When Telling Lies Can Be Preferred to Truth

Lawrence L. Lapin

Twitter: @LarryLLapin

Have you ever lied to gain a momentary advantage, like winning a tennis point by calling “out” a ball you know was “fair” or telling your sister to go fish when you have the Old Maid card she requested? Such lies don’t have serious consequences, though as we mature we tend to avoid lying for advantage. Truth-telling becomes internalized, and caught lying would be socially damaging.

In some cases, lying will be acceptable to society, even lauded. Lying for a noble cause can be viewed as heroic. Though, truth-telling may be so ingrained that a fibber loses self-worth by lying even when that furthers a good cause or saves lives.

This may help to appreciate several dilemmas faced by Adam Boatwright, hero in my book, Adam… Forever. He launches a cascade of lies as he begins secret research on a breast-cancer preventive, with himself as a test subject. His immediate concern is condemnation for self-experimentation, which—desperate to save his wife—Adam adopts in haste.

After finding a workable treatment that halts aging as a side effect, Adam confronts a long-term issue. He cannot tell the world he might eliminate cancer because doing so may encourage duplicators who would bring immortality to the human race. Adam is convinced that would bring the world to ruin.

Adam must live on with virtual immortality. Stopping that would be an act of suicide. Meanwhile, he lives on in a young body. If he continues living, he must masquerade as a normally aging person and live lies—forever.


Prequel to the Adam’s Chronicles series. The story tells how geneticist and surgeon, Adam Boatwright, uses his skills to prevent his wife’s impending cancer. Adam engineers a super virus that continually generates chemicals that fight off viruses and cancer.

As a test, Adam infects himself with that mutant virus. But the side effect is prevention of aging, and he becomes virtually immortal. Convinced that long lives would destroy the human race, Adam becomes caught in a web of intrigue and conspiracy as he tries to stop profiteers from exploiting his super virus.

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The Adam’s Chronicles Series

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Adam’s story is always brought up to date in fresh ways, so that books in this series may be read in any order.

The following book is the series prequel and may be read independently.


All of the above are available at Amazon as Kindle E-Books.

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Mad scientist or brave hero? … A murder mystery, medical thriller, and science fiction novel all rolled into one. I recommend it highly—Diane Rapp, Amazon Reviewer.

A fast paced story so plausible that I had trouble figuring the line where science fact and science fiction resides. … That credibility made the debate about the desirability of immortality real instead of fantasy. … An entertaining read—Capt’n Bob, Amazon Reviewer.

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