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Set against the backdrop of project MKUltra (a real program (1950-1973) that experimented with the behavioral engineering of humans by the CIA), Mindfield is the latest William Deverell novel brought to life by Steve and Maggie Scherf. Of the Deverell novels I’ve listened to as audiobooks, this has been my favorite. First, the setting is Montreal in the 1970’s, so listening to it was like a trip back to my youth. Second, it is a very well written book, engaging and satisfying. Finally it was very well read, making it easy and enjoyable to listen to.
Mindfield is the story of Kellen O’Reilly, a Montreal Police Detective, and the flashbacks he has to a time when he volunteered for a program that he thought would help him deal with the death of his father, also a Montreal Police Officer (and give him a bit of money on the side). O’Reilly finds himself on a case that has ties back to this program, and his flashbacks increase in frequency. The story covers his journey back to his past where he finds the clues to unlock his current case, and mixes in the backdrop of a Police strike with a newly found love interest. O’Reilly not only has to confront his own demons, but also deals with the death of a close friend and the bureaucracy of an urban Police Department.
The story is very well read by Steve and Maggie Scherf. The way that they bring the characters to life, and make it so easy to keep track of each character (and Mr. Deverall’s novels always have a large cast of characters), make it a joy to listen to.
If you haven’t been exposed to William Deverell’s novels before, this is a great place to start. If you are a fan of audiobooks you can’t do better than listen to this one.
Great book, fantastic narration, 5 stars.
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What did you love best about Mindfield?
I enjoyed the book very much. It was an interesting story that kept me engaged til the end.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The idea of mind control by the government was most interesting, and least interesting was probably the setting for me.
What does Steve Scherf and Maggie Scherf bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
A lot of audio books have one voice trying to become both male and female voices. Having both voices adds to the ability to understand the different characters.
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It was an enjoyable book and easy to follow.
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