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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Under the Night

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liam

    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 crossov 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Houle

    Alan Glynn’s Receptor is a wow of a thriller. That may be surprising because, generally speaking, books that come out in January are crappy. The holidays are done, everyone’s back at work, and nobody has time for reading again, right? Well, for a January book, Receptor is a novel that should be read by anyone with a passing interest in the thriller genre. It’s actually the sequel to the book Limitless, which was made into a Hollywood movie starring Bradley Cooper before he was really famous and, Alan Glynn’s Receptor is a wow of a thriller. That may be surprising because, generally speaking, books that come out in January are crappy. The holidays are done, everyone’s back at work, and nobody has time for reading again, right? Well, for a January book, Receptor is a novel that should be read by anyone with a passing interest in the thriller genre. It’s actually the sequel to the book Limitless, which was made into a Hollywood movie starring Bradley Cooper before he was really famous and, later, was made into a TV show. Here’s the thing: the book doesn’t read like a sequel. I wouldn’t have known it was the sequel to anything unless someone told me. The novel stands on its own. There are really two competing stories in this read. The first is the story of Ned Sweeney, an early ’50s advertising executive in New York who is given a dose of an experimental drug called MDT-48. The hows and wheres and whys aren’t really important — at least, not too much for this narrative, which sometimes asks you to fill in the gaps. The thing is, MDT-48 is a smart drug that enhances human intelligence. Within minutes of taking the drug, Sweeney is suddenly hobnobbing with the likes of Marlon Brando and Marlyn Monroe, as well as civic leaders such as Robert Moses. What’s more, Sweeny’s able to hold his own intellectually with them. When the drug wears off, Sweeny will do anything to get another dose, even if it puts his family and work life at risk. The second story is the tale of Sweeney’s grandson, Ray, who is in the political game of helping congresspeople win elections through data mining and such things. Well, Ray’s client, a congresswoman, has a father who wants to meet him. It turns out that the man, Clay Porter, knew Ray’s grandfather — and also knows that his grandfather’s early death was not a suicide. Ray gets pulled into the narrative stream of his grandfather’s life, until the two stories co-mingle and merge eventually. Read the rest of the review here: https://medium.com/@zachary_houle/a-r...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jo-Ann Duff (Duffy The Writer)

    Full disclosure straight up.  I hadn't read The Dark Fields and only had the movie Limitless with Bradley Cooper to go buy, and I really enjoyed that movie!  What if you could take a pill to expand your brain power? To become whatever you wanted to be? Cure world ills, become richer than in your wildest dreams and more powerful than you ever thought possible? It would be great, wouldn't it? It would! Until you think about the knock-on effects and chain reactions which would ensue. Not to mention Full disclosure straight up.  I hadn't read The Dark Fields and only had the movie Limitless with Bradley Cooper to go buy, and I really enjoyed that movie!  What if you could take a pill to expand your brain power? To become whatever you wanted to be? Cure world ills, become richer than in your wildest dreams and more powerful than you ever thought possible? It would be great, wouldn't it? It would! Until you think about the knock-on effects and chain reactions which would ensue. Not to mention the withdrawals and side effects. Under The Night is a superbly written novel about how this secretive and powerful brain expanding drug MDT-48 came to be. it's a book written in two parts, one from the point of view of Ned Sweeney in the '50s and Ray Sweeney, Ned's grandson 60 years later. The two stories unveil themselves at a decent pace and I enjoyed flicking from the 50's world of dark corners, secret testing, conspiracy and power to a modern day whodunit. Both characters are relatable and believable and I particularly enjoyed following Ned Sweeney go down the rabbit hole into his own brilliant, chemically enhanced mind and his ever-growing ego. It's a classic moral dilemma. If you had the pills in your possession would you take one? I'm not sure I would be able to resist! You don't need to have read The Dark Fields, but I do suggest you would have seen the movie Limitless at least.  The book does stand alone, but having the overarching story of MDT-48 under your belt makes this read all the richer.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kim McGee

    This is part of a series but you can read it as a standalone and the series continues after this one. This story begins in New York in the 50's where an ad man is given a hallucinogenic drug that opens up his world- it alters how he thinks and suddenly he craves it as much as the power and knowledge it gives him. But, he burns too bright and bad things happen. Fast forward to his grandson who learns more about the grandfather he never knew and the secrets he held. A breakthrough drug, secret CIA This is part of a series but you can read it as a standalone and the series continues after this one. This story begins in New York in the 50's where an ad man is given a hallucinogenic drug that opens up his world- it alters how he thinks and suddenly he craves it as much as the power and knowledge it gives him. But, he burns too bright and bad things happen. Fast forward to his grandson who learns more about the grandfather he never knew and the secrets he held. A breakthrough drug, secret CIA druggings, brilliant minds, and a dangerous conspiracy leads to the question of whether this dangerous drug was a mistake that was covered up in the late 50's or is it still out there. This is the kind of book that brings up more questions than answers and like the drug, you can't get enough. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    The plot for this novel is based on the known fact that the CIA experimented on US citizens with mind-altering drugs without the citizens' knowledge. The fictional mind-altering drug, MDT-48, is still being produced but is only available to a select few. The effort to keep the drug hidden while other people want to use it makes this novel an interesting read. I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cj Zawacki

    The CIA had committed drug trails on American Citizens in the 1950's. Lsd was some of the drugs used on unknowing victims to see if it could be of benefit to use in the Cold War. But what if a drug increased a person ability to concentrate, understand and work on today's problems with all the functions they learned from their life? This is the base for RECEPTOR, by Allan Glynn. A well written novel that bounces between today's timeline and the 50's of a discovery that the main characters finds th The CIA had committed drug trails on American Citizens in the 1950's. Lsd was some of the drugs used on unknowing victims to see if it could be of benefit to use in the Cold War. But what if a drug increased a person ability to concentrate, understand and work on today's problems with all the functions they learned from their life? This is the base for RECEPTOR, by Allan Glynn. A well written novel that bounces between today's timeline and the 50's of a discovery that the main characters finds that his grandfather did not commit suicide like he was told. The book is a sequel to the authors LIMITLESS, but stands alone to read. A great mystery, sci-fi novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Derek Moore

    Thank you for the opportunity to receive a free copy of Receptor by Alan Glynn. However after reading some of the book I regretfully could not continue and finish for this is not part of my liking genre. Once again my gratitude for consideration of being chosen to receive Receptor. I have already passed this on to a friend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jack Smith

    7/10 - It's a good read and I was glued to read it all the way through to the end. That said, I don't think that it's as good as the first book and the concepts are not as compelling or thought-provoking.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ibra G.K.

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    Started out intense, paranoia inducing. Ended up a "Limitless"/"Zelig" mashup.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Scull17

    3.5 stars. I was able to finish this pretty quickly because the story and how it's told (in two separate timelines) really grabbed me; it was hard to put down. I need to read Limitless, because now I'm hooked. Thank you to the author, publisher, and Goodreads Giveaways, for my ARC.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tijanailich

  13. 5 out of 5

    Larisa Somsel

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rambo

  15. 5 out of 5

    Edward

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eimear Kelly

  17. 4 out of 5

    David Hait

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jude

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris P.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alexander

  22. 4 out of 5

    Allan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stu

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stan Turner

  25. 4 out of 5

    John

  26. 5 out of 5

    Theraaa

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tom Boylan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Greene

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Quinn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amelie

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