A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by author p.m.terrell, asking if I’d like to take a peek at the galley for her upcoming book Vicki’s Key. Having worked with Patricia in the past on some of her other books I readily said yes. She is an accomplished author of thought provoking novels.

Vicki’s Key not only maintained my high esteem for her writing but elevated it up several rungs of the thought provoking ladder. Set in the present day, p.m.terrell invites the reader to entertain the idea that the CIA might employ the use of people with psychic abilities.

To many people this sounds like the stuff found in the realm of Science Fiction. However anyone that has read any of her books knows that this author is not a science fiction writer.

Actually explorations into psychic abilities during the Cold War era is quite well documented. While most people think only of the US vs USSR arms race to establish global supremacy, there was a very different arms race happening in tandem. The race to control the unknown.

Satellites are all well and good, but how much better would it be if a person who was a ‘remote Viewer’ could be a fly on the wall of the oval office, or the inner workings of the Kremlin? Or someone with Telekinesis, sometimes called Psychokinesis that could manipulate objects from a distance?

Yes, at first this sounds crazy. Right up there with Roswell, aliens and Area 51. However there is enough well documented evidence to show that the protagonists of the Cold War did indeed take the study of psychic abilities very seriously.

The question is, how much of it was real, and how much was Memorex? Was it just a high stakes game of Poker, the two players ‘bluffing’, or were they really using these tools?

In the early 90’s I had the great fortune to become friends with an aging magician by the name of Don. His specialty was what he called close up magic. There was one trick that never failed to amaze me, the penny and dime trick. My friends and I were the victims of this illusion on many occasions. He would ask you for three things a penny, a dime, and a 20cent Bic pen and have you place them on the table. He would then ask you to place one hand palm down on the table and to put the penny on the back of your hand. He would then pick up the dime and pen. Wave the pen three time around the penny, tap the penny with the end of the pen, and voila, penny was gone and the dime was in its place. Yes it was a trick, but the many times I saw him pull it off, never once did I figure how it was done. My mind told me I was being conned, but my eyes could not show me how.

So the question is, did the CIA and the KGB really enlist the help of psychics, or was it merely a propaganda war?

I put this question to p.m.terrell in the knowledge that she never puts pen to paper without careful research. “It is definitely a real program,” was her reply.

I gave this some considerable thought, and asked her if she might be interested in collaborating on some articles on the subject. She has agreed!

I suspect that this is going to be a very interesting series.  We plan on exploring both the well known and lesser known aspects.

I’ll leave you with these parting questions, was Soon Bending Uri Geller fact or fraud? Was Nina Kulagina really able to move objects with her mind or was she just a USSR propaganda tool?

Baffling? Yes it is. But is it explainable? Some say yes, some say no.

Simon Barrett

p.m.terrell is the internationally acclaimed, award-winning author of more than a dozen books, including six suspense/thrillers, two historical suspense/adventure, one book for authors and four computer how-to books. Her Black Swamp Mysteries series began with Exit 22 and continues with Vicki’s Key (release date: March 2012) which introduces a CIA remote viewer, Vicki Boyd. For more information, visit www.pmterrell.com.

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