Synopses & Reviews
Tom's life is not what it once was. His marriage to the beautiful Nora is on the rocks and he now sees his two young children only on her say-so. His best friend Neil has moved to California to teach neurology. He has one success - a book on human psychology. Tom wiles away the time trying to teach bored grad students. But that all changes when Neil comes back into his life. For it seems that Tom's best friend was working for the National Security Agency, cracking the minds of suspected terrorists. Now it is Neil himself who has cracked and gone AWOL - what's more, he has left behind evidence that he has been employing his unique skills on civilians - obsessed with the idea that he can control the human brain. Thus begins a terrifying sequence of events as Neil starts to kidnap and mutilate people with a connection to Tom. He damages their brains and then releases them - often leaving them mad. But only when he gets near his ultimate target does he reveal the full horror of his plan . . .
“Terrifying and brilliant… challenges our most basic ideas of who and what we are.”—Whitley Strieber, New York Times bestselling author of Critical Mass
“This book blew me away! Neuropath is the thinking man's thriller, a dark, insightful, and deeply disturbing tale that will make you question everything you knew—or thought you knew—about yourself.” --Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Keepsake
“An outstanding read, as fascinating as it is original, with real science, real characters, and a relentless plot. On top of that, it raises some big, big questions about free will and the nature of the human mind.” --Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Blasphemy
“Has all the nastiness of the current fashion for gruesome thrillers, one very good late plot twist, and—what gives it a kind of SF sensibility—intelligent debates about the nature of consciousness, autonomy, identity, desire and the degree to which the mind is no more than a manipulating machine.”—The Daily Telegraph (UK)
“This book has emotionally hurt and disturbed me in a way none has done in many years. You should think twice before reading this - there could be some scientific and philosophical possibilities you don't want to know!” --Thomas Metzinger, author of Being No One
"Neuropath" . . . crackles with energy, a thriller that presents a frighteningly plausible look into the future of neuroscience. . . . [I]t raises some big, big questions about free will and the nature of the human mind."--"New York Times"-bestselling author Douglas Preston.
It all begins and ends with The Argument: Free will is an illusion. The soul? Merely neurons firing.
Someone is determined to prove the truth of The Argument, no matter who has to die.
Psychology professor Tom Bible is surprised to find the FBI on his doorstep, asking for help analyzing the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders. Thats not what Tom does—hes just a teacher, not a profiler. But in this case, the FBI feels Tom has special knowledge.
The suspect is his best friend Neil Cassidy.
Using the neuroscience he developed at the NSA, Neil can control the human brain. With just the flip of a switch, he can manipulate pain, pleasure, faith, morality....even love. He taunts the FBI with videos, forcing them to watch as his victims destroy themselves at the direction of their captor. He leaves no clues and the FBI cannot predict his next victim. Only Tom Bible has insight into his mind.
About the Author
R. SCOTT BAKKER is the author of The Darkness That Came Before, The Warrior Prophet, The Thousandfold Thought, and Neuropath. He lives in London, Ontario with his wife, Sharon, and their cat Scully.