by David Morehouse ‧ RELEASE DATE: Nov. 15, 1996
The whiny testament of a former US Army officer who, after a stint of inner-space spying for covert agencies, turned on his erstwhile masters in a belated burst of moral outrage and was effectively cashiered. The third generation of his family to pursue a military career, Morehouse became a model soldier. While on maneuvers with the Rangers in Jordan, however, the author stopped an errant machine-gun round. His helmet saved him, but he soon began having vivid out-of-body experiences and visions. Morehouse was steered by the psychologist he consulted into a hush-hush project funded by the CIA. At his new duty station the apprentice psychic developed his gift for remote viewing; this extrasensory faculty allows him to move (in something very like a fugue state) backward or forward through time and gather information while doing so. On his travels in the ether, the author claims to have ""seen"" Iraqis place canisters near blazing oil wells, which purportedly released slow-acting toxins to poison UN Coalition troops during the Persian Gulf conflict. Morehouse also asserts that he observed the kidnapping and murder by Arab terrorists of a USMC colonel in Beirut, helped track the terrorists who blew up Pan Am flight 103 over Scotland, and identified couriers transporting contraband drugs across US borders. Ultimately revolted by the allegedly nefarious (but undisclosed) uses to which remote viewing had been put, the author resolved to go public with his complaints. Even now, Morehouse professes amazement at the lengths to which the military would go to protect the secrecy of a highly classified project and shock at the realization that his beloved army was prepared to court-martial him on trumped-up charges. A very different sort of war story, one that not only strains credulity but also begs rather a lot of questions about the scientific validity of paranormal visitations along what Morehouse presents as a sort of mental Internet.
Pub Date: Nov. 15, 1996
Page Count: 272
Publisher: St. Martin's
Review Posted Online: N/A
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1996
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