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Williams, Billy Dee, 1937-
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 1999.
Physical Description:
254 pages ; 22 cm
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"A Tor book"--T.p. verso.
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An actor famed for his role in two Star Wars movies teams up with an award-winning author to write a novel based on an actual government program of psychic spying.

Author Notes

Billy Dee Williams is a renowned stage, television and film actor most noted for his roles in The Empire Strikes Backs, Return of the Jedi, and Lady Sings the Blues . He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Rob MacGregor is the Edgar Award winning author of Prophecy Rock and many other novels. He lives in Boynton Beach, Florida

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Williams is, of course, best known as the actor who played Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars films, but here, with the help of an Edgar-winning coauthor, he makes an impressive debut as a novelist. A few years ago, the CIA reported that it had explored using psychics as spies; at the heart of the operation was the concept of "remote viewing" --the ability to project the mind to distant locations. This exciting and mostly plausible novel features a former member of the CIA project who has a couple of days to figure out, using remote viewing, who's planning to bomb Washington, D.C. Although the novel isn't as gripping as Michael Hale's Fold in the Tent of the Sky [BKL O 1 98], which also featured a remote viewer, it is reasonably fresh and quite well written. Some will quibble with the not-so-plausible subplot, about the vice-president and some rather unusual visitors, but most readers will have a good time. --David Pitt

Publisher's Weekly Review

Slim but briskly paced, this near-future thriller launches a new and promising collaboration between actorÄand debut novelistÄWilliams (best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in Return of the Jedi) and novelist MacGregor (Prophecy Rock, etc.). Their protagonist is Trent Calloway, a retired African-American Air Force major who is a survivor of a secret project to turn people capable of "remote-viewing" (i.e., psychics) into a military asset. Suspicious psychic phenomena make Calloway wonder if a new remote-viewing plan is in the worksÄand indeed it is. His old project director, Gordon Maxwell, has entered into an alliance with a right-wing former general and his militia followers, and is trying to use remote viewing as a weapon to overthrow the U.S. government. They intend to plant a Russian-built suitcase-nuke in Washington, D.C., and to convince American president David Dustin that he has been contacted by UFOs. Calloway, his ex-wife and several other retired psychics (all bearing psychological scars from the first project) desperately race against time and terrorism to save the country. The story plays out tightly, with high excitement, and the authors do an excellent job not only in generating convincing characters but in making their bizarre scenario appear plausible. It hardly matters which author contributed what to the novel, as it should garner more than enough praise to spread around. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Yet another movie star plugs in the computer and writes a novel. Williams of Star Wars fame draws on the spooky revelation that the CIA once relied on psychics to spy for the government via "remote viewing." Here, a former air force major involved in the psychic spying program discovers that he was drugged during the "viewing" sessions and is now linked to other spies in a dangerous "PSI net." (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.