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The Warlock Effect: A highly entertaining, twisty adventure filled with magic, illusions and Cold War espionage

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Plus, the whole Morse thing has been done before many times, I was expecting something more original.

It is well written, and the agent/double agent conundrum adds a twist to what would otherwise have been a simple story about surviving torture. I didn't want it to end' PETER JAMES'A beautiful magic trick in itself - wonderful' DERREN BROWN'I absolutely loved every twist, every turn, every blockbusting cliffhanger' STEVEN MOFFATMeet Louis Warlock.This book is exactly like some of the magic it describes, the odd sleight of hand or false deception wrapped around a terrific mystery. The period atmosphere and the Cold War detail feel like a Le Carre but it's the characters that you really care about. Jeremy Dyson is co-creator of the West End hit play and film Ghost Stories, and a founding member of the team behind award-winning BBC series The League of Gentlemen. A highly entertaining, fiendishly clever thriller, The Warlock Effect offers a twist-filled, rollicking adventure – and a glimpse into the phenomenal mind of an extraordinary magician.

That said there are lovely ideas, and a well-thought-out worldview for the character, and the 'magic book' interludes are rather delightful, even as many will have encountered these tricks before. In summary: Good character piece centred on a Jewish immigrant and all the attendant trauma that entails, but not very good as a Cold War-magician-spy piece.When the US started to get these frazzled soldiers back from the Korean war, they had no idea what was going on and they were racing to catch up, and then you get all the MK Ultra [the CIA using brainwashing techniques and drugs such as LSD as interrogation methods from the 1950s to the 1970s] stuff that grew out of that, which is terrifying. RYAN'The period atmosphere and the Cold War detail feel like a Le Carre but it's the characters you really care about. Pouring their joint obsessions with comedy, magic and horror into this novel, authors Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman take the reader into a realm of secrets and betrayal. Dyson is known for his work on BBC comedy The League of Gentlemen, on which he collaborated with Sherlock star Mark Gatiss.

His talent for deception then attracts the attention of the British Secret Service, so get ready Ludvik is thrown into the perilous world of espionage as he is sent across Europe with a dangerous mission to fulfil. It starts with a letter to the reader, inviting them to sign a covenant that no magic secrets will be divulged. I warmed to these men and women instantly; their relationships are believable and they ping ideas off one another. This book takes you on a journey with lots of twists and all of them leaving you wanting Louis Warlock to come out on top.His assistant (and fiancée) Dinah is hidden within a three-mile radius, and Louis must find her within three hours, blindfolded, only using his ‘psychic’ mental connection to her. The central character, Louis Warlock, is after all a stage illusionist who has already pulled off a seemingly impossible feat of mind-reading in front of a crowd of sceptics. It begins as a playful romp: we meet our hero, magician Louis Warlock, at the height of his career, designing impossible magic tricks with the help of four friends who constitute his Brains Trust. Back in the cold war, the Americans believed that the Russians were harnessing psychic powers and brainwashing, and they were really scared about that,” said Nyman. When he comes face to face with a nemesis whose cunning rivals his own, Louis will need to use every trick in the book - or risk the most terrible consequences, both for the country and for himself.

This story has everything you need to keep you turning the pages, I learnt so much and I can still remember those 12 words. The Ghost Stories boys' new novel follows Louis Warlock, a successful stage magician in 1950s London, as he gets himself caught in the tangles of Cold War espionage, and for me the central problem was that I was much more engaged by the conjuring material, like the fabulous heist-style act of mentalism* which gets the book underway, than the spy stuff.Sue Vertue, Steven Moffat, and Brian Minchin will Executive Produce for Hartswood Films with Dyson and Nyman writing and acting as showrunners on the series. EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Sherlock producer Hartswood Films has won the rights to adapt Cold War magic thriller The Warlock Effect into a TV series. To have the power to remind me of the stories I heard growing up about the holocaust and then make me laugh at a brilliant range of believably eccentric friends is beyond talent, it’s magic. What this left me with was the feeling the period was very well evoked – even if it dropped in details, like a Mickey Finn as a spiked drink, and more, that made me wonder if anachronisms hadn't been made.

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