The Eternal World by Christopher Farnsworth; 2015; $25.99; 334 pages; William Morrow, New York, NY; 9787-0-06-228292-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Capitol Hill; 9/10/15-9/13/15
Five hundred years ago a group of conquistadors wiped out a group of Native Americans to obtain some water. This water gave them advanced skills and enable them to continue to live if they continue to partake of the water. Now they are running out of water and have hired some of the pre eminent scientist to try and replicate the water so they can continue to live. There is petty bickering within the men who continue to live, one wants to change the world into his image, one wants to kill as many people as possible and several who just want to keep on living. There is also a foe who has stalked them through the centuries for wiping out her people. As Simon has tried to remake the world he continually backs the wrong horse, the Spaniards instead of the English, Hitler instead of the Allies. The conquistadors can’t seem to get their act together enough to really do anything beside get rich and bicker among themselves. It all comes to a violent conclusion which leaves some dead and some aging.
Did I enjoy it? It was just okay, I kept thinking haven’t they learned anything over all those years.
What is with the title of the review? I have read three other books by Christopher Farnsworth and really enjoyed them, I was disappointed with this offering.