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The Solomon Effect
Jax Alexander and Tobie Guinness Book 2

by C. S. Graham
(aka Steven Harris and Candice Proctor)


The Solomon Effect takes you on a chase to stop a new holocaust from happening. Jax Alexander and October Guinness, his new co-partner in military crime prevention, are off on another chase around the globe. She is a "Remote Viewer" with so-called extra powers that make her able to "see" events or repercussions from events that are about to happen. She can draw her visions out if need be, but some of those visions are incomplete and do not give exact dates and locations. This causes her CIA partner, Alexander, to doubt their validity.

There is a U-boat submarine that has been watched since its sinking in 1945 off the coast of Northern Russian. Someone decides to bring it up and salvage it, but why? Could it be because there was something that was being smuggled out of Germany at the end of the war, such as gold, or could it be something more sinister? Who is the person or government responsible for salvaging this craft, one of the largest submarines ever built and capable of holding God only knows what? Tobie views a wasteland, and that gets the US government to thinking that there might be fissionable material aboard... but is that all that is inside that sub? The chase is on, and Tobie has a few other memorable views of things that, while not completely true, are also not false.

Jax starts to respect the validity of those views and is even interested, though skeptical of their brutal honesty and of the ability of someone to "see" such things. Jax is a kind of do-it-yourself wrecking crew, and he has to learn to temper his reactions to include his partner and her safety, something that is completely unfathomable to him. Tobie is an ensign in the navy and Jax is CIA, so there are two diametrically opposed units working on this, as well as a few more that we don't know about yet. There are several governments involved, and a few rogue wannabe world controllers who think they are doing great things for the world by depopulating over half of the people from the face of the earth. It comes down to a fine wire and a thin line whether or not they can get it done.

The Solomon Effect was a very well-written book and highly entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed every page. C. S. Graham is the writing team of Steven Harris and Candice Proctor. Harris himself is a long-time officer in Army Intelligence, so he knows about many of the programs that have been used and misused during the last five decades. He has first hand knowledge of such things as how the army and other military units delved into "remote viewing" and similar activities in the psych units that the Germans had a good hold on during the War and were experimenting with even then. Candice Proctor is an excellent mystery writer and employs that skill very well in this book, but also in the whole series that the two of them have started.

Look for small parts of this book in the movie, The Men Who Stare at Goats. Very interesting premise, and I know that there is a lot out there to be said about "remote viewing" and "astral projection," and all the other things that are encompassed by the phrase "remote viewing." The mind is a vast resource, much of which is untapped and mostly derided because not many people understand its ability. It will come, eventually, because there are too many who have these "powers" to be ignored forever.

The Book

Harper / Harpercollins
Sept. 29, 2009
Mass Market Paperback
0061689351 /978-0061689352
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The Reviewer

Claudia VanLydegraf
Reviewed 2009
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