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(Gate of Orpheus Trilogy #1)

2.97  ·  Rating details ·  265 ratings  ·  49 reviews
A new caliber of thriller set at the collision of ’60s counterculture and the rise of dark forces in world government. Heroes creator Tim Kring injects history with a supernatural, hallucinogenic what-if.
Set in the crucible of the 1960s, Shift is the story of Chandler Forrestal, a man whose life is changed forever when he is unwittingly dragged into a CIA mind-control exp
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Crown (first published January 1st 2010)
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Darcia Helle
I love the premise for this story. Set in the 1960s, the plot revolves around LSD and mind control experiments, along the lines of MK-Ultra experiments done by the CIA. The writing is great, as far as the author's phrasing and technique. However, for me, the story is all over the place. At times, I felt like I was the one on acid! I was a third of the way into the book before the characters even began to link together enough so that the story made sense. There were too many characters jumping ar ...more
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
An interesting idea but I found the excution VERY slow and had a difficult time caring for the main character as we didn't get to know him very well. They did do a good job protraying the atomsphere of the early cold war very well. ...more
Matias Mestas
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Kring's 'Shift' never really gets into high gear

Set in the sixties, ‘Shift’ is a novel that aims for the sky but at some point it gets lost somewhere else. We don’t really know where. Written as the beginning of a trilogy that, as far as I’m concerned, hasn’t been continued, the book introduces a pretty good idea, plot and characters; however, as the story goes on, it begins to erode itself. Is it worth reading? I guess. Does it leave you with more questions than answers? Definitely, and not in
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
"Did LSD kill JFK?" That tagline drew me to yet another JFK conspiracy related novel. The premise is intriguing; it lends another level, scientific experimentation and mysticism, to the different conspiracies that abound-Mafia, FBI, CIA, Cuba, and of course Oswald and Ruby. But it doesn't do it well enough to draw me back to complete the trilogy and that bothers me. I don't like leaving something incomplete but this book was a chore. The entire story felt too disjointed. It does finally come tog ...more
Rich Stoehr
Aug 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
The first pages of Shift open on my birthday, two years from now, and the story reaches back from there to a time before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a time before I was born. Coincidence? Or is there some hidden meaning I should glean from this?

Shift is an ambitious novel in many ways, not the least of which is an attempt to create a new story with the JFK assassination, around which there are already more stories than there are myths about King Arthur. It's a big story, span
Oct 28, 2010 rated it liked it
If you are a Heroes fan, you are sure to recognize Tim Kring as the creator of the series. For some readers this knowledge will either hurt or help your perception of the book. As for me, I've never watched the show, so I went into this book without any preconceptions about Kring or Dale.

Shift begins in the year 2012. A fiery figure appears in the sky before several witnesses. Many say that the figure seemed to be searching for someone but couldn't find them. The book then jumps to the 1960s whe
Adam Bennett
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shift is an alternate history novel written by the guy who made up Heroes the TV show and another author. Together they have written a solid readable novel with a great twist on a timeless question. If you could somehow stop JFK (or any public figure for that matter) being assassinated what would happen?

Many writers have written in this vain, some of the better offers including Stephen King’s 11.22.63 (on how to go back in time to stop the JFK assassination) and Stephen Fry’s Making History (on
Sep 29, 2010 rated it liked it
This book starts out in the year 1963.

Chandler Forrestal was just an innocent victim. He met Naz, a nice woman who spiked his drink, only she didn’t slip him a roofie. Naz gave Chandler a bunch of LCD. As if things aren’t out of this world crazy enough when you are under the influence of mind altering drugs. Chandler Suddenly, Chandler starts experiencing some mental changes. Chandler believes that he has uncovered the true facts about President Kennedy’s assassination. Everyone is involved fro
TV showrunner Tim Kring and his cowriter, the more experienced novelist Dale Peck, have produced an alternate history mashup of mind-control, LSD, conspiracy and the Kennedy assassination that goes on a bit too long with characters that showed promise for a while, until, well, the damn thing exhausted me. The authors beat the dead horse of a premise with a stick that got bloody about half way through. Given that we know the outcome of the story, the only reason to slog through would be the compe ...more
David Tendo
Aug 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Boy, was I disappointed, I had wanted to read this when I first saw it on the bookstore shelves, but it failed in a big way. I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't, is it contradictory to say that it felt like too much was going on, but at the same time nothing actually happens? I loved the TV series "Heroes" and I loved the concept of secret government experiments with mind-altering drugs, ESP and JFK assassination connections; so it should be a hit with me right? Wrong. The sto ...more
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
I picked up an advanced reading copy of this book at Comic-Con after seeing a panel with Tim Kring. I was initially interested because I'm a fan of Heroes but I wasn't sure what to expect from his novel. I'm glad I gave it a chance!

I liked the premise of this book - taking a series of historical events and adding a sci-fi twist to them - and for the most part I really enjoyed the writing style. I would have liked to have seen more of Chandler and the development of his LSD-induced powers and les
Nov 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary
Disappointing! I was really looking forward to reading this as the premise on the blurb sounded really interesting - it did not live up to expectation. Firstly, the blurb really misdirected the reader - this book was not about someone trying to prevent the assassination of JFK at all (well maybe a tiny bit at the end...!). Some of it the writing was so strange I found it hard to follow (maybe trying to invoke an LSD style haze in the reader's imagination?!?). The characters were unsympathetic an ...more
All Mota
May 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela
I'm talking by my one opinion, for me the book was just good, sometimes was heavy and was a little difficult for me keep reading it, I like the story and the love story too, also I like the way that all the points are connected and how in a certain way leave the "?" even at the end of the book, but as I said it before, the book was too heavy sometimes and maybe was because two people wrote it, I read before books of two authors or four hands books but the duality and the union in the authors was ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Jun 07, 2010 marked it as maybe-read-sometime
Shelves: thriller
The library catalogue auto-flagged this for me; I have it set to tell me when new Tim Kring works are added, mostly to facilitate my viewing of the TV series.

I was immediately reminded of the Wild Cards character Mark Meadows. If I find myself short of other things to read (ha) and in the mood to take in some suspense fiction, I might give this a shot. But probably not any time soon.
Alex Murphy
Definitely This follows like the authors TV 'Heroes', lots of promise at the start, yet less tan a third in that opportunity is wasted in a mess of plots that don't link together (CIA drug experiments with prostitutes, time travel, missing nuke in 60's Cuba, defecting KGB, rogue CIA) that have something to do with the Kennedy assassination By the end the plot makes little overall sense. I think they were (and am by the looks of it) planning for a series of books, but like 'Heroes' forgot that ea ...more
Nathan Nipp
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a fan of alternate history, I was intrigued by this book(which more like a secret history of the JFK assassination) With a quirk cast of characters, plenty of drugs and international espionage, this is one thrilling ride.

This has been billed as the first part of a trilogy. finishing the book, it does make sense. (view spoiler)

A note about the audio edition: This audio book is narrated by Robert Forster. Excellent voi
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
As a fan of Heroes, I was interested to learn that Tim Kring had collaborated on a new book. Shift takes place in the 1960s and focuses on the government's experiments with LSD. The story built slowly, but once the authors had laid the foundation, I was unable to put this book down, eager to see how the threads were woven together.

I received a copy of Shift via NetGalley
Mar 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
The best thing I can say about this book is that I finished it. I kept my promise to myself and finished it. But I'll share this: some parts of the book were easier to read than others. I eventually gave myself permission to continue reading even if something was confusing. Some parts, or chapters, I liked, while some tried too hard to shock or impress me, the reader.

The best thing I can say about this story is, "Hallelujah, I finished it!"
I can't quite put my finger on it as to why, but I was slightly disappointed with this JFK assassination based thriller. The characters were a good mix of good and bad, there were one or two plot progressions that kept me invested in the story, and the last 50 or so pages were all that a thriller should be, but overall it was just okay. I am a huge fan of Dale Peck's writing (he co-wrote this with Tim Kring), and it was easy to see his influence, but it did not save it for me. ...more
Mark Zadroga
Jun 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Read an advance copy of Tim Kring's (creator of Heros) debut novel 'Shift'. It's an interesting take on the CIA early LSD experiments and the JFK assaination. Great plot twists and characters. But I found myself wishing Kring had picked a subject that hadn't been trod over again and again over the last 4 decades. Still, it's a great 1st effort. ...more
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
I received this from Read it forward and thought it was o.k. The story jumped around a bit, for the most part was really confusing. I do like the premise of the book and the characters are great. The author is very humorous and I like his style, although I would not rush out to buy his latest novel. All in all, a good read if you receive an Advanced Reader's Copy like I did. ...more
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Had no idea when I bought this book that it was a three part follower upper ( I know "follower upper", it's what my Mam used to call the serial westerns in the cinema in the 50's :)), Until I realised there were two more parts, I hated the ending of this,but I loved the rest of the book,a real rollercoster ride.Now that I know I can't wait to read the next part! :). ...more
Dennis Willingham
Aug 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, fiction
Good first novel from the creator of TV's Heroes. Yet another Kennedy assassination conspiracy theory, not as good as Elroy, but better than most and brings a new science-fictiony twist that's a little unexpected and interesting. ...more
Sep 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At long last I understand why Heroes started well then became so crap. After a few chapters the book was no longer good enough to read anywhere but on the toilet, and if the paper had been any softer...
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Exceeded my expectations. A creative fictional account of interwoven events leading to the Kennedy assassination, including LSD and mind control as a weapon of American spy/surveillence agencies, among other things.
Tad Deshler
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Some of the historical bits were somewhat interesting, but in the end the alternate history didn't seem all that different from reality, at least in the large scale. Perhaps the LSD power trip deal will be fleshed out in later volumes, but I'm not sure I will be going there. ...more
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book. It combines science fiction with well known historical events to create a 'what if' mind set. I really liked this book! ...more
Lynette Hague
May 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Too many shifts back and forth between times and characters. I'm not into the drug scene and didn't find the plot very captivating. ...more
May 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Reminds me of a bunch of TV I've watched recently. Something along the lines of Heros + the men who stare at goats + 'retro' Fringe. A very strange trip. ...more
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I gave up. Couldn't make head nor tail of it. ...more
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Tim Kring is the creator, an executive producer, and a writer for Heroes. Kring has worked as an executive producer for all four seasons of the show. He is the most prolific writer for the series.

Tim Kring is well-versed in writing and creating entertainment. He began his writing career for the hit TV show Knight Rider in the early 1980s. In 1987 Kring penned Teen Wolf Too alongside Jeph Loeb. He

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