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Dark Genius: A Child Prodigy in the Shadow of the CIA Hardcover – February, 1992

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From Publishers Weekly

Fresh out of high school, McClung in the mid-1970s went to work for a small firm in California's Silicon Valley designing such items as a pen-gun, a laser-sighted rifle, an exploding ashtray and a high-tech thumbscrew, all for sale in the international arms market. He was shocked to learn that the company was run by "crass profiteers and mean-spirited opportunists" whose business dealings were often illegal. Later he discovered that they were thinking of having him murdered, fearful that he was going to blow the whistle on them. McClung went into hiding, camping out in the Sierra Nevada for a couple of years. He now produces custom-made guns and knives "somewhere in central California." Basically this is an entertaining tale about a precocious young man who got involved in a sleazy fly-by-night business that may or may not have been backed by the CIA. Rivele is coauthor of Lieutenant Ramsey's War . 50,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo; movie rights to Paul Mas lan sky.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Readers of this book should ignore coauthor Rivele's overly dramatic prose and concentrate on the story of a mentally gifted child (McClung) being manipulated and groomed by the CIA in the 1960s. Enrolled in an experimental educational program at the age of seven, McClung grew up to be a special weapons expert and was involved in several secret operations in the 1970s and 1980s before a falling out with his superiors. However, the interweaving of a parallel story of his CIA "handlers" before they met McClung is confusing. Actually, this book is more of an interesting tale of secret missions in Asia and Latin America, along with a description of how to conduct clandestine activities through "front" companies, than a straight account of McClung's adventures. Recommended for espionage collections in public libraries.
- Daniel K. Blewett, Loyola Univ. Lib., Chicago
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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