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Shift: The Guided Trip Premium Edition eBook (Gate of Orpheus Trilogy) by [Kring, Tim, Peck, Dale]
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Max Brooks Reviews Shift

Max Brooks, bestselling author of Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, reviews Shift:

Did LSD kill JFK?

That's the seemingly strange question Heroes creator Tim Kring asks in Shift, the first volume of The Gate of Orpheus trilogy, which made headlines in New York and Hollywood when it was announced in early 2008.

The half century since John F. Kennedy died in Dallas have seen a lot of strange theories about how the 35th president of the United States was killed--plots by the CIA, the Mafia, the Cubans, the Russians, and even LBJ--but this has to be a first.

The CIA's experiments with LSD as part of its Cold War MK-Ultra program have been well documented (Acid Dreams; Storming Heaven). The spy agency's scientists were looking for drugs that could be used as incapacitants, truth serums, and mind control agents. Some people say their inspiration was another novel--The Manchurian Candidate--and the program was obviously a big influence on Robert Ludlum's immensely popular Jason Bourne series. Now Kring pushes it one step further, proposing a successor to MK-Ultra, Project Orpheus, whose goal was the creation, not of a sleeper agent, but a super agent.

Enter Chandler Forrestal, a perfectly normal, even slightly boring guy (he's a graduate student in Harvard's religious studies program) whose life is forever changed when he goes home with a beautiful, exotic woman, Naz Haverman. Little does Chandler know that Naz is working for Project Orpheus. She slips some LSD into Chandler's drink, and the next thing we know Chandler is not just seeing things, but seeing things he's pulled out of Naz's mind. Confused and scared, the pair run to Millbrook, New York, where Timothy Leary has just set up his now-infamous "research colony" to explore LSD's potential. But CIA agents track them down, take Chandler into custody, and begin a set of harrowing experiments that set Chandler on a course that eventually--inevitably, it seems--culminates in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963.

Fans of the Jason Bourne series, as well as Heroes' sci-fi angle, will be drawn to Kring's fiction debut, co-written with literary critic and sometime thriller writer Dale Peck (Hatchet Jobs; Body Surfing). With colorful cameos from the likes of J. Edgar Hoover, Timothy Leary, and Sam Giancana, Shift is definitely a "trip" worth taking.

From Publishers Weekly

At the start of this unsuspenseful alternative history thriller from TV screenwriter and producer Kring (Heroes) and Peck (Body Surfing), 1,963 people see an apparition of an oversized flaming boy in the Dallas sky at 11:22 a.m. on December 30, 2012. These numbers correspond to the year, month, and day of President Kennedy's assassination. Flashback to Cambridge, Mass., in October 1963: an attractive woman in the pay of the CIA seduces Harvard grad student Chandler Forrestal, a nephew of Truman's defense secretary, so she can slip him some LSD. The Company believes the drug allows those who take it to access a secret part of the brain known as the Gate of Orpheus. The authors score points for originality in mixing LSD with the events and usual suspects, including the Mafia and J. Edgar Hoover, leading up to Dealey Plaza and the fatal day, but their implausible hidden history of how the world works never coheres.
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  • File Size: 1260 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (August 10, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 10, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E8AK5A
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