Mindkiller Book Summary and Study Guide

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As with most books with a clever plot, the reading enjoyment of "Mindkiller" would suffer from my re-telling the story here. Its chapters are alternately following the adventures of Norman Kent (university teacher) and Joe Templeton (burglar), who, several years apart from each other, seem to trace the same mystery that had taken away the sister of the one and the identity of the other.
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The mystery is closely connected to the invention of "Mindwipe" and the "Wire", the latter of which is an addictive procedure stimulating the pleasure center of the brain through weak electric currents - the drug of the new millennium.
Highly imaginative, clever and thrilling up to the very last page, this is the book that inspired the New York
Times to nominate "Robinson as the new Heinlein." I have re-read this book at least five times and enjoyed every minute of it.
In 1996, "Mindkiller" was re-packaged together with its prequel, "Time Pressure" (ISBN 0-441-80933-2),
into a book called "Deathkiller" ISBN 0-671-87722-4), which is the only form in which you can buy it now,
not counting used-book stores.
The review of this Book prepared by Balthasar v. Weymarn

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   unraveling a conspiracy Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   an average amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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