{Review} The Furies by Mark Alpert


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{Review} The Furies by Mark AlpertThe Furies by Mark Alpert
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books on April 22nd, 2014
Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller (Adult)
Pages: 320

Our Rating

3 Stars

For centuries, the Furies have lived among us. Long ago they were called witches and massacred by the thousands. But they’re human just like us, except for a rare genetic mutation that they’ve hidden from the rest of the world for hundreds of years.

Now, a chance encounter with a beautiful woman named Ariel has led John Rogers into the middle of a secret war among the Furies. Ariel needs John’s help in the battle between a rebellious faction of the clan and their elders. The grand prize in this war is a chance to remake the human race.

Mark Alpert's The Furies weaves cutting-edge science into an ingenious thriller, showing how a simple genetic twist could have inspired tales of witchcraft and sorcery, and how the paranormal could indeed be possible.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.


John Rogers is down on his luck. He’s out of a job, his wife left him years ago, and he is still reeling from the loss of his young daughter. His luck seems to change though, when a pretty red head, Ariel, starts talking to him in a bar.

They hit it off instantly and soon they are headed to Ariel’s hotel room. Unfortunately, their hookup is interrupted by gunfire. Bikers storm the hotel, killing Ariel’s guards and almost killing Ariel.

John and Ariel barely escape and now they are on the run. Not only from these strange bikers but the FBI who have mistakenly assumed John is a drug dealing gang banger involved in multiple murders. Ariel tells John to head for Northern Michigan, and along the way they cause a lot of destruction, face death a few times, no big deal.

John has a lot of questions, like why are these big biker dudes trying to kill you and how did your bullet wounds heal already?

Ariel (real name Lily Fury) is a part of a secret family full of red haired women that have been alive for centuries. A long time ago they were burned as witches, now they live disguised as an Amish community so outsiders won’t bother them. Their men don’t have the gene that allows them to live forever and they are also infertile. The women procreate by leaving their home and hooking up with strangers, which is why Ariel started flirting with John in the bar.

The biker dudes (called the Riflemen) trying to kill them are former members of Ariel’s expansive family; mad that their society was ruled by women and the women couldn’t find a way to make the men live forever as well.

A war has started between the Fury family and the Riflemen, one that John has been thrust right in the middle of and it just may cost him his life.

This book was a very solid 3 star book. I really liked the idea, that there is this group of women that have lived for centuries, hiding from society. The women are very strong, independent and smart. I was a little disappointed that there was no magic or any kind of mythology involved. I know the summary doesn’t really imply magic, but with a book called the Furies, I was hoping!

The rest of it…meh. It was alright. It’s reasonably believable that if people had the cure for death, that other people would stop at nothing to try and get it for themselves. It’s also believable that a group of men would be unhappy being ruled by women. So the plot was ok but they execution was not 100%. It gets a little ridiculous at times, especially Sullivan, the main villain. More than once he does the typical evil villain speech that allows the good guys to escape. He draws things out and goes a little over the top.

John goes back and forth for me. There is insta-love in this book, though since it’s an adult book; it appears to be glossed over. He follows Ariel into danger with barely a question and faces death for her numerous times after meeting her only the night before (but I guess that’s ok for a man to do. But a girl does it and she’s weak. Ugh /rant) His sense of chivalry is pretty nice though and his backstory is heartbreaking.

The action (though a little preposterous at times) kept me interested in the book. It’s almost nonstop action. Gun fights, hijacked boats, explosions, oh my! I wish the author would have tied up the loose end of the FBI involvement at little better.

Overall, not a bad book. Some things were lacking but the action makes up for it. I recommend if you are looking for a fun, easy book. 


About Mark Alpert

Mark Alpert, author of Final Theory, The Omega Theory, Extinction, and The Furies, is a contributing editor at Scientific American. In his long journalism career he has specialized in explaining scientific ideas to readers, simplifying esoteric concepts such as extra dimensions and parallel universes. And now, in his novels, Alpert weaves cutting-edge science into high-energy thrillers that elucidate real theories and technologies.

A lifelong science geek, Alpert majored in astrophysics at Princeton University and wrote his undergraduate thesis on the application of the theory of relativity to Flatland, a hypothetical universe with only two spatial dimensions. (The resulting paper was published in the Journal of General Relativity and Gravitation and has been cited in more than 100 scholarly articles.) After Princeton, Alpert entered the creative writing program at Columbia University, where he earned an M.F.A. in poetry in 1984. He started his journalism career as a small-town reporter for the Claremont (N.H.) Eagle Times, then moved on to the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser. In 1987 he became a reporter for Fortune Magazine and over the next five years he wrote about the computer industry and emerging technologies. During the 1990s Alpert worked freelance, contributing articles to Popular Mechanics and writing anchor copy for CNN's Moneyline show. He also began to write fiction, selling his first short story ("My Life with Joanne Christiansen") to Playboy in 1991.

In 1998 Alpert joined the board of editors at Scientific American, where he edited feature articles for the magazine and wrote a column on exotic high-tech gadgets. With his love for science reawakened, he wrote his first novel, Final Theory, about Albert Einstein and the historic quest for the holy grail of physics, the Theory of Everything. Published by Touchstone in 2008, Final Theory was hailed as one of the best thrillers of the year by Booklist, Borders and the American Booksellers Association. Foreign rights to the novel were sold in more than twenty languages, and the movie rights were acquired by Radar Pictures, a Los Angeles production company. Alpert continued the saga of the Theory of Everything in his second book, The Omega Theory, a gripping story about religious fanatics who try to trigger Doomsday by altering the laws of quantum physics. His next thriller, Extinction, focused on brain-computer interfaces and a collective intelligence that decides to exterminate the human race. His latest novel, The Furies, tells the story of an ancient clan who share a genetic mutation so shocking that its discovery could change the course of history.

Alpert lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children. He's a proud member of Scientific American's softball team, the Big Bangers.

Author: punkfarie

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