Into the MindField

Fiction - Thriller - General
346 Pages
Reviewed on 03/21/2016
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Reviewed by Ica Iova for Readers' Favorite

Into the Mindfield by Steve Allen is a fast-paced mystery thriller. Millionaire Luke Monroe first met George Graf, aka Double G, at Carnegie Mellon University, where they both attended. While Luke focused his studies on technology and business, George had pursued his doctorate in neuroscience. Possessing the same intellectual wit and belonging to the same fraternity, they regularly participated in its many sponsored events. After losing contact with George for twenty years, Luke receives a call from him out of the blue, and finds out that George has been working for Sam Jenkins, another one of their college buddies. After they all get together to muse over old times, George makes a remarkable discovery on his research project.

While Steve Allen brings you up to speed on details from the past, fasten your seat belts and get ready for a thrilling, suspenseful ride, because when Luke springs into action to find out why someone keeps trying to kill him, the fight is anything but fair - and you will be on the edge of your seat, biting your nails. Into the Mindfield by Steve Allen is an almost painfully gripping drama, a hard-edged tale of survival, revenge and, ultimately, redemption. In an almost evenly balanced blend of romance and suspense, there’s more than enough action and intrigue in this book to keep the pages turning fast and furious. I loved Luke’s character. He is equally smart and funny and, as we all know, strong characters form the glue that holds the story together.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

George, Sam and Luke have been friends for a long time, but after college things in their lives started changing and they drifted apart, at least George did. But just recently he’s been brought on to work with Sam on a top secret project and he’s determined to see everything possible about the project. When George learns that he’s not going to have any way of seeing the experiment or getting access to the data, he decides to take matters into his own hands, but using the ANT technology turns out to be a lot more than he bargained for in Into the Mindfield by Steve Allen.

This is definitely a book that you’ll love. It drew me in and I finished it really quickly. I loved the characters and really liked the way that each of the characters developed. It was even interesting how the ‘bad guy’ continues to change throughout the story. I liked that there are so many different people and that they each have their own personality that you want to know more about. It was really interesting and I loved the action and even the romance all the way through. There is a whole lot going on with all of the characters and a lot of technology too. It also explains things that are happening so you learn more about the science and the racing (because there's plenty of that). There’s a good plot and development all the way through and a great conclusion as well with Into the Mindfield by Steve Allen.

Jack Magnus

Into the MindField: A Luke Monroe Novel is a high-tech thriller written by Steve Allen. After winning the National Lottery, Luke was finally able to indulge in his long-term passion for racing. He was involved in attempting to master the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb when he was contacted by an old college friend. George Graf and he were students at Carnegie Mellon University. George was working on a doctorate in neuroscience, and Luke was studying business and tech. The two had bonded and formed a friendship starting with their membership in the same fraternity, but also aided by their shared penchant for dry and witty humor. It had been some time since George contacted him and Luke, while pleased to hear from an old friend, was a bit puzzled by George's behavior after that initial phone call. He had no way of knowing that George had used himself as a volunteer subject for a nano-technology process he had co-created, and George's world view had shifted dramatically.

Steve Allen's high-tech thriller novel, Into the MindField: A Luke Monroe Novel, is a fast-paced and action-packed story that blends high-speed racing with elements of quantum mechanics. I loved following Luke as he and his friend Raj approached each race scientifically and calculated how best to use every feature of the particular track to Luke's advantage. Luke's searches for collector cars, especially the 1933 Packard 12, had me searching for images of that rare vehicle on the internet. I enjoyed seeing how Luke's story merged with that of George, whose self-experimentation seemed to have opened up a parallel world for him, offering a possible proof that alternative states and worlds could actually exist. Allen's story blends speculation, action, and non-stop thrills, and is peopled with authentic and believable characters. His plot works quite well on a number of levels. Into the MindField: A Luke Monroe Novel is highly recommended.

Kim Anisi

Into the MindField by Steve Allen is the story of George and Luke, who once used to be friends. George discovers something that is literally mind-blowing (once you finish the book, you'll know what I mean). A piece of technology he developed with another friend called Sam seems to give him access to his alter ego in a different dimension - to a reality in which he, and not Luke, can have the woman of his dreams. Being in the alternative world takes its toll though, and George decides that he would like to turn his actual reality into the reality of his dreams. But Luke is in the way. How can he become Holly's partner if she's about to marry Luke?

George, one of the main characters of Into the MindField, is not very likeable. Maybe it's just me, but I just don't like him. Yet, you can't help reading on to see whether justice wins in the end (won't tell you, sorry). It's a very interesting story, and not even that far-fetched, if you believe in alternative dimensions and holographic realities or people that are absolutely nuts. One of the things I really enjoyed was the way action scenes were described. You could truly imagine what was happening - that was very well done, not just a matter of "then she kicked him in the face." I don't think I'd want to meet the author in the street with the knowledge he seems to have. It's an exciting book worth reading, even though George is a nut case.