Called back into the fold of the U.S. Marshals Service, Tim is tasked with retrieving Leah Henning, the daughter of a powerful Hollywood producer, from a mind-control cult. As Tim wends his way deep undercover into an insidious operation called "The Program", he confronts a brand of mind-warping manipulation beyond his worst expectations.
Tim becomes enmeshed with a diverse band of characters, from the charismatic, messianic leader T. D. Betters to a cult reject burnout to the intelligent yet highly vulnerable Leah herself, and finds himself caught in a shadowy landscape of lies, manipulation, and terror. At stake: innocent minds, maybe even his own.
©2004 Gregg Hurwitz; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Fascinating...intriguing....Filled with well-drawn characters, meticulous research and pulse-pounding action...easily one of the best thrillers of the year." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Grounded in character and believable detail, Hurwitz's thriller engages on every level." (Publishers Weekly)
"A gripping read from start to finish." (Booklist)
I read this one, then devoured all of the rest. Great stuff. Strong recommendation to those who like the genre.
Although, I don't believe that cults are that predominant in this day and age, I do believe that we are open to a lot of mind controlling influences. This is a good story to make you think.
Reading, for me, is one of life's greatest pleasures. I love discovering new authors. My favorite genre is suspense/mystery fiction.
Gregg Hurwitz is one of my most favorite authors...but even he is capable of a lemon every now and then, and this is his lemon. I'm so grateful that my love affair with him started with They're Watching and not with The Program because I'd never have given any of his other books a shot. That would have been tragic, which is also an apt word to describe The Program. Halfway through it, I finally put an end to my suffering and moved on to something else. Sorry, Gregg, but this book isn't worthy of you.
I like Greg Hurwitz books, as I find he does a good job of creating characters.
I dislike the idea of cults, to the extent that I found this book disturbing.
I found it memorable, & a bit creepy, that the protagonist could feel himself being drawn into the
He interpreted the characters well. His voices, as he interpreted the characters, almost created physical descriptions for me. I found this strange & rather fascinating, as this has happened only rarely, for me.
The story's subject matter is not one I enjoy, or even want to read about/listen to. As a result, I didn't finish it ... something that rarely happens.
"A frightening story....."
....to learn how vulnerable, how very susceptible we are when we're unhappy. Unhappy, because we haven't yet figured out who we are and what we can do.
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