Zeb Marlowe, the physically scarred and invisibly wounded survivor of a top secret CIA brainwashing experiment, has begun to remake his life when Jai Jai Leland, the beautiful, intelligent widow of a man who didn't survive, asks him to help her solve the mystery of her husband's shocking and violent death.
Marlowe, struggling to resist his attraction to Jai Jai, is pulled into her quest despite his memories of trauma and abuse and the way his mind was hijacked. Together they search for psychiatrist Victor Ressid, creator of the experiments that turned student volunteers into slaves.
Meanwhile, obsessed by his own bizarre sexual appetites and sudden, unexpected access to limitless wealth, Ressid is consumed by fantasies of revenge against Marlowe, the only volunteer to defy him.
Against an ominous background of escalating global terrorism, Marlowe and Jai Jai uncover a deadly conspiracy at the heart of government. They must risk their lives to stop a nuclear threat that will destroy the security of the entire world even as they wonder if Marlowe, against his will, has been turned into a suicide bomber.
With a plot that hurtles forward at electric speed, BRAINWASHED is set during the paranoid 1970s of Vietnam and Watergate. The novel takes place on the beautiful islands of the Caribbean, in Damascus and Ireland, the Philippines, Canada, Washington, DC and in an underground torture chamber located on Victor Ressid's secluded private estate located near the Mexico-Belize border.
BRAINWASHED is based on real-life psychiatric experiments conducted by the CIA in American and Canadian universities and known by the code name MK-ULTRA.
“BRAINWASHED delivers the goods: thrills, gut-churning suspense, nightmarish terror. I dare you to put it down!” —Bob Mayer, former Green Beret and million-copy bestselling author of AREA 51
Also by NYT bestselling authors Ruth and Michael Harris, HOOKED. A brilliant Doctor Feelgood hooks his rich and famous clients. “Truly one of the best books I’ve ever read! I luuuvvved the international jet-setting element, and the characters were each riveting in their own unique ways. I simply could not put it down! If I could give it 10-Stars, I would! It’s that good!!!” https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Ruth_Harris_Hooked_A_Thriller?id=Iu3-AgAAQBAJ
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Ruth Harris is a New York Times and Amazon bestselling author and a Romantic Times award winner for “best contemporary.” Her emotional, entertaining novels have been praised by critics and sold millions of copies in hard cover, paperback, and ebook editions, and were prominent selections of leading book clubs including the Literary Guild and the Book Of The Month Club.
Michael Harris is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, THE ATOMIC TIMES: My H-Bomb Year at the Pacific Proving Ground and ALWAYS ON SUNDAY: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guests.
All of Ruth's and Michael's books are available at GooglePlay in ebook editions.
Brilliant, idealistic Dr. Gavin Jenkins creates a revolutionary treatment that heals his patients and helps them perform at the top of their abilities. When he marries a beautiful heiress and rises from rural poverty to riches and international celebrity, a ruthless, predatory oil billionaire introduces Gavin to the ailing President of the United States.
It is then that a twisted conspiracy is set in motion that leads from a secluded private island in the Mediterranean, to deadly KGB plots, and beheadings in the scarlet-draped bedroom of a sexually depraved royal prince to the Oval Office itself. As the darkest secrets at the heart of the White House are revealed, the world’s energy supply—and Gavin's own life—hang in the balance.
HOOKED, a political-medical thriller set in the 1960s world of the Jet Set and The Beautiful People, is set in New York and Washington, Vienna, Cairo and aboard Lydia, the world’s most beautiful yacht.
“POWERFUL! BRILLIANT! All the sure elements of a big seller written by pros who know how to tell a story. Slick and sexy with easily recognizable people or composites.” —Publisher's Weekly
“Truly one of the best books I've ever read! I luuuvvved the international jet-setting element, and the characters were each riveting in their own unique ways. I simply could not put it down! If I could give it 10-Stars, I would! It's that good!!!” —bestselling author D. D. Scott
“Sex, greed, ambition and murder–what's not to like? It's great to see NYT bestselling authors, Ruth Harris and Michael Harris move into the thriller genre.” —Mark Chisnell, author of The Defector
“Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the operating theatre, NYT best-selling author Ruth Harris and Michael Harris take on the medical-political thriller. Sleepless nights ahead for Daniel Silva and Tess Gerritsen as their crowns are threatened.” —Mark Williams, co-author of Sugar and Spice
Also by NYT bestselling authors Ruth and Michael Harris:
BRAINWASHED, a psychological thriller, is based on real-life psychiatric experiments conducted by the CIA in American and Canadian universities and known by the code name MK-ULTRA. "BRAINWASHED delivers the goods: thrills, gut-churning suspense, nightmarish terror. Ruth and Michael Harris have delivered another great read and sure bestseller. I dare you to put it down!" --Bob Mayer, former Green Beret and million-copy bestselling author of AREA 51
BRAINWASHED is available on GooglePlay at—https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Ruth_Harris_Brainwashed_A_Thriller?id=iDH-AgAAQBAJ
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This Lock story, of roughly 15,000 words, can be read separately from the rest of the Ryan Lock series, as can each full-length novel. For readers following the books in order, the events described here take place between the second book in the series, Deadlock, and the third, Gridlock.
For fans of Vince Flynn, Jack Reacher, Brad Thor, James Patterson, Lee Child, Alex Cross, Nelson DeMille, David Baldacci, John Sandford, Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, Mark Greaney, Tom Clancy, Gregg Hurwitz, Dan Brown, John Grisham, Simon Kernick, Joseph Finder.
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Three-eyed fish swimming in the lagoon. Men whose toenails glow in the dark. Operation Redwing where the F words were Fallout and Fireball. In 1956, I was an army draftee sent to the Marshall Islands to watch 17 H-bomb tests. An "observer," the Army called it. In plain English: a human guinea pig.
I knew at the time that the experience could make a fascinating book, and I wrote a novel based on it while I was still there. The problem was that Eniwetok was a security post. There were signs everywhere impressing on us that the work going on (I mopped floors, typed, filed requisitions and wrote movie reviews for the island newspaper “All the news that fits we print”) was Top Secret. “What you do here, what you see here, what you hear here, when you leave here leave it here.”
I was afraid they would confiscate the manuscript if they found it but a buddy who left Eniwetok before I did concealed the pages in his luggage. When he got back to the States, he mailed those pages to my father so I had what turned out to be a very rough draft.
What was wrong with the book? Let me count the ways. I didn’t know how to write action, plot and character. I did know how to leave out everything interesting that was happening around me. Back in the States after my discharge, I thought about writing Version #2 but for ten years, I had nightmares about the H-bomb almost every night. I survived the radiation (unlike some of my friends), but the memories were also a formidable foe. I tried to forget and more or less succeeded.
My perspective gradually changed over the years and I began to remember what I had tried to forget:
We were told we had to wear high density goggles during the tests to avoid losing our sight but the shipment of goggles never arrived—the requisition was cancelled to make room for new furniture for the colonel's house.
We were told we had to stand with our backs to the blast—again to prevent blindness. But the first H-bomb ever dropped from a plane missed its target, and the detonation took place in front of us and our unprotected eyes.
Servicemen were sent to Ground Zero wearing only shorts and sneakers and worked side by side with scientists dressed in RadSafe suits. The exposed military men developed severe radiation burns and many died.
The big breakthrough came when enough years had passed and I had overcome the anger and the self-pity resulting from the knowledge that I and the men who served with me had been used as guinea pigs in a recklessly dangerous and potentially deadly experiment. At last I had the perspective to understand my nuclear year in its many dimensions and capture the tragedy and the black humor that came along with 17 H-bomb explosions. In addition, certain significant external realities had changed.
Top Secret documents about Operation Redwing had been declassified. I learned new details about the test known as Tewa: the fallout lasted for three days and the radiation levels exceeded 3.9 Roentgens, the MPE (Maximum Permissible Exposure). Three ships were rushed to Eniwetok to evacuate personnel but were ordered back after the military raised the MPE to 7. That, they reasoned, ensured everyone's safety.
I made contact with other atomic veterans who told me about their own experiences and in some cases sent me copies of letters written to their families during the tests. As we talked, we also laughed: about officers who claimed Eniwetok was a one year paid vacation; about the officer who guarded the political purity of the daily island newspaper by deleting "pinko propaganda," including a speech by President Eisenhower.
By now, Ruth knew the material almost as well as I did and provided crucial perspective and detailed editing expertise.
At last, I was able to pull all the strands together. After 50 years, I was able write the book I had wanted to in the beginning.
Having struggled to write a memoir for so long and having been asked for advice by others contemplating writing a memoir, I can pass along a bit of what I learned along the way.
Make sure you have enough distance from the experience to have perspective on what happened. Exposure to radiation and the resulting reactions—anger, terror, incredulity—produce powerful emotions that take time to process.
Figure out how to use (or keep away) from your own intense feelings. In the case of the H-Bomb tests, anger and self-pity were emotions to stay away from. So was the hope of somehow getting “revenge.”
Sometimes the unexpected works. For me, finding humor in a tragic situation— the abject military incompetence in planning and executing the H-Bomb tests—freed my memory and allowed me to write about horrific experiences.
Figure out (most likely by trial and error) how much or how little of yourself you want to reveal.
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Will Trailer is a super-achiever on the baseball diamond but at home? Not so much, according to his gorgeous movie star wife.
Efficiency expert Howard Hopkins has just retired. His wife married him for better and for worse—but not for 24-hours-a-day.
Gordo Canholme would procrastinate breathing if he could, but will he ever get the new baby’s room ready? Not without HTS, according to his very pregnant wife.
Husband Training School is the creation of former Marine Corps Drill Instructor, Robin Aguirre. When their wives enroll Will, Howard and Gordo as new students, Robin, the survivor of two divorces and hardened by years of experience at HTS, is ready for anything the most improvement-resistant husbands of the 21st Century can dish out.
She thinks. (But then all hell breaks loose!)
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