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“I learned from this novel about the actual CIA cold war era project MKULtra covert human research operation experimenting in the behavioral engineering of humans (mind control) involving even Canadian illegitimate children who were forced into insane asylum hospitals in Quebec/Montreal to work under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Church there. The bizarre mutilation of many corpses ranged from Egypt, Canada and France. We have recently visited in Cairo and the descriptions reminded us also of our recent tour of India.
The premise of the crimes involves visually induced maladies and transformations of areas of the brain which is plausible in view of the well known epilepsy seizure episodes that may occur to individuals playing some video games and discomfort/disorientation from flickering fluorescence lighting, etc..
The author provides more than sufficient character development of the two main crime fighters so that their idiosyncrasies and character flaws are well understood and development of a mutual attraction is reasonable.
I did not know that the French Foreign Legion is also subject to contemporary contamination by technology and individual interests. ”
“Seemed like a good premise but ultimately didn't work for me.”Aubepine12 wrote this review Friday, April 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“First of all let me say… that because American and British publishers have zero respect for their readers (zero, nada, none), none of the previous novels have, of course, been translated yet, so readers are plopped into the larger story fairly late in the game and have missed everything that has lead up to this point. Some of the details are filled in -- such as what exactly happened to Franck's wife and daughter -- but only in summary, with readers are unable to actually live through. It's very annoying, does a great disservice to the author, and the characters.
In this terrific French thriller, a veteran Paris profiler struggling with paranoid schizophrenia and a lonely female police detective are brought together by a series of gruesome murders that have something to do with an old experimental film containing disturbing subliminal images.
This is a crackerjack story that i almost devoured in one sitting.
read it now or wait for the movie because Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush Productions are set to bring an adaptation of the novel stateside, with Black Swan screenwriter Mark Heyman will be taking on script duties”
“I could not put this book down. Frightening. Enthralling. Repelling. I still don't know if I'm glad to have read the book, or sorry to have it haunting me. And the horrible ending. No closure. How can I leave it hanging like that! My rating should either bee 5 star or 1 depending on the book or my frustration with the subject matter”Elaine M wrote this review Wednesday, March 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the best things about the Goodreads First Reads contests is winning books that you've never really heard of by authors you're not familiar with. This book certainly fits the bill, as it wasn't on my radar before entering the contest, and I certainly hadn't read anything by the author before now.
What's weird is that I know I read the description for this book, and yet, when I won this copy, I still had the wrong impression as to what it was about. I think it's the whole movie = spontaneous blindness thing; I was picturing something along the lines of the horror movies The Ring, and this is about as far from that as you can get.
The book starts out a bit slowly, as there's a lot of character introduction, exposition, etc. The reader is only allowed as much information as the main characters, so we're trying to figure out the mystery just as Luci and Sharko are. At times, this works really well, and at others, just like the police, I found myself frustrated that I couldn't fit the pieces together fast enough. And as I've found with other translated works, there's a bit of a wall between the work and the reader, leaving it sometimes feeling a bit more like a report than a work of fiction. Thankfully, this starts to subside as the reader becomes accustomed to the translator's style, and that's when the book starts to pick up.
It's hard to describe what this book is about. It works on several different levels: police procedural, dialog on mental illness, thesis on violence, etc. What I can say is that I really enjoyed it, and I highly recommend it to those following this blog. I'm hoping that Thilliez puts out another book soon, preferably one that sees the return of Luci and Sharko. But I will probably read whatever he chooses to put out next. ”
“Keeps you riveted to the very end. The end???”Lee A. Wood aka; Bear, BeadieBear wrote this review Saturday, November 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No