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Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 1 | [Alex Hughes]

Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

A ruthless killer - out of sight, out of mind

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.

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    C. Nemirovsky 12-01-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Magnificent Narration, Great Story"

    Bought this book most of all because of the narrator. Daniel May narrated the Foreigner series, an absolute favorite, so magnificently! ! I wanted more, and the story sounded interesting.
    I'm very happy I did. The narration is absolutely fantastic, more than you could hope for, and the story is great. Characters that you end up caring for and interesting detective work with very good Sci-Fi. Bought the second book before I had finished the first.
    Now the only drawback is waiting for the next book!! And for more series narrated by Daniel May!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Ortiz Gardiner, NY USA 01-08-14
    Gregory Ortiz Gardiner, NY USA 01-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Alex Hughes is brilliant, Mindspace is captivating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 11-25-14
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 11-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interest is piqued"

    This was something different. A telepath, with tons of emotional baggage, that helps a sexy cop solve cases. Overall, it's not bad, but the story lacks explanations about how things came to be in this year/age. At first the lack of detail is a relief, but if you ponder elements your left with a plot that could have been set in any time or day. Still, the ideas and characters make up for the loss of detail.

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    John 11-14-14
    John 11-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Techno/Mental abilities SciFi mash up"
    Where does Clean rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really liked this book, it was one of the first i'v read that takes technology and psychic abilities and makes a very interesting story. I love the main character and his struggle with his addiction. This book is worth the credit.


    What other book might you compare Clean to and why?

    I have not read any books that I could compare this one with.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cant say which is my favorite but Cherabino man, she is so aggravating with her bravado.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    definitely, only reason why I did not read this all in one, is because i tend to read at work and I wanted to have something to listen to the rest of the week.


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    Richard 11-11-14
    Richard 11-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Intriguing Story Line"
    What made the experience of listening to Clean the most enjoyable?

    I honestly enjoyed this story. Narration is pleasing, and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. Strong Story Teller.


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    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 11-10-14
    kellee las vegas, NV, United States 11-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "If you like Dresden Files you'll like this!"

    This story reminded me a lot of Harry Dresden in the Dresden Files. It was a good book, not a great book, but definitely worth the credit. Sometimes the women's voices just weren't working for me, but the male voices were great. It's defintely something you can overcome. I will listen to more books from this author and continue on with the series. It was worth it.

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    Sarah Campbell River, BC, Canada 11-09-14
    Sarah Campbell River, BC, Canada 11-09-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a Canadian book blogger who loves audiobooks. My favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, especially anything paranormal.

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    "Unique but familiar feeling"
    What did you love best about Clean?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Clean to and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Paula 11-04-14
    Paula 11-04-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Imaginative and interesting start to a series!"

    I'm a big fan of the urban fantasy genre; favorites include Dresden, Sandman Slim, Bobby Dollar, and the Ex-Heroes series.I understand this is a first novel by a young author, and it's a VERY strong start!
    All urban fantasy series tend to have their tropes (some might say cliches); good ones work within the tropes and create strong, sympathetic characters, use language in inventive ways, build worlds with imagination, and have compelling stories that hold the reader's interest. Additionally, the best ones provoke the reader's thoughts about aspects of the human condition that go beyond a mere adventure or whodunit. CLEAN accomplishes all these things well. The lead character is a flawed hero with an interesting backstory, who struggles with addiction in a real and understandable way, while going about doing what all urban fantasy hero/ines do, fighting on the side of good.
    The author has peopled this story with other main and supporting characters who are well fleshed out, and the narrator has done a wonderful job of providing each with a distinctive sound. There's also much to intrigue the listener in the way the author slowly builds the setting of a future in which society has had to react to technology and environmental mis-use. There are some imaginative and well thought out ideas and concepts here, which I look forward to seeing teased out further as the series progresses.
    I wholeheartedly recommend CLEAN to sci-fi and urban fantasy fans. Me, I'm plunging into the next book tonight!

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    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14
    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not bad, but kind of average."
    What did you like best about Clean? What did you like least?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    EMILY WOODMAN GILMANTON IRON WORKS, NH, US 10-30-14
    EMILY WOODMAN GILMANTON IRON WORKS, NH, US 10-30-14 Member Since 2013

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    "GOOD guy BAD guy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Clean to be better than the print version?

    no comment


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Clean?

    When the good guy went bad. I wasn't expecting that.


    What about Daniel May’s performance did you like?

    Daniel did an excellent job. True storyteller.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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