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    Oh my goodness! This is a very disturbing book. And what makes it disturbing is that a great deal of it is historical, not fictional. As my regular book review readers will note, I have been saying for the past year that books seem to choose me when they want to be read, because they contain information pertinent to the articles I write. This one certainly does. As I write this at the beginning of May, 2024, I am also returning to my HAARP Series, which I had put on hold through 2023. One of the upcoming issues will be on mind control, the CIA, and MKUltra, a project that actually began in 1953.
     I knew I had to read a book next that would be appropriate for the next slot on my Home Page book review rotation that pertained to murder-mystery, legal thrillers, or spies-espionage. I decided to read one of the three remaining books I own by Ted Allbeury, former spy for British Intelligence during WWII. So I grabbed the first one I came across, not knowing what it was about. Well, gosh. It's about mind control, the CIA, and MKUltra. And the Kennedy assassinations. Imagine that. It was written in 1983, and by then the CIA was ordered to stop the MKUltra program. Supposedly. More on that in a bit. But it also involves the Mafia, the botched Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba to overthrow Castro, and a good many characters in the story are names most people, at least in the U.S.—particularly the ones who were here in the 6os and 70s would recognize. Along with John and Bobby Kennedy, there's Lee Harvey Oswald, who really did defect to the Soviet Union and live in Minsk, (what a beautiful and tidy city), and married a Russian woman named Marina. There's Jack Ruby, who really was Jack Rubenstein, and really did kill Oswald. And there's Sam Giancana, Santo Trafficante Jr. and Carlos Marcello, and Jimmy Hoffa, who was the Teamsters President and really did disappear suddenly. These four were members of the Mafia or organized crime and all believed to be part of the plot to assassinate the Kennedys. RFK, Jr. has written at least one book that the CIA was involved in the assassination of his father. I'm not sure if he also has written about his uncle, but no one really knows the truth about either tragedy, although much more has been made public since the era that they happened, and since Allbeury wrote the book. Do I believe the CIA was in on it? Absolutely!! The CIA is nothing more than organized crime itself, along with most of the U.S. government, especially here in 2024. Little tidbits are gradually being disclosed to the public. This criminal plandemic has helped to open their eyes. Some believe that Kennedy was the last "real" President. Kennedy had his faults, but I believe he was the last President who truly perceived his position as that of a public servant, and was willing to risk his life and piss off powerful people in order to do the right thing. His brother was the same, but I can't say that about "Junior." But. OMG. Look what we're stuck with now—not just the present one, but everyone since Kennedy. It is revolting.
    OK, so I'm not just rambling on. This is what the book is about, and I think it reveals a lot more truth than people might have realized back when it was written. And add to all the characters, the English ones from SIS, the British equivalent of the CIA, and they are no better than the Americans, then and certainly not now, so at least Allbeury wasn't being prejudiced when he wrote the book! Anyways, I don't know the English characters here, whether they were real or not, but I have to wonder if Allbeury didn't have a lot more figured out than has yet to be revealed here in 2024. I've provided a lot of links above. Anyone reading this review who is Americans should check at least some of them out. It's all part of our history—the good, the bad, and the really sordid.
    Therefore, other than MKUltra, I will not go into detail concerning the other links. But first, here is what the Good Readers at Goodreads had to say, and I was disappointed that there are only six reviews, and all are male. Tom Lloyd called it "a fun, informed spy story." Hmm. Either the guy is really young, or British, or both. I cannot see how any American, especially one that was alive in the 60s and 70s could refer to a story about the assassination of one of our Presidents, and a Presidential candidate as "fun." Thrilling, compelling, spine-tingling, horrifying—yes—but not "fun."
    Jak60 only gave it one star, and though I personally really like the book—it is my favorite Allbeury so far, I can understand his complaints. He points out the disjointedness of Allbeury's writing style, and I rather agree with that. He spends the first half of the book introducing snippets about the characters that will mostly become key players. Disjointed indeed. Of course, I take copious notes, not only as a reference, but writing things down helps me remember, and Allbeury's book tend to have complicated, multifaceted plots that begin to merge about halfway through the story. At that point, my ponderous reading began to wane, excitement took over, and my typical "couldn't put the book down" syndrome kicked in. So, that's just the way he writes. Everybody has a different style. Jak60 also pointed out that Jimmy Hoffa actually disappeared twelve years after the JFK assassination, which I noticed, too. (Incidentally—also—Jack Ruby was not killed—he died of cancer.)
    But what I seriously disagreed with was Jak60's opinion that the mind control plot wasn't "plausible" or, rather, created just another "conspiracy theory" concerning the JFK assassination. Again, one of my areas of intense study IS the mind control agenda, and I find it absolutely plausible that it was used to kill Kennedy. We know that José Delgado was working on mind control back in 1950, or earlier, mostly using electrical stimulation of the brain. The U.S. Military and CIA took that over, too, and it was no doubt one of the planned uses of HAARP. So, mind control had become a new frontier in weaponry after WWII, when so many covert activities began to be carried out. Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars indeed.
    The best review is the first one, by Nigel Pinkus (Hmm, that sounds British!). Here's his first paragraph, and he gave the book four stars.

Short, sharp and swift! There was never a dull moment with this Allbeury thriller and he left this reader plenty to ponder after the final page. An under-rated author who wrote some pretty amazing novels that would rivalled the best the in the business~le Carre, Graham Greene, Seymour and Deighton. Yes, they're pretty good writers, but he fell short of their mark because not all his work was of the highest level. Indeed, his best work was very good, but he also had some pretty awful stuff as well. On this occasion, he pulled off a thriller that was about secret experiments involving hypnotising rather innocent people that could be traced all the way back to the days of John F. Kennedy.

    It is a good review, and he has perhaps figured out the names of the "real" English characters, too. At the end, he provides his classification of 28 of Allbeury's novels, rated "The Good," "The Average" and "The Ugly," which I found helpful, should I ever decide to order others from Amazon. Dover only carried five, which they have since discontinued, and I have them all, but I am interested in his works.
    And now, here's some info about MKUltra, then I will give as succinct as possible synopsis of the story, keeping to my policy in this genre of books to only provide enough info to tantalize without giving away the surprises. And now, here is a quote from Wikipedia about Project MKUltra, linked at the top of this page. Incidentally, it was the CIA that introduced LSD to their victims, which later caused an epidemic in drug abuse and death by overdose.

Project MKUltra was an illegal human experiments program designed and undertaken by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to develop procedures and identify drugs that could be used during interrogations to weaken people and force confessions through brainwashing and psychological torture. It began in 1953 and was halted in 1973. MKUltra used numerous methods to manipulate its subjects' mental states and brain functions, such as the covert administration of high doses of psychoactive drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals without the subjects' consent, electroshocks, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, and other forms of torture.

    Here is another quote that is more to the point about how this Project was used in the story. Incidentally, just because the program was halted in 1973, that doesn't mean the practice stopped. It means they found other ways of doing what they pleased. Dane has played a recording of Ken Caldeira, the second-most well-known geoengineer, bragging, on tape, on record of how, when he was a government agent, his duty was to find ways to weaponize the skies, and he participated in 239 biological experiments done on the American population without their knowledge. That was in 1977, I believe. Caldeira works for Bill Gates now. Go figure.

Once Project MKUltra got underway in April 1953, experiments included administering LSD to mental patients, prisoners, drug addicts, and prostitutes—"people who could not fight back", as one agency officer put it. In one case, they administered LSD to a mental patient in Kentucky for 174 days. They also administered LSD to CIA employees, military personnel, doctors, other government agents, and members of the general public to study their reactions. The aim was to find drugs that would bring out deep confessions or wipe a subject's mind clean and program them as "a robot agent". Military personnel who received the mind-altering drugs were also threatened with court-martials if they told anyone about the experiments. LSD and other drugs were often administered without the subject's knowledge or informed consent, a violation of the Nuremberg Code the U.S. had agreed to follow after World War II. Many veterans who were subjected to experimentation are now seeking legal and monetary reparations.

    So, why anyone would be dumb enough to think they wouldn't, aren't mind-controlling us is beyond me. Of course they are. They have much more efficient and covert ways to do it now, including radio frequencies. That way, they can do large segments of the population at once, whether it be domestic or foreign, without them even having to come in contact with their victims. And it is those "sleeper agents" that are portrayed in the book. Again, it is like the Human Tractors from the dystopian novel, We.
    And just one more little byte of interest. The title of the novel comes from a line in Kennedy's inauguration address. Most people, at least my age, are familiar with the line, "And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.," which comes near the very end. But here's one from toward the beginning (italics mine):

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

    You can read Kennedy's address here, or listen to it. In the video, that quote is at about 2:40. Also, please note, in his swearing in, he pledged to "defend the Constitution." HA! Name ONE President since Kennedy that has actually kept that pledge. It's all very interesting! And horrifying. Having said that, here's my synopsis of the novel.
    We meet the first villain as the story begins. Tony Symons is the son of a wealthy Cambridge brain surgeon, Arthur Symons. Tony doesn't have his looks, but he has something that compels people to do his bidding. He escapes his own graduation party to go have sex with a girl. She wants to continue the relationship, but he "sadly" tells her that he is going for his post-graduate work at UCLA because Garfield won't recommend him to Harvard. He suggests that Garfield is just jealous because he also wants to sleep with Judy. She says she will, just to help him. She does, and he goes to Harvard.
    Tony is a bit of a cold-blooded creature, more interested in writing papers than seeing to his psychiatric patients. One in particular attracted the CIA called, The Hypnotic Block. He was recruited.
    We will skip ahead to meet the next important character. Debbie Rawlins escaped an abusive life in Bradford, Yorkshire. Blond, young and pretty, at age fifteen, she worked in strip clubs in Soho. A Maltese owned three of them and was mad for her. Sleeping with him gave her protection of the local sleazy characters. She was happy-go-lucky and enjoyed her work.
    One day she and the Maltese went to Brighton, where she entered a talent contest. It turns out, it wasn't just her big breasts. She really could sing. The Maltese wanted to marry her, but, as it also turns out, she had become quite the businesswoman and became good at negotiating contracts. Her next big step was the American military contract, and so we meet up with her as she sings for the troops in Texas. She no longer strips, as such, but her act begins in a light blue gown and ends up in a light blue bikini. Her stage name is Debbie Shaw. She sleeps with a Marine, but as with all the other men she has slept with, she doesn't get emotionally involved. She met him again some months later and he is now a Captain. He drove her home, then left.
    Jump ahead (and we're still just on Chapter 2), to a heated meeting between Jimmy Hoffa and the Kennedy brothers, before John became President. It was a Senate committee investigating the corruption of unions. The Kennedys were committed to exposing and stopping it. And while they were popular with "regular" people and especially students, Blacks and minorities, they annoyed people in important positions who preferred to turn a blind eye and keep business as usual. (At the time, both John and Bobby were Senators—John from Massachusetts and Bobby from New York. When John became President, he appointed Bobby as Attorney General.)
     Anyways, the Kennedys continue to gain enemies in powerful places, like the CIA. This is all part of the novel and historically accurate, to my knowledge from what I have researched. Here is a conversation between a wealthy and influential man (I don't know who but I feel like I should), who served in the Navy with John. They are having a conversation in a hotel room.

   “I’m not asking you to go easy on them, JF. Just to . . .” He made a see-saw gesture with his well-manicured hand, . . . “how shall I say it. Keep a balance. A perspective.”
   The Senator smiled as he put his glasses down on the table beside him.
   “You could have fooled me, Ray. I’d have said you were doing a pitch, asking for the committee to lay off your pal Hoffa.”
   “No way, old friend. The law has to take its course and all that jazz. But people are beginning to see it as a personal dogfight. The Kennedy brothers versus the Teamsters.”
   “And people would be right. It is.”
   “But why, for God’s sake? We need their support. The party needs their votes.”
   “How many votes has Hoffa got?” Kennedy raised his eyebrows.
   “Who knows? But we all know we need them.”
    “James Hoffa has one vote, and as far as my campaign is concerned, he can shove it.”
   The other man opened his mouth to speak but the Senator held up his hand to silence him.
“The Senate sub-committee has been set up to investigate union corruption, and that’ exactly what it’s doing. He wagged a monitory finger. “And that’s what it’s going to go on doing. They don’t command their members’ votes. The members may be too scared to do anything but apparently accept what they’re told to do. But in the ballot booth they do what they choose.”
   “You know as well as I do that the mob are running the Teamsters, not Hoffa. And they’re running the other big unions too. You’ve got union funds, huge amounts, being transferred into private bank accounts, gangsters acting as union officials. Murder. Torture for anyone who complains or resists. What more do you want?”
   “But none of this can be proved. JF. None of it.”
   Kennedy smiled. Don’t rely on that Ray. And tell your friends not to rely on it. We’ve got a lot of people working on it. Good people. Incorruptible.”
    “But why make it all so personal?”
   “It’s very personal for their victims.”

    This, plus all the other material I've provided should be giving you a pretty good idea on what the book is about. I have to comment that this determination to do what is right, to "pay any price," portrayed by JFK here is mirrored by the British intelligence agent that we will meet soon.
    We then briefly end up in Cuba, where Rubenstein and Trafficante are discussing girls in the Tropicana Club. The police arrive and Trafficante is arrested—Castro's orders.
    We jump again to Honolulu. Debbie Shaw has just finished a performance and her throat is on fire. The army doctor arrives. She can't believe that it is the Captain, once again. She didn't know he was a doctor. She has a bad abscess in the back of her throat. He has some antibiotics for her, but first he tells her to go change into her night clothes because she will feel very sleepy. When she's out of the room, he fills the syringe from a phial labelled MKUltra. He thinks she may be of use. He takes her into a hypnotic state and programs her. He asks her some questions, then asks what her favorite girls' name is. It is Nancy. From now on, when he wants to use her, she will do everything he says when he calls her Nancy Rawlins. He tells her his name is Joe Spellman, and he gives her a phone number. But we already have it figured out that he is really Tony Symons. Anyways, we don't quite understand the full consequences of what he has done until toward the end, where she begins to . . . oops, I better not tell you that part! But in any case, he puts a block on her memory, so when he sends her out on an assignment, she has no memory at all of the entire segment of time that passed while she was under a hypnotic state.
    We once again leap to a totally different scenario. James Boyd, SIS, has been assigned to Langley as liaison between them and SIS. Allbeury always uses that term to refer to the CIA. I never knew why. Well, there is it. CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

    Boyd is not too happy with his assignment, but when he is met at the airport by Otto Schultz, with whom he will be working, his feelings ease. Otto is much like him—honest and genuine. He arrives on election night, and there is a little party at Otto's house. By morning the Secret Service moves into the Kennedy compound, so Otto knew he had won. Many people saw Kennedy as a "knight in shining armor," and to them, he represented "The American Dream."
    Boyd grows fond of the family. When his time is up, Otto tells him he has requested an extension. In fact, he wants him to quit SIS and move to the U.S. and become a citizen. And join the CIA. More on that below. I'm getting ahead of myself, but after Kennedy is assassinated, Boyd wants no part of this country, and returns to England. Up to that point, his role was small in the story, but when he returns to London, he becomes one of the key players. So let us backtrack now to Debbie.
    She has met a man named "Sweetie" Dawson at the army camp outside San Diego, where she has been performing. They take a liking to each other, and plan a weekend together. The time and date is set for him to pick her up. But Doctor Joe Spellman just "happens" to be in San Diego and stops in to see Debbie. As soon as he says "Nancy Rawlins" she falls into her hypnotic level one. He has an assignment for her. He shows her a picture of a bad man, and tells her when she sees him, to point to him and say, "That is the man." So she is whisked off to Greece, and taken to a room full of men. She follows her orders, and is led out while the other men kill him. When she returns to San Diego, she sees "Sweetie," and smiles. But he is livid, that she stood him up, even though she swears she never left her house, and this is where is gets creepy. She doesn't even realize that a huge chunk of her life has been wiped out from her memory.
    In this novel and others by Allbeury that I've read, you need to be good at connecting the dots, and lots of dots don't exist so you have to figure out what went on behind the scenes that isn't being mentioned. As I said at the beginning of this review, it is very confusing, often not making sense, and some scenes appear to come out of the blue with nothing to connect them to the story. But as I mentioned above, about roughly half way through the story, everything begins to merge, and you can look back and say "AHA! Now I get it." Then you can fill in your own scenes that you just know happened, but didn't actually read them.
    So next, we have all these Mafia guys that are making deals in the background with the CIA, supposedly to assassinate Castro. It takes a bit of convincing, but finally the Mafia trusts the CIA that they're being "honest" with them. HA! on both sides.
    The scene switches to Grabowski, Symons, and another psychiatrist, Petersen, who works with Symons. He has a man "under control" that he hasn't "activated" yet. Grabowski tells Petersen that he can leave.
    Grabowski is one of those people in the CIA—you can substitute whatever letters you want there, because I'm sure every "legitimate" government agency has slimeballs in the background, to whom they close their eyes, ears and mouths and let them do the dirty-work that is illegal, immoral and could get them put away for life, or worse. That would be Grabowski. He is way high up and controls a lot of people. Symons and Petersen are two of them. He is beginning to get "concerned" that their agenda will be able to be traced. Symons assures him it won't—can't—be traced. We'll see about that. And we also learn that, though the Mafia thinks the plan is to assassinate Castro, he is not the real target. Yes, we "get it." This is the CIA planning to assassinate Kennedy. Then Ruby kills Oswald, who killed Kennedy.
    Now, the whole Kennedy assassination scene was downplayed. It was the background stuff that we heard about. (And we never did hear about Bobby's assassination, except as an afterthought.) However, I do want to include a quote. Boyd had just bought his new Sting Ray ("a bright vulgar scarlet with white-wall tyres"). It's a Chevrolet Corvette, in case you're too young to know that. And there it is. (1963 Corvette with split rear window.) The salesman turned on the radio. They were playing The Beatles when the music stopped and the announcement came that Kennedy had been shot.

1963 Corvette with split rear window.

And as he turned into the employees' parking lot at Langley the news came over that John F. Kennedy was dead. For twenty minutes he sat alone in the car. It was the end of something. He wasn't sure what. An era maybe. But Kennedy's short presidency couldn't be described as an era. It wasn't long enough for that. But it was the end of an American dream, he knew that. Kennedy hadn't been able to get his legislation through Congress but that almost didn't matter. He represented the American dream. Handsome, articulate, well-meaning, modern manly. Whatever the desirable adjectives were he was heroic, and from that moment on millions of Americans would know that there never was going to be an American dream again.

And Boyd knew in that moment that there was no longer a chance that he would take up Langley's offer. Flattering it might be, but he knew that he could never fit into a society where such things could happen.

Below: The Kennedys and the Connallys in the presidential limousine moments before the assassination in Dallas.

The Kennedys and the Connallys in the presidential limousine moments before the assassination in Dallas.

    And here's a few comments from me. I suspect that Kennedy's election might have been the last one that was decided by the people rather than the CIA choosing who they wanted in office for whatever reason. Anyone that lives in this country would have to be brain-dead to think that their vote mattered. Election fraud isn't even kept hidden any more. It is blatant and in-your-face corruption, just like everything else the government and military does. And England isn't any better.
    Perhaps the breakdown in the mind-control programming begins with Oswald, who swears he knows nothing of the President, but has been accused of killing a policeman (which he really did). A reporter and cameraman discussing it later said it was like he was performing in a play. When the officers were leading Oswald to the basement is when Ruby shot him. In real life, it was two days after he shot Kennedy, and was on live TV. This whole scenario is a case of truth being stranger than fiction. I suggest you follow the links I've provided at the top of this review. It is all very interesting, and obvious that the whole truth has never been disclosed about any of this. And I would bet there are still people around who do know the truth.
    But in the story, it sounds as if Ruby knows something and wants to tell. There is only one reporter who was allowed to interview Jack Ruby. Her name was Dorothy Killgallan, an experienced free-lance writer with a syndicated column. We never get to meet her because she is dead. A colleague relates that when she returned from the interview, she was overly excited, and wouldn't speak about what Ruby said, but told her friend, "What Ruby told me this afternoon is going to blow the JFK case sky-high." She was found dead from a massive dose of sleeping pills and alcohol. Hmm. Suspicious?
    Then dead Mafia members start showing up in strange places, like pulled out of the water, stuffed into an oil drum, after being partially dismembered. Not that the police care. These were Mafia-style killings and if they want to kill their own, well, let them. Meanwhile, Debbie has another abscess in her throat, ending her singing career. She gets a very generous settlement from the military and returns to England where she opens a successful booking agency for professional singers, etc.. Boyd has been given a leave to return home, where he finds his true love and marries her, but he still must return to the U.S. for a bit longer.
    However, too many questionable things have happened since the Kennedy assassinations, and on a moment's notice, Grabowski ships Symons and Petersen to England, near the border of Scotland. They are living in an old manor house, under the guise of Canadian medical historians on sabbatical, studying European medicine from the turn of the century.
    I'm just about ready to stop because here is where is gets edge-of-the-seat exciting. Only one more comment. The SIS people who specialize in illegal activities, just like Symons and Petersen, discover them in hiding. And blackmail them. Because they could use some of that MKUltra business to kill some people in the IRA. Once again, Debbie is reactivated, and a new, young and innocent soldier, George Walker, also becomes a victim to Symons' dirty-work. But you can only mess with people's minds for so long before they begin to crack. Gosh, we see that happening now, don't we? And it is Boyd who gets involved, not just to discover the truth, but because he, like Kennedy, cares about the victims. And on that note, I will end.
    Please do read this book, especially if you're an American, or English, and are wide awake to the criminal activities going on before our very eyes in the guise of doing their jobs and serving their people. It is no longer available from Dover, but Amazon has shitloads of Allbeury's books.

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