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Raymond Hawley – It

Posted by demonik on May 21, 2009

Raymond Hawley – It (Nel, 1984)

Cover designed by Raymond Hawkey: Photograph of death-mask by Peter Williams

Cover designed by Raymond Hawkey: Photograph of death-mask by Peter Williams

Blurb:

Barely four months after the first hardback publication of It, the former head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency was forced to make the unprecedented public admission that – as revealed in It – his government was funding a multi-million dollar research program into the paranormal.

Already, as with his earlier, eerily prophetic bestsellers Wild Card and Side-Effect, Raymond Hawkey’s long researches among the labyrinths of the paranormal had touched on a flinching nerve of truth carefully hidden from an unsuspecting world.

It is the story of Dr Sarah Stuart, a coolly beautiful Scots parapsychologist who, while working in America, is made an offer she dare not refuse -for a Presidential request, carefully conveyed by a senior figure in Naval Intelligence, is an order.

Operation Endor, she is told, concerns the urgent debriefing of a mind of great evil and depravity, but with unequalled access to secret, globally important information.

Operation Endor needs her. Her orders are to raise the ghost of a dead Russian defector.

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A team of paranormal researchers are attempting to entice the ghost from the body of a recently deceased Russian defector. They’re doing so on behalf of the C.I.A. who urgently need to debrief him. The comrade, in life the epitome of evil, evidently takes great exception to having his hideously mutilated remains left lying around while the parapsychologists conduct their mumbo jumbo, although he’s taken a shine to their leader, Dr. Sarah Stuart. She’s certainly has¬† a tough time of it as a consequence …..

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