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The Power by Frank M. Robinson
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The Power (1956)

by Frank M. Robinson

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An old school paranormal book from back in the 50's. No mythical critters, just some humans, one with an extraordinary ability. Chillingly well done because it was so believable. It has an extra twist at the end to send the message home. Excellent. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
A good book, made into a mediocre movie. William Tanner is an anthropologist, working with a team of specialists assembled by the U.S. Navy to determine if there are qualities that make some men more capable, more durable, better able to survive, and if it's possible to develop tests to find people with those qualities. One of the team appears to be going off the rails, declaring that the superman already exists, is on the team, and seeks to rule the world. But when Tanner makes up a quick test to prove that these 'powers' do not exist...it proves the exact opposite. What follows is a suspenseful chase, as Tanner must survive a superman intent on protecting his secrets by eliminating all those who know of his existence. A book of its time, but still a good yarn. ( )
  BruceCoulson | Mar 31, 2014 |
I read this years ago, probably the late 60's, maybe the original paperback version. I have read it a few times since then, and while it is a bit dated now, it is still a fun read, especially when you place it in the context in which it was first written, in the late 1950's. Military interest in ESP, remote viewing and all that stuff. A fun book. It was made into a movie, years ago, I am trying to track that down too. ( )
  Vagabondbookman | Jul 15, 2006 |
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Een mutant is in staat door middel van gedachteoverbrenging, iemands doen en laten te bepalen. SF thriller.
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Apart from the wonderful and almost purely science fiction The Dark Beyond the Stars, Frank M. Robinson's novels tend toward various subgenres of the thriller--such as techno (The Glass Inferno), espionage (Death of a Marionette), and anthropological (Waiting)--albeit with significant science fiction elements.

The Power is a science fiction thriller about a malevolent superhuman, a mutant masquerading as normal man. In this guise, the superman penetrates a secret committee convened to test the limits of human endurance--and therefore keeps tabs on the government's efforts to find those like him. One of the committee members begins to get an inkling that something isn't quite as it should be, setting off a paranoid and paranormal cat-and-mouse game with all the players wondering who to trust--for here, what you see is most definitely not what you get. Several innocents die, and the novel ends on a chilling note with a previously sympathetic character shedding his humanity with as little regret as a snake sheds its skin.

This was Robinson's first novel, written in his late twenties and first published in 1956, now updated and rereleased. If the reader can ignore the jarring inconsistencies which result from the superficial rewrite--characters calling each other Mac but having fought in the Gulf War, women acting like '50s molls but with birthdates in the '60s--then this is not a bad example of its kind. It is focused, fast-moving, and armed with just enough wish-fulfillment to please all those who dream of the day the world will recognize their obvious superiority. --Luc Duplessis

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