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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
“Welcome to my dilemma, Dr. Price,” Little said, smiling slightly... In The Forever Horizon by Anthony Thomas Noto, forty-four-year-old Dr. Ray Price, a forensic scientist and mountaineer (the latter in his younger years), is called upon by his London mentor, Sir Larry Little, to investigate the body of George Mallory, found on Mount Everest. It's been eighty years since Mallory and his partner, Sandy Irvine, disappeared in 1924, but the frozen body of Mallory, discovered two thousand feet below the summit, neither fits his description nor appears to be more than a week and a half dead. It's also evident to the experienced pathologists that he didn't die from a fall, but in a manner that leads them to believe foul play was involved. As Price advances in his journey to find answers, his plane loses visibility and crashes, which is interesting, as it is believed that the real Mallory and Irvine were also engulfed in a zero visibility storm and a severe drop in barometric pressure. It's where Price wakes up - and what he's surrounded by - that forces the scientist into a chimera that defies everything he believed to be true.
Whoa! I had to take a moment after finishing The Forever Horizon by Anthony Thomas Noto just to let it all settle in. First of all, the writing itself is extraordinary. I adore classic literature and if this wasn't a sci-fi thriller I would fiercely argue that it's literary fiction. The characters, atmosphere, world, and plot are well developed and thoroughly fleshed out. The twists are wholly unexpected and brilliantly uncovered, but for me, top billing goes to the dialogue. It's pretty rare to read an indie where at least some of the dialogue doesn't make me roll my eyes. Noto has a gift for conversation that's authentic and believable, and this carries over into the overall narrative. I would absolutely recommend this book to lovers of science fiction, fantasy, and classic literature.