- Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Star Books; Reprint edition (May 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671024086
- ISBN-13: 978-0671024086
- Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 11 x 3.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,648,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mesmerized Mass Market Paperback – May 2002
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‘Gayle Lynds proves the espionage thriller will continue to excite and fascinate us for a long time to come … MESMERIZED is a scorching, action-packed read, but it is also an insightful journey into the tensions and intrigues of today’s post-Cold War era. It is the best espionage novel I have read this year, and Lynds is a writer to watch and thoroughly enjoy.’
‘Gayle Lynds really knows how to write a page-turner!’
‘Gayle Lynds has proven herself a master of intrigue and adventure. Her rush-to-the-next-page excitement never stops.’
‘Watch out, Robert Ludlum! She’s coming up fast on your left.’
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"A hard-charging, high-concept thriller…'Mesmerized' will keep you just that."
'Wall Street Journal'
After a heart transplant saves brilliant Washington attorney Beth Convey, she inexplicably acquires new tastes and abilities, and finds herself haunted by strange dreams – or are they memories? Her search for answers leads Beth to former FBI agent turned reporter Jeff Hammond. Together they hunt down the truth and discover top-secret information that could reignite the Cold War.
"Engrossing…every twist and turn brings new surprises. 'Mesmerized' is a page-turner that calls for hot pursuit from the word go."
'Los Angeles Times'
"Gayle Lynds proves the espionage thriller will continue to excite and fascinate us for a long time to come. 'Mesmerized' is an insightful journey into the tensions and intrigues of today's post-Cold War era. Lynds is a writer to watch and thoroughly enjoy."
"Gayle Lynds really knows how to write a page-turner!"
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A month later, on a fine, moonlit night in April, a Washington, D.C., 911 operator took a call at 10:12: A motorcycle accident had just occurred in Rock Creek Park, apparently one man injured. Read the first page
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Top Customer Reviews
While this book is no modern classic, the characters are engaging and the plot barrels along at a pace which will keep you hooked. The politics and science are well written i.e. simple and clear!! I would recommend this as a good holiday read, so suspend reality and give it a go. You'll not regret it
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The lead character, Beth Convey, is a forceful, ambitious associate who harbors partnership aspirations with one of the top law firms in Washington, D.C. when she is stricken by heart failure. After receiving a donor organ from the victim of a motorcycle accident, she immediately begins to experience unsettling dreams, reminiscences and strange cravings. She is assured by her surgeon all of these occurrences are more than likely a reaction to the regimen of pharmaceuticals she is required to take for the rest of her life rather than some esoteric physio-psychological result of her surgery. Over the next year as she becomes consumed with rehabilitation, the dreams do abate, but as the anniversary of her life changing event approaches, they begin to intensify. Beth is overwrought with the need to discover all she can about the donor; hoping against hope enhanced information will enable her to bring closure to her nightmares.
Meanwhile, Jeff Hammond, a disgraced former F.B.I. agent currently working as the Russian Affairs expert for the Washington Post is on an unrequited crusade to track down a troika of Russian defectors and a secretariat's ransom of missing funds. He is convinced although the trio may appear assimilated to capitalism, there remains much they withheld from authorities during their debriefings. His adamancy is what lead to his separation from the F.B.I.; for the last nine years he has been in pursuit, to the detriment of all personal and professional relationships.
Obviously, the independent quests of Beth and Jeff are destined to intersect, propelling the twosome on a harrowing journey through several states, death defying predicaments and largely unanticipated twists, while they grow increasingly aware of the sexual tension rising between them.
The basic premise of MESMERIZED is completing captivating; Ms. Lynds skillfully brings the story to life...as long as you are willing to discount some pertinent anomalies on the critical path, commencing with the logic of a man in his mid-twenties sacrificing all that was previously important based on a hunch where even if he is correct restorative options are not available, followed by the marginally bel!ievable physical competencies attained by Beth, ostensibly attributed to cellular transference. Mental acumen is one thing, and physical dexterity is an entirely separate discussion. Yet personally, the largest leap of faith for me was probably, her postulation an old Ford escort could exceed 100 miles per hour, I don't care if it was traveling downhill, downwind, in a wind tunnel.
Irrespective, Ms. Lynds came tantalizingly close to writing a good story, right up to the point she took a sabbatical from espionage and started writing a harlequin romance, in the middle of a segment where national security was of issue. The detour lead to a disjunctive conclusion further diminished by a cavalcade of perfunctory events. As a result, an above-average story with a few flaws became a average tale with glaring glitches.
When we are first introduced to hotshot attorney Beth Convey, she is at the height of her career and in line for a well deserved partnership at her prestigious Washington D.C. law firm. The book opens with her battling a case in court for a multimillion dollar client. Just as she is conducting a riveting cross examination she collapses and is pronounced dead. She is quickly revived but desperately needs a heart transplant. When a Russian man is killed in a motorcycle accident, Beth receives his heart as well as his dreams, his language, his tastes and most frightening of all...his knowledge of weaponry and of a unknown group of world conspirators. Even Russian names and phone numbers that were characteristic for him have become part of her current memory. She becomes quite curious about this and with the help of journalist Jeff Hammond (who happens to be an expert in Russian affairs), she begins to track down her donor only to be thrust into a secret plan that will literary change the balance of world power.
Gayle Lynds is a master researcher and storyteller. She has a certain talent for discovering the most obscure, and controversial character traits and using them to educate and entertain her readers. In _Mosaic_ we were introduced to concert pianist Julia Austrian who was stricken with a rare psychological condition known as "conversion disorder". In _Mesmerized_ we learn about a mind-body connection called cellular memory, and how thousands of heart transplant patients seem to receive tastes, memories and characteristics from their donors that cannot be explained by pure science. It`s up to you to decide if you believe this is all possible within the realm of the story. One thing is for sure...Lynds is an extremely talented writer who makes a defiant and realistic case, but after reading her notes you'll at least be assured that this is definitely not science fiction.
5 Stars. You just can't tie this particular knot any better. It's a terrific read.
As a Beltway resident, I enjoyed reading this book largely set in my own backyard, Washington, D.C. I'm also curious to discover the tranquility in Gettysberg, PA where a portion of the story is set. Her descriptions and attention to detail are superb.
In the interest of not giving the storyline away, I urge anyone to read this book who enjoys suspense, espionage, and the mysteries of medicine.
Upon receiving the heart transplant Beth begins to dream. She dreams she is a Russian and she dreams that she has been involved in some criminal activity. More than this, she is starting to crave Russian foods and Russian drinks, but is also starting to remember things that she never knew. She is suddenly familiar with weaponry and discovers a new affinity for martial arts. It is as if Beth Convey is remembering another life. Perhaps she is remembering the life of the original owner of her new heart. She is determined to find out.
Jeffrey Hammond is a former FBI Agent, but is now a reporter for the Washington Post. He is tracking and investigating former KGB spies in America. This may not be on the up and up, however. His former partner, Eli Kirkhart, believes that Hammond may be the mole (or have contact with the mole) in the FBI giving out state secrets. The lives of Convey, Hammond, and Kirkhart will all intertwine in "Mesmerized", the espionage thriller from Gayle Lynds.
Gayle Lynds writes a different kind of spy novel. In a traditionally male dominated field filled with authors and James Bond like male characters, Lynds gives a non-traditional look at the spy novel. To start with, Lynds gives us a strong female protagonist who is just as capable as any of her male counterparts. Having a female lead in a spy novel gives any story a completely different perspective. To top it off, Lynds tells a good story. There may be a cliche or two, but most genre novels have more than a couple. Gayle Lynds is a good story teller and works a fast paced thriller like a master. "Mesmerized" is just as good as her two Liz Sansborough novels, and is a welcome addition to the genre. This is one of her earlier works, so it is a little bit rougher around the edges than "The Coil", but if you are a fan of Robert Ludlum and spy novels, Gayle Lynds is a name to watch,