Eternally Mortal

Fiction - Fantasy - General
393 Pages
Reviewed on 10/06/2023
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Author Biography

Hi, my name is Tom, my friends call me Cobey. Cobey is my last name.

My passion is reading and writing, two things I do daily. Being an old guy, I have a lifetime of practicing these skills. And yes, I believe reading is a skill that needs to be practiced. I’ve taken narrative inspiration from Truman Capote and Stephen King. Thus, my writing style is analogous to what I like to read. My constant writing companion is, Strunk and White The Elements of Style. Word usage and flow is always a concern in my writing.
Although writing is my passion, entertaining the reader is my only goal.

I live in Sarasota, Florida. Moved here from New York. Although writing is a big part of my life, I also ride a Road King because I love it, and layout living spaces on the computer because I’m good at it.

Books are to reading, what a stick shift is to driving.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Eternally Mortal is a work of fiction in the fantasy, adventure, and interpersonal drama subgenres and is best suited to mature adult readers. Penned by author T. Cobey, this captivating fantasy tale brings together the threads of four individuals from different walks of life, each on their unique journey of second chances. As their paths cross, they find themselves facing tests that will determine their fates, but there's no simple pass or fail. It's a matter of survival against everything and a matter of the enduring power of love.

Author T. Cobey's writing style is a standout feature of the book, so much so that the language of the narration becomes integral to the journey of the story. I found this combination of literary and fantasy stylings really interesting, and it lent itself well to the deep emotional and psychological exploration of the characters as they found themselves under immense pressure. The concept of mortality and the price humanity pays, as a result, is not easy to convey in a pacy, adventurous fashion, but Cobey delivers an exciting plot filled with interesting twists that also really make you think about what it means to be human. The portrayal of Michael was especially chilling for me as the novel drove home his predatory development with some highly visual acts and raw speech and thought presentation. Overall, reading Eternally Mortal was a pleasurable experience, thanks to Cobey's narrative skills and his ability to create a compelling story that blends elements of fantasy and love. It's a book that keeps readers engaged and leaves them pondering the possibilities of second chances in a world both mystical and frighteningly relatable.

Stephanie Chapman

Thomas Cobey’s Eternally Mortal is a paranormal story intertwining the lives of several people. William Fennerman was living in Japan with his wife, Yoshi, when the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Joanne Arnet was afraid of her husband’s increasingly violent behavior. Her best friend, Darcy, calls her wife to tell her about Joanne’s situation. Tabatha has an awful premonition about the entire situation. Michael comes home early to find the women packing. He kills Darcy and shoots Joanne. Michael is a paranoid schizophrenic, and his voices lead him into the dark world as a criminal. Each person’s individual story is told from the perspective of a life-altering event. A gold bracelet, a premonition, a gun with a voice, and a traumatic brain injury will link all four people together in unexpected ways.

Thomas Cobey wrote a detailed account of each person, and his transitions between each character provided an easy-to-follow timeline. William’s bracelet seems to be the link between his longevity and his visions of the past and future. The alternating perspectives placed me in the mind of each person. Michael’s mind was frightening, especially since he seemed to have no remorse for his actions. Joanne’s rehabilitation should have given her the ability to process what happened to her. The vivid description of every moment made me feel like I was standing in the same room as each person. It was intriguing to see Tabatha get a premonition that affected her feelings. Every person cared more about the feelings of others than they did about their own. Even Michael negotiated with the voices in his head. Readers who enjoy stories about unexplainable events that bring people together will enjoy Eternally Mortal.

Jamie Michele

Eternally Mortal by Thomas Cobey is a supernatural novel that revolves primarily around Joanne Arnet, a woman escaping an abusive marriage, who reconnects with childhood friend Darcy, planning a fresh start in Washington, D.C. Joanne's husband Michael intervenes, resulting in Darcy's death and Joanne's injury. Struggling with memory loss, Joanne seeks answers with therapist Sharon's help. Michael descends into a life of crime and drugs, in tandem with an AIDS-afflicted man named Larry. Tabatha, seeking solace from personal losses and with ulterior motives of her own, meets the immortal William Fennerman, who weaves throughout the character arcs, which all begin to interconnect. Joanne works as a nurse and helps Tabatha secure work as their relationship grows. Michael, surviving a near-death experience, intensifies his pursuit of Joanne. As Michael closes in, a bloody climax looms, with long-held secrets poised for revelation.

Eternally Mortal by Thomas Cobey is unique in the elements that hint at the supernatural in that the author harnesses the actual plot into features that are distinctly human. Themes of grief, loss, and love are at the core of Joanne's character progression. Michael is fuelled by revenge. Tabatha has emotions of her own that drive her motive. Cobey writes in an assertive and clear voice, balancing heavy themes with moments of tongue-in-cheek wit that will elicit a smile, such as when Joanne considered the phrase "being at a loss for words" as “something writers used when they could not figure out what to write next.” I loved the way Cobey has William undergo significant development, and scenes where his history is revealed are often almost cinematic in scope. The standout for me was a ship battle with thick white and black smoke, complete with sensory details of the sea and the billowing sails. The ending is a surprise and is nicely bittersweet, and readers who enjoy literary fiction with paranormal elements will find both here.