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The Syndrome: A Thriller af John Case
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The Syndrome: A Thriller (udgave 2007)

af John Case (Forfatter)

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A promising research fellow for a venerable think tank in Zurich has just filed his last report, as he is forced into a grisly experiment. . . . A seductive young woman travels to Florida and, from her hotel room window, coolly sharpshoots an old man in a wheelchair as he basks in the late afternoon sun. . . . A psychologist who helps patients confront and dispel past trauma through hypnosis battles his own silent demons. . . .  In The Syndrome, John Case combines these intriguing elements into a pulse-pounding, mind-twisting new thriller. Dr. Jeff Duran suffers from severe panic attacks when he ventures too far outside his home office. At times, he remembers phrases of a foreign language he has never learned. And there are curious memories he cannot explain of distinct smells, music, the spray of ocean sailing. But no sooner do these senses and images begin to surface than they disappear. Then, after a patient commits suicide, Duran's life spirals out of control. The victim's half-sister, Adrienne Cope, blames Duran for filling her sister's head with "recovered" memories of horrific childhood abuse. But Adrienne soon discovers some shocking facts about him--facts that even he is unaware of. The stakes are raised when unknown assassins burst into Duran's office and bloodshed ensues. But who is their target: Adrienne or Duran? Running for their very lives, forced to trust each other, they must now work together to unlock the reason why one or both of them is marked for death. For beneath the intrigue lies a dark conspiracy that stretches halfway around the world-- and a sinister plot that could change the course of history. A relentlessly paced thriller in which nothing is what it seems, no one can be trusted, and nothing is secure--especially one's own memories.  The Syndrome is a chillingly, brilliantly conceived novel from a proven master of suspense.… (mere)
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Titel:The Syndrome: A Thriller
Forfattere:John Case (Forfatter)
Info:Ballantine Books (2007), Edition: Reprint, 538 pages
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This was a very strange story that I'm not sure how to describe. I'm not even sure I liked it. Three seemingly disparate people are drawn into a tale of mind control and impossibilities. I think, maybe, if psychology fascinates you, this is a good thriller. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
(Spoilers) A good thriller about a pseudo-life created by an implant into Jeffrey Duran's head. The plot built a little too slowly, with 'clues' being dropped too heavy-handed a manner. It built momentum after Duran reclaimed his identity as Lew McBride. The female lawyer (Adrienne Cope) and he team up and revenge is dealt to those responsible. ( )
  skraft001 | Dec 29, 2015 |
**A GLASS-SHATTERING, DIESEL-FUELED, HARD-CHARGING THRILL RIDE OF A READ . . . [John Case is] a confident master working at peak performance.”
–LORENZO CARCATERRA
Author of *Street Boys* and *Sleepers*
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Dr. Jeff Duran suffers from severe panic attacks whenever he ventures outside his home office. And he is inexplicably haunted by mysterious memories. Then, after a troubled patient commits suicide–and her half sister, Adrienne Cope, blames Duran–his life spirals out of control.

Suddenly targeted by unknown assassins, he and Adrienne must run for their very lives. Forced to trust each other, they must now work together to unlock the reason why one or both of them is marked for death. For beneath the intrigue lies a dark conspiracy that stretches halfway around the world–and a sinister plot that could change the course of history.

### Amazon.com Review

What if you weren't who you thought you were, and behind the screen of false memories that convinced you of your identity was another, even more terrifying set of equally false memories, so awful that if anyone or anything made it past the first, artificially induced "firewall," you'd kill yourself rather than live with the horror of what you thought you'd done? That's the intriguing, if somewhat muddled, setup for John Case's (*The Genesis Code*) new thriller, which starts with the disappearance of Lew McBride, a young research psychologist, and the suicide of a beautiful but troubled young woman soon after she inexplicably guns down an old man in a wheelchair.

Adrienne Cope blames her sister Nico's death on Jeff Duran, the psychologist who's been treating Nico for the after-effects of the satanic sexual abuse she supposedly suffered in childhood, abuse that Adrienne has reason to know is a complete fiction. When the detective Adrienne hires to investigate Duran turns up proof that he's an impostor, Duran himself is baffled; his belief in his own identity is so convincing that he passes a lie detector test without breaking a sweat. Someone has stolen his mind: is it the same shadowy cabal that stole Nico's, too? When he and Adrienne finally join forces, their first stop is a neurologist, whose tests reveal an anomaly in Duran's brain, an implant that leads them to a Swiss clinic where a ruthless scientist has taken up experiments in brainwashing and mind control that the CIA shut down decades ago. Or did it? Case mixes neuroscience and geopolitics in a *Manchurian Candidate*-like scenario that's scary enough to make you wonder whether you ought to trust your own memory, let alone anyone else's. Both Adrienne and Jeff are likable innocents, caught up in a terrifying web spun by a faceless man with a Messiah complex. His plan to destroy anyone who gets in his way is exciting enough to keep the narrative from bogging down in all the technical details Case uses to buttress his suitably scary plot. *--Jane Adams*

### From Publishers Weekly

The always intriguing Case (The Genesis Code; The First Horseman) poses another troubling question for the ages in his latest biospeculative thriller. Just what happened to the U.S. government's secret mind-control experiments of the 1960s? In this diverting fictional juggernaut, a shadowy private enterprise, the Prudhomme Clinic, took over where the government left off. It is now kidnapping people, wiping their memories clean and turning them into assassins who target international leaders whom the Prudhomme believes are destabilizing world order. The whole operation, however, is jeopardized when one recreated human, Jeff Duran, manages to break the spell and start questioning who he is, and more importantly, who he was before a computer chip was implanted in his brain. He teams up in his quest with Adrienne Cope, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who has been baffled by the suicide of her sister, who, unbeknownst to Adrienne, was one of the Prudhomme's most skilled killers. Soon after the two begin poking around, they find their lives are in peril. They begin a frantic search for information, dodging attempts on their lives and making one bone-chilling discovery after another. They ultimately find themselves rushing off to Switzerland not only to confront the Prudhomme's leader, but to save the life of Nelson Mandela, who has been targeted for assassination. Explanations of the history and techniques of mind-control experiments as well as the psychology of amnesia add a realistic overlay to what otherwise might have been a fairly formulaic thriller. Case, revealed here for the first time to be the husband-and-wife writing team of Jim and Carolyn Hougan of Virginia, shows the sort of sure-handed storytelling that made their first two books such hot sellers. National ad campaign; author appearances in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

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  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
Great psychological thriller - kept me enthralled to the end. I hope I can find some more by the same author. oldstick. ( )
  oldstick | May 2, 2011 |
Nikki, een aantrekkelijke jonge vrouw, reist naar Florida, schiet een oude man in een rolstoel dood en pleegt vervolgens zelfmoord, haar zuster Adrienne verbijsterd achterlatend. Nikki bleek in therapie te zijn bij psychotherapeut Jeff Duran, een merkwaardige man met maar twee patiënten die in paniek raakt als hij een paar kilometer van huis is. Jeff heeft een obscuur verleden en vreemde herinneringen die hij absoluut niet thuis kan brengen. Adrienne wantrouwt Jeff, maar na een moordaanslag op hen beiden, slaan ze noodgedwongen samen op de vlucht. Een neuroloog ontdekt in Jeffs hersenen een implantaat en het spoor voert vervolgens naar een Zwitserse kliniek waar experimenten met hersenspoelingen worden uitgevoerd. Maar wie is Jeff Duran? En wat voor afschuwelijks schuilt er achter zijn kunstmatige herinneringen? Spannende, intrigerende thriller, met een ingewikkeld maar origineel en verrassend plot. John Case (schreef o.a. 'De achtste dag') is het pseudoniem van het Amerikaanse echtpaar Jim en Carolyn Hougan die beiden ook afzonderlijk boeken geschreven hebben.
  leestgraag | Dec 20, 2010 |
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A promising research fellow for a venerable think tank in Zurich has just filed his last report, as he is forced into a grisly experiment. . . . A seductive young woman travels to Florida and, from her hotel room window, coolly sharpshoots an old man in a wheelchair as he basks in the late afternoon sun. . . . A psychologist who helps patients confront and dispel past trauma through hypnosis battles his own silent demons. . . .  In The Syndrome, John Case combines these intriguing elements into a pulse-pounding, mind-twisting new thriller. Dr. Jeff Duran suffers from severe panic attacks when he ventures too far outside his home office. At times, he remembers phrases of a foreign language he has never learned. And there are curious memories he cannot explain of distinct smells, music, the spray of ocean sailing. But no sooner do these senses and images begin to surface than they disappear. Then, after a patient commits suicide, Duran's life spirals out of control. The victim's half-sister, Adrienne Cope, blames Duran for filling her sister's head with "recovered" memories of horrific childhood abuse. But Adrienne soon discovers some shocking facts about him--facts that even he is unaware of. The stakes are raised when unknown assassins burst into Duran's office and bloodshed ensues. But who is their target: Adrienne or Duran? Running for their very lives, forced to trust each other, they must now work together to unlock the reason why one or both of them is marked for death. For beneath the intrigue lies a dark conspiracy that stretches halfway around the world-- and a sinister plot that could change the course of history. A relentlessly paced thriller in which nothing is what it seems, no one can be trusted, and nothing is secure--especially one's own memories.  The Syndrome is a chillingly, brilliantly conceived novel from a proven master of suspense.

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