The Thriller Novel
Do you really know who you are?
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are a few of the nice
things New York Times Bestselling Authors have said about my thriller manuscript BRAINSTORM:
Douglas Preston, NY Times
bestselling author of The
Codex, Relic and Book of the
Dead (these last two with Lincoln Child) as
well as many more said that BRAINSTORM: “…is as exciting and fast-paced as a thrill ride on a
dive bomber, a maelstrom of action, violence, murder and mayhem, way too much fun to put down
once you’re hooked. It is also frighteningly believable, based on an actual black CIA program
known as Project Stargate. Kessler is a former US Marine parachutist, recon scout, and Super
Squad team leader and he really knows his stuff. An outstanding
James Rollins, NY Times
bestselling author of Black Order,
Sandstorm and Map of Bones as well as many
others, said: "Gordon A. Kessler's BRAINSTORM is a wild ride into the reality of human
consciousness, forcing us to question who we are and our place in the universe. It's also a
kick-ass adventure story that will have you thrumming through the pages well into the night.
Its blend of topical research, cutting-edge weaponry, and current political tension is handled with
What if a small American town is secretly replicated, populated with
kidnapped scientists and psychically talented civilians, and then used as a proving ground
while training psychic assassins? Political and military leaders of the Free World are the
targets of these psychic warriors, and Project Brainstorm's goal is world domination. The
only person who can stop the unthinkable plot is a seemingly simple man without a
In BRAINSTORM, Gold Rush seems to be just another sleepy little Colorado
community full of friendly, caring citizens, quaint cottages, and a sort of quiet peace, held
gently by the picturesque mountains that surround it. However, something isn't right in Gold
Rush, and early on a Monday morning Robert Weller awakens with a cautioning and
insuppressible voice inside his head. He soon finds a secret behind every door, a motive with
every glance, and a lie beneath every spoken word. After meeting a strange but beautiful
woman named Sunny who insists they were once lovers, people begin dropping dead around him
without apparent cause. The world he thought he knew twists upside down as paramilitary teams
hunt him, and his own wife and the people he considers friends turn against him. After his
wife falls dead inexplicably, he is thrown into the middle of a military mission to rescue
thousands of the town's citizens from a plot to destroy the Free World.
In time, Weller discovers he was once the CIA's top remote viewer (based
on an actual CIA project called Stargate). He finds out he has telepathic powers enhanced to
a lethal level, and his memory has been erased. His subjugators have programmed him with new
memories through hypnosis and hallucinogenic drugs aided by old TV shows, commercials, home
movies, and other sensory stimuli. Led by Dr. Xiang Gao, his handlers are hoping to make him
a psychic warrior in order to assassinate certain heads of state and military
Dr. Xiang is no ordinary general practitioner, and he's certainly more
than the Weller family's trusted physician. Under the guise of a caring doctor, he is a
brutal but brilliant scientist, driven by revenge. As the son of a Russian diplomat and a
Shanghai prostitute, his vendetta against a cruel world for his horrendous childhood makes
him blind to any sort of human empathy. His band of scientists along with Mike Wu, who Weller
thinks is his best friend/brother-in-law, have molded Robert Weller into what they hope to be
one of the most deadly weapons on earth, only one of hundreds they are now ready to unleash
upon the world.
But something goes wrong on the big test day, and Robert Weller shows a
psychic talent beyond their hopes. After unknowingly doing away with a number of his keepers,
Weller breaks free and is in hiding with the assistance of a strange woman who has seemed to
appear from nowhere.
To stay alive, Weller subconsciously connects with the ethereal matrix, an
eternal grid work that exists only in the mind (remote viewing). It acts as a never-ending
card catalogue, linking his mind to critical happenings in space and time--remote places in
the past, present and future--and he uses his seemingly newfound ability to try and outsmart
his keepers and escape to safety.
In the end...well, you'll have to wait and buy the book when it's
available! Watch this website for publication date.
Background about Brainstorm:
BRAINSTORM goes beyond the bounds of ordinary reason. Research for the
novel led me to the CIA's Project Stargate, a twenty-year exploration into remote viewing and
psychic powers which they actually relied upon even during and after the Persian Gulf War.
Delving into the background information needed for this project, incredible new
developments in non-lethal weapons such as acoustic cannons, sticky foam, anti-traction
substances, electromagnetic pulse devices, and infrared lasers was extensively researched.
This story reminds the reader of some very sobering statistics as well; there are still
thousands of American MIAs from the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Gordon A Kessler is a former US Marine parachutist, recon scout, and Super
Squad team leader, with a bachelor's degree in creative writing. He has taught novel
writing for Butler County Community College, has previously self-published two thriller
novels, and is a founder and former president of the Kansas Writers Association (a
fifteen-year-old group of one hundred and fifty writers). He has published two thriller
novels; Jezebel and Dead Reckoning. His unpublished thriller A
Culling of Innocents was a finalist for the Rupert Hughes Award at the 2003 Maui
Writers Conference. Two other unpublished thrillers, Jack Knight and The
Storegga Effect, won first place consecutively in the KWA's 2003 and 2004 novel-writing
competitions. His nonfiction book specifically targeting beginning novelists, Novel
Writing Made Simple, won second place in the Oklahoma Writers Federation's 2004
competition. Brainstorm, his latest thriller manuscript, won first place in the
KWA's novel-writing competition in a previous year and is by far his best
As an independent editor, speaker, conference organizer and writer, he
has made and kept current numerous contacts with editors and agents in the NY publishing
industry as well as others around the country. He tries to stay connected with writers
and the writing industry by doing speaking engagements at writers conferences as well as for
writers organizations and even small groups. He's also conducting full-day writing
seminars and workshops in the Midwest in cities like Wichita, Lincoln (Nebraska), Kansas
City, Omaha, Des Moines, and St. Louis over the coming months, based on his Novel
Writing Made Simple book.
Over the past fifteen years, he has edited literally hundreds of
fiction and non fiction work. His editing services include the full gamut, dependent
upon the individual writer's needs--from quick read-throughs to full line edits and story
reviews. As a primer especially for the beginning novelist, his Grabber 1250! is a fun
way to help seasoned as well as new writers examine their stories and ensure that when they
present their work to the publishing industry, it will be at its very best.