Tool Of The Trade
Copyright 1987 by
I first read this in 1988 and most recently in July 2001.
It's 1987 and Nicholas Foley is a Russian spy for the USSR. He's a
"sleeper" whose spent over twenty years deep undercover as a University
professor in America. Many years ago in his research into hypnosis he
discovered a form of hypnosis so powerful that it grants absolute and immediate
mind-control of the subject. He's kept that secret, knowing that both
the Americans and the Russians would inevitably abuse this technique.
However, one day of course his secret is revealed, and he has to choose
sides, or to make his own side.
So now he's on the run from both the CIA and KGB, and one of these groups
has captured his wife. He knows the value of the prize is so great that
neither himself nor his wife can expect mercy.
Well it's another Haldeman book and so of course it's good. It's
not, however, momentous. It's an enjoyable but thoughtful read with a
couple of good ideas. Surprisingly, although I'd remembered the
interesting solution to nuclear war put forward in this book, I'd
completely forgotten it was from Haldeman's "Tool Of The Trade".
What's it got? mind-control, spies all over the place, and a lot of
excessive personal violence.
Loaded on the 16th July 2001.