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The Asylum Prophecies

The Asylum Prophecies

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by Daniel Keyes

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Publishers Weekly
Those familiar with Keyes only from his extraordinary Flowers for Algernon will be dramatically disappointed by this mediocre post-9/11 political thriller. Sometime before the second U.S. incursion into Iraq, an unlikely coalition of Marxist militants—17N, a Greek group, and MEK, a majority-female Iranian gang—are conspiring to hit major targets, employing anthrax in one assault. The plans for the attack happen to be locked in the mind of Raven Slade, the mentally unstable daughter of a covert CIA agent who hypnotizes her to make sure she can reveal them to no one. As Slade is tortured by 17N members, Frank Dugan, a novice FBI intelligence analyst, is tapped to travel to Europe and thwart the doomsday plot. Hackneyed writing (“As Fatima stood, the crescent necklace slipped out from between bold breasts”) and improbable plot developments will push readers' credulity beyond the breaking point. (Oct.)

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Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
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4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Keyes (1927 ¿ 2014), the author of the fascinating and heartbreaking Flowers for Algernon, was inspired by his experience teaching English to students with special needs. Beginning as a short story in The Magazine of Fantasy of Science Fiction, it was originally rejected by five publishers because Keyes refused to change the ending. It was adapted into the 1968 movie, Charly.

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Asylum Prophecies 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
A coalition of terrorists have merged with a plan to deploy Operation Dragon's Teeth that will make 9/11 look like a quiet day at the park. The only person outside of gangs who knows of the specifics of the upcoming assault is Raven Slade, the daughter of a CIA field operative; resident of a mental institution in Athens, Greece as she suffers from multiple personality disorder (MPD) and talks with her dead sister. Her father hypnotized Raven to insure she cannot reveal what she knows about 17N and MeK to anyone even the FBI or CIA until they are defeated. However, she is kidnapped and tortured by one of the terrorist groups, the 17N. Rookie FBI agent Frank Dugan is sent to Europe to prevent the plot scheduled for 17 November by the Mujhadeen-e Kalq starting with rescuing Raven so he can learn what she knows. This is a fast-paced action-packed thriller from the strange opening scene in the Athens hospital and never slows down until the climax. However, readers need to set aside their plausibility meter as several spins like the hypnosis and sending a novice to prevent a major terrorist attack seem farfetched even with late denouements. Still fans of Daniel Keyes will enjoy this exciting tale mostly seen through the hypnotized mindset of an alleged MPD sufferer with voices on her head. Harriet Klausner