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A new caliber of thriller set at the collision of ’60s counterculture and the rise of dark forces in world government. Heroes creator Tim Kring injects history with a supernatural, hallucinogenic what-if. Set in the crucible of the 1960s, Shift is the story of Chandler Forrestal, a man whose life is changed forever when he is unwittingly dragged into a CIA mind-control expA new caliber of thriller set at the collision of ’60s counterculture and the rise of dark forces in world government. Heroes creator Tim Kring injects history with a supernatural, hallucinogenic what-if. Set in the crucible of the 1960s, Shift is the story of Chandler Forrestal, a man whose life is changed forever when he is unwittingly dragged into a CIA mind-control experiment. After being given a massive dose of LSD, Chandler de­velops a frightening array of mental powers. With his one-in-a-billion brain chemistry, Chandler’s heightened perception uncovers a plot to assassi­nate President Kennedy.  Propelled to prevent the conspiracy of assassi­nation and anarchy, Chandler becomes a target for deadly forces in and out of the government and is pursued across a simmering landscape peopled by rogue CIA agents, Cuban killers, Mafia madmen, and ex-Nazi scientists…all the while haunted by a beautiful woman with her own scandalous past to purge, her own score to settle. Chased across America, will Chandler be able to harness his “shift” and rewrite history? Combining the nonstop style of Ludlum with the sinister, tangled conspiracies of DeLillo and Dick, and featuring cameos from Lee Harvey Oswald to Timothy Leary to J. Edgar Hoover, Shift is a thriller guaranteed to be equal parts heart-stopping and thought-provoking....

Title : Shift
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ISBN : 9780307453457
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Shift Reviews

  • Darcia Helle
    2019-05-21 16:14

    I love the premise for this story. Set in the 1960s, the plot revolves around LSD and mind control experiments, along the lines of MK-Ultra experiments done by the CIA. The writing is great, as far as the author's phrasing and technique. However, for me, the story is all over the place. At times, I felt like I was the one on acid! I was a third of the way into the book before the characters even began to link together enough so that the story made sense. There were too many characters jumping around in too many places. I had to work to follow the plot line and that made it impossible for me to get lost in the story.** I received a review copy from the publisher through **

  • Rich Stoehr
    2019-05-26 20:28

    The first pages of Shift open on my birthday, two years from now, and the story reaches back from there to a time before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a time before I was born. Coincidence? Or is there some hidden meaning I should glean from this?Shift is an ambitious novel in many ways, not the least of which is an attempt to create a new story with the JFK assassination, around which there are already more stories than there are myths about King Arthur. It's a big story, spanning nearly 50 years chronologically and incorporating many famous historical characters. J. Edgar Hoover, Timothy Leary, and (of course) Lee Harvey Oswald play significant parts, while there are brief appearances with Ronald Reagan, Jack Ruby, JFK himself, and even a quick mention of Saddam Hussein.The thread linking all these big players and big events is a US government experiment into the mind-expanding properties of LSD, and forays into the realm of psychic and parapsychic abilities. The government project in Shift is known as the Gate of Orpheus, or simply Orpheus, and is a fictional extension of the MKULTRA program and others. The difference with Orpheus is that it worked - it produced geunine psychic abilities in at least one subject and possibly more, and that subject would go on to shape history as we know it.Just trying to summarize all this makes me tired.Another ambitious aspect of Shift is the extensive cast of characters, many of whom are introduced late in the story. Kring begins with Chandler Forrestal and Nazanin Haverman, who quickly become pawns in a game much larger than themselves, Agents Melchior and BC Querrey, government agents on opposite sides of the same coin, and he builds from there. Nazi doctors and sleeper agents and KGB and more - add in the appearances of historical figures and the cast of characters is seemingly limitless.Tim Kring, in his first novel, definitely shot for the moon with Shift. As often happens with a really ambitious story, unfortunately, he falls short of the mark. The story is SO big that it often gets out of hand and hard to follow, though he does end up bringing it back in line. It is wide-reaching but lacks the focus I would have liked. As a result, many of the suspenseful elements come out flat and the characters aren't given enough treatment for us to care very much about them. Some scenes come off as overwritten, and would probably play better on the screen than they read on the page.Though the ending of the book is satisfying, there are many, many threads of story left unresolved. Shift is the first of a planned series, so one hopes that there is resolution to come for these characters left hanging in the wind - but I have to say that I'm not sure I care enough to keep reading when the series continues.The ending of Shift is intriguing and well-written, but it takes some effort to get there. The ideas are interesting and original, but some get lost in the morass of prose and plot (think X-Files on a bad day). Some of the characters have potential, but falter under the staggering weight of the story.Still, it does start with my birthday. That can't be just a coincidence, right? Maybe I will give the next book a shot after all. We shall see.

  • Chibineko
    2019-05-22 22:16

    If you are a Heroes fan, you are sure to recognize Tim Kring as the creator of the series. For some readers this knowledge will either hurt or help your perception of the book. As for me, I've never watched the show, so I went into this book without any preconceptions about Kring or Dale.Shift begins in the year 2012. A fiery figure appears in the sky before several witnesses. Many say that the figure seemed to be searching for someone but couldn't find them. The book then jumps to the 1960s when Kennedy was President. Chandler Forrestal is a rather average young man whose interests only involve such tame things as becoming a professional student. He meets the sultry Naz in a bar & from there Chandler is thrown into a top secret project involving LSD- a project only known as Project Orpheus. When he escapes, Chandler is followed by a homicidal rogue agent known only as Melchior, a man who is willing to do anything to get what he wants. Anything. But why are they doing this? And how does this tie into the assassination of President Kennedy?Drawing on the fascinating mystery behind the Kennedy assassination as well as actual government experiments on LSD, Kring comes up with a story premise that is truly intriguing. In addition to the cool premise of LSD superheroes & JFK, Kring also gives us several fantastic characters, including the beautiful Naz. Despite her somewhat negative (but understandably so) outlook on life, her pure charisma managed to shine throughout her brief but important interactions in the book. And the LSD trips? Those are the moments when the book really shines & takes off. You can't help but be interested in what is seen & done.Where the book veers off course is through the all too frequent character shifts. While each shift has something interesting to add, at times it just interrupted the flow of the book. Occasionally I would find myself getting into the actions of a specific character (Naz & Melchior being my personal favorites), only to find myself getting thrown off when the action would jump to Chandler or one of the other characters in the book.This didn't make the book bad, just a little harder to read at times & I can't help but think that a reader looking for more casual fare would be turned off by this book. This is no leisurely beach read- this is a book that has a lot going on & expects the reader to read & interact with it. But for those willing to put a little effort into this read, it is sure to be rewarding. In the end though, you'll probably either like this book or hate it- much like the response to Heroes.(ARC provided by NetGalley)

  • Adam Bennett
    2019-06-14 21:05

    Shift is an alternate history novel written by the guy who made up Heroes the TV show and another author. Together they have written a solid readable novel with a great twist on a timeless question. If you could somehow stop JFK (or any public figure for that matter) being assassinated what would happen?Many writers have written in this vain, some of the better offers including Stephen King’s 11.22.63 (on how to go back in time to stop the JFK assassination) and Stephen Fry’s Making History (on how to go back in time to kill Hitler). Despite it’s frankly lame title, Shift is also a good attempt at alternate history. Kring and Peck bring together several topics that make their novel the most ‘believable’ of the group I’ve read. It’s still quite out there that said.The first 85% of Shift are unrelated to the JFK assassination and if the cover and this review didn’t mention it then it might have been a surprise. Regardless the way that the internal politics of the early sixties spy agencies play out are interesting and integral to the ‘world’ that the authors are attempting to build. A world of CIA, FBI, KGB, JFK and LSD. A world where one man can decide to kill another man in an attempt to bring about world war. A world we almost live in every day.There are many allusions to conspiracies within the book but given its timeframe and setting they are fairly straight forward and clean cut. Like in 11.22.63, the authors have accepted that Lee Harvey Oswald was the shooter on the day in question to make their novels easier to consume on a large scale. That could obviously be a good or a bad thing. Regardless Shift is a quick read and I got it for all of $10 so grab a copy.Definitely worth your time.4 stars.For more reviews go to

  • Cheryl
    2019-06-12 23:15

    This book starts out in the year 1963. Chandler Forrestal was just an innocent victim. He met Naz, a nice woman who spiked his drink, only she didn’t slip him a roofie. Naz gave Chandler a bunch of LCD. As if things aren’t out of this world crazy enough when you are under the influence of mind altering drugs. Chandler Suddenly, Chandler starts experiencing some mental changes. Chandler believes that he has uncovered the true facts about President Kennedy’s assassination. Everyone is involved from…the Mafia, CIA, and FBI to the Russians. It is going to be one roller coaster ride. Shift is book one of the Gates of Orpheus Trilogy. I have never read anything by either Mr. Kring or Mr. Peck. I thought this book had some good potential. I admit though that it started out really slowly for me. In fact I put this book down about a third of the way into it and walked away. It wasn’t because I didn’t like this book but because it too me a while to get into it. I wanted the book to move faster then it did. Once I got past the slow part, I found this book pretty interesting. If you like conspiracy theories then you may like this book and should check out this book but you better hurry before this book…Shifts out of bookstores.

  • Nick
    2019-05-23 16:09

    TV showrunner Tim Kring and his cowriter, the more experienced novelist Dale Peck, have produced an alternate history mashup of mind-control, LSD, conspiracy and the Kennedy assassination that goes on a bit too long with characters that showed promise for a while, until, well, the damn thing exhausted me. The authors beat the dead horse of a premise with a stick that got bloody about half way through. Given that we know the outcome of the story, the only reason to slog through would be the compelling characters and an intriguing premise. Both started well for me -- I liked the scion of the ruling class turned philosopher who was targeted by the CIA for the LSD experiment. I liked the malevolent renegade, the disillusioned FBI agent, even the mysterious Asian whore-runner. But not enough to care, when the threads of the plot got inevitably knotted into a ball, just how and why the strands got straightened out. Oddly, Stephen King covered a lot of the same territory with some of the same problems (length, insistent trope-obsession) in his novel "11/22/63." He's better at it than Kring & Peck. Pity, as I think this is the first of a trilogy. Oy.

  • David Tendo
    2019-05-27 18:16

    Boy, was I disappointed, I had wanted to read this when I first saw it on the bookstore shelves, but it failed in a big way. I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't, is it contradictory to say that it felt like too much was going on, but at the same time nothing actually happens? I loved the TV series "Heroes" and I loved the concept of secret government experiments with mind-altering drugs, ESP and JFK assassination connections; so it should be a hit with me right? Wrong. The story made no sense at all and the writing style really confused the plot and action; as if Kring and Peck had tried too hard to be concise with their writing to give a more frenetic, energetic pace, but in so doing they seem to have missed out coherence; it was hard to see how any of the plot points actually connected. Another thing that annoyed me was that a lot of the elements of the "story" were just thrown into the mix because it seemed like a cool idea at that particular moment when they were writing, but it doesn't actually help or relate to the story.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-18 19:01

    I picked up an advanced reading copy of this book at Comic-Con after seeing a panel with Tim Kring. I was initially interested because I'm a fan of Heroes but I wasn't sure what to expect from his novel. I'm glad I gave it a chance!I liked the premise of this book - taking a series of historical events and adding a sci-fi twist to them - and for the most part I really enjoyed the writing style. I would have liked to have seen more of Chandler and the development of his LSD-induced powers and less of Melchior and agent Query but I'm assuming that their parts will be important for the rest of the trilogy and that is why so much time was devoted to them. Because the narrative switches points of view in each chapter it takes a while to get into the story and invested in the characters but about a third of the way through I was sufficiently sucked in. I'm definitely going to continue reading this series!

  • Pedro
    2019-05-20 16:26

    Bem... Sem dúvida, começou um pouco confuso, foi preciso avançar bastante na leitura (trata-se ainda de um livro relativamente extenso) para que o interesse começasse a despertar. Felizmente, foi uma boa recompensa ter continuado a ler! A partir de certa altura já estava completamente empolgado e cheguei ao fim com o coração aos saltos.Infelizmente, a história do LSD e do Orfeu fazem deste livro algo mais parecido com ficção-científica. Quem sabe se é mesmo ficção?... Não deixa de ser uma excelente teoria da conspiração, muito bem romanceada, e apesar de tudo as últimas páginas conseguem dar a esta "ficção-científica" alguma veracidade.Muito bom, a recomendar. Ainda vou ponderar nas "estrelas", e ainda irei escrever uma opinião mais completa e justa no blogue!

  • All Mota
    2019-06-14 17:17

    I'm talking by my one opinion, for me the book was just good, sometimes was heavy and was a little difficult for me keep reading it, I like the story and the love story too, also I like the way that all the points are connected and how in a certain way leave the "?" even at the end of the book, but as I said it before, the book was too heavy sometimes and maybe was because two people wrote it, I read before books of two authors or four hands books but the duality and the union in the authors was solid and well structured but you can tell what was the chapters written by who, in this case I can note it. Even that is a good book and definitely has a solid beginning for a saga.

  • Lizbuf
    2019-06-07 21:07

    Disappointing! I was really looking forward to reading this as the premise on the blurb sounded really interesting - it did not live up to expectation. Firstly, the blurb really misdirected the reader - this book was not about someone trying to prevent the assassination of JFK at all (well maybe a tiny bit at the end...!). Some of it the writing was so strange I found it hard to follow (maybe trying to invoke an LSD style haze in the reader's imagination?!?). The characters were unsympathetic and, with the exception of Melchior, shallow. Lastly, I still don't really understand who the burning boy at the start was?? Oh dear.

  • Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
    2019-05-21 23:59

    The library catalogue auto-flagged this for me; I have it set to tell me when new Tim Kring works are added, mostly to facilitate my viewing of the TV series.I was immediately reminded of the Wild Cards character Mark Meadows. If I find myself short of other things to read (ha) and in the mood to take in some suspense fiction, I might give this a shot. But probably not any time soon.

  • Nathan Nipp
    2019-05-26 21:09

    Being a fan of alternate history, I was intrigued by this book(which more like a secret history of the JFK assassination) With a quirk cast of characters, plenty of drugs and international espionage, this is one thrilling ride.This has been billed as the first part of a trilogy. finishing the book, it does make sense. (view spoiler)[This book does leave a fair number of plot threads loose. (hide spoiler)]A note about the audio edition: This audio book is narrated by Robert Forster. Excellent voice for this story. I would look for other books read by this guy.

  • Alex Murphy
    2019-05-19 22:11

    Definitely This follows like the authors TV 'Heroes', lots of promise at the start, yet less tan a third in that opportunity is wasted in a mess of plots that don't link together (CIA drug experiments with prostitutes, time travel, missing nuke in 60's Cuba, defecting KGB, rogue CIA) that have something to do with the Kennedy assassination By the end the plot makes little overall sense. I think they were (and am by the looks of it) planning for a series of books, but like 'Heroes' forgot that each book/series has to be able to carry a story by itself.

  • Julia
    2019-06-05 16:05

    As a fan of Heroes, I was interested to learn that Tim Kring had collaborated on a new book. Shift takes place in the 1960s and focuses on the government's experiments with LSD. The story built slowly, but once the authors had laid the foundation, I was unable to put this book down, eager to see how the threads were woven together.I received a copy of Shift via NetGalley

  • Jonathan
    2019-05-18 19:07

    I can't quite put my finger on it as to why, but I was slightly disappointed with this JFK assassination based thriller. The characters were a good mix of good and bad, there were one or two plot progressions that kept me invested in the story, and the last 50 or so pages were all that a thriller should be, but overall it was just okay. I am a huge fan of Dale Peck's writing (he co-wrote this with Tim Kring), and it was easy to see his influence, but it did not save it for me.

  • Jeannine
    2019-06-13 22:21

    The best thing I can say about this book is that I finished it. I kept my promise to myself and finished it. But I'll share this: some parts of the book were easier to read than others. I eventually gave myself permission to continue reading even if something was confusing. Some parts, or chapters, I liked, while some tried too hard to shock or impress me, the reader.The best thing I can say about this story is, "Hallelujah, I finished it!"

  • Mark Zadroga
    2019-05-17 19:09

    Read an advance copy of Tim Kring's (creator of Heros) debut novel 'Shift'. It's an interesting take on the CIA early LSD experiments and the JFK assaination. Great plot twists and characters. But I found myself wishing Kring had picked a subject that hadn't been trod over again and again over the last 4 decades. Still, it's a great 1st effort.

  • Paul
    2019-06-04 16:15

    Had no idea when I bought this book that it was a three part follower upper ( I know "follower upper", it's what my Mam used to call the serial westerns in the cinema in the 50's :)), Until I realised there were two more parts, I hated the ending of this,but I loved the rest of the book,a real rollercoster ride.Now that I know I can't wait to read the next part! :).

  • Laura
    2019-05-19 23:25

    I received this from Read it forward and thought it was o.k. The story jumped around a bit, for the most part was really confusing. I do like the premise of the book and the characters are great. The author is very humorous and I like his style, although I would not rush out to buy his latest novel. All in all, a good read if you receive an Advanced Reader's Copy like I did.

  • Paula
    2019-05-16 16:22

    Es una verdadera lastima que la novela no este a la altura del trabajo de investigacion que los autores realizaron para la misma. La trama es mortalmente aburrida, quiza porque a la hora de escribir, Tim Kring dejo que sus años como guionista de series de accion quedaran claros en el texto. Una gran idea estropeada por unos malos escritores.

  • Heidi
    2019-06-04 17:03

    Exceeded my expectations. A creative fictional account of interwoven events leading to the Kennedy assassination, including LSD and mind control as a weapon of American spy/surveillence agencies, among other things.

  • C.A.
    2019-05-18 23:17

    An interesting idea but I found the excution VERY slow and had a difficult time caring for the main character as we didn't get to know him very well. They did do a good job protraying the atomsphere of the early cold war very well.

  • Barry
    2019-05-26 18:11

    At long last I understand why Heroes started well then became so crap. After a few chapters the book was no longer good enough to read anywhere but on the toilet, and if the paper had been any softer...

  • Tad Deshler
    2019-06-04 20:17

    Some of the historical bits were somewhat interesting, but in the end the alternate history didn't seem all that different from reality, at least in the large scale. Perhaps the LSD power trip deal will be fleshed out in later volumes, but I'm not sure I will be going there.

  • Dennis Willingham
    2019-05-29 21:21

    Good first novel from the creator of TV's Heroes. Yet another Kennedy assassination conspiracy theory, not as good as Elroy, but better than most and brings a new science-fictiony twist that's a little unexpected and interesting.

  • Tony Ryan
    2019-05-19 21:11

    Interesting premise, and the book starts promisingly, but the narrative quickly becomes dull and unsatisfying.

  • Katie Hainsworth
    2019-05-24 00:08

    Lost interest and stopped reading it.

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    2019-05-23 17:09


  • Sharon
    2019-05-29 21:00

    I gave up. Couldn't make head nor tail of it.