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Forever
by Pete Hamill

Category: Fiction / Historical
0 pages; ISBN: 0316341118

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

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 imprisoning 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.

Harriet Klausner

 

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