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A Science Fiction Thriller

  • Aug 10, 2010
Kring, Tim and Dale Peck, "Shift: A Novel" (Gate of Orpheus Trilogy), Crown, 2010.

A Science Fiction Thriller

Amos Lassen

The novel takes place in the 1960s, with a focus on the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. There was a lot of anxiety then and when we lost our president, many of us lost our ideals. We were afraid then. The book is like a trip on acid. The book is written in short sentences and there is plenty of dialogue and a tremendous cast of characters. The Gate of Orpheus now has lysergic acid and diethylamide and these chemicals allow floor the opening of the gate of loss and remorse and permits entrance so that man can understand, be redeemed and be resurrected. If enough of the chemicals are taken, it is possible to go into the minds of others and control them and also allow supernatural power can be unleashed and it can be used for good or evil.
1,963 people see an apparition of an oversized flaming boy in the Dallas sky at 11:22 a.m. on December 30, 2012. If we look at these numbers we see that they correspond to the year, month, and day of President Kennedy's assassination. Looking backward to Cambridge, Mass., October 1963 we meet an attractive woman on CIA payroll who seduces Harvard grad student Chandler Forrestal, a nephew of Truman's defense secretary. She wants to get him some LSD. The Company that manufactures it believes the drug allows those who take it to access a secret part of the brain known as the Gate of Orpheus. Here the book is totally original and the mixture of the drug with the events and usual suspects, which include the Mafia and J. Edgar Hoover and it leads up to Dealey Plaza and the assassination. This is a new kind of thriller that will keep you guessing. Chandler becomes a target and there is something symbolic here but I'll let you figure that out for yourself.

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September 27, 2010
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book with the community. I'm not sure if I would read it, but it does sound interesting!
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The first pages of 'Shift' open on my birthday, two years from now, and the story reaches back from there to a time before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a time before I was born. Coincidence? Or is there some hidden meaning I should glean from this?    'Shift' is an ambitious novel in many ways, not the least of which is an attempt to create a new story with the JFK assassination, around which there are already more stories than there are myths about King Arthur. …
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I am an academic who reivews movies and books of interest to the GLBT and Jewish communities.   I came to Arkansas after having been relocated here due to Hurricane Katrina. I was living in … more
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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 ...

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ISBN-10: 0307453456
ISBN-13: 978-0307453457
Author: Tim Kring
Publisher: Crown

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