My final #ScifiMonth Post: Re-coil by J.T. Nicholas Audiobook Review

My Blurb: I loved the smart, dry humored, scifi space salvager trying to save his immortality, in a noir-ish styled race to uncover what might be an outta control nanotechnology nightmare.

Publisher (Titan) Book synopsis:

The Expanse meets Altered Carbon in this breakneck science fiction thriller where immortality is theoretically achievable, yet identity, gender and selfhood are very much in jeopardy…

Carter Langston is murdered whilst salvaging a derelict vessel–a major inconvenience as he’s downloaded into a brand-new body on the space station where he backed up, several weeks’ journey away. But events quickly slip out of control when an assassin breaks into the medbay and tries to finish the job.

Death no longer holds sway over a humanity that has spread across the solar system: consciousness can be placed in a new body, or coil, straight after death, giving people the potential for immortality. Yet Carter’s backups–supposedly secure–have been damaged, his crew are missing, and everything points back to the derelict that should have been a simple salvage mission.

With enemies in hot pursuit, Carter tracks down his last crewmate–re-coiled after death into a body she cannot stand–to delve deeper into a mystery that threatens humanity and identity as they have come to know it.

My Review

I loved the smart, dry humored, scifi space salvager trying to save his immortality, in a noir-ish styled race to uncover what might be an outta control nanotechnology nightmare. Read on if you’d like to hear some more, no spoilers of course. Thank you for stopping by, as this post hits during the last hours of #ScifiMonth here on the west coast of the US.

I purchased Re-Coil on a whim. For some reason I cannot quite explain, i’ve been having a hard time jumping into the many books, and audiobooks I have on hand. The audiobook for Re-Coil is Toby Longworth, and is one heck of a narrator. I had previously enjoyed his work with an Iain M. Banks culture novel, Matter, as well as a few of Peter F. Hamilton’s books. Most notable of these are PFH’s Great North Road, and his Greg Mandel trilogy. He made those 3 books so enjoyable for me, to the extent that I would probably pay to listen to him read the new zoning commission bylaws(I don’t know if those are a thing, but it sounds unbelievably boring to me). Needless to say, finding a newish scifi book, with good reviews, by an author I wasn’t familiar with, and a great book cover.. I was in the right mood to open it up, so to speak.

Re-Coil is a term the book uses in reference to a unique form of immortality humans have gained, not through alien contact, but through science, and a series of breakthroughs. It is a process in this world that has become common, expected and for  the extreme wealthy, taken for granted. Its basically nanotechnology surgically implanted that records all that a person is, and experiences. When a person experiences physical death, the most recent backup from that person is used to bring them back, in a new body, possibly very similar, physically to their previous one. There are different levels of recoiling though, dependant on money, insurance, and a number of other factors.

I don’t feel I’m spoiling anything here, in regards to the fastpaced storyline, just giving you an idea, a glimpse of the tech.

The storyline follows a main character who, along with a small crew, is put in the dark of the solar system, on the hunt for salvageable materials. Stumbling into something that could potentially, drastically change their future, as it could mean a fortune, once sold.

Things of course don’t go as planned. Yeah, kind of saw it coming, but it was a great bit of harrowing desperation, and intense action that set the stage for the rest of the book. You could definately say that this was the point that I bit hard on the hook, and was completely reeled in by J.T.’s excellent scifi writing.

Intellectually, I really appreciated the writers perspective on not only the science, in reference to a bit of quantum entanglement stuff that has to do with Coil tech, but in the experienced way he writes and lays out the SF in such believable fashion. It’s as if he had spent a lifetime out in space. It felt very natural, and as a result, kept the storyline clear in my head, as the story moved on.

I also was brought to a strong feeling of empathy for the MC’s partner in crime, as they are consecutively on the run, and on the hunt. She was a friend from a previous life, a friend he very likely would’ve pursued a deeper relationship with had time allowed. Now she is recoiled in a body with male plumbing, and struggling to find any comfort, or, peace, while feeling trapped inside a body she was essentially stuck with. What’s really great is how their relationship grows as a result. I had a new respect for anyone who has ever felt that way. I also had been given the gift of awareness. Its so easy to NOT think about the hell someone you may, or may not know, might be going through.  Ah, the complexities of being a human being brought to life while reading science fiction. Nothing is really simple, or easy in life, and the things we take for granted would be a subject for a different book.

2020 has been a year of ironies, in regards to the books I ended up reading. At no point did I say, “this sounds like a good quarantine book” or “This book sounds perfect because it deals with being isolated, or living through a plague, or pandemic.” It just ended up that a lot of the books I read had similar situations, or plotlines built in. But for Science fiction, 2020 was on fire.

This book was a great example of a fast-paced, emotionally involved, action flavored, futuristic space fueled highlight this year. The addition of the assassin character, and the character growth was one of the best ingredients. You will love this character, and with his unassuming entrance into the story, you do not see whats coming.

This book was made all the more enjoyable by the fantastic narrating voice of Mr. Toby Longworth. The man has a voice I would use to narrate my life if I could. Cannot emphasize what an excellent job he does. I’ve included some links for him as well, as his list of work, as a narrator, and actor is astounding. Narrators don’t get enough credit in my opinion and want to say thank you to him for all the hours of enjoyment he’s provided me over the last 4 years or so.

Thank you for stopping by OllieSpot, and bearing with my blabbering. I appreciate you as a guest, but also as a human. We are all in this together!!

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Author Bio

J.T. Nicholas is the author of the upcoming science fiction novel ReCoil (February 2020 from Titan Books) and the neo-noire science fiction series, The New Lyons Sequence (available now from Rebel Base Books).

J.T. was born in Lexington, Virginia, though within six months he moved (or was moved, rather) to Stuttgart, Germany.  Thus began the long journey of the military brat, hopping from state to state and country to country until, at present, he has accumulated nearly thirty relocations.  This experience taught him that, regardless of where one found oneself, people were largely the same.

When not writing, J.T. spends his time practicing a variety of martial arts, playing games (video, tabletop, and otherwise), and reading everything he can get his hands on.

J.T. currently resides in Wilmington, North Carolina with his wife, a pair of indifferent cats, and two Australian Shepherd puppies intent on destroying anything and everything that fits in their mouths.

Narrator Toby Keith

7 thoughts on “My final #ScifiMonth Post: Re-coil by J.T. Nicholas Audiobook Review

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  2. great review. wish i had a bookstore that had books i could actually read for fun.❤dad1:45 PM, December 1, 2020, OllieSpot SFF Book Reviews <>:

    Oliver Bowdoin posted: ”

    My Blurb: I loved the smart, dry humored, scifi space salvager trying to save his immortality, in a noir-ish styled race to uncover what might be an outta control nanotechnology nightmare.”

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    • Hey There!! Thanks a bunch, I’d be happy to send a couple good ones I have if you’d like. A lot of the ones I’ve been getting through have been audiobooks lately…..Being on the other side of the planet, I wonder how far you normally have to go to find some good fiction over there?

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