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Half a Mind ❰EPUB❯ ✶ Half a Mind Author Bruce M. Perrin – Thomashillier.co.uk A medical researcher develops a device that can block neural activity in the cortex, simulating lost cognitive function, and in turn, stimulating the brain s natural capacity for self healing But over A medical researcher develops a device that can block neural activity in the cortex, simulating lost cognitive function, and in turn, stimulating the brain s natural capacity for self healing But over time, this neural re wiring becomes exaggerated, distorted, and then all consuming Now, a serial killer, exposed to the brain altering effects of this device, is using it for his own purposes When the St Louis based company Ruger Phillips assigns one of their new hires, Dr Sam Price, to a Half a ePUB ½ seemingly straightforward evaluation of this technology, no one expects trouble The reality soon proves much different Sam and his inexperienced team are plunged into a world where they will have to use everything they have learned to find the truth in a quagmire of inconsistencies, constantly shifting circumstances, and death But as they come closer to understanding, they start to wonder is there really any chance they will be able to convince anyone else of a truth they can hardly believe themselves This edition is out of print.

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  • Paperback
  • 263 pages
  • Half a Mind
  • Bruce M. Perrin
  • English
  • 25 August 2019
  • 1518782574

About the Author: Bruce M. Perrin

Bruce Perrin has been writing forthan years, although you will find most of that work only in professional technical journals or conference proceedings But, after completing a PhD in Industrial Psychology and a career in psychological RD, he is now applying his background and fascination with technology and the human mind to writing novels Besides writing, Bruce likes to tinker with home automation and is an avid hiker, logging nearly , miles each year in the first two years of Fitbit ownership Half a ePUB ½ When he is not on the trails, he lives with his wife in St Louis, MO For a closer look at his writing life, book reviews, and progress on his upcoming works, please join him at brucemperrin.



10 thoughts on “Half a Mind

  1. Ian Miller Ian Miller says:

    Strangely enough, this odd title is really apt, literally The story starts with Sam, Sue and Nicole as a team to investigate whether a device being developed by a Dr Worthington can remove veteran s pain by redirecting brain linkages Bruce Perrin has a PhD in psychology and has worked in research, so as expected, what follows is quite a bit about the working of brains, which I found fascinating In the story Worthington has developed an electromagnetic cap for the head which can block off half Strangely enough, this odd title is really apt, literally The story starts with Sam, Sue and Nicole as a team to investigate whether a device being developed by a Dr Worthington can remove veteran s pain by redirecting brain linkages Bruce Perrin has a PhD in psychology and has worked in research, so as expected, what follows is quite a bit about the working of brains, which I found fascinating In the story Worthington has developed an electromagnetic cap for the head which can block off half of the brain activity Unknown to everybody, there is also a character called The Experimenter who has something similar and is developing this in secret to presumably enhance his own mental ability, and has some subjects who are quite unwillingly helping him, and whom he kills when either they are no use, or during an experiment The story is thus part SF, part thriller, and part mystery.The author manages to very skillfully develop the story in streams so you see what the team is doing, and what the bad guy is doing at the same time The action writing is very good, the pacing of the story is surprisingly good given the complexities of the brain messages, and with reservations, the structure is excellent The character of Sam is very well drawn, except I am not sure he is fit for purpose There is a potential romance between Sam and Nicole, except Sam can t seem to find the courage to ask her for a date, even after she has invited him to her apartment for a beer Surely a psychologist can work out how to ask a girl out for a date Sam warns everyone they could be in danger, but seemingly takes no precautions himself.It is the mystery part that the story fails for me The team interviews Worthington, who has brought Atwood along for some reason Worthington subsequently rings Sam and tells him he feels in danger That evening, Worthington is found dead in his chair, having died from asphyxiation Now, the team needs answers, so who do they talk to Not Atwood Why not That does not make sense Nor does it make sense that the police put Worthiongton s death down to natural causes Asphyxiation, sitting in a chair With no asphyxiating agent in sight, surely this means murder because someone had to take the agent aaway later So who is the bad guy I can t go further without spoiling, but there is something even worse along the line, which a structural edit would fix It is a pity because this is a really good story, and a few minor edits would make it excellent If this is done, look for a few wrong words two examples from memory, too for to, game for presumably gave A pity, but for me the mystery part loses a star

  2. Samantha Burnell Samantha Burnell says:

    This is a crime story written with by an author with a high level of expertise who certainly seems to know their stuff There is nothing worse than reading a book where you doubt the authors take on technology, or police procedurals, or legal practice and here the scientific background comes across as well researched, well written and plausible It leaves you with a nice sense of well I never knew that An entertaining read that I am happy to recommend.

  3. Clabe Polk Clabe Polk says:

    Imagine, if you will, dividing the human brain in half and using only the right half or the left half A person in such a state would be able to exhibit only left half logic or right halfesoteric subjects unless and until some cross over functions were re established between the two halves of the brain Then imagine that the cross over functions were blocked forcing only left half or right half control.Of Half a Mind is about a machine that blocks one half of the brain A machine posse Imagine, if you will, dividing the human brain in half and using only the right half or the left half A person in such a state would be able to exhibit only left half logic or right halfesoteric subjects unless and until some cross over functions were re established between the two halves of the brain Then imagine that the cross over functions were blocked forcing only left half or right half control.Of Half a Mind is about a machine that blocks one half of the brain A machine possessed by a mad man one who has and will commit multiple murders One addicted to the machine s effects as one can become addicted to drugs A research team headed by Dr Sam Price must dig through the records of a dead inventor to find him, suspecting, but never really realizing the danger they are in.This book is a psycho thriller written by an author who is a psychological researcher The good news is Of Half a Mind is, in every respect, an excellent story plot, with well developed, if a bit nerdy, characters For imagination, plot and characters I would award this book four stars It s drawback is the dialog Of Half a Mind suffers from too much dialog unnecessary to telling the story and a great deal of neuro scientific explanation most readers would blow off in a heartbeat I did I skipped large sections of the dialog as being irrelevant to the plot I would award three stars for the story telling.On the whole, however, for those willing to wade through the narrative to get to the meat of the plot, this is an entertaining and worthwhile read The reader will get a good thrilling yarn and, perhaps, learn something about the human mind in the process Lovers of psycho thrillers, techno thrillers and mysteries should love it For me, the plot and concept slightly outweighed the dialog issues and I gave it 4 Stars

  4. Laurel Heidtman Laurel Heidtman says:

    If someone had asked me a while back if I d enjoy reading a thriller that leaned heavily on technical descriptions of scientific research into the mind as opposed to action, I d have said, uh uh, don t think so But I was asked to read this book and give it an honest review, so I took a chance I m glad I did.Sam Price works for a company that assesses the merits and results of research projects as the disinterested third party His company s conclusions are often the deciding factor in whethe If someone had asked me a while back if I d enjoy reading a thriller that leaned heavily on technical descriptions of scientific research into the mind as opposed to action, I d have said, uh uh, don t think so But I was asked to read this book and give it an honest review, so I took a chance I m glad I did.Sam Price works for a company that assesses the merits and results of research projects as the disinterested third party His company s conclusions are often the deciding factor in whether or not the money keeps flowing to the researcher Sam and his team, Sue and Nicole, are tasked with assessing the methods, tools, and results of a project that started as a way to find relief from phantom limb pain in amputees, but morphed into a study of how blocking brain waves in one hemisphere of the brain led to the other hemisphere compensating, thereby increasing a person s ability to learn It s a routine part of Sam s job, but Dr Worthington, the scientist responsible for the brain wave study, is resistant to providing them with the information they need to assess his study and they have no way of contacting the study volunteer, a person known only as A.T.When Worthington, the researcher, becomes violent and throws them out of his office, they become worried about his mental state and their own safety They begin to wonder if he s used his device on himself, and they begin to wonder what using such a device could do to the human brain.I m not going to tellof the story because I don t want to spoil it for the reader, but I will say I thoroughly enjoyed a book that shudder has a basis in reality Recently I ve seen stories about brain research that allows paralyzed people to move limbs through devices that transmit the person s brain waves to a device holding the limb Other studies that have made the news involve a person wearing electrodes and sending the thought to move a hand to another person many miles away who was wearing the same device Bruce Perrin has the academic background and professional experience to take this early research and turn it into a fascinating thriller, which he has done Even better, he has the ability to explain the technical aspects to a lay reader and keep the story interesting at the same time.I really liked the way the story ended lots of action there and I especially liked the way he completed the story, yet paved the way for the next in the series I ll be watching for it

  5. Bill Ward Bill Ward says:

    This is a good crime story with a fascinating subject matter and intelligent protagonists A scientist is experimenting on the brain of people snatched off the street Three scientists embark on a project to establish the credibility of what has supposedly been discovered but find themselves tracking down a killer I would suspect the author has a background in this area of science or has done a great deal of research because the book is full of scientific explanations which all seemed plausible This is a good crime story with a fascinating subject matter and intelligent protagonists A scientist is experimenting on the brain of people snatched off the street Three scientists embark on a project to establish the credibility of what has supposedly been discovered but find themselves tracking down a killer I would suspect the author has a background in this area of science or has done a great deal of research because the book is full of scientific explanations which all seemed plausible to me, although my knowledge of the subject matter is very limited I think not being an expert in the field actually increased my enjoyment because I was intrigued by what I was reading Despite the scientific bias of the story this book very much remains a crime story I really enjoyed the three main characters and their relationships The plot has some surprises and the mystery kept me turning the pages wanting to see how the story would end If you have any interest in science or the brain this is a perfect book for you but if you are just a general fan of crime stories this is still a good and slightly unusual read

  6. Josephine Calabrese Josephine Calabrese says:

    Of Half a Mind The Mind Sleuth Series Book 1 This story was a work of fiction The book is well written and held my interest The integration of scientific knowledge into this fiction work was done in such a simplified manner it made it easy to understand The emotions felt by the characters draws you into the story I rate this work five stars.

  7. Diana Febry Diana Febry says:

    Please forgive me author I d recommend this mystery thriller to readers who are a bit nerdy geeky.Sam is asked to form a team to investigate a request for funding for a brain blocker Originally designed to ease phantom limb pain the scientist is now claiming his invention can improve the abilities of certain brain functions such as memory recall By his own admission Sam is shy and nerdy and very awkward around a female member of the team who he fancies Shocked by the scientist s behavio Please forgive me author I d recommend this mystery thriller to readers who are a bit nerdy geeky.Sam is asked to form a team to investigate a request for funding for a brain blocker Originally designed to ease phantom limb pain the scientist is now claiming his invention can improve the abilities of certain brain functions such as memory recall By his own admission Sam is shy and nerdy and very awkward around a female member of the team who he fancies Shocked by the scientist s behaviour and scant research notes the team is initially unimpressed When the scientist dies suddenly andof his notes are discovered the team becomeinterested in the project and the potential uses of the blocker Their investigations reveal continued use of the blocker could be very dangerous and concerns are raised about participants in the scientist s earlier experiments I was fascinated by the ideas behind the blocker and the idea that to stimulate and improve one area of the brain meant reducing activity in other areas of the brain In this story it was areas such as self reflection, empathy, morals and the appreciation of beauty that were being repressed But as an ordinary non scientific reader there was for me too much emphasis on the science and the scientific procedures As scientists I didn t find any of the characters really leapt of the page But I will admit the pedantic and anxious Sam was starting to grow on me by the end of the book I couldn t fault the writing style or the plot line but there was too much scientific detail for me I m sure there is a segment of readers out there who d love that aspect Overall an enjoyable read but personally I would have preferredaction and less science

  8. E. Arthur E. Arthur says:

    This book is a crime mystery, but without the normal lineup of detectives or forensic scientists chasing the killer In this case, it is a psychologist and a biomedical engineer, who unwittingly get involved I liked the characters Sam is newly graduated and on his first job, so not every decision he makes is correct, but he persists He also has a sense of humor that I enjoyed Nicole is the engineer and Sam s romantic interest In my opinion, she didto solve the case than Sam Althoug This book is a crime mystery, but without the normal lineup of detectives or forensic scientists chasing the killer In this case, it is a psychologist and a biomedical engineer, who unwittingly get involved I liked the characters Sam is newly graduated and on his first job, so not every decision he makes is correct, but he persists He also has a sense of humor that I enjoyed Nicole is the engineer and Sam s romantic interest In my opinion, she didto solve the case than Sam Although the research mentioned in the book is over my head, it was interesting and I felt I learned something from it I googled some of the specific places or people mentioned, and a lot of the technology exists, making me wonder how long it will be until we have something like the device described in the book Although slow in places, it was an engaging read overall

  9. Jeannie Sharpe Jeannie Sharpe says:

    Great BookThis book is very well written It s a page turner I give Bruce 5 Stars for the tremendous effort put forth with the progressing plot that is amazing I was not familiar with Bruce s books until I read this book From this day forward he has a new fan Great job Bruce Some parts were so well written I had to go back and re read The horrors in this triller is well worth anyone who loves this type of book Look forward to readingof Bruce Perrin s books.

  10. Agus Ekanurdi Agus Ekanurdi says:

    Good idea behind the story in this book I m glad I decided to read this book The characters developed in ways that blew my mind Overwhelming with self conflicting ideas, the main character drew me further into the story This book would be suitable for those who love dark and twisting story with scientific background.

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