Afterlife by Marcus Sakey


Soon to be a major motion picture from Imagine Entertainment and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.Between life and death lies an epic war, a relentless manhunt through two worlds… and an unforgettable love story.The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion — a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave.He wakes without a scratch.The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie aba...

Details Afterlife

Release DateJul 18th, 2017
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Number of pages320 pages
GenreScience Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Mystery Thriller, Romance, Adult, Paranormal

Reviews Afterlife

  • Bibliophile Book Club
    STUNNING! Review to follow!
  • Lilyn G. (Scifi and Scary)
    I've previously read some of Marcus Sakey's work, and while I enjoyed some of it, I wouldn't have willingly picked up Afterlife had the publicist not specifically asked me to. My expectations going into Afterlife were not high, but I figured I'd slog through it if necessary. It wasn't.Afterlife raises the bar on what I expect from Marcus Sakey a whole lot higher than it previously was. I had no idea the man was capable of pulling off something li...
  • Paul
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars.I was offered a free download for a review.I'm surprised to see Goodreads listing "Afterlife" as science fiction. From the blurb sent me by the publicist, it was clear to me I was being asked to read & review a fantasy book. Fantasy is not my thing. Books about afterlives and the supernatural leave me cold. I almost said no, and then I had a thought: afterlives=fantasy/supernatural; alternate worlds=science fiction. Somet...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    To be reviewed!
  • Greg Zimmerman
    Get this awesome novel on your radar (out 7/18). It's like if David Mitchell wrote a cross between Inception and American Gods, but in the gritty, sarcastic style of Nelson DeMille's best cop thrillers. Wild read! Really had fun with this!
  • Gloria Feit
    From the publisher: “The last thing FBI Agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion - - a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shockwave. He wakes without a scratch. The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No plans cross the sky. He’s relieved to spot other people - - until he sees they’re carrying machetes. Welcome to the afterlife.“. . . a mind-bending new thriller about life, death...
  • Toni Laliberte
    This is one of the best books that I've read, in a really long time. Such a unique and wonderful story, rich in characters and perfect writing. Marcus Sakey is my new hero. He spun a tale about the power of love and what shared love is capable of. Love does conquer all. Read this book, people!
  • Annie
    There are hundreds of novels (probably more) that speculate about what happens after death, but I doubt that few authors have the gumption to reimagine eschatology the way Marcus Sakey has in Afterlife. In this fantastical thriller, protagonists Will Brody and Claire McCoy have to chase a mass murder across the boundary between life and death. For these two, an FBI badge doesn’t expire after they die...Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Ty...
  • Sierra the Nerdgirl
    Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Little Bird Publicity for this opportunity to give an honest review. You guys, this book was a complete surprise to me. I did not expect to like it nearly as much as I did. The first chapter was real rough, and I mean real rough, almost enough to make me DNF the book. But, I kept pushing onwards, and I'm so glad I did because the book was such an interesting, menta...
  • Dave
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for honest review. As a huge advocate of the Brilliance series, I was very much tuned into reading this knowing, of course the premise and characters were entirely different. I typically enjoy Sakey's writing style and the way he attacks a compelling story line as much as any contemporary author out there, especially on the local front. What followed was a story about two FBI agents that tra...
  • Jeremy Baker
    I first encountered Marcus Sakey’s work via his Brilliance Trilogy, which is for lack of a better term, brilliant. In those books, he tackled the mutants-might-be-our-future trope in a way that was completely and distinctly UN-trope-y, totally fresh, compulsively readable, and layered with realism that pulls you right into the story. Sakey struck me as a guy with big-L literary fiction chops who was writing kickass big-G genre fiction. And sinc...
  • Suzanne
    This is a hard book to summarize but an easy one to completely lose yourself in. I thought I'd just read the first few chapters and then get some chores done. Well, that didn't work out. Next time I noticed, the day had flown by and the book was nearly over. Hard to believe but I just couldn't stop reading it. Two FBI agents, recently involved with each other and in pursuit of a serial killer/sniper, are separately killed in Chicago. They are reu...
  • Teri
    After finishing this book, I had to sit with it for a few days.  I'm a fan of Sakey's Brilliance Trilogy - but Afterlife is a cut above and unlike anything I've ever read.Whatever ideas you've entertained about the afterlife - I promise, you've never thought of it in this way.  Highly creative and thoroughly engaging, Afterlife is a phenomenal blend of thriller, fantasy, and love story set in a dark, dangerous world.I really liked Will and Cla...
  • Colin Hardy
    This was an interesting read with echoes of The Great and Secret Show and RIPD (without the humour) but with its own philosophy and world building. Life, death and what goes on beyond are all grist for the mill in this story of two FBI agents and a love that not only endures but flourishes as a result of all that is thrown at it. Underlying it all is the apparent belief that to gain power is a selfish and ultimately destructive act and that the m...
  • Cathy Ryan
    The story opens in 1532 as Edmund killed an apprentice and took his place aboard the Persephone, sailing to the new world. Two weeks into the return voyage a violent storm lashed the ship. The cargo and all provisions were lost and the men who survived on the battered ship resorted to desperate measures to stay alive, until only Edmund was left. He died just shy of a mile from land.Ex Marine, Will Brody, now a Special Agent with the FBI, was at t...
  • Mike
    I've been a fan of this Chicago-based author for years and was honored to meet him earlier in his career at a library in Naperville IL. I thought the Brilliance Trilogy was his best creative writing to-date. I know he is friends with the amazing Blake Crouch so I sense some competition to outdo each other. My focused reads are mysteries and thrillers but AFTERLIFE extends beyond that genre. The idea, the concept, the thought process for this book...
  • Sarah
    3.5 StarsThanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book which I jumped all over being a HUGE fan of Sakey's Brilliance trilogy. This one just didn't do it for me in the same way though. It was a quick read and I thought the premise was interesting. Perhaps it will work better on the screen as the film it's already been sold as? Something about it just felt thin. Maybe it was the relationship between Claire and Will that I felt like was not fully dev...
  • Jo
    Marcus Sakey always delivers the unexpected, and Afterlife is no exception. That said, the Brilliance trilogy was a tough act to follow, and using that measuring stick (to mix metaphors, LOL) I didn't love this quite as much..Still, I did love the main characters, Claire and Will, and it's especially gratifying to see a strong, commanding female main character shown in a realistic way. This will make you want to believe that your own love story c...
  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd
    FirstLine ~ He was born into cramped alleys and foul air, fish-stink and garbage and the Bellman's call -- Remember the clocks, look well to your locksThis book is a mind blow, nearly literally. I have never read anything like it. It was one of those reads that leaves you a bit off kilter in the best possible way. I cannot wait to see how this translates to the big screen. I am so excited to see. I thought this was such an original and engaging s...
  • Sarai Henderson
    A unique story and twist on what happens after death. The story started off a little slow to me, but I understand that some setup was necessary to build a connection with the characters. After Will Brody dies, that's when things started to get interesting. The author has created a whole new world and rules that Will must learn. I really enjoyed this read and if you like paranormal thrillers, you will too. Received an advance reader copy in exchan...
  • Sarah Canfield
    Page turning from the start, i deeply enjoyed the story and the pace of this fun read.
  • Brandie
    This is a very different book.