Blog Tour | Review | Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “Pale Highway” by Nicholas Conley  , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

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Pale Highway

 

Title: Pale Highway
Author: Nicholas Conley
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publishing date: 20th October , 2015
Published by:  Red Adept Publishing
Pages: 400

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

 


Summary:

Gabriel Schist is spending his remaining years at Bright New Day, a nursing home. He once won the Nobel Prize for inventing a vaccine for AIDS. But now, he has Alzheimer’s, and his mind is slowly slipping away.

When one of the residents comes down with a horrific virus, Gabriel realizes that he is the only one who can find a cure. Encouraged by Victor, an odd stranger, he convinces the administrator to allow him to study the virus.  Soon, reality begins to shift, and Gabriel’s hallucinations interfere with his work.

As the death count mounts, Gabriel is in a race against the clock and his own mind. Can he find a cure before his brain deteriorates past the point of no return?


My Take:

What a book this is! ❤ Everything was so well presented: The story, setting, characters, twists, mystery, and even the dialogs that I couldn’t find anything that would stop me from giving it 5 stars. 😀

By now, you guys know how I love to share quotes that drew my attention but, well, you are going to get a lot of examples here. Some 15-16 sets of lines- that I wanted to include. After finishing the book did I realize that I have highlighted so much. You’ll see. 😛

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The explanation of immune system in this book is tremendous. Seeing Gabriel’s enthusiasm when he talked about the immune system was something that could boost people around him. But as that never happens in reality the same happened in the book. Apart from Father Gareth and Yvonne, no one appreciated him or even believed him for a long time. But then after facing a whole lot of problems he created a vaccine for AIDS- The Schist Vaccine but when he neared 70 years of age he suffered a stroke and was hit with Alzheimer’s which had him admitted in the Bright New Day nursing home. There he sees slugs who inform him that a new epidemic outbreak is on the brink but Gabriel shrugs the event as a result of his degenerating brain disease.

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Then, when the slug’s warning turns out to be the reality. Gabriel starts his investigation of the new Black Virus and then agrees to meet the slugs’ leader, Michael.

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Victor, who is the death, motivates Gabriel when he starts losing faith in himself. I think, what he says applies to all the situations in real life.Screenshot_2015-11-30-21-26-49-1

He figures out what the Black Virus is, what causes it and creates a vaccine which is more of a poison for it. Screenshot_2015-11-30-21-28-25-1
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In the end, the climax actually, Gabriel makes a deal with the Schistling, the Black Virus. Every line in the book was worth reading. 🙂 🙂

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This book is Gabriel’s race against time. He has to find a cure for the virus before all his faculties leave him entirely. The novel switches swiftly from the flashbacks from the past to the situations in the present, giving more insight in Gabriel’s life.

The main concept of the immune system rebelling against the human intervention in making it stronger is interesting enough but the book covered a lot of real life aspects. I love a book that doesn’t ignore these little things in our life that hold a lot of significance in the pretense of telling a story. Here are the examples of problems that usually a human faces-

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Gabriel explaining his reason for drinking

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Gabriel explaining how him being an alcoholic helped him fit in

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Yvonne and Gabriel trying to save their marriage for the last time 

 

 

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The inner turmoil Gabriel faced while Yvonne threatened to leave

 

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel’s anger with God

 

 

 

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“Childless parents of parentless children” People living in nursing homes

 

 

 

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…on getting old

 

 

 

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Some of us might relate to this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel claims this in the start but in the end all he wants is to die

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Why would I pick it up?

The writing style is engaging at its best and the story itself is too good to pass. 😀


Author’s Bio:

Nicholas ConleyOriginally from California, Nicholas Conley has currently made his home in the colder temperatures of New Hampshire. He considers himself to be a uniquely alien creature with mysterious literary ambitions, a passion for fiction, and a whole slew of terrific stories he’d like to share with others.

When not busy writing, Nicholas is an obsessive reader, a truth seeker, a sarcastic idealist, a traveler, and — like many writers — a coffee addict.

Meet the author: | Website | Twitter | Facebook | 

Get the book on: | Amazon|

 

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