I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars.
My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it - real scary.
Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city - and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.
©2012 Alexandra Hughes (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
"Clean" is an excellent start to what I hope will be a long-running series.
It succeeds on many levels. It is a gripping story of a police investigation of a serial killer that draws upon familiar archetypes - a cop/consultant with a shady past and an addiction problem who has a strong, beautiful, karate black-belt partner (also with a painful past) who stands up for him because it's the right thing to do but still doesn't want him in her head - while breathing enough personality and context into them to make them feel fresh.
It skilfully builds a picture of a future Atlanta, coping with doing things manually after the Tech Wars have devastated the Western World. The ideas are seeded carefully without resorting to clumsy info-dumps.
It gives an insight into a Guild of people with "abilities" in Mindspace - telepathy, teleportation, and telekinesis - amongst other things that is original, credible, intriguing and left me hungry for more.
The prose is crisp and clear. The action scenes, including the ones requiring special powers, are exciting and fully visualised. Best of all, Alex Hughes' first-person story-telling is as compelling as any noir-fiction writer I've ever read, including Chandler. I loved that we barely get to find out the main characters name because he already knows it and seldom has to bother introducing himself. The main character is flawed in a very unglamorous way. He is often self-absorbed. He lacks social skills. He is an addict who constantly craves his poison. He is also brave and loyal and trying hard to get his shit together.
I listened to "Clean" as an audiobook. It's perfectly suited for the medium and Daniel May does a great job in giving the main character a a convincing voice.
When deciding on a new book and author I generally read both the positive and negative reviews.After reading a negative review on this book I put it on my electronic shelf (I'd gotten the book via an Audible promotion) and let it sit there for several months. Finally, I took it down with some reluctance after accepting one reviewer's negative take on the hero's addiction problems.
I was pleasantly surprised to find I loved the book. Hughes has created a gritty but credible world with characters and a plot that grip you and find you wanting for more. I've since gotten the next two books in the series and am eagerly awaiting the next.
I'm a Canadian book blogger who loves audiobooks. My favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, especially anything paranormal.
The hero is quite flawed in that he is a recovering drug addict, and really struggles with cravings. He meets his Narcotics Anonymous sponsor almost every day. The cravings affect a lot of his thinking, and this comes through in the story narration.
This book reminded me strongly of the Dresden Files. Male protagonist with magical abilities? Check. Hero is always in over his head and trying to fix things? Check. Works on consultant basis for police? Check. Police contact is a female and there is some chemistry? Check. Audiobook has incredible narration? Check.
The plot itself was interesting, and the case our hero is working on is a great introduction to the series. We get to meet all the main characters, and learn how they interact. I was surprised at how much I actually loved this world, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
The drug addiction angle was really interesting. I feel like Alex Hughes has a strong grasp on what dealing with addiction is like. The aspect I like least would be a spoiler, so, sorry.
This would be really hard to make into a movie. So much of it is based on sensing thoughts an emotions that I don't know how you would translate it into a visual story.
I listened to Storm Front, the first book of The Dresden Files, shortly before I listened to this book. While Clean wasn't bad, it felt like a pale copy in some ways of this other series. Both protagonists are superpowered consultants for the police, have various monkeys on their backs, are distrusted by everyone they work with, and are the only people equipped to deal with everything that is going on. If I had to choose between this series and The Dresden Files, The Dresden Files wins every time. It just does this better. Maybe the later books are an improvement, but I haven't listened to them yet.
Isabella Cherabino just seems incompetent and extremely inconsistent. I don't understand how she is a homicide detective. She makes way to many mistakes missing major clues, failing to canvas large enough area, getting good info from witnesses, anger management issues, and investigating by herself a probably location of the perp without proper backup. Her relationship between the protagonist and her is inconsistent, and never explained where their trust of each other comes from. The only thing she seems good at is punching people.She is just such a weak character compared to Murphy from Dresden Files, Kate Beckett in Castle, or Bones from well Bones.
Make Isabella be more competent at her job, and more developed character. She doesn't add to the team except for being a badge for the main character, and a damsel in distress.
Male voices are good. Female voices vary from poor to decent.
The setting is great. The main character is great. Support characters are okay.
I would listen to clean again in the future after I have listened to the rest of the series to see what other things they have foreshadowed.
When his stash of drugs is cleared out by his sponsor, I could feel his life crashing around him.
Great voice for this character.
When he is hurt and his partner is hurt and they both feel the pain of each other...
This is a nice change from modern fantasy. This is more near future scifi.
Avid reader 5 to 10 books a month. I like urban fantasy and Sci-Fi the most. I do enjoy a bio every now and then.
This is a fun series. The main character Adam is a former drug addict now clean who works as a police consultant. He uses his telepathic abilities to solve crimes. Poor Adam is constantly stuck in the middle between 2 worlds, the normals and the Guild ( an organization for people with extraordinary abilities.) Constantly under pressure, fighting both sides and trying to make a difference makes Adams life crazy and challenging. His one bright spot is his relationship with his female detective partner. She is either relying on him or sucker punching him. One thing is for sure. Adam's life is never dull.
It's great to see a fresh take on sci-fi. Alex Hughes imaginative writing is a new genre, and creates a world that is believable and intriguing. The telepath addict, powerful and weak, creates a dimension of realism in a fantasy world. I highly recommend this book!
I think the story could be better with a different narrator. Mr. May read the book so flatly it was hard to tell if he was reading ficton or an owners manual.
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