different storylines. It is a great read for the summer. The overarching arc of the story is the search for immortality. It blends science with history, and the range of human emotions we all know so well. The settings include Canada, Egypt (Cairo, Alexandria, the desert) and the United States (San Francisco).

A mystical mystery, The Secret of Immortality: The Tombmakers Village by C.J. McKivvik expertly blends adventure, academia, espionage, and ancient relics. 


The Director of the Life Research Group at King's University, Professor John Wainright, has uncovered a mystery that could change humanity. Unfortunately, Professor Wainright dies most abruptly at the podium moments before he is going to reveal said astonishing secret. More to the point, no one else in the research group, including our protagonist, the Associate Director of the LRG, Tom Carrott, had any idea about this secret, nor anything about Wainright's exorbitant expenditures with trips to Africa. 


With more than half of the LRG budget spent, thanks to the odd, exotic trips Wainright has taken, the Dean of King's University has nothing but bad news for the research group. Given the lack of progress and the unapproved use of funds, the Dean has no; the Life Research Group will not receive any further funding. Tom is now months away from being without his job and track toward tenure with the university when a package arrives, thrusting Tom into a wild adventure deep into Egyptian mysteries.


Along with a gaggle of exciting sorts, McKivvik sends Tom on an adventure that is daring and risky. The action is thrilling and well-executed, with the CIA, exotic undercover agents, and a mad billionaire who'd kill to get his hands on what Wainright, and now Tom, knows. Quirky and wittily written, the characters are instantly likable with a story that leads with action. 


Unfortunately, the novel, at six hundred pages, does tend to meander as it progresses. With several redundancies, saying the same thing in multiple ways within sentences, or forgetting that explanations have been previously elucidated, The Secret of Immortality would have been much improved by a healthy edit. There is also a tad bit too much page time given to side characters, which ends up not paying off for the reader as a whole. 


If you like Indiana Jones and Egyptology, The Secret of Immortality: The Tombmakers Village is an excellent, adventurous novel to escape inside. 

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Synopsis

What would you do if you discovered how to be immortal? Tom Carrott’s life turns into chaos when the director of his university research group drops dead while giving a speech, leaving the group unexpectedly bankrupt.

Tom stands to lose everything he cares about – his job, his credibility, his girlfriend Eloise – until an ancient Egyptian chest arrives on his doorstep, with a note from beyond the grave. Tom embarks on a dangerous and life-changing adventure in pursuit of the secret of immortality, with a fake researcher, the CIA, a beautiful Mossad agent named Eshe, the Theory of Everything Important, and a ruthless billionaire who will stop at nothing to obtain the secret.

Lies, friendship, love, danger, and greed are intertwined as Tom and Eshe race to solve the mystery before they lose everything, including their lives.

This is an original, entertaining novel that intricately weaves together different storylines. It is a great read for the summer. The overarching arc of the story is the search for immortality. It blends science with history, and the range of human emotions we all know so well. The settings include Canada, Egypt (Cairo, Alexandria, the desert) and the United States (San Francisco).

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THE SECRET OF IMMORTALITY --- THE TOMBMAKERS VILLAGE


What would you do if you discovered how to be immortal?

 

 

The last thing you’d expect to do as you walk to the podium to give the keynote speech at a prestigious conference is drop dead. The timing on this occasion was dreadfully unfortunate as well because Professor John Wainright’s life ended just before he had a chance to eat a magnificent lunch on this, the first day of the International Conference on Life Research being held in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. 

 

The irony.

 

Before the chatter and dark humor set in among the three hundred and fifty conference delegates there were shrieks and screams and yells and cries for help when – and it happened very quickly – he stopped talking, gasped for air, stumbled into the lecturn and then crashed off the stage onto the delegates’ floor below. 

 

Professor John Wainright had just started his speech. He knew it was going to be a good one. A really good one. Great, in fact. This would be the most momentous day of his life had he not died at such an inconvenient moment. That said, dying is quite momentous in one’s life. 

 

He was about to tell a secret: a secret so big that he didn’t write anything ahead of time in case his notes were discovered. He was a knowledge keeper, but on the verge of announcing something to the world that would change everything – forever.

 

Of course, this being a really good secret, only he knew about it. The whole secret, that is. John Wainright had taken just one precaution with his secret in case he was hit by a bus or something hard and death-making like that, or he was murdered. He made it possible for the secret to be passed on, even if he was dead. If it was meant to be, he had convinced himself one night after several drams of Scotch, then it will be.

 

None of this was on the mind of Tom Carrott as he watched his boss tumble off the stage. Tom was the Associate Director of the Life Research Group – the LRG – at King’s University where the conference was being held, and at this moment he had no idea that his future, and possibly the world’s, was going to change.

 

Tom ran from the back of the conference room to the crumpled professor’s body at the foot of the stage. He squeezed in among the others hovering over John Wainright and knelt down beside his lifeless mentor. Tom’s first thought was how much the lumps and cuts on his mentor’s head would be hurting until he realized the professor was dead. It seemed to take forever for an emergency response team to arrive, but everyone knew it was already too late. It may have been the broken neck hinted at by the professor’s head lying at a right angle to his body that gave it away. That, and the blood flowing out of his mouth. And the bone sticking out of his neck.

 

Professor John Wainright. Aged 65. Died spectacularly. Cause unknown. Heart? Accident prone? Untied shoelace? Bad genes? Murder?  

 

Death.

 

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‘Imagine if you no longer existed El,’ Tom said to Eloise, his girlfriend and colleague in the LRG, as they stood watching Profesor Wainright’s body being wheeled passed them to the ambulance. ‘Tomorrow the world would still carry on. And the next day. And the next day after that. Days would turn into nights which would turn into days, people would go to work, kids would go to school, news would keep occurring, and friends and family would think about you from time to time. But you would no longer exist.’ 

 

‘We all know we’re going to die Tom, but no-one really thinks about it. It’s just hard to imagine that we’ll no longer, you know, ‘be here’. But if we’re not here, could we be somewhere else? And if we were, then how?’

 

As of 12:15pm on this sunny September Tuesday, just before a splendid lunch, Professor John Wainright was officially no longer here. 

 

But something didn’t seem quite right. 

 

And it was about to get even less right.

 

About the author

CJ lives in a small village in southwest Ontario, Canada with his partner, their three children and some cats and chickens. If given the opportunity, he would live full-time on a tropical island, He likes coconuts, the ocean, tigers, the color blue, the number 10, science and Indie music. view profile

Published on April 27, 2020

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