Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Book Review: Mindfront by Dave Becker
by Dave Becker
After uncovering a universal code in the brain waves of all living things that could revolutionize psychology, Martin Keller wakes one morning to find himself covered in blood, surrounded by his butchered family. Convinced he’s being framed by a diabolical organization set on stealing or sabotaging his work, he dodges a multi-agency manhunt that pursues him from the seediest corners of DC to the highest offices of government. Struggling to stay alive and find his family’s killer, Marty soon finds himself lost in a maze of conspiracies and paranoia, and eventually begins to doubt his own sanity.
How can he find the truth when he doesn’t know what’s real?
From the very first chapter where a woman is murdered and a chess piece with her name carved on it pushed into her eye, this book grips you by the throat and doesn't let go. It's a real page-turner and you just have to read on to see what happens next.
On a family vacation on Kent Island, Dr. Martin Keller wakes up in the shower one morning covered in blood and in the hotel bedroom, he sees his wife and two children dead in their beds. On the run from multiple federal agencies, everywhere he turns for help, is shortly followed by another dead body. Is Martin responsible and just can't remember? He fears for his sanity and his life and just has to keep running. Is he paranoid or is it really everyone is out to get him>?
The story is tightly plotted, very fast paced, sometimes you feel like you are the one being pursued, you get so involved in the story. Mr. Becker is a brilliant writer, with the knack of cliff-hanging chapters that encourage you to read 'just another chapter' and then you find you've read far more than you intended to before getting to sleep. I liked that we didn't find out right away what was going on, but were giving hints along the way. It was like a giant jigsaw puzzle where you'd never seen the picture on the box, but you get to certain points and go, "Ah, that's where that bit fits in." It takes skill to leave hints but without giving everything away.
I don't know if the science of eidetics mentioned in the book is accurate, but it makes sense within the context of this story and its universe, so even if you're not scientifically minded, don't let that put you off. This book is as good, if not better than some of the offerings from the so-called 'big' publishers. If you like a good conspiracy novel with a whirlwind pace and characters you grow to care about, give this one a try.
Reviewed by Annette Gisby