Calloway, his ex-wife and several other retired psychics (all bearing psychological scars from the first project) desperately race against time and terrorism to save the country. The story plays out tightly, with high excitement, and the authors do an excellent job not only in generating convincing characters but in making their bizarre scenario appear plausible. It hardly matters which author contributed what to the novel, as it should garner more than enough praise to spread around. ©1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Once part of a secret government experiment in "remote viewing," Trent Calloway now finds himself linked involuntarily with the minds of other psychic spies. When he receives a premonition of danger involving a nuclear weapon and the Capitol, Calloway returns reluctantly to active duty, regardless of the cost. This collaborative effort by actor Williams and author MacGregor (Prophecy Rock) emphasizes fast-paced action and a race-against-time plot over characterization, making this an optional purchase for large sf collections. ©1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews:
First-novelist Williams (better known as a film actor) and coauthor MacGregor (Edgar Awardwinner for Prophecy Rock, a YA paperback) come up with a modest thriller based on the more restrained forms of parapsychology, a.k.a. PSI. A former member of a team of remote viewers (psychics hired to spy for the CIA), retired Major Trent Calloway now lives alone in an Airstream trailer and acts as a whitewater rafting guide in the Southwest. Trent finds himself being invaded by strange images, then is approached by his onetime sidekick in spying for the military, ``Doc'' Miriam Boyle, who tells him that they were secretly given a booster shot that increased their psychic abilities and tied the whole team into a PSI net. Now several other members of the old net have been herded together by their former CIA boss, Gordon Maxwell, who has himself been hired by renegade George Wiley, a right-wing nut hiding out from the police who wants several western states to secede from the Union. What's more, Wiley has sent his daughter Jill and teenager Matt Hennig off to Washington with a nuclear bomb in a backpack: theyre meant to blow up the White House, the president, and much of the capital. Meanwhile, President David Dustin has made a strange allusion in a recent speech to being visited by aliens. Has the president gone tabloidal and joined the alien abductee folks? His spokesperson, Calloways ex-wife Camila Hidalgo, tells reporters that Dustin spoke in metaphor. But then the president tells her to leak word to CNN that he really means it. How do space aliens tie in with nuking D.C., not to mention Wiley's plan to build Freedom Nation out of the seceding states? Stay tuned. The authors avoid over-the-top Men in Black special effects and try hard to keep their tale within the bounds of reasonthe premise is based on an actual government program, after allthough the developments are still pretty lurid. -- ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
About the Authors:
Billy Dee Williams is a renowned stage, television and film actor most noted for his roles in The Empire Strikes Backs, Return of the Jedi, and Lady Sings the Blues. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Rob MacGregor is the Edgar Award winning author of Prophecy Rock and many other novels. He lives in Boynton Beach, Florida.
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