Saturday, October 11, 2008

Operation Blue Light: My Secret Life Among Psychic Spies by Philip Chabot

Operation Blue Light by Philip Chabot with Laurie Anne Blanchard
Copyright 2008
Cherubim Publishing/Memoir
303 pages

When I was done eating, he gave me some gum. He and I both took two sticks.

"Now don't throw away those wrappers," he said. "Here is what you do. Fold them this way. Then this way. One end fits into the other." It made one link. "Then do that again with the next wrapper. And you'll have a chain. Then, if you get one that is a yard long, you show it to your doctor. You'll get to stay in here for another six months."

What led you to pick up this book? I love reading anything at all about psychics -- their personal accounts of psychic experiences, in particular, but I also like paranormal fiction with psychic heroes or heroines.

Describe the book without giving anything away. Operation Blue Light is one man's account of his psychic experiences in the 1960s, during a time when the MKULTRA experiments took place (think Conspiracy Theory).

Okay, that's not enough info. Can you tell us more? Well, since you asked . . . okay. Philip Chabot (not the author's real name) begins the book with a gripping account of his arrival at a hotel after a lengthy cross-country drive. Exhausted, he takes a shower and makes a phone call, sleeps and then escapes past 4 rifle-wielding men in suits. What has happened? In order to find out, we must backtrack to Philip's high school years and learn about his early psychic experiences, which were followed by a mental breakdown (caused by the stress of college and the way people feared him after he made an accurate prediction) then time in a psychiatric ward. It wasn't till long after his breakdown that Philip's psychic ability resumed.

Oh, dear. I have so much more to say about this book. This is rough. I truly believe that everyone has a 6th sense and some are more "tuned in" than others. Those who read this blog regularly have heard a few of my own stories. In the author's case, his experiences were more "telepathic" than "vision-oriented". Sometimes he simply saw events through someone else's eyes, as they occurred. This part I believe. However -- and it's a big however -- what the author describes in this book involves government agents using his telepathic ability. I expected a kidnapping, maybe drugs . . . some sort of testing against his will.

Instead, Philip Chabot's psychic experiences resumed when he was removed from tranquilizers. Truth? I think he had some sort of episode of manic psychosis. What he describes sounds very, very much like the descriptions of two people I know who have been diagnosed as bipolar and experienced extreme episodes of mania. I believe the voices in the author's head were very real to him and his experience is every bit as real to him, to this day. But, my gut says the experience was mental; and, the sheer quantity of different people he claims to have communicated with telepathically was the most convincing factor.

Recommended? Iffy on recommendation. In spite of pedestrian writing and poor editing, the first two-thirds of the book was extremely gripping. I was just dying to know what was going to happen to Philip. Somewhere around that turning point, though (between about pages 180-200), his cross-country journey began. And, I realized it wasn't at all what I expected. There are pages and pages of rambling "psychic" conversation with alleged agents in Russia, Great Britain, the U.S. and China. I struggled to finish the last 75 pages of the book. Add a little kidnapping, some drugs, and it would make a great movie. I loved quotes like that above -- a real blast from the past. Does anyone remember how to make gum wrapper chains? But, the last third was a huge let-down, in my humble opinion.

Cover thoughts: The cover really appeals to me -- the phone with a cord torn from its cradle. And, it fits. The whole story is wrapped around a single phone call.

I think I'm caught up. I've hardly read at all, today, but I hope to amend problem by tomorrow. Now that I've typed up three reviews, I need to hurry up and finish three more, right? That's how it seems to work, lately.

Wait, where did that link to the giveaway go? Relax, it's right here. If you haven't signed up or you don't see anything great, don't worry. I'm pretty sure I've got to dump a few more books on you guys. The library is getting a minor windfall of donations, as well.

And, now, I'm off to bed. Hope everyone is having a glorious weekend!

Bookfool, who believes she is caught up (but we know that sensation never lasts long)


  1. Whoa. Well, it certainly sounds unique!!!

  2. Ladytink,

    It's definitely that. :)

  3. I, too, believe everyone has a bit of the sixth sense. My best friend is one of those people who are unnaturally attuned to it. She has had some experiences that would chill your blood. But I agree that it sounds like the guy in this book suffered from delusions, rather than really being psychic. The book sounds good anyway, because I am also fascinated by the innner workings of the mentally ill. Hmmm. :)

  4. Hmm, sounds like this one didn't work out quite like you wanted, and I'm not sure it's gonna be my bag either. Bummer! Oh well, we have oodles of other books on the shelves, right?! :)

  5. Lexi,

    I think your friend's experiences would probably be the kind I prefer reading about. Yep, you might be interested in the book, then. About the first 200 pages were great. That last 100 is rather rambling, but if the meaning of that rambling interests you, you might still get something out of it.


    It started out so good! I think that last bit would irritate you, though, as it did me. You're right; I just have this feeling we're never going to have trouble finding something to read. LOL

  6. I like books about psychics, too, both fiction and nonfiction. The Intention Experiment was a good one for providing some scientific studies involving different aspects of this phenomenon.

    While I don't always believe and have doubts about many claims, the subject continues to fascinate. The CIA experiments and the Stargate Project are especially interesting.

  7. Jenclair,

    I'll have to look up The Intention Experiment and click through that link to the Stargate Project, thanks! I'm with you. I don't always believe everything I read, but it's still fascinating and there are bits that resonate, for me -- I guess because I've had my own experiences with the 6th sense.

  8. Anonymous2:49 PM

    It's fascinating stuff and while I think that everyone has some kind of psychic ability that they are more or less aware of, I don't think that it's possible to harness it in any meaningful way.

    Sounds like a manic episode to me too.

  9. Carrie,

    I tend to agree with you. My own "psychic" experiences have been meaningless till after the events I predicted appeared in the news. Not much use, although I've occasionally had a strong feeling that I shouldn't go down a certain road and kept myself from having to sit at an accident site for an hour.

    Yeah, and the hearing voices bit fits with what I've read about psychosis. I don't doubt he has had some experiences that can only be explained by that 6th sense, though. I do believe it's real.

  10. Sounds like an interesting book, but the poor editing is a turn-off.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  11. Anna,

    Poor editing can be really irritating, definitely. It's becoming all too common, these days, even amongst books published by big-name publishers. Not a good trend!!!


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