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Jack of Eagles [Kindle Edition]

James Blish
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Danny Caiden is on the run - from the FBI, the SEC, the Justice Department and the Mob. Only recently, Danny was an average New York copywriter, until he suddenly found he had ESP. His knowledge of the future is astonishing, and the rest of Danny's powers are just beginning. But someone has plans for Danny: a mysterious group of sinister men bent on world domination. They'll stop at nothing until they capture Danny . . . or destroy him. For only Danny Caiden has the power to sabotage their diabolical tyranny. Through no fault of his own, he has found himself at the centre of a shattering psychic struggle for the future of humanity. In the final battle, Danny must master all of his powers, or sacrifice himself - and all mankind - to satanic slavery forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 395 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 057110276X
  • Publisher: Gateway (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,717 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Competent ESP themed retro SF. 16 Jan. 2015
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Competent ESP themed retro SF. Far below Blish's best (which is probably the terrifying Black Easter.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Super Reader 4 Aug. 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on
Danny Caiden is the Jack of Eagles. However, when the novel starts, Danny is just a writer working for a trade publication. He has always had the talent for finding things. An example is given of a drunk friend at a party ringing up and asking where he has put his ski wax, and Danny tells him immediately what it has fallen in to.

Encountering another friend, he gets to talking about probability, and decides to see what else he can find. In a probability sense this means gambling, on the stock market, and horse racing.

This brings him to the attention of some gangsters, and avoiding them he decides to find out more about psychic abilities, contacting some researchers.

Soon, he learns there is a secret society, the Brotherhood, all composed of people like him. Danny's abilities are growing, making them want to recruit him. He opposes their politicals and ethics of superiority to normal humans, and escapes to discover there is an opposing force to these people.

With abilities rapidly increasing, and the understanding of the mathematics of probability and psi abilities, Danny is able to venture through different realities to attempt to thwart his opponents, and get the FBI to believe he is not a criminal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Mr. Caiden, You Are Abnormally Normal" 2 April 2013
By Paul Camp - Published on
How do you write a superman story? One tactic is to tell the story from the point of view of others _around_ the superman, as Norvell Page did in "But Without Horns" (_Unknown_,1940). Another tactic is to tell the story from the point of view of the superman in the form of a coming-of-age story, as A.E. van Vogt did in _Slan_ (1946). In _Jack of Eagles_ (as "Let the Finder Beware," _Thrilling Wonder Stories_, 1949; 1952), James Blish uses a third tactic: Tell the story from the point of view of an adult who does not yet know he is a superman.

Blish's hero, Danny Caiden, is an ordinary guy-- an amiable bachelor working as a third-string reporter for a trade-newspaper. He has one parlor trick. If a friend loses an object, he can tell instantly where it is. But now Danny begins to hear voices, and he has brief visions of the future. When Danny uses his emerging talents for his own benefit, he attracts the attention of a crime syndicate, the F.B.I.-- and a brotherhood of ESPers who decide that Danny is too much of a threat to their existence. In order to survive, Danny must increase his powers.

Part of the reason the novel succeeds is the character of Danny Caiden. In our cynical times, we have become so used to hard-boiled detectives, ruthless spies, and antiheroes of all stripes that we forget that there is still a place for heroes who are good guys. We identify with Danny because he is fundamentally a decent person. And Blish does not fall into the trap (as many other authors have done) of giving Danny a God-complex at the close of the novel.

Another reason for the novel's success is that it seriously attempts to provide a scientific rationale for extrasensory perception. Other writers might be content with using a label like "psionics" along with a bit of gobbledygook. Not Blish. He says in effect, "if ESP were operating on scientific principles, they would work like this." And he spells them out. For example, at one point, Danny uses the formula for magnetic moment to help him master the powers of telekinesis. Much later, when he is about to embark on a set of stairs that could lead him hopelessly off into another dimension, he uses Planck's constant as a mental guide. I know of few other authors who have taken the trouble to make ESP seem so _real_. Each time that I have read and reread this novel, I have felt that, yes, it really could happen this way.

Incidentally, the Fortean Society is briefly portrayed in the novel and is presented as a magnet for crackpots. A parapsychological laboratory modeled on that of J.B. Rhine at Duke University is presented much more sympathetically and provides Danny with some real assistance.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most enthralling book on ESP ever. 24 Feb. 2000
By Cralet Boron - Published on
It's all about Danny Caiden, who discovers that he has ESP. But the Brotherhood of psychics wishes for him to be destroyed because of his enormous potential. HE goes through everything to stay away from them, and eventually solves his problem by destroying their headquarters. But that's not the end...
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's the best scientific book on esp. 5 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
It's all about this guy who find's out he has esp, but he's attacked by these people who want to prevent him from growing his powers. When he meets a mathematician who creates formula's he can use to increase his powers and perceptions.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites! 24 Dec. 2013
By Helva - Published on
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This book (also published under the name ESPer) is for all those believing in (naturally) ESP. It's non-stop action & filled with many different explanations for the ESP forms - difficult to explain without reading the book. Although quite old, I believe this book holds up & will still be of interest to many people.
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