The Forever Watch

The Forever Watch

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An exciting new novel from a bold up-and-coming sci fi talent, The Forever Watch is so full of twists and surprises it's impossible to put down.

All that is left of humanity is on a thousand-year journey to a new planet aboard one ship, The Noah, which is also carrying a dangerous serial killer...

As a City Planner on the Noah, Hana Dempsey is a gifted psychic, economist, hacker and bureaucrat and is considered "mission critical." She is non-replaceable, important, essential, but after serving her mandatory Breeding Duty, the impregnation and birthing that all women are obligated to undergo, her life loses purpose as she privately mourns the child she will never be permitted to know.

When Policeman Leonard Barrens enlists her and her hacking skills in the unofficial investigation of his mentor's violent death, Dempsey finds herself increasingly captivated by both the case and Barrens himself. According to Information Security, the missing man has simply "Retired," nothing unusual. Together they follow the trail left by the mutilated remains. Their investigation takes them through lost dataspaces and deep into the uninhabited regions of the ship, where they discover that the answer may not be as simple as a serial killer after all. 

What they do with that answer will determine the fate of all humanity in David Ramirez's thrilling page turner.

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SciFi that is based on Science- Lots of mystery on a spaceship
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The Forever Watch is an excellent SciFi book with a city-full of people traveling for generations on a huge ship with plenty of mysteries.  The story starts quickly with Hana Dempsey, a city planner, receiving a welcome home party from her required pregnancy of which every woman is under suspended animation.  Why would she be required to have a baby but never get to see the child and even be unconscious during the whole pregnancy?   This book gets your attention right away.



Her friend, Leon, come to her for help with a gruel-some death of his police partner who Leon found shredded like mincemeat. Leon is a physically imposing policeman that becomes Hana's boyfriend at the beginning of the story.  He confines in Hana about the horrible death of his police partner.  He found his partner dead and in many pieces without even a sign of a struggle.  Right before this his partner was told it was time for his mandatory retirement.  Leon believes there is a conspiracy and asks for Hana to help him investigate his partner's death.  Hana has some special powers one of which allows her to take Leon's simple computer program and create an artificial intelligence to find any clues regarding mincemeat or early retirements.

 

For some time, they continue to find leads and more mysteries while the artificial intelligence spreads out on the ships internet-like network looking for clues.  Could there be a monster on the ship killing people?  Are the leaders hiding secrets?  Why are young people and even children quickly told to retire and never seen again?

 

I won't give away the answers to these mysteries but will tell you I enjoyed this book by David Ramirez very much and rate it 5 out of 5 stars.  Anyone who likes to see how the evolution of science such as personal tablets, the internet, 3D printing, and cybernetics could impact our future will enjoy how the author put these concepts into the story.  You will also find yourself shocked and surprised by the answers to the numerous mysteries discovered at the conclusion of the book.  What horrible decisions could leadership make in order to keep enough of the population alive over multiple generations on a mission to reach a distant planet 200 years away?


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