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Extraordinary Powers [Hardcover]

Joseph Finder
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Feb. 15 1994
Harrison Sinclair, director of the CIA, has been killed in a car accident. His son-in-law, Ben Ellison -- an attorney and ex-agent -- instantly hears rumors of sinister forces within the Agency. The hunt for the truth will rush Ben headlong into a web of conspiracy beyond his control, where he is compelled by an artful, inescapable maneuver back into the employ of the CIA, and lured into a top-secret espionage project in telepathy that will endow him with "extraordinary powers" . . . .
"Spectacular . . . The action is unrelenting . . . Electrifying." Boston Sunday Herald


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From Publishers Weekly

Although the plot creaks a bit, Finder's ( The Moscow Club ) pacing, wit and style make this thriller a standout. In a long manuscript delivered to a reporter, Boston patent lawyer and former CIA operative Ben Ellison tells of an adventure that started with the accidental death of his father-in-law, CIA director Harrison Sinclair. After his first wife was killed by the KGB, Ben had shunned his previous employer but when a retired CIA deputy chief approaches Ben with proof that Sinclair was murdered and circumstantial evidence that he had been involved in a huge gold scam with the KGB's last boss, Ben agrees to a plan to clear Sinclair's name. Ben, who already has an eidetic memory, discovers during a high-tech lie detector test that he can also read minds. He hides his new-found power but when his second wife Molly (nee Sinclair) is kidnapped and he himself is almost killed in a Back Bay shootout, Ben sets off lickety-split for Italy, Switzerland, France and Canada. The reunited Ben and Molly outfox unknown foes, uncover numerous secrets that lead to the Very Big secret and a satisfying twist of an ending. The phlegmatic (yet occasionally crazy) Ben is a fine narrative voice, a bit like a Louis Auchincloss character telling an Eric Ambler story. Perhaps because of the CIA's old-boy tradition, Molly doesn't quite ring true but few readers will mind in this whiz of a yarn. 100,000 first printing; 100,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA-A sci-fi espionage caper filled with explosive action. A former CIA agent, who became a patent attorney following his wife's brutal murder, is sucked into the spy business again after an especially powerful MRI turns him into a mind reader. After many fake deaths, double and triple agents, and lots of economic and political sabotage, the story ends with small news clips that hint at the well-being of all major characters (the ones who appeared to have been blown away earlier). In an intriguing end note, Finder relates an interesting historical tidbit about "a fortune in Soviet gold [that] remains missing to this day" that the story is based upon. He also mentions that psychic research has long fascinated the CIA, the U.S. Department of Defense, and Soviet intelligence, leaving readers with ponderable issues to muse over.
Bunni Union, Geauga West Library, Chesterland, OH
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable story! Feb. 12 2014
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Not his best work. It got better as I kept reading but everything I have read of his before is more exciting and more tightly written. I was a little bit disappointed but it was still worth reading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I like fiction - not science fiction March 2 2014
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the story was plausible but the narration and character development did not support the story. It was not believable, it felt like science fiction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was a good but not great story! Feb. 18 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
It's very slow in building up to anything interesting. I had a lot of trouble staying focused and motivated to finish it. Things did start to pick up but by the end it was a bit overmuch with a lot of convoluted conspiracies. I normally love this author but this book was not one of his best works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 6 2014
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Excellent and fast read! I didn't want it to end. I recommend this author very strongly. I am looking at other books written by him
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finder is a Political Visionary July 10 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Extraordinary Powers is the second in Finder's collection of four (to date) outstanding novels which, upon investigation, reveal some of the most enlightening political info and predictions of our time. His first book, Moscow Club, accurately predicted the Soviet coup just before its occurrence. His second, Extraordinary Powers, accurately predicted the exposure of a high ranking CIA mole. His third, Zero Hour, explains the pitiful security of the world's finance system (and thank God it hasnt come true yet!), and his latest High Crimes pre-dates by three years a remarkably similar tale as the one recently uncovered concerning former Senator Bob Kerrey's command in Vietnam. A truly informative and knowledgeable man with a knack for fantastic presentation, Finder's books are some of the finest around. Pick them up, and you won't ever want to put them down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Story April 9 2002
Format:Hardcover
I thought his first book was just great so I had high hopes for this one. I would say that it is a bit of a let down but still a very good work. It delivers just a fun read that keeps a real good pace through out. There are a fair number of course changes and sub plots that keep it interesting. As he did in Moscow Club, he writes very smart characters that keep you involved. I also am very pleased with the political detail he places in the books and the tension that tends to bring. Overall a good effort and a book well worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finder is a Political Visionary July 11 2001
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High Crimes is the latest (last?) in Finder's collection of four (to date) outstanding novels which, upon investigation, reveal some of the most enlightening political info and predictions of our time. His first book, Moscow Club, accurately predicted the Soviet coup just before its occurrence. His second, Extraordinary Powers, accurately predicted the exposure of a high ranking CIA mole. His third, Zero Hour, explains the pitiful security of the world's finance system (and thank God it hasnt come true yet!), and his latest High Crimes pre-dates by three years a remarkably similar tale as the one recently uncovered concerning former Senator Bob Kerrey's command in Vietnam. A truly informative and knowledgeable man with a knack for fantastic presentation, Finder's books are some of the finest around. Pick them up, and you won't ever want to put them down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXTRA GOOD THRILLER July 9 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am not going to bore you with the details of this book. All I will say is… this book keeps you guessing all the way until the last page. Some of you know of Finder’s works and know how good he is, but for those of you who do not… then there is no time to waste. Mr. Finder’s work, and he only has written 4 books, are becoming hard to find. This book was first published a while ago and reissued. My good reader you must not hesitate, and you must rely on my good faith as a reviewer that this guy is good… real good. I have ordered his first thriller, The Moscow Club, from old book dealers on the web. There are even rumors that Mr. Finder has a new thriller upcoming, but I have no knowledge of this. There are many people waiting for a Finder thriller, including me.
I recommend all of Mr. Finder’s work; ZERO HOUR, HIGH CRIMES. Also, when you see his books, buy it. You will be surprised at how good Joseph Finder’s books are. Please be assured that these books will be some of your best reading at anytime. Check my other reviews [...]
You will not be disappointed
Tripp
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