The Mind Man

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Do your thoughts stay your thoughts or do they affect other people?
What if they do and what if those people end up dead?
Could your mind be used as a lethal weapon?
What if it can...?

Sergeant Teddy Farrell is a reluctant cop in the Sacramento Police Department. He mistakenly risks everything, including his long-term marriage to his college...

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Overview

Do your thoughts stay your thoughts or do they affect other people?
What if they do and what if those people end up dead?
Could your mind be used as a lethal weapon?
What if it can...?

Sergeant Teddy Farrell is a reluctant cop in the Sacramento Police Department. He mistakenly risks everything, including his long-term marriage to his college sweetheart, to uncover a fiendish world of unprecedented greed and thwarted love. What he inadvertently discovers is a town full of secrets and an obsession with a fluffy rabbit.

This startling and revealing paranormal thriller will leave you grateful that it is a work of fiction and forever imploring it remains so.

A spine-tingling, emotional rollercoaster with a sumptuous dusting of romantic intrigue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780987203014
  • Publisher: Peter Richomnd
  • Publication date: 1/18/2012
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    An Absolute Page Turner!

    Peter Richmond’s debut novel “The Mind Man” is a really good read. He has managed to fulfil a childhood dream of creating a supernatural thriller based on long-held themes and motifs from his own experience.
    Richmond’s prose is based on a skilled use of dialogue, which produces narrative drive, interspersed with multiple third person points of view, depending on which character is seeing the action.
    The novel is well paced and takes you from the backwaters of an Australian wheat-farming town, across the world to the West Coast of America, and thence to the Cook Islands, London, Africa, Northern Iraq, Sydney and Boston. I particularly liked the change of scenery that the globetrotting theme demands.
    The monotonous Aussie outback contrasts with the rich man’s materialist world in America, as it does, too, with the snow-capped mountains in the North of Iraq.
    The characters in the novel are similarly varied, from the main Australian character of Adam, his equally mysterious love interest, Caren, to the ethical American cop, Ted, his flirtatious wife, Sally, the English journalist, Laura, and the scientist Dr Zimmerman to name but a few of them.
    Richmond has managed to tie together multiple events, characters, motifs, and plot-lines, without sacrificing the forward movement of the underlying mystery/horror. The ending is particularly clever as it pulls the reader back to the beginning.
    While reading this novel the American fantasy novels of Stephen King came to mind. I would recommend it to anyone who would like a fun and thrilling read.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    In this exciting debut, PD Richmond creates a riveting drama whi

    In this exciting debut, PD Richmond creates a riveting drama which left me anticipating a sequel. Richmond's characters are easy to relate to as they are people we know and who could easily be ourselves. My feelings for Adam were confusing as Richmond drew me in to feeling sorry for him as a young boy who is bullied by classmates and parents then grows into an adult who is drawn to evil out of hatred and greed, or is this really Adam? This was both a light read and a compelling story where characters behaviours may not always be consistent, but a page turner none-the-less.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    This should be a movie!

    I could not put this book down. It keeps you pulled in and bitting your nails waiting for the next part. Buy this book. You will not be sorry!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    An Absolute Page Turner!

    Peter Richmond’s debut novel “The Mind Man” is a really good read. He has managed to fulfil a childhood dream of creating a supernatural thriller based on long-held themes and motifs from his own experience.
    Richmond’s prose is based on a skilled use of dialogue, which produces narrative drive, interspersed with multiple third person points of view, depending on which character is seeing the action.
    The novel is well paced and takes you from the backwaters of an Australian wheat-farming town, across the world to the West Coast of America, and thence to the Cook Islands, London, Africa, Northern Iraq, Sydney and Boston. I particularly liked the change of scenery that the globetrotting theme demands.
    The monotonous Aussie outback contrasts with the rich man’s materialist world in America, as it does, too, with the snow-capped mountains in the North of Iraq.
    The characters in the novel are similarly varied, from the main Australian character of Adam, his equally mysterious love interest, Caren, to the ethical American cop, Ted, his flirtatious wife, Sally, the English journalist, Laura, and the scientist Dr Zimmerman to name but a few of them.
    Richmond has managed to tie together multiple events, characters, motifs, and plot-lines, without sacrificing the forward movement of the underlying mystery/horror. The ending is particularly clever as it pulls the reader back to the beginning.
    While reading this novel the American fantasy novels of Stephen King came to mind. I would recommend it to anyone who would like a fun and thrilling read.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

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    The Mind Man (PD Richmond) Psychological/Thriller Sergeant Tedd

    The Mind Man (PD Richmond)
    Psychological/Thriller

    Sergeant Teddy Farrell, a Sacramento Police Officer lives for one particular case. He is so caught up in this chase that his marriage is at risk. What he uncovers seems unbelievable. With the aid of a British reporter they set out to discover the truth, a truth few will believe.

    Faced with greed, obsessions and love this story is a nail biting page turner. I could not put it down. Just when I thought I had it figured out a new twist or secret was revealed. Captivating until the very last page.

    I look forward to more work from Peter D. Richmond

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    This is certainly an interesting book about an interesting conce

    This is certainly an interesting book about an interesting concept, and readers will want to get to the end of the book to learn how it all panned out. Part of the story may sound a little far-fetched and implausible - although I’m a sceptic, but the following thoughts are surely to come to every reader’s mind: ‘What if this really happen? Could it happen? Maybe it is just possible!’. Chapter 30 puts the ‘implausible’ into context and the reader will be forced to pause and reflect about the complexity of the mind, and how little the ‘paranormal’ is understood. It certainly is a good read, and I hope there will be a sequel to the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Really enjoyed reading the 'Mind Man' and so have several member

    Really enjoyed reading the 'Mind Man' and so have several members of my family. Peter Richmond is a wonderful story teller and has an uncanny knack of continually keeping you in suspense. I'm so glad it's a sequel. He has left me in suspense again! Can't wait to read the sequel and find out more about the relationship between the characters Carem and Adam! How did they do it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    Fantastic reading, great book, thanks

    Fantastic reading, great book, thanks

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    Great Story. Very easy to read and hard to put down, and have re

    Great Story.
    Very easy to read and hard to put down, and have re-read it. Like the way each chapter ended with a question or leaves you wondering. Characters were well defined and I could easily get a mental picture of what I thought each looked like and their place in the plot. The terrorist intervention and the way that all unfolded was brilliant another good little twist. The build up and the thrilling train ride could not put down had to read to the end.
    All in all a great effort with latitude for a sequel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    I really enjoyed reading it. It is easy to read, with that must

    I really enjoyed reading it. It is easy to read, with that must find out what happens content.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Excelent Excellent reading

    Kept u thinking

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    A good read. Towards the end I stayed up late to finish it as I

    A good read. Towards the end I stayed up late to finish it as I didn't want to put it down. It certainly involves quite a few interesting concepts set on the international scene. I personally think it would make a great movie!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Not so good

    I really did not like the story. Not well written and I found the wording to be sometimes difficult or unnatural. People don't talk or act this way. Many loose ends and an abrupt ending which does not leave me wanting to read the sequal. I'm glad it was a B&N "deal" book, but I won't be recommending to friends or family - sorry, I can not give it more than 1 star.

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  • Posted June 16, 2013

    It's 1984 in a small Australian town. Adam Henderson is shy, int

    It's 1984 in a small Australian town. Adam Henderson is shy, introverted, and mercilessly bullied. Until, one night, Adam starts having dreams that start coming true. And the lead bully is killed.

    Fast forward twenty-seven years, Sacramento police sergeant Teddy Farrell is called to the scene of a single-vehicle accident. The driver was a healthy, non-impaired, well-rested businessman. The accident makes no sense to Farrell, so he begins to dig.

    What he uncovers shocks him to his core and threatens everything he values.

    ~*~*~

    It's a fascinating premise, that begins with great promise. But once the story leaves Australia, it loses a lot in the (pardon the pun) translation.

    The American characters use Australian terms and vernacular, making them sound 'off' to the ear. (Perhaps an American beta reader could have helped.) In the Brits, it isn't quite as jarring. But, again, with the French, the phrasing just doesn't ring true.

    I found some of the plot points a bit unbelievable, as well. Ferrell manages to figure out the circumstances around the mysterious deaths rather quickly. Given the unusual nature of the situations, and the methods used by the killer, that seemed a tad far-fetched. 

    While I can forgive the randomness of Adam showing up at the same beach where Ferrell's wife and kids are spending the afternoon, it's difficult to imagine that Ferrell would then send his wife undercover. Or that he could jet all over the world, when it was already established that his family was struggling financially.

    Add in a British reporter whose editor publishes her story, based strictly on speculation, naming names and virtually slandering the subject. I cannot imagine any reputable newspaper would be so irresponsible.

    There were characters and situations - the odd man with the multiple websites and the Kurds he contacts - that did nothing to advance the plot. Moreover, their addition bogged down an already complicated story. Nothing would have been lost by removing this side story.

    Lastly, the ending. It completely undid the entire book. For hundreds of pages, readers were led in one direction, to one conclusion, without any hint of another possibility. Then, in the last few sentences, it's all thrown out the window and the book ends.

    I will admit to a certain amount of curiosity about what comes next, as a sequel is planned. However, The Mind Man, while offering a thrilling premise and frequent bursts of brilliance, in the end throws readers under the bus.

    ~*~*~

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

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    Interesting plot, suspensful, very well written, but at times, sort of hokey. I really doubt that Ted, our hero local law enforcement officer could fly around our country, let alone the world, flash his ID badge and gain immediate access and information at every turn.
    That said, I did enjoy the book and will probably purchase the sequel.

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Well written!

    Flowed beautifully!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

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    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite Our story began i

    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

    Our story began in Australia in the year 1984. Adam Henderson was a sophomore in high school. Roxley was a bully and Adam was his target. The abuse went from verbal, to a push, to a beating where he was stripped naked and left tied to a lamp post. Adam was caught between abuse at school and a father who did not see a need for him to continue his education when he could work at the granary. Adam’s only friends were his three rabbits; he talked with them knowing they were the only ones that listened to him. At night Adam had dreams, dreams that came true. Eventually he learned to control them. We move forward in time to the US in the year 2011. Sergeant Teddy Farrel’s dreams were of farming, raising grapes and making wine. His wife’s dreams were of his forgetting his dreams. A call to 911 brought Ted to the scene of an accident; a BMW lay twisted after running into a concrete barrier and then flipping end over end. Something about the accident bothers Ted but he isn’t sure what. Then an airplane crashes killing 200 people; again there seems to be no reason for the crash. After a report suggested that clairvoyant influence could be responsible, both para-psychological researchers and radical revolutionaries begin to investigate the 'accidents'.

    “The Mind Man” is a rather dark tale that will appeal to fans of horror and paranormal genres. The characters show great depth and are very realistic with traits of egocentricity, insatiability, desire and adoration. This is P. D. Richmond’s first novel. He cleverly teases readers to turn pages by ending each chapter with a cliff-hanger. As if that is enough the author includes twists and turns that kept me up all night reading. There are a few problems in executing the plot, such as the dialogue, which is pretty tough when we move from one country to another. However, none of that detracted from the plot. The ending is superb. I look forward to more books by P. D. Richmond.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

    This story is ambitious start for new author PD Richmond. He ha

    This story is ambitious start for new author PD Richmond.
    He has not only created an intensely visual world around a complex group of characters but also manages to weave seamlessly between them and multiple global locations.
    For a debut novel PD Richmond has set the stakes high, and I for one, look forward to reading the sequel.

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

    ¿The Mind Man¿ is such an extremely suspense-laden and highly th

    “The Mind Man” is such an extremely suspense-laden and highly thrilling read, that I simply could not put it down. The tale starts in a small town in Australia with a boy whose best friends are his rabbits. Then it sweeps the reader along on an exciting journey to Sacramento, London, the Cook Islands, Sidney, and a yacht near Acapulco, to literally come crashing to a grand finale in Paris.

    Sergeant Teddy Farrell knows he is on to something utterly extraordinary when a car and two airplanes crash for no good reason and he is willing to do whatever it takes to stop the senseless deaths. When a journalist reports that these accidents might be caused by some evil, greedy businessman with possible telepathic abilities, it attracts the unwelcome attention of parapsychological scientists and political rebels.

    The serious and, at times, almost dark tone of the book creates the perfect mood for the events described. The thoroughly flawed characters are extremely realistic. Greed, ambition, selfishness, and even love, are the driving forces behind the characters, thus making them into far more than just players in a story book drama. Even the ethical police sergeant has a disgusting lapse of morals when the opportunity arises. The big question remains; can a person who loves rabbits and is a wildlife philanthropist also be a ruthless, murderous businessman?

    As most of the chapters end with a cliff-hanger, “The Mind Man” is an absolute page turner. The aforementioned cliff-hanger tactic also applies to the end of the book. For a completely gripping and unforgettable reading experience I recommend “The Mind Man” as an absolute must-read deserving of far more than the 5 stars I can give it. I sincerely hope that we will very soon see another book to continue the story of Adam, Caren, Teddy, and their many accomplices and enemies. (Ellen Fritz)

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