INTRODUCTION BY HOST: Author Irene Baron [say: I-rene Bear-on], is an award winning author and aerial photographer. You can learn more about Irene Baron at her primary website, Her MINDREACHER website is at

Welcome Irene Baron. 


1.      Tell us about your new thriller, MINDREACHER

The story:
 The President initiates his secret VESPER project to locate powerful telepaths, “mindreachers,” rumored to have been born decades ago in South Africa and hidden around the globe.  The mindreachers can help rid the United States of terrorists.

A former SEAL healing from a combat wound, Major Jon Coulter, USMC, is ordered to work with a minor female telepath to find one of these mindreachers who could telepathically identify terrorists hell bent on destroying the United States with nuclear weapons. At the same time, Coulter is assigned to learn how telepathy could be used in future combat situations.

MINDREACHER, the first novel in the mindreacher series, is filled with terrorists, technology, telepathy, and global adventures of the American duo battling assassins from al-Qaeda groups and their amoebic offspring around the world who don’t want to be ident2.     

2.This adventure book is about the United States combating terrorism and identifying terrorists.  How did you learn so much about that?

During the Vietnam War, I worked as an Information Specialist for Battelle Memorial Institute and contracted by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency, Research & Development Center – Supreme Command, Thailand. (OSD/ARPA/R&D Center-Thailand).  I helped write the now declassified Mekong River Project book for counterinsurgency along the Mekong River bordering Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, directing aerial photography along the Mekong River from CIA/Air America helicopters.  

When ARPA cleared their library of extra declassified books and manuals, I purchased as many as I could to learn about survival skills, counter-insurgency, weaponry, warfare, etc. That’s when I realized others might be as interested in these subjects as me. I began collecting data for a future series of thriller books.

Since I worked primarily with Generals and Colonels, I was privy to much information. Was I allowed to talk about it? No. Not even to my family. They knew where I was, but not what I was doing in Bangkok, Thailand. Completing Top Secret work, I could discuss nothing outside of the ARPA offices. 

Information about current terrorist conditions and changing organizations took research. I have a fantastic library base at home and use the reference personnel at my local public library. Online, I did so much terrorist research, I’m sure I must have been tagged for observation. With all the clicks on my phone line, I wondered if it had been tapped at one tim

3.      MINDREACHER takes place primarily in Southeast Asia. What experiences do you have in that part of the world?

I worked with ARPA for four years in SE Asia. During that time I was able to travel in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Indochina, China, India, Sri Lanka, etc. I learned much about those countries and their people which is reflected in MINDREACHER. Readers will learn about many cultures and local beliefs. It is a totally different mindset to live there. Back then, conditions were primitive in upcountry locations.  I really enjoyed flying into all the American USAF airports throughout Thailand. Our pilots and support crews were busy flying Phantoms in and out of Thai military airports when bombing of terrorist and Vietcong sites. I could hear the bombs going off when resting along the banks of the Mekong River or in airports like Nakorn Phanom.  

4.      Where do you get all your new ideas for the James Bond type gadgets hero uses?

 As an Information Specialist, I enjoyed learning the latest information about new weapons, equipment and wartime techniques. For every gadget I used, I had permission to do so. Many are still in the research stages. I read many technology books and newsletters from many private and government research sites. They are quite informative in providing information on the latest wartime gadgets. I want my work to stun readers as they laugh and wonder at what they are reading.

5.      What surprised you about your research? 

It was fun to ask for permission to use data or industry names because when I did, industry contacts would laugh. They were surprised a female wanted access to their data for a thriller book. Readers will find a glossary and list of references in each MINDREACHER book with links for them to access more data if they’re interested.

6.         What’s the next book in the series and when will it be published?

Book two, MINDREACHER – The Galapagos Incident, will be published in 2020. It takes place in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.  I spent time on the islands researching conditions for this second book in the series. The United States Navy will be a strong part of that book. I expect readers will enjoy reading while being astounded by the storyline.

7.    Which of your books have received awards?

Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery. Irene Baron began studying astronomy in college. She taught astronomy at the high school level. She began studying ancient scriptures as a teenager by borrowing books from local churches and personal libraries of many pastors. When NASA sent her almost 70 astronomy computer programs, she researched information about ancient astronomers and their beliefs. With that information and after several years of working with the astronomy software, she discovered the Christmas star. She placed the facts in her book.

Mary Knew – A Biography of Mary from Ancient ScripturesIrene wrote a book about Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. An internationally famous song was produced in 2017 asking questions about Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. Baron learned only 13% of American teenagers knew who Mary was. To correct that lack of knowledge, she researched ancient scriptures, compiled information, and created a historical narrative to make those scriptures understandable by present day readers.


AuthorMindreacher- Book 1 of Mindreacher Series. Paperback. June 2019. 
Author:  Mindreacher- Book 1 of Mindreacher Series. eBook. June 2019
Author:  Mary Knew - A Biography of Mary from Ancient Scriptures. Third Place Bronze Medal. Illumination Book Awards. 2018 Exemplary Christian Biography. Paperback. 2018.
Author:  Mary Knew - A Biography of Mary from Ancient Scriptures. Third Place Bronze Medal. Illumination Book Awards. 2018 Exemplary Christian Biography. eBook. 2018.
Author/Illustrator:  Unraveling The Christmas Star Mystery; First Place Gold Medal, Illumination Book Awards, 2013 Exemplary Christian Education Book. Paperback. 2013
Author/Illustrator:  Unraveling The Christmas Star Mystery; First Place Gold Medal, Illumination Book Awards, 2013 Exemplary Christian Education Book. eBook. 2013
Author: Blogs
Author:  Operational Procedures Manual: Laboratory Material Division (all levels) for Battelle Memorial Institute (Remote Area Conflict Information Center), Office Secretary of Defense/Advanced Research Projects Agency/Research &Development Center, Supreme Command Headquarters, Bangkok, Thailand 

Contributing AuthorMekong River Handbook,  Top Secret. Geology & Hydrology sections for Battelle Memorial Institute (Remote Area Conflict Information Center), Office Secretary of Defense/Advanced Research Projects Agency/Research &Development Center, Supreme Command Headquarters, Bangkok, Thailand. 
Author/IllustratorThe Circus Clown Alphabet, limited edition. 
AuthorMindreacher - The Galapagos Incident, Book 2 of Mindreacher Series. Scheduled for publication 2020.
AuthorMindreacher -  The Yellowstone Event Book 3 of the Mindreacher Series. Publication date 2020. 
Editor, Managing & Contributing: "Earth Scientist," The Journal of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, East-Central Region
Editor: Midwest United States - geological newsletters/publications/newspapers, etc
Information Specialist, Information Systems Research Division, Remote Area Conflict Information Center, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH & Bangkok,Thailand. 
Web Page Creator 
Training: World Engineers Joint Council  London, England. This training allowed Baron to read a manuscript or book and place the contents into a database with the information reduced to 4-5 searchable key words. This was accomplished for the Remote Area Conflict Information Center located at Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio & Bangkok, Thailand. This coursework provided training for creating information retrieval systems prior to use of Internet and electronic search engines. By applying information learned in these listed courses, Irene was able to complete research for her own books quickly and efficiently. Coursework included:
      Abstracting Techniques: Types of Abstracts
     Component Operations & Procedural Steps in Coordinate Indexing
     Index & Collection Organization & Storage
     Information Retrieval Thesauri
     Information System Objectives & Approaches
     Introduction to Mechanization of Information Storage & Retrieval
     Levels of Sophistication of Mechanization of Information Handling
     Linguistic Problems in Information Retrieval
     New Approaches to Information Retrieval
     Relationships of Knowledge, Information, & Data
     Syntactical Problems in Coordinate Indexing & Solutions: Links and Roles
     The Engineers Joint Council Action Plan
     The Information Problem: Causes, Effects, & Solutions
     traditional Approaches to Information Handling

Irene Baron  has attended and spoken at numerous local/state/regional conferences & workshops

Books I have read more than once would be my favorites. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand captured my attention as I studied her technique in storytelling. I have collected many adventure/thrillers series.   I enjoy classic science fiction by authors such as Arthur C. Clarke and Frank Herbert  I collect and am impressed with highly engineered pop-up-books by Robert Sabuda.

My most used/favorite sets of books are combat and weaponry reference books for my mindreacher series. Collections of art and cooking books are next in my list of favorites.

The superbly written heroine of Atlas Shrugged, Dagney, was woven to be the ideal woman in a changing world.  My favorite male character has been Francisco d’Anconia, an aristocrat in the same book who is a genius with ability, independence and competence. 

The Mindreacher series has a premise not previously encountered with the President’s highly classified Virtual ExtraSensory Perception Experimental Research project (VESPER). Each book has intrigue, perilous international terrorist activities, new gadgets in the clandestine industry, links to government agencies and military, unusual characters and humor. The heroine is a minor telepath who becomes more adept at using her psychic ability. The hero, who is repulsed by psychics, is at odds with the woman he is assigned to protect during their international searches to find a “Mindreacher,” a superior telepath who could fly over a city and locate terrorists by reading minds. Readers tell me they can’t put the debut book down. Many report they can’t tell fact from fiction in the debut book. 

PERSONAL NOTES: The three awards I most appreciate are for two books and one aerial photograph. Hobbies include art, reading, writing and preparing gourmet meals. I currently live in Ohio. I have one daughter.


"The mindreacher concept is novel and refreshing. The action doesn't stop."  J. Wittich, Editor 
"It was difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction. A good read." V. Whitacre, M.D.  Beta Reader
"This novel reads like a blend of Clive Cussler and Indiana Jones. Full of excitement!" S. Wickersham McWhorter, Editor
"I was fascinated to learn so much about the human mind. I didn't want it to end." K. Brantley, Reader
"Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down." C. Frompovich, Editor

I have three websites, each with blogs.  for the Mindreacher thriller series . for the award winning Mary Knew-A Biography of Mary from Ancient Scriptures  Basic site for: bios, blogs (primarily science based), astronomy club I founded, awards received, etc. It also details information about the award winning book, Unraveling the Christmas Star Mystery in which I used NASA programs to locate the Christmas star and find some startling facts.

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