From 1972 to 1995, the CIA oversaw an out-of-body, psychic spy program that operated out of the Stanford Research Institute in Palo Alto known as Star Gate. Against this historical background – the data on Star Gate was declassified by the Clinton Administration in 1995 – enter Tom McKenna, an insouciant, San Francisco based private eye, with a sixth-degree black belt in an exotic martial arts form and an innate intolerance of evil. McKenna is approached by Gloria Stryker, the highly successful but equally disturbed CEO of a biotechnology firm, who knows she is being stalked but cannot see the stalker. The alluring Ms. Stryker has a patent pending on a cutting edge gene that is the subject of covetous interest, attention, and jealousy from her well-funded and morally challenged competitors. Despite an often volatile relationship with his client, McKenna must find the stalker before Gloria Stryker loses her sanity and one of the most profound genetic breakthroughs of the century.
“Mind Games: A Spellbinding Twist on True Events by Robert W. Wold”
Great fiction has many ingredients–this one has the most a reader expects. A very believable main character, Tom McKenna, old-schooled on San Francisco’s homicide squad, is a skilled martial arts detective who has true California cool on his side as he jumps into the thick in helping a client stalked by an unseen force capable of attacking her fiercely–in her mind. A storyline develops that combiines the talents of ruthless high tech, high stakes corporate raiders with sinister thugs and moves on to focus on the perplexing role remote mental manipulation can play in victimizing targeted individuals. When writer Wolfe manages to include some actual facts in the shock ending, one that exposes the truth about a long told rumor about how Patty Hearst was the victim of ‘mind games’, mentally handled in a twisted plot by real life rouge CIA operatives in the mid-1970’s, you have read a very entertaining and revealing story at the same time.