FOREVER YOUNG is a serialized novel in 4 episodes. This is Part One, entitled Gateway To Forever. It explores the APP (Age Prevention Program) and what it means to belong to it…or remain outside. To belong to the APP means a prolonged life during which aging does not occur – Forever Young.
MY 5-STAR REVIEW OF FOREVER YOUNG PART ONE by Claude Nougat
If you’re a boomer and this book doesn’t send a chill up your spine, you’d better check your pulse. I don’t want to give too much away but it’s no spoiler to say that Claude Nougat’s Forever Young series takes place about 200 years from now. Unlike so many stories set in the future, Ms. Nougat creates a very plausible future. Too plausible. Scarily plausible.
The changes that have taken place on the globe sound eerily prophetic. It’s hard to single out a protagonist. Forever Young is comprised of an ensemble cast, each with conflicting interests. They are all faced with the choice of whether to remain forever young for a hundred or more years or receive a billion dollars.
Thrown into the mix is a quest for true love, family bonds, greed, sculduggery, duplicity, and humans basically behaving at their worst. In other words, some things never change despite all the glittering marvels science can bestow upon us.
Ms. Nougat creates characters that jump off the page at you. Her dialogue is so razor sharp you find yourself sometimes saying “Ouch!” The climax is as hair raising as an old west shoot out. Is there humor? Oh yes, and it’s dark as molasses and just as tasty. You’ll be tempted to lick it right off the page.
As a reader, when I pick up a new book, I want to feel like a mail sack on a railway platform waiting for a speeding train to snatch me away to a new destination. That’s just what Claude Nougat does with this first book in her Forever Young series, Gateway To Forever.
It’s always comforting to be in the hands of a real pro. Ms. Nougat certainly is that. Highly recommended read.
Born in Brussels, brought up in Europe, Africa and America, Claude Nougat is a Columbia U. graduate in economics. In her busy working life, she followed in Jack London’s footsteps and dabbled in a range of jobs from banking to publishing, journalism, marketing and college teaching before joining the United Nations in Rome (FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization). Here, after 20 years of service as a project inspector, she was promoted and ended her career as Regional Representative (Director) for Europe and Central Asia. She retired in 2003.
Claude is the author of many books, including two in Italian that won several awards in Italy, and seven in English, all fiction except one essay on development aid. Her most recent book is a romance, “Crimson Clouds”, exploring the complexities of mature passion and the challenges of post-retirement life, the so-called “second adulthood”. Claude is considered a prime exponent of Boomer literature aimed at Baby Boomers and has founded a group on Goodreads (500 members to date) to discuss Boomer Lit.
Her poetry has been included in “Freeze Frame”, an international poetry anthology curated by British poet Oscar Sparrow, published by Gallo Romano Media in 2012.
Claude is married and lives in Italy.