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R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "The Entity" by Norman Harrison
By R.P. BenDedek
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:20:13 AM

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Just prior to leaving for Shenzhen City in Southern China for a holiday I requested several review copies of recently released books. I have no idea why I chose this particular book but it turned out to be a good decision.

Every teacher and writer knows that you have to have a 'hook' to immediately grab the attention of the students or readers and the Prologue to this book immediately grabbed my attention and got me thinking. I read the first 7 chapters in one sitting. They were a little slow, but realizing that they were setting the background story I wasn't bothered by that fact. The next day I read another 20 chapters and on the third day read the final 20 chapters. I actually found it hard to put down.

When I finished reading I was at a loss. I didn't know what to write in the review. All I had were two words and one of them is unprintable: "---- Fantastic!"

Mr. Harrison is a great story teller. Normally I don't like detective stories except maybe for Agatha Christie novels. This one was superb. It was quite different to anything I have ever read and would make for a great movie. The book has a rather surprising ending as one would have expected but one which I did not predict, and it sets the groundwork for the forthcoming sequel, "The Entity: The Doomsday Chronicles." If I have a negative criticism to make (apart from two spelling mistakes -- one in English and one in French) it is that I was not familiar with some of the initialisms /acronyms used but not explained (or at least not that I noticed).

As for the storyline itself, I don't want to spoil the book for potential readers so I will merely quote from what is available on line at

  • Following their first contentious meeting, Special Agent Jake Carbine and Agent Liz Young seem unlikely co-workers... but things change when an 86-year-old scientist is brutally murdered in Plattsburgh, NY and Agent Young asks the obvious question, Why would anyone go to such extreme measures to kill an elderly scientist? The modus operandi of the Plattsburgh murder seems similar to a case in Paris where a popular right-wing French presidential candidate was brutally assassinated. These two murders, on opposite sides of the Atlantic, unite Carbine and Young with Interpol agent Anaka Donnatello. At first the cases appear to be the work of a cult but that is where the similarity ends. And the Entity has a special prey in its sights... the tenacious Agent Young. The Entity is a fast-paced and highly original political thriller. There is dark and light in every breathless chapter... and when the denouement finally arrives, there is still a twist in the tale.

R.P. BenDedek

Norman Harrison was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he taught high school biology and chemistry for two years before joining the Navy for twenty-six years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas, Arlington, a Master of Arts degree from Michigan State University, and a Master of Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He currently is an associate professor of aeronautics for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, European region.

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