“Enemy Mind” by Maggie Shayne

SUBJECT:Zach Ingram, brawny brain, aka Professor Ingram

FAMILY HISTORY: The Ingram heir, brother of financial whiz Jake

DEEPEST SECRET: He’d always envied his brother — until now . . .

Professor Zach Ingram was believed to have classified information about genetically altered humans, and agents from the top secret MEDUSA wanted it enough to kidnap him. But was the iron-willed academic truly the one they sought? Beautiful psychiatrist Dr. Maisy Dalton was unwittingly brought in to hypnotize the ruggedly handsome Zach into talking about the “memories” hidden within him. But the innocent doctor couldn’t control her feelings for the mysterious man who spoke of mistaken identity and something called the Extraordinary Five. In her heart, Maisy knew Zach was telling the truth, and was willing to risk her life and love to help him unravel the secrets of MEDUSA and the potentially dangerous X5 . . .

[amtap book:isbn=0373613687]

Description: Psychologist and hypnotherapist MJ (Maisey Jane) Dalton receives a call from a frustrated mother, asking her to come and help her son, who had been rescued from a cult. Maisey is an expert in cult deprogramming and memory recovery, and the mother’s plaintive tone convinced her to at least go and take a look.

But when Maisey arrived at the out-of-the-way ranch house, things didn’t seem right. The “home cooked” meal was disguised fast-food. The house had supposedly been in use for several decades, yet some rooms were unused and decrepit, and furniture was far too new to fit the story. Bob, who had said that the patient was his brother, couldn’t describe any details of their shared childhood.

Yet the biggest mystery was the patient. She was told his name was Jake Ingram, but he whispered that his name was really Zach. He was supposed to have been recovering from being drugged by the cult, yet he seemed worse than better. He also seemed genuinely terrified of his supposed family.

At the same time, the real Jake Ingram is busy solving a computer theft at the World Bank. A theft that only someone of his genius could have performed. But when he learns his foster brother had disappeared, he goes in search of him.

Part of a series of romance novels involving what is described as the “Extraordinary Five”, five prodigies created years ago by a secret organization, and now sought by mysterious forces. There is no complete resolution except to the kidnapping and the romance between Maisy and Zach. And, there is no hypnosis involved, although there is one scene where Bob tries some heavy-handed memory recovery techniques involving Sodium Pentathol. However, you wouldn’t know that from the cover, which shows Maisy dangling a shining pendant before the eyes of a slumping Zach.

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