"Excellent reading experience"
The supreme English Earl of Warren murders Rebecca Carson.
The deceased leaves behind a distraught husband the
blacksmith John and a grieving son Robert. John tells his
son that it is time for him to learn family secrets
including his real name Cormac O'Connor. However, the lad
seeks vengeance so in 1741 he follows the trail of his
mother's killer to New York City.
While crossing the ocean, Cormac and African slave Kongo
become friends. In New York, they join a failed revolt
against the British, but the aftermath leads to vigilante
mobs to the imprisonming Kongo. Cormac saves his new
friend from certain death, but is fatally shot while doing
so. Kongo's priestess, Tomora, mysteriously appears and
saves Cormac's life by granting him youthful eternity as
long as he remains on Manhattan Island. Now start two and
a half plus centuries of life on this strange isle.
Through the eyes of a transplanted native New Yorker (only
in the Big Apple could such a Manhattan fanatic exist),
FOREVER is an engaging historical perspective of New York
City almost from its beginnings. The story line is epic in
scope built around major events and real people. The use
of immortality is a gimmick, but it adds depth to the deep
look at 14 miles of rock and cement. Though well written,
if you take pride in NYC as an international city, etc. you
will relish this novel; if NYC is a bunch of sickos, CEOs,
despicables, and four lost other boroughs the city's numero
uno shrill Pete Hamill is not your Manhattan.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 9, 2003