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  • Hardback | 388 pages
  • 144.78 x 208.28 x 35.56mm | 498.95g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Grafton
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0246135212
  • 9780246135216

Review Text

Another nasty thriller - about KGB-sponsored psychic warfare - from Collins, who used to concoct best sellers with Dominique Lapierre (The Fifth Horseman, Is Paris Burning?, etc.) before going solo in 1985 with a solid WW II melodrama, Fall from Grace. Here, there's a complex rabbit's warren of plots and subplots, but the one that subsumes the rest is that of young KGB head Ivan Feodorov and his byzantine maneuvers to control the Soviet Union's restless Moslem masses - by the very indirect route of zapping the American President with low-frequency electromagnetic waves. This zapping - an outgrowth of sexy Russian scientist Xenia Sherbatova's work with a magnetometer, a new gizmo that measures brain waves - will plunge the President into wild rages. And - to unite Islam against Washington rather than Moscow - what better target for his ire than Iran or its allies, whom he'll want to nuke after Feodorov's agents carry out a terrorist bombing on American innocents in Germany? In a Frederick Forsyth way, Collins layers on the technical detail as he follows the plottings of the Soviets(and sexual tensions culminating in sauna-and-vodka sex between Feodorov and Sherbatova) - and also the counterplottings of Art Bennington, a refreshingly 50-plus hero, head of the CIA's own psychic research and the guy who puts it all together after he learns that the President's brain-wave records are missing from Walter Reade. In a frenzied finale, a Soviet superspy and a deep-sleeper agent (Bennington's shrink, no less) cruise D.C. zapping the President, who gets apoplectic enough to convince his Cabinet to invoke the Twenty-fifth Amendment. Can Bennington stop that tragedy, as well as the nuclear attack that the President's ordered on an Arab terrorist camp? A big-engined thriller that motors along nicely. Not nearly as exciting as last year's top KGB-agent-zaps-D.C. novel, Richard Aellen's Red Eye, but there's plenty here to please most thriller fans. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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4 26% (24)
3 44% (41)
2 12% (11)
1 8% (7)
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