Under the Nightby Published 01 Jan 1970
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1950s Manhattan - Ad man Ned Sweeney finds himself an unwitting participant in MK Ultra trials, the CIA's covert study of psychoactive drugs. The experiment introduces him to MDT-48, a mind-expanding smart drug, which takes him away from his wife and young son and straight to the corridors of the richest and most powerful people of his day.
But before long, Ned is dead.
Over 60 years later, Ned's grandson, Ray, meets Clay Proctor - a retired government official who may be able to illuminate not only Ned's life and death, and also the truth behind the mysterious MDT-48.
Both a sequel and prequel to Alan Glynns classic debut, which became the #1 hit movie Limitless, Under the Night is an irresistible thriller about the seductive power and dangers of unlocking the human mind.
Under the Night Reviews
This book is well worth a read as a follow up to Limitless, it explores the hypnotizing effects and consequences of MDT-48 from a series of new perspectives and timezones, mainly the 1960's and our current day.
It's nice to take another dive into the possibilities of the drug and our minds, the new narratives and characters provide a much deeper history of the drug whilst melding the lives of two distant relatives together in an uncany parallel. There's a fair few mentions and occasional crossover moments from the previous book which is exciting, and it answers a few questions that were left over from before.
I did miss the first person intensity of Limitless and would have to say that the explosive and unpredictable nature of that book weren't quite matched here (for me), but it was a good read and I feel like it's been positioned well for another sequel which I'll preorder if it happens. I'd reccomend for any fans of the first book, though I can't picture it to have quite as much pull towards a new reader without the context of #1.
I'm reviewing here (possibly??) for the first time because I really do appreciate the dive Alan took heading back into this world, I hope there are more.