Review: Unforgettable by Eric James Stone


After getting my Kindle the first self-published novel I bought was Unforgettable by Eric James Stone.  I ran across his book because one of my favorite authors Dan Wells mentioned Unforgettable.  

Eric James Stone is publishing a chapter a week on his blog, so after reading the first couple of chapters I was intrigued and decided to purchase the novel.  The first thing that pulled me into the novel was the premise.  Because of a quantum mechanics fluke no one can remember Nat Morgan a minute after he is gone.  Deciding a career as a CIA agent is the only legitimate profession he can have he goes through a hilarious pattern of try/fail cycles to get the job.  But being forgettable provides the ability to move in an out of dangerous situation without a single attachment.  That is until he gets handcuffed to Yelena Semyonova during a mission.  Not only is she highly trained and working for the Russian mob, but Nat learns that for some reason she remembers him.

I thought the novel contained a good mix of humor and action.   Nat is definitely not a James Bond, which added a quirky twist.  How is the normal guy with only the ability to get forgotten going to escape or get in or survive?  Overall I thought Eric James Stone did a fine job on the novel.  My wife started the book and couldn’t put it down until she was finished.  There were a few grammatical errors and places that things could have been tightened.  Also Yelena talks with a Russian accent that get a little annoying after a while, and I wish would have been lightened up at times.  But for $2.99 (and currently on sale for $0.99) that is little to make a stink about.

Here is the Original Teaser and About the Author from his website:

Original Teaser: 

Out of sight, out of mind. Due to a fluke of quantum mechanics, no one can remember Nat Morgan for more than a minute after he’s gone. It’s a useful ability for his career as a CIA agent, even if he has to keep reminding his boss that he exists. But Nat leads a lonely life, unable to connect with anyone for a lasting relationship, until he gets handcuffed to Yelena Semyonova, a thief working for the Russian mob. Nat and Yelena must work together to stop a ruthless billionaire from finishing a quantum supercomputer that will literally control the fate of the world.

            About the Author:
A Nebula Award nominee and a winner in the Writers of the Future Contest, Eric James Stone has had stories published in Year’s Best SF 15, Analog, Nature, and Kevin J. Anderson’s Blood Lite anthologies of humorous horror, among other venues.  Eric is also an assistant editor for Intergalactic Medicine Show.

One of Eric’s earliest memories is of an Apollo launch on television. Thanks to his father’s old science fiction collection, Eric grew up reading Asimov and Heinlein.  After he decided to start focusing on writing, Eric attended Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp and the Odyssey Writing Workshop to improve his skills.  He lives in Utah, and his website is

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