Price of Life

Fiction - Science Fiction
318 Pages
Reviewed on 01/10/2018
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Author Biography

I was born in the Ukraine in 1970, which was then a part of the Soviet Union, a country that no longer exists. Things changed when at the age of sixteen, I immigrated to United States with my family to join my relatives and seek a better life. Assimilating into new culture, learning a new language, finishing high school and college, these were some of the best and most challenging years of my life. After earning my bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, I sought beauty in all its forms until slowly and rather surprisingly a new irresistible desire emerged inside me: a love of writing.

I had great teachers who taught me the craft with great patience, fun and understanding. I learned from the books written by some of the best writers in the world: Jack London, Ernst Hemingway, David Morell, Isaac Azimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert… And the movies that always inspired me are on my shelf, waiting to be picked up when I need to go where the winds of creation will take me. For me writing is a labor of love. I want to share with my readers all the fun and joy of creativity and imagination. My hobbies include traveling, book and coin collecting, graphic novels, Japanese food and manga, military history and science.

I currently live in New York City where I enjoy the best the Big Apple has to offer.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Price of Life by David Crane starts in France in 10,000 B.C. A young tribesman named Ru was the only survivor of his people when they were attacked by another tribe. With the help of a sacred crystal, a strange remnant from a meteorite, Ru became immortal, killed his enemies and avenged his people. Twelve thousand years later, his descendants, inheriting his gift of immortality, are living in secret among unsuspecting humans. There are several protagonists; businesswoman Dina Amulai, singer Laura Green, Cardinal Diego Martinez and entrepreneur Mr. Richard Rune, just to name a few. The immortals sustained their youth and eternal life by taking other people’s life force. To justify their action, immortals like Laura and Dina heal people who deserve their help and replenish their energy by taking the lives of sinister individuals.

I see some Highlander influence in the concept and premise. The plot has substantial depth, and some historical facts are given interesting twists to fit the story. Through different POVs, the story takes place in different places such as Spain, the US, Switzerland, Germany and Argentina. This aspect could be somewhat overwhelming for some readers, but the narrative is straightforward. There are also different time settings which serve as the back story for the characters and their origin. I gravitated more towards Dina’s story. Her ability to foresee the future is unique, even among the immortals. Overall, Price of Life is an interesting work from David Crane. Perhaps, if there’s a sequel, fewer POVs could give more room for story and character development for one or two of the protagonists.