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.
Bought the title on sale and enjoyed the narrator and the narrative. Adam is a junkie and spends a fair bit of time resisting the siren call of his drug which happens just enough to empathise with his guilt and his pain. The narrator has the right voice for the character and makes it work well for the narrative. Plenty of strong female characters, and the story crackles along at great pace. Told in a non-linear style many of the reasons for Adam's thoughts and actions don't become clear until well into the story. I like that in an author, making a reader think and wait a while. Dresden Files fans may enjoy this entry in the genre.
This was a totally engrossing, interesting book. The future envisioned by the author was believable and convincingly written. The main character is an addicted telepath that is currently clean, but at times coming close to losing his sobriety because of job stress and personal stress. He is very human in his weaknesses and it makes the story more interesting and draws you more fully into his world. The narration was good and did not detract from the story in any way. I am looking forward to adding the second book in this series to my library and listening to another good book!
I loved the story line. I am glad to see someone with great abilities with issues beyond their control. I could not understand why the book was called "Clean," until his addition struggle was over shadowing his every thought. I also enjoyed the ending not ending with the capture of the bad guys becoming the main focus of the book.
I saw Alex on a authors panel at C2E2 last weekend. She was so funny and interesting. Her love of science really came through. I actually bought the book sitting there in the audience. I now wish I could go back in time. At the time I didn't understand the references or questions, now I do and I have my own questions. For such a happy, funny person, she created quite a dark character with very serious issues. In many ways he reminded me of Harry Dreasdon. I can't to listen to the next one and what she has in store.
Ardent Audible listener with a long commute!
I read mostly read/listen to nonfiction. Some of it is fun, like Amy Stewart’s 2013 “The Drunken Botanist.” Most of it is detailed, thought provoking, and sometimes difficult to understand – like Simon Baron-Cohen’s 2011 “The Science of Evil” or Marc J. Seiffer’s 2011 “Wizard”, which is a biography of Tesla.
When I need a break, I listen to light fiction – mostly murder mysteries. I thought I was just getting detective fiction with a future twist with Alex Hughes’ 2012, “Clean: A Mindspace Investigation Novel, Book 1”. Clean is set in a future Atlanta after a tech war reminiscent of James Cameron’s “Terminator” movies. Human telepaths save North America. After the war, ‘The Guild’ (of telepaths) enter into a treaty to govern and discipline themselves.
The hero/narrator was kicked out of ‘The Guild’ after developing a serious ”Satin” drug problem. “Satin” sounds a great deal like heroin, and ‘Satin’ could easily be ‘Satan’. Hughes’ spends a great deal of the novel talking about the pull of ‘Satin’ and the deadly temptation to return to the drug. The future has Narcotics Anonymous and the same 12-Step program we have today.
As a means of redeeming himself personally, the protagonist uses his telepathy to help the police with investigations. The techniques and training Hughes describes are imaginative, and not improbable.
I liked Daniel May’s Audible narration. It reminded me a bit of audio versions I’ve heard of Dashiell Hammett’s books. Hardboiled. I don’t know what May looks like, but I would have expected him to do this narration wearing a grey suit with a narrow tie, and a fedora.
With “Clean” I was expecting a bit of distracting book candy. What I got was a dystopian thinker and a real description of addiction. It was a little rough to follow in places, but I liked it well enough that I’ll get the next book in the series.
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!!
"I'll be a story in your head, but that's OK. We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? The Doctor
I always consider audio better. I am not cool enough to drive and read.
Maybe not memorable moment, but I liked the concept of the Tech Wars. This was new and different. I sure it will be expanded in later books.
He has a nice voice. Needs to work on making females not sound like heavy smokers.
No...just a good read.
The performance was very solid except for the fact that All the women sounded high pitched and breathy, which made these very strong, well rounded characters seem either weak or annoying - or both.
The book was a slow start but it picks up steam. The story is pretty good but I think it lacked some background information. Seems to me to elude to things and it makes me feel like I should've known some information so I often hit rewind thinking I missed something but I hadn't. Some of the narrator's voices get annoying. I think he had roughly 6 character voices and 2 of them annoyed me greatly.
A better narrator. Also, every 5 seconds you have to hear all over about YOU NEVER TOUCH A TELEPATH, DUDE. Also, he really wants to do drugs. All the time every other paragraph. All day all night, everything make him want to do drugs. I get it, he's an addict who is reluctantly clean.
He has horrible voices for most of the women. Apparently any woman over 30 had throat cancer and any man over 40 has a whispery creaky old man voice.
I think this could be a great series, but right now it's just a mess.
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