The Mind Brothers & Assassins From Tomorrow
‘The Mind Brothers’ – Vietnam, Government/Cold-War intrigue, thought control, time travel, cybernetics, evolution beyond the need for physical existence, fugitive Nazi concentration camp doctor and ruthless oriental villains, underground organizations intent on world control, Indiana Jones/James Bond/Dr. Doolittle action, fast cars, sex, mayhem, violence, death – everything in escapist entertainment you’d ever need, all contained in less than 160 quickly read pages.
‘Assassins From Tomorrow’ – Sequel to ‘The Mind Brothers’ with more of what the first book offered plus Texas road-house action, JFK’s assassination, Washington cover-ups, futuristic high-tech skullduggery, secret manned NASA missions, Hollywood movie industry shenanigans, heroes/villains and overall plot worthy of an episode of ‘The Wild Wild West’.
Besides several type-setting/printing mistakes in these two books that didn’t cause any real loss of story continuity, what bugged me was the sloppy editing. On page 132 of ‘Assassins’ the type of gun the hero (Jason Starr) possesses is mentioned – “His hand sought the hard bulge in his pocket. The automatic was still there.” but on the next page I read – “Jason had the revolver out, and now he took careful aim and squeezed off a shot.” Sad.
The back cover of ‘The Mind Brothers’ states, “not since A.E.Van Vogt at his peak has there been such a gripping, astounding blend of science fiction and suspense…” while the back cover of ‘Assassins From Tomorrow’ exclaims “here is science fiction at its best: as imaginative as Heinlein or Bradbury…”. In either case I don’t think so. I’ve read that a third book in the series exists, ‘ Men Who Die Twice’, however I’m in no rush to locate it. (all three remind me of Doc Savage titles)