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Book Review: Operation Blue Light

By Sandy Amazeen Dec 1, 2008, 2:59 GMT

Book Review: Operation Blue Light

In Operation Blue Light: My Secret Life among Psychic Spies Philip Chabot reveals for the first time the powerful story of his growing psychic ability and the government s growing interest in him. Mr. Chabot details a type of psychic ability he calls spoken telepathy and tells how it came to steal away a summer of his young life. Philip Chabot recorded his memories of the experience three years after ...more

Supposedly a true story, this follows the life of author and psychic Chabot from childhood to his eventual interrogation by members of the CIA and FBI. Chabot grew up in Union City, Indiana uncertain whether it was an accident suffered as a seven year old that might have triggered his psychic abilities or if it was something he was born with. His parents, while not abusive were largely uninterested in Chabot leaving him on his own to deal with the tests of being different. An incident as a teenager graphically illustrated how even close friends react poorly to discovering Chabot really could see things through other people’s eyes.

As Chabot went through college and a series of jobs, he became increasingly alienated from family and friends until he reached a breaking point. Hearing voices and experiencing snippets of other people’s lives, Chabot drove away from his home and job seeking to avoid government agents. After a standoff in the hotel parking lot, Chabot was escorted to a juvenile holding facility where he was extensively grilled by the CIA and FBI regarding a phone call made to China among other things.

The first portion of this book is the best as it follows Chabot through his developmental years. By the end, the story deteriorates into a rambling, disjointed telling that will leave readers wondering how much is truth and how much is a figment of his imagination. The recounting of remote viewing and secret government testing on unsuspecting civilians comes off as delusional instead of real life.

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