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I picked up an advanced reading copy of this book at Comic Con after seeing a panel with Tim Kring I was initially interested because I m a fan of Heroes but I wasn t sure what to expect from his novel I m glad I gave it a chance I liked the premise of this book taking a series of historical events and adding a sci fi twist to them and for the most part I really enjoyed the writing style I would have liked to have seenof Chandler and the development of his LSD induced powers and les I picked up an advanced reading copy of this book at Comic Con after seeing a panel with Tim Kring I was initially interested because I m a fan of Heroes but I wasn t sure what to expect from his novel I m glad I gave it a chance I liked the premise of this book taking a series of historical events and adding a sci fi twist to them and for the most part I really enjoyed the writing style I would have liked to have seenof Chandler and the development of his LSD induced powers and less of Melchior and agent Query but I m assuming that their parts will be important for the rest of the trilogy and that is why so much time was devoted to them Because the narrative switches points of view in each chapter it takes a while to get into the story and invested in the characters but about a third of the way through I was sufficiently sucked in I m definitely going to continue reading this series If you are a Heroes fan, you are sure to recognize Tim Kring as the creator of the series For some readers this knowledge will either hurt or help your perception of the book As for me, I ve never watched the show, so I went into this book without any preconceptions about Kring or Dale.Shift begins in the year 2012 A fiery figure appears in the sky before several witnesses Many say that the figure seemed to be searching for someone but couldn t find them The book then jumps to the 1960s whe If you are a Heroes fan, you are sure to recognize Tim Kring as the creator of the series For some readers this knowledge will either hurt or help your perception of the book As for me, I ve never watched the show, so I went into this book without any preconceptions about Kring or Dale.Shift begins in the year 2012 A fiery figure appears in the sky before several witnesses Many say that the figure seemed to be searching for someone but couldn t find them The book then jumps to the 1960s when Kennedy was President Chandler Forrestal is a rather average young man whose interests only involve such tame things as becoming a professional student He meets the sultry Naz in a bar from there Chandler is thrown into a top secret project involving LSD a project only known as Project Orpheus When he escapes, Chandler is followed by a homicidal rogue agent known only as Melchior, a man who is willing to do anything to get what he wants Anything But why are they doing this And how does this tie into the assassination of President Kennedy Drawing on the fascinating mystery behind the Kennedy assassination as well as actual government experiments on LSD, Kring comes up with a story premise that is truly intriguing In addition to the cool premise of LSD superheroes JFK, Kring also gives us several fantastic characters, including the beautiful Naz Despite her somewhat negative but understandably so outlook on life, her pure charisma managed to shine throughout her brief but important interactions in the book And the LSD trips Those are the moments when the book really shines takes off You can t help but be interested in what is seen done.Where the book veers off course is through the all too frequent character shifts While each shift has something interesting to add, at times it just interrupted the flow of the book Occasionally I would find myself getting into the actions of a specific character Naz Melchior being my personal favorites , only to find myself getting thrown off when the action would jump to Chandler or one of the other characters in the book.This didn t make the book bad, just a little harder to read at times I can t help but think that a reader looking forcasual fare would be turned off by this book This is no leisurely beach read this is a book that has a lot going on expects the reader to read interact with it But for those willing to put a little effort into this read, it is sure to be rewarding In the end though, you ll probably either like this book or hate it much like the response to Heroes ARC provided by NetGalley #FREE PDF Ò Shift Î A new caliber of thriller set at the collision of s counterculture and the rise of dark forces in world government Heroes creator Tim Kring injects history with a supernatural, hallucinogenic what if Set in the crucible of the s, Shift is the story of Chandler Forrestal, a man whose life is changed forever when he is unwittingly dragged into a CIA mind control experiment After being given a massive dose of LSD, Chandler de velops a frightening array of mental powers With his one in a billion brain chemistry, Chandler s heightened perception uncovers a plot to assassi nate President Kennedy Propelled to prevent the conspiracy of assassi nation and anarchy, Chandler becomes a target for deadly forces in and out of the government and is pursued across a simmering landscape peopled by rogue CIA agents, Cuban killers, Mafia madmen, and ex Nazi scientists all the while haunted by a beautiful woman with her own scandalous past to purge, her own score to settle Chased across America, will Chandler be able to harness his shift and rewrite history Combining the nonstop style of Ludlum with the sinister, tangled conspiracies of DeLillo and Dick, and featuring cameos from Lee Harvey Oswald to Timothy Leary to J Edgar Hoover, Shift is a thriller guaranteed to be equal parts heart stopping and thought provoking The first pages of Shift open on my birthday, two years from now, and the story reaches back from there to a time before the assassination of President John F Kennedy, a time before I was born Coincidence Or is there some hidden meaning I should glean from this Shift is an ambitious novel in many ways, not the least of which is an attempt to create a new story with the JFK assassination, around which there are alreadystories than there are myths about King Arthur It s a big story, span The first pages of Shift open on my birthday, two years from now, and the story reaches back from there to a time before the assassination of President John F Kennedy, a time before I was born Coincidence Or is there some hidden meaning I should glean from this Shift is an ambitious novel in many ways, not the least of which is an attempt to create a new story with the JFK assassination, around which there are alreadystories than there are myths about King Arthur It s a big story, spanning nearly 50 years chronologically and incorporating many famous historical characters J Edgar Hoover, Timothy Leary, and of course Lee Harvey Oswald play significant parts, while there are brief appearances with Ronald Reagan, Jack Ruby, JFK himself, and even a quick mention of Saddam Hussein.The thread linking all these big players and big events is a US government experiment into the mind expanding properties of LSD, and forays into the realm of psychic and parapsychic abilities The government project in Shift is known as the Gate of Orpheus, or simply Orpheus, and is a fictional extension of the MKULTRA program and others The difference with Orpheus is that it worked it produced geunine psychic abilities in at least one subject and possibly , and that subject would go on to shape history as we know it.Just trying to summarize all this makes me tired.Another ambitious aspect of Shift is the extensive cast of characters, many of whom are introduced late in the story Kring begins with Chandler Forrestal and Nazanin Haverman, who quickly become pawns in a game much larger than themselves, Agents Melchior and BC Querrey, government agents on opposite sides of the same coin, and he builds from there Nazi doctors and sleeper agents and KGB andadd in the appearances of historical figures and the cast of characters is seemingly limitless.Tim Kring, in his first novel, definitely shot for the moon with Shift As often happens with a really ambitious story, unfortunately, he falls short of the mark The story is SO big that it often gets out of hand and hard to follow, though he does end up bringing it back in line It is wide reaching but lacks the focus I would have liked As a result, many of the suspenseful elements come out flat and the characters aren t given enough treatment for us to care very much about them Some scenes come off as overwritten, and would probably play better on the screen than they read on the page.Though the ending of the book is satisfying, there are many, many threads of story left unresolved Shift is the first of a planned series, so one hopes that there is resolution to come for these characters left hanging in the wind but I have to say that I m not sure I care enough to keep reading when the series continues.The ending of Shift is intriguing and well written, but it takes some effort to get there The ideas are interesting and original, but some get lost in the morass of prose and plot think X Files on a bad day Some of the characters have potential, but falter under the staggering weight of the story.Still, it does start with my birthday That can t be just a coincidence, right Maybe I will give the next book a shot after all We shall see This book starts out in the year 1963 Chandler Forrestal was just an innocent victim He met Naz, a nice woman who spiked his drink, only she didn t slip him a roofie Naz gave Chandler a bunch of LCD As if things aren t out of this world crazy enough when you are under the influence of mind altering drugs Chandler Suddenly, Chandler starts experiencing some mental changes Chandler believes that he has uncovered the true facts about President Kennedy s assassination Everyone is involved fro This book starts out in the year 1963 Chandler Forrestal was just an innocent victim He met Naz, a nice woman who spiked his drink, only she didn t slip him a roofie Naz gave Chandler a bunch of LCD As if things aren t out of this world crazy enough when you are under the influence of mind altering drugs Chandler Suddenly, Chandler starts experiencing some mental changes Chandler believes that he has uncovered the true facts about President Kennedy s assassination Everyone is involved from the Mafia, CIA, and FBI to the Russians It is going to be one roller coaster ride Shift is book one of the Gates of Orpheus Trilogy I have never read anything by either Mr Kring or Mr Peck I thought this book had some good potential I admit though that it started out really slowly for me In fact I put this book down about a third of the way into it and walked away It wasn t because I didn t like this book but because it too me a while to get into it I wanted the book to move faster then it did Once I got past the slow part, I found this book pretty interesting If you like conspiracy theories then you may like this book and should check out this book but you better hurry before this book Shifts out of bookstores Shift is an alternate history novel written by the guy who made up Heroes the TV show and another author Together they have written a solid readable novel with a great twist on a timeless question If you could somehow stop JFK or any public figure for that matter being assassinated what would happen Many writers have written in this vain, some of the better offers including Stephen King s 11.22.63 on how to go back in time to stop the JFK assassination and Stephen Fry s Making History on Shift is an alternate history novel written by the guy who made up Heroes the TV show and another author Together they have written a solid readable novel with a great twist on a timeless question If you could somehow stop JFK or any public figure for that matter being assassinated what would happen Many writers have written in this vain, some of the better offers including Stephen King s 11.22.63 on how to go back in time to stop the JFK assassination and Stephen Fry s Making History on how to go back in time to kill Hitler Despite it s frankly lame title, Shift is also a good attempt at alternate history Kring and Peck bring together several topics that make their novel the most believable of the group I ve read It s still quite out there that said.The first 85% of Shift are unrelated to the JFK assassination and if the cover and this review didn t mention it then it might have been a surprise Regardless the way that the internal politics of the early sixties spy agencies play out are interesting and integral to the world that the authors are attempting to build A world of CIA, FBI, KGB, JFK and LSD A world where one man can decide to kill another man in an attempt to bring about world war A world we almost live in every day.There are many allusions to conspiracies within the book but given its timeframe and setting they are fairly straight forward and clean cut Like in 11.22.63, the authors have accepted that Lee Harvey Oswald was the shooter on the day in question to make their novels easier to consume on a large scale That could obviously be a good or a bad thing Regardless Shift is a quick read and I got it for all of 10 so grab a copy.Definitely worth your time.4 stars.Forreviews go to TV showrunner Tim Kring and his cowriter, theexperienced novelist Dale Peck, have produced an alternate history mashup of mind control, LSD, conspiracy and the Kennedy assassination that goes on a bit too long with characters that showed promise for a while, until, well, the damn thing exhausted me The authors beat the dead horse of a premise with a stick that got bloody about half way through Given that we know the outcome of the story, the only reason to slog through would be the compe TV showrunner Tim Kring and his cowriter, theexperienced novelist Dale Peck, have produced an alternate history mashup of mind control, LSD, conspiracy and the Kennedy assassination that goes on a bit too long with characters that showed promise for a while, until, well, the damn thing exhausted me The authors beat the dead horse of a premise with a stick that got bloody about half way through Given that we know the outcome of the story, the only reason to slog through would be the compelling characters and an intriguing premise Both started well for me I liked the scion of the ruling class turned philosopher who was targeted by the CIA for the LSD experiment I liked the malevolent renegade, the disillusioned FBI agent, even the mysterious Asian whore runner But not enough to care, when the threads of the plot got inevitably knotted into a ball, just how and why the strands got straightened out Oddly, Stephen King covered a lot of the same territory with some of the same problems length, insistent trope obsession in his novel 11 22 63 He s better at it than Kring Peck Pity, as I think this is the first of a trilogy Oy Boy, was I disappointed, I had wanted to read this when I first saw it on the bookstore shelves, but it failed in a big way I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn t, is it contradictory to say that it felt like too much was going on, but at the same time nothing actually happens I loved the TV series Heroes and I loved the concept of secret government experiments with mind altering drugs, ESP and JFK assassination connections so it should be a hit with me right Wrong The sto Boy, was I disappointed, I had wanted to read this when I first saw it on the bookstore shelves, but it failed in a big way I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn t, is it contradictory to say that it felt like too much was going on, but at the same time nothing actually happens I loved the TV series Heroes and I loved the concept of secret government experiments with mind altering drugs, ESP and JFK assassination connections so it should be a hit with me right Wrong The story made no sense at all and the writing style really confused the plot and action as if Kring and Peck had tried too hard to be concise with their writing to give afrenetic, energetic pace, but in so doing they seem to have missed out coherence it was hard to see how any of the plot points actually connected Another thing that annoyed me was that a lot of the elements of the story were just thrown into the mix because it seemed like a cool idea at that particular moment when they were writing, but it doesn t actually help or relate to the story Kring s Shift never really gets into high gearSet in the sixties, Shift is a novel that aims for the sky but at some point it gets lost somewhere else We don t really know where Written as the beginning of a trilogy that, as far as I m concerned, hasn t been continued, the book introduces a pretty good idea, plot and characters however, as the story goes on, it begins to erode itself Is it worth reading I guess Does it leave you withquestions than answers Definitely, and not in Kring s Shift never really gets into high gearSet in the sixties, Shift is a novel that aims for the sky but at some point it gets lost somewhere else We don t really know where Written as the beginning of a trilogy that, as far as I m concerned, hasn t been continued, the book introduces a pretty good idea, plot and characters however, as the story goes on, it begins to erode itself Is it worth reading I guess Does it leave you withquestions than answers Definitely, and not in a good way.This thriller was written by Tim Kring creator of the Heroes tv series and Dale Peck back in 2010 and it fell into my hands in a local book fair some time ago It s about mind control experiments that the CIA used to run back in the sixties, LSD, Cuba, conspiracies, the Mafia, the JFK assassination You can see why the premise is awesome, at least for someone like me Who doesn t like a political thriller mixed with secret agents, drugs and conspiracies Oh, come on On the bright side, besides the whole idea of the story, I think the characters and their respective backgrounds are pretty solid It feels like you really get to know each one throughout the chapters and that is something that doesn t happen often Also, I m not a very big fan of long descriptions, but Kring or Peck manages to achieve both a dynamic and simple style of doing it that you end up really hooked For example, the mind control or the LSD trips Another good thing would be towards the end, when he perfectly combines parts of the story with real JFK killing theories It makes you go watch that fatal motorcade video over and over again That same thing happened to me, in a whole other level, after reading 11 22 63, by Stephen King that one is a must.On the other hand, I must say that, though the plot is great, the way the authors manage to develop it is not that good It s all over the place at times, constantly mixing jawdropping passages with bad ones Moreover, I think that the extension of the book plus the quantity of characters help bringing down the rythm Yes, they are excellent characters, but there are so many And all of that builds a confusion you can t easily escape from Further, there are intriguing questions that are presented to the reader almost at the beginning and at the end you realize there is no answer to those That really pissed me off I mean, I get that it is the first part of a series but, man, I read almost 500 pages, I want answers.All in all, Shift leaves much to be desired The perception is that, somehow, the novel has so much potential but doesn t really live up to the expectations it builds In a nutshell, it never really gets into high gear My rating for the book 2 stars Regular Did LSD kill JFK That tagline drew me to yet another JFK conspiracy related novel The premise is intriguing it lends another level, scientific experimentation and mysticism, to the different conspiracies that abound Mafia, FBI, CIA, Cuba, and of course Oswald and Ruby But it doesn t do it well enough to draw me back to complete the trilogy and that bothers me I don t like leaving something incomplete but this book was a chore The entire story felt too disjointed It does finally come tog Did LSD kill JFK That tagline drew me to yet another JFK conspiracy related novel The premise is intriguing it lends another level, scientific experimentation and mysticism, to the different conspiracies that abound Mafia, FBI, CIA, Cuba, and of course Oswald and Ruby But it doesn t do it well enough to draw me back to complete the trilogy and that bothers me I don t like leaving something incomplete but this book was a chore The entire story felt too disjointed It does finally come together but only after 2 3 or 3 4 of the book There, you finally discover how any of the book has to do with JFK and those other entities previously mentioned Further, it seemed too fantastical to me I m not sure why it didn t resonate, why I didn t like it After all,Stephen King s 11 23 63 was long and winding but oh so beautiful, engaging, tense, and mystical, King s trademark Maybe, here, I wanted a sense of realism Maybe books 2 and 3 go about resolving it all and making the experimentation work as a storyso maybe one day I ll give them a shotbut until thenI d recommend 11 23 63 in lieu of this But, if you like LSD experimentation that turns individuals into telepaths and mind readers, and you are a JFK assassination conspiracy theory enthusiast, then maybe give the trilogy a chance P.S Out of it all, I did like this passage They re going to say that what happened today changed things Don t you believe them The shift happened a long time ago, and it s a log bigger than you or meYou should read that book the director gave you or Fahrenheit 451, or 1984, or, hell, The Manchurian Candidate, the very novel that inspired Project Orpheus The sci fi guys have always known good and evil aren t mutually exclusive, let alone capitalism and communism That two opposing forces come to lookandlike each other the longer they fight Up till now it s been fiction But after this it ll be truth The thing is, though, the truth will have turned into lies, because everything will be about subjectivity, everything will be about distrust of authority It ll be chaos masquerading as reason until someone or something comes along with the authority to lull people into believing that some truths really are incontrovertible God, maybe, or country, or who knows, maybe just selfishness as opposed to self inspection and self improvement But no matter how it plays out, it translates into big profit for anyone willing to exploit people s fears Twenty years in intelligence and I never really got thatNot till I met you someone idealistic enough to actually believe everything his government told him, even though it resulted in hiw own persecution p316 317