About The Book

Welcome to Bill Yarborough’s website! Explore it and learn about Bill and his upcoming novel, Memories of MK-ULTRA—inspired by his real-life experiences as a child in the CIA’s MK-ULTRA program. Bill is now working to obtain a publisher. If you want to learn more or be notifed of the novel’s publishing date, just send Bill a message on the Contact page.

Memories of MK-ULTRA unfolds through two intertwined narratives: One, set in the summer of 1958, follows a Nazi-trained psychiatrist at a CIA installation outside of Washington D.C. Charged with engineering super soldiers and spies, Dr. Rudolf Holtzmann uses electroshock, psychoactive drugs, hypnosis, deprivation, and psychological assault to remold the human mind. Unbeknownst to the CIA, Holtzmann has a second agenda: acting as a puppet master to control world events by indoctrinating a future American President. But as troubling as Holtzmann’s goals are, there are other, even darker forces at work around him.

The second narrative tracks Tommy, Beth, and Curtis as they grow up in rural Maryland, then suburban Texas—unaware of their shocking past in Holtzmann’s MK-ULTRA program. The smart, artistic Beth develops into a rebellious teenager whose search for alternative states of consciousness blends in with the drug-crazed culture of the late 1960s—until her love of books leads her to a career as a science fiction author. Gregarious, tough-guy Curtis dreams of joining the military. Meanwhile, Tommy, plagued by fears and destructive desires, is concerned about his unquenchable obsession to become President—given his fascination with nuclear war. But he forges ahead, and when he joins the staff of a U.S. congressman, his political career seems set.

As invisible strings pull the three siblings toward their predetermined futures, their puppet master’s plans are complicated by several individuals, including one of the program’s subjects, a fourteen-year-old Indian boy from a shamanic tribe in Mexico, and Holtzmann’s rash CIA assistant, a former Nazi SS concentration camp officer.

Their lives change forever in early adulthood when Curtis has a psychotic break and Beth, a startling vision. These developments and the detective work of Lynn Snyder, a diligent therapist, lead to their buried memories surfacing—but will it be enough to unravel the hidden tapestry of deception?

As much as the story addresses the appalling things powerful people sometimes do—it’s ultimately about psychological and spiritual transformation and the potential evolution of human consciousness.