The Doors of Death and Life
By Brenda Clough
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780312870645, 272pp.)
Publication Date: May 2000
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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In How Like A God, Rob Lewis gave his friend Edwin Barbarossa the Pearl of Immortality that had once belonged to Gilgamesh in exchange for a promise to keep Rob's mind-bending powers a secret. Seven years later, the space shuttle ferrying Edwin home from a stint on the new moon colony catches fire.
Everyone dies except Edwin.
First he's hailed as a hero, then he disappears-and it's up to Rob to find him, rescue him, and help him discover who is moving heaven and earth to take the secret of immortality for himself.
Part political thriller, part family drama, part fantasy, part near-future SF, Doors of Death and Life is an exciting and thoughtful excursion into X-Files territory.
"Clough uses the legend of Gilgamesh as a springboard for a thriller that combines science fiction, spy novels, and family drama. Rob Lewis is an ordinary carpenter with an extraordinary talent: the ability to alter the minds of anyone around him. His best friend, biologist Edwin Barbarossa, holds one of Gilgamesh's talismans of power, the Pearl of Immortality. When a megalomaniac billionaire gets wind of their combined powers, Rob and Ed must find a way of stopping him without compromising their beliefs about free will and the sanctity of human life. Clough takes a premise that might seem better suited for an 'X-Men' comic book and gives it enough emotional heft and moral complexity to make a satisfying novel for adults."--San Francisco Chronicle