The Cain Conversion

The Cain Conversion

by Richard Aellen
     
 

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The Manchurian Candidate meets the New World Order in this stunning thriller by the bestselling author of Crux and Flashpoint. Secret Service agent Bill Sullivan has a wife, two children, and a secret unknown even to himself: he is a multiple personality programmed and planted by the KGB during the Cold War.

The Russians no longer need an assassin in the

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The Manchurian Candidate meets the New World Order in this stunning thriller by the bestselling author of Crux and Flashpoint. Secret Service agent Bill Sullivan has a wife, two children, and a secret unknown even to himself: he is a multiple personality programmed and planted by the KGB during the Cold War.

The Russians no longer need an assassin in the White House, but someone has stolen the activation signal and is attempting to release the killing response called Cain.

Bill Sullivan fights to make sense of a world gone suddenly mad. Desperate to understand the meaning of his actions - and of his increasingly frequent blackouts - he races against time to solve the puzzle that is himself. The answers he finds could mean the salvation, or destruction, of his country, his family, his very life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The farfetched idea that multiple personality disorder benefits a spy in deep cover becomes as credible and entertaining as James Bond's armory of exotic weapons in this sizzling thriller from the skillful author of Redeye and Crux . Mischa Amenov formed multiple personalities to escape the sadistic abuse of his father, psychotic KGB killer Valery. When the Krushchev-ordered Sorin Project needed a spy with an unimpeachably American background as a mole in the Secret Service, Mischa was indoctrinated with the memories of Bill Sullivan, a Kansas native ``disappeared'' by the KGB. Amenov's own psyche was obliterated, and a trigger phrase was hypnotically implanted to release on command an assassin personality named Cain. ``Sullivan'' attends a U.S. college, marries and joins the Secret Service as planned, but the end of the Cold War makes the Sorin Project obsolete. Valery, dumped by the KGB and betrayed by his wife, heads for the States to trigger ``Cain'' before the Soviets can kill ``Sullivan'' and cover up the project's existence. This slick, harrowing tale--one might say that Aellen has sent Condon's Manchurian Candidate to DeMille's Charm School --climaxes with a brilliant showdown between father and son. ( Apr. )
School Library Journal
YA-This story of international intrigue resembles Robert Ludlum's complex plots involving Russian espionage and Nelson DeMille's ideas in The Charm School. Bill Sullivan, seemingly a Secret-Service agent who protects the U.S. president, finds his stable world unraveling after he receives an anonymous phone call of one sentence, ``I see the President and he's been bad.'' This triggers a series of involuntary behaviors that almost result in his assassinating the president. On suspension and under investigation by the CIA and FBI, Sullivan seeks answers in his Kansas hometown of Goodheart where the school yearbook and high school ``friends'' reveal that he is not who he thinks he is. Fleeing from the FBI, he follows clues that lead him to Russia where a duplicate town of Goodheart and a journal on the Sorin Project reveal that he is the central figure in a KGB plot. Sullivan is a strong, though stereotyped, character who drives an intricate plot to its tidy finale. A fast moving intelligence thriller with the kind of detail that makes its genre appealing.- Jessica Lahr, Edison High School,Fairfax County, VA
Gilbert Taylor
Up to the day he stepped into the Oval Office, pistol drawn, Bill Sullivan had compiled an impeccable record with the Secret Service. No harm to the president done, but the faux pas alerts his bosses to Bill's mental instability--and pricks suspicions that he may even be a sleeper Russian spy left out in the cold from the cold war. Scene shift to Moscow, where the text with little finesse shows this to be so; but Bill is a peculiar spy, one programmed with a schizophrenic personality designed to kill the U.S. president on command. A renegade KGB agent, sore at the end of communism, aims to activate the command; legit agents try to stop him and kill Sullivan; and Sullivan blithely travels around, discovers his true identity, and takes direct action to save his kids, kidnapped by the renegade. With that triple-stroke engine putting his thriller under way, Aellen adds the dialogue and detail common from the stockroom of espionage. On a scale of 0 to 9, the body count is 8; the suspense is 4. Mild enticement for the genre's devotees.

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ISBN-13:
9780061007118
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.74(h) x 1.07(d)

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