The Mind Man

The Mind Man

by Peter Richmond

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Do your thoughts affect other people?

What if those people end up dead?

The unthinkable is happening. People are dying inexplicably. Just one man appears responsible…a deranged monster or a madman?

A reluctant cop sets out to find the truth. He risks all and loses everything, but discovers a tortured soul; consumed by revenge and manipulated by an adolescent infatuation.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940032957553
Publisher: Peter Richmond
Publication date: 12/07/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 878,778
File size: 768 KB

About the Author

Richmond is a graduate from the University of Tasmania.He spent many years working in the spatial-information industry; two of which were spent mixing it with the Kurds in pre-war Northern Iraq, as a consultant for the United Nations.After evacuating himself to Russia he resided for twelve months in Moscow, acquainting himself with Russian life, enduring freezing winter temperatures, writing restaurant reviews for an ex-pat website and enjoying the cafe culture of a blissful Moscow summer.Upon returning to Australia he devoted himself to writing fulltime. Many of his fiction short stories have been published in magazines such as ''The Tasmanian Surveyor'' and ''Azimuth'' and he has received an award for one of his poems ''A Parent's Plea'' in the 2010 FreeXpresSion Literary Competition. Richmond is a member of the Bondi Writers' Group (Fellowship of Australian Writers).He lives in Sydney with his wife and two sons.

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The Mind Man 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Laparouse More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Armin Howard More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Coops1 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic reading, great book, thanks
horsewithnoname More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading it. It is easy to read, with that must find out what happens content.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept u thinking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twist at end. Abrupt ending. I'm curious to read the next book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
DesertJules More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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NaomiRCook More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant understand the rave reviews. Thus book was horrible. It jumps from one character and his story to another and another and another and just when it seems to make some sort if sense more characters are introduced out of the blue. I struggled thru to pg 493 and just gave up. Waste of time. Horrible book.
BLUEFISH99 More than 1 year ago
I found this a captivating book, compelling read and full of intrigue and mystery showing how the Mind Man is capable of choosing his victims from people all over the world, bordering on telepathy, mind control and telekinesis, he is able to manipulate people to do his bidding even though they might be half way around the world. Is motivated by dreams, is capable of amazing incredible fortunes, although some elements of the plot are a little hazy, you are unable to glean where the money originates but the storyline is good and well worth a read. I think this book is a bit of a challenge for its readers because its not what you expect to happen. One of those books you have to finish to the end and cannot leave hanging
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Flowed beautifully!