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Mindbenders [Kindle Edition]

Ted Krever
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Book Description

"A dead-on thriller for the decade...I can't imagine anyone reading this and not wanting more." --Thomas F. Monteleone, author of the NY Times bestseller, The Blood of the Lamb and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing a Novel 

If you could hear the thoughts of every person for three blocks around-the regrets, rationalizations, commercial jingles, the lies that hide what they can't bear to think--how could you ever trust anyone? And if you could make them believe anything you wanted, how could you ever trust yourself?

Max Renn is a legend of the Soviet mind control program, a genetic experiment, the product of three generations of psychics bred by the state for their power. Before his first mission, the Soviet Union collapses and he disappears.

We meet him twenty years later in the Everglades, keeping as far from people as he can get, until his best friend-his only friend-is murdered and he is forced to assemble a team of people like him to fight the international conspiracy behind the murder.
"Ted Krever has been a writer to watch, now he's a writer to read. Do not miss MINDBENDERS." -F. Paul Wilson, author of the NY Times bestseller The Keep and the Repairman Jack novels.
"Ted Krever is a great storyteller, but more importantly, the stories he creates and writes are ones that I want to read.  In this ADD era, where even e-mails are considered too long, Ted's work commands my attention.  It is definitely worthy of yours too." -David Leaf, biographer and award-winning writer/director/producer of such films as "The Night James Brown Saved Boston, "The U.S. Vs. John Lennon" and "BEAUTIFUL DREAMER: Brian Wilson & The Story of SMiLE."

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Both the Soviets and Americans had serious mind control programs during the Cold War. Very little is known about the Soviet program. There is only one book on the subject in English, now out of print (though used copies are available--I have one). 'Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain' came out in the early 70's and was controversial from the start, being a major factor in the creation of the American mind control program (We can't have a mind control gap!). 
If you believe in mind power, the book is evidence of how seriously and objectively the Soviets investigated and tried to exploit everything from telekinesis to aura photography to psychotronic warfare. If you don't, it's a sham attempt to defraud the public.
The American program--variously called Stargate, Grill Flame and several other names over its 18-year lifespan--was decommissioned in the late 80's and declassified in the 90's. Several former team members have written books on the subject and they're fascinating reading even if the writing isn't always great. 
George Clooney made a jokey movie out of one of the jokier books but the stories these guys tell is credible and incredible at once. I read everything I could get my hands on about both the mind control programs and the quantum physics that serves as the foundation for this research. After a whole lot of reading, I still wasn't sure what I believed.
And then two bits of information came to me that tipped the balance. The first was a book called "Miracles of Mind"  by Russell Targ,  the dean of the American mind control program. In the book, he talks about receiving a diagnosis of metastatic cancer and his decision to work with a distant healer (what this culture traditionally calls a 'faith healer') to use the powers of mind to cure himself.
And I thought, okay, when you've been told you have cancer and decide to trust the power of the mind instead of doctors and hospitals, you're not faking it. Fear of that kind will burn away your pretensions and pretences right quick.
Shortly thereafter, I found several mentions of the fact that, during the Gulf War, President Bush Senior (not coincidentally, a former head of the CIA) called several Stargate veterans back into service during the Gulf War. You don't recall agents of an experimental program if the program didn't yield results.
So now I'm (more or less) a believer. And if the stories these guys tell are even half-true, then Renn or someone like him is surely walking around out there somewhere.

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  • Print Length: 274 pages
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  • Language: English
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Futuristic Story that Makes You Stop and Think June 14, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book, as the author quickly gets you into the head (pun intended) of his characters. From start to finish, the book is pretty much non-stop action and there are some shades of the happenings in this book of things I have read about trying to occur in various research institutions and governments. It does make you step back outside of the novel and think "what if" on today's society and some of the crazy stuff you hear about happening in the world.

One drawback on this book for me was the ending - it just stops with an abrupt ending - and the "Now" chapter appears to have been rushed as if the author was tired of writing. What a letdown, but the other 99.9% of the book was great.

I originally picked this up during a free Kindle promotion and, as I type this review I see the pricing is $2.99 - you will get more than $2.99 of value out of this and I recommend it.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, science fiction meets fact - MUST READ!! June 25, 2011
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Greg has been out of the military for a year now and is living in with a man he calls Uncle Dave; his mind was fried by the stress of his experiences in the Middle East, causing severe memory loss and problems with speaking and even thinking. Hearing screaming, he leaves his room and finds Dave Monaghan dead in the bathroom, the screams coming from the small TV showing the assassination of the Indian premiere. Before he can really process all of this, a man known to him as Mr. Dulles shows up, tells him to pack his stuff and takes him away - they haven't gone far before the house explodes.

This is only the very beginning of "Mindbenders," a story in which science fiction and fact combine (and which is based upon real events and programs). Mindbenders are people who are able to affect things with their minds - mostly through mind reading and affecting other people's thoughts. Dulles - Max - turns out to be a particularly powerful mindbender with a checkered past. Dave, it turns out, has used Greg as a vessel - storing information subconsciously in Greg's mind that Max and Greg must use in order to answer their questions. Initially seeking only to understand Dave's killing and why it happened, Max and Greg discover they must combat a group of other mindbenders that threaten the whole world in their lust for money and power. They seek out others to help them, achieving a final count of four people - Max, Greg, Kate and Mark - against a vast, multinational conspiracy.

I was enthralled by this story and absolutely devoured it. It is fast-paced, exciting and yet allows for good character development and back-story.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Just a Thriller June 1, 2011
By Claudia
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This is that rare piece of fiction based on fact in such a way as to make the lines between the two seem to blur. Mindbenders is built on the work done by both the US and Soviet governments as they attempted to harness the most powerful instrument on the face of the earth - the human mind - as yet another weapon in their massive arsenals. More experimentation has been done in this area than most people realize, and Ted Krever obviously did his research very thoroughly before writing this book. In this novel, he deals with remote viewing, telepathy, and other things that some consider 'tricks' of the mind, but which many believe are far closer to reality than myth.

The novel is well written and well edited, with a storyline that takes hold in the first few pages and doesn't let go until the plot has unwound in ways one would not expect. The characters are well developed, 'warts and all', as the saying goes. The story takes the reader from the swamps of Florida to the catacombs of Rome while dealing with life and death, and war and peace.

These are not, for the most part, 'nice' people, as their actions demonstrate, and they each have their inner struggles, their secret demons. When reading this book, I couldn't escape the feeling that the potential reality lies close to the surface. Perhaps because it's a subject in which I've long been interested, but I couldn't read it without knowing that while it is fiction, and a fascinating story, the underlying dynamics are all too possible.

This is a novel, a story that came forth from the mind of the author and found its way to the pages of a fascinating book; however, one of the most interesting aspects of the story is that it is not so far from reality that something very much like it could not happen.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read - You Won't Be Able To Put Down July 13, 2011
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I won this book in a giveaway. I thought it sounded interesting but really it was not my first choice type of read. I was blown away by it! It is an awesome book. At times it was difficult for me to read. One of the characters was a vet suffering from PTSD. My son was in Iraq 10 years ago. Some of the scenes with the character of Greg brought back all the worry and fear. This is a fascinating book that is fiction based on fact. Ted Krever did an outstanding job! Read it even if it isn't the genre you usually read.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind control out of control June 13, 2011
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What would it be like to read minds? Cool, huh? Maybe NOT. What if you could CONTROL people, through minds? How about harnessing the very molecules around you? Apparently, way back, various countries tried to develop this kind of control. Ted Krever has taken the idea and built Mindbenders around it. I have to say, this is one book that was hard to put down. What's really scary is that this COULD have happened.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Hated this book it did not keep my interest in reading, sorry.
Published 2 months ago by Svara
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Ok
The characters were not fully developed to the point where you can relate to them. The twists and turns keep you engaged so that you'll finish the book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miss
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
very easy to read, has good plot and it was thoroughly enjoyable. It was very interesting and couldn't put it down.
Published 11 months ago by jlm718
3.0 out of 5 stars It was good
I really liked this book. The story was interesting and the characters were also interesting. It kept me interested and wanting to know what would happen next. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kitty Li
4.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop action.
Fast-paced and exciting. Mr. Krever easily pulls the reader into the lives of his characters as if your riding along beside them.
Published 19 months ago by kelly rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Book!
I read a lot and there are very few books I read that seem as fresh to me as Mindbenders did. I've been dying to read this for a long time and it didn't disappoint. Read more
Published 21 months ago by JohnJesusPetrucci
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
Book: Mindbenders
Author: Ted Krever
Genre: Paranormal (psychic ability), Thriller, Suspense
Length: Approximately 275 Pages

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Published 23 months ago by Sandy L. Wolters
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow areas
A slow read and some times too technical for me
This did not hold my attention and characters got confusing
Published 23 months ago by Tina R Jolliff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I found this story to be very detailed and entertaining! Couldn't put it down it was so suspenseful!!! Love it!
Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I enjoy a book t.hat plays with my mind as this story does. I will read more of Krever's books
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"Ted Krever is the real thing-he's all about a clean line of prose, punchy dialogue and a plot as tight as a pimp's hatband. Add to this a mordant sense of humor and you have a guy who can flat-out write." - Thomas F. Monteleone, author of the NY Times bestseller The Blood of the Lamb and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing a Novel

"Ted Krever has been a writer to watch, now he's a writer to read." -F. Paul Wilson, author of the NY Times bestseller The Keep and the Repairman Jack novels.

Ted Krever watched the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, went to Woodstock (the good one), and graduated Sarah Lawrence College with a useless degree in creative writing.

He spent the next few decades in media journalism, at ABC News on the magazine show Day One with Forrest Sawyer and the Barbara Walters Interviews of a Lifetime series, as General Manager of BNNtv, a documentary production company, creating programs for CNN, A&E, Court TV, CBS, MTV News, Discovery People and CBS/48 Hours, and as VP/Production of a short-lived dotcom, followed swiftly by nine months of unemployment.

Ted now writes novels and sells mattresses in Staten Island NY, a job which registers at a loathsome -98 on the Cosmopolitan Eligible Male Job-Status Guide. Ted is happily entangled, purports to be a good kisser and hopes for world peace.

He was once accused of attempting to blow up Ethel Kennedy with a Super-8 projector...

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