Transient: Book One of the Immortal Wake

· Immortal Wake Book 1 · Mayhematic Press
34 reviews

About this ebook

In a dark and distant future, death is obsolete.

Jonas is a transient: a human spy living as an eternal. His mission is simple: always learn, never get caught.

In the year 2578, an immortal regime controls the planet. Endless war has pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. Desperate to survive, the remaining factions deploy teenage spies, hoping to defeat the enemy from within.

After years in the lion's den, Jonas has grown to admire the eternal civilization. He is learning to love what he blindly hated, blurring the mission and himself.

But a reckoning is coming. The fates of billions hang in the balance. When the axe falls, Jonas must choose between his family and his species.

Transient is a Readers' Favorite® 5-Star Selection and a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree

"An exceptionally well-written, thought-provoking novel that ultimately carries a humanist message, contrasting feigned morality with perceived evil." —Lex Allen, Readers' Favorite

"The world-building that author Zachry Wheeler does in Transient is simply amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it." —Geoff Habiger, Readers' Favorite

"An exciting read from the beginning." —Tanja Jurkovic, Readers' Favorite

"With its Kafkaesque rendering of humanity's backstory against the vampire-like eternals, the story has intrigue and drama focusing on a young spy's personal dilemma." —Lit Amri, Readers' Favorite

"There is much to like, and much to admire, about Zachry Wheeler's ingeniously unique and nimble interpretation of the rather widely exploited vampire genre in his instantly engaging novel, Transient." —Joel R. Dennstedt, Readers' Favorite

Ratings and reviews

34 reviews
Hari Popovic
May 9, 2023
This was an interesting revamp (pun intended) of a classic monster tale. My favorite parts were the journal entries, which veered it into hard science fiction. It's a clever way to drop bits of critical info without slowing the pace. You can tell that the author did a ton of research to tell this story properly. I am curious to see where the series goes.
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May 5, 2023
Very cool take on an old theme. I really enjoyed the moral philosophy that underpinned the story. This is the kind of weighted sci-fi that I really appreciate.
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Ginny Riven
December 13, 2022
Transient is the story of Jonas, a human spy who must infiltrate a society of immortal beings in order to save the remnants of humanity. The story is dark and gritty, but also warm and tender at times. It's refreshing take on the vampire genre. I greatly enjoyed the read and look forward to the rest of the series.
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About the author

Zachry Wheeler is an award-winning science fiction novelist, screenwriter, and shutterbug. He enjoys casual gardening, serious gaming, and wandering the wilds of New Mexico. Learn more at, where you can join his email list and receive a FREE limited edition eBook!

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