Sunday, 8 January 2012

URBAN FANTASY THRILLER REVIEW: Gates of Orpheus: Shift - Tim Kring, Dale Peck

Release Date: 05/01/12


Tune in. Turn on. Change History America in the Sixties is a country at a crossroads: Vietnam, the civil rights movement, the Cuban missile crisis, the sexual revolution, FBI, CIA and LSD. A new president, John F. Kennedy, is promising change. While some people believe in the future, others conspire to control it. Chandler Forrestal is a man whose life is changed for ever when he is unwittingly dragged into a CIA mind-control experiment. After being given a massive dose of LSD, Chandler develops a frightening array of mental powers. With his one-in-a-billion brain chemistry, Chandler's heightened perception uncovers a plot to assassinate President Kennedy. Propelled to stop the conspiracy, Chandler becomes a target for deadly forces in and out of government. Chased across America, will Chandler be able to harness his 'shift' and rewrite history? Both heart-stopping and thought-provoking, "Shift" is a new calibre of thriller set at the collision of Sixties counter-culture and the rise of dark forces in world government.


I love a conspiracy thriller as much as the next guy but when you get one written by the creator of Heroes and add another thriller writer (Dale Peck) into the mix, you know it’s a no holds barred title that takes the reader into a world of denial and negligible culpability as the principle character alongside some well-known cameo’s take the reader on a journey of double dealing, politics and back stabbing where your closest confident can swiftly become your deadliest enemy.

Add to this a cracking sense of delusional paranoia and a plotline that’s so wickedly twisted you just can’t figure out the route until the final page and overall it’s a story that will thrill as well as enthuse the reader. Crackingly well written and definitely something different to a lot of titles already out there. I really expect a TV series of this at some point shortly.

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