I received a prerelease e-copy of this book through NetGalley (publication date September 23, 2014) with the expectation that I will post a review on their site and others (my blog, Goodreads, Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, Twitter, Amazon, etc.).
I requested this book as I have read several others written by Timothy Zahn. This book did not disappoint. I will give you my opinions on this book without giving away the total plot line. I hate it when reviewers do that and if I read the review first I tend not to read it.
The premise of the book is the development of a machine that captures the life essence or soul of an individual at the point of death. The storyline then delves into the multiple complications this creates over a number of years. The book is well written and easily captures the readers interest and definitely causes one to think about what happens and covers many of the what ifs that come to mind if such a device were real.
I finished this book over a week, but could have completed it in 2 days if I had the time to devote to it (which I wish I did as it was hard to put down). This is a science fiction book that falls into the realm of the works of Isaac Asimov or Arthur Clarke.
I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the concept of whether or not we have a soul and to those who are interested in reading about something other than vampires or zombies.