A Novel

Book - 2016
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The author of The Eternal World seamlessly combines history, biotechnology, action, and adventure in this high-concept thriller in the spirit of James Rollins, Brad Thor, and Douglas Preston.

John Smith possesses a special gift that seems more like a curse: he can access other people's thoughts. He hears the songs stuck in their heads, knows their most private traumas and fears, and relives the painful memories they can't let go of. The CIA honed his skills until he was one of their most powerful operatives, but John fled the Agency and now works as a private consultant, trying to keep the dark potentials of his gift in check--and himself out of trouble.

Unfortunately, John is unexpectedly plunged into dangerous waters when his latest client, billionaire software genius Everett Sloan, hires him to investigate a former employee--a tech whiz kid named Eli Preston--and search his thoughts for some very valuable intellectual property Sloan is convinced he's stolen. But before John can probe Preston's mind, his identity is compromised and he's on the run for his life, along with Sloane's young associate, Kelsey Foster.

Hunted by shadowy enemies with extensive resources and unknown motives, John and Kelsey must go off the grid. And John knows that using his powers to their fullest potential is their only hope for survival--even if it means putting his own sanity at risk.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, An imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062416407
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 06, 2016

Surprisingly good read. Interesting premise which leads to some funny inner dialogue within each character's thoughts. Enjoyed it immensely.

Sep 21, 2016

If you're willing to work with the premise that a person can read others' minds and has other assorted capabilities along these lines, this is a pretty good read along the lines of a Lee Child/Jack Reacher sort of plot. A few asides to provide some sort of back story and a bit of romance as well as a McGuffin to drive the plot forward. The only gripe I have is that the McGuffin wasn't adequately exploited as a plot mechanism.


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