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Mind Games: Disillusionists, Book 1 | [Carolyn Crane]

Mind Games: Disillusionists, Book 1

Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals.
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Publisher's Summary

Justine knows she's going to die. Any second now.

Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal.

With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem. Or is it?

In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness - only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.

Listen to more of the Disillusionists trilogy.

©2010 Carolyn Crane (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Mind Games is a violent U-Turn in a fresh direction, signaling the dynamic and welcome arrival of both Carolyn Crane and the most unique urban fantasy heroine I’ve seen on page in a long while, Justine Jones. And like Justine, Midcity is brightly imagined, beautifully dangerous, and perfectly flawed. Flashy and stylish, this is urban fantasy’s new shot-in-the-arm." (Vicki Pettersson, The New York Times)

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    C. L. Finch Seattle, WA 04-17-14
    C. L. Finch Seattle, WA 04-17-14

    I love action and suspense embedded in a good fantasy or mystery. Sprinkles of romance okay, but no erotica please.

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    "Super Hypochondriac saves the day!"
    Any additional comments?

    Justine is overflowing with fear. She is told of a way she could be free of them by channeling them - but at a great cost. This book is a fascinating journey into pyschic phenomena. The author has done her homework well. I thorough enjoyed the ride!

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    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 03-23-14
    Lynn Dayton, Oh, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "It was a struggle to get through this..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who will like this.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Book of Riley, Nighthuntress, The Strain


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This was a story issue more so than the reader


    What character would you cut from Mind Games?

    All of them


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 03-07-14
    viviangrrl Berkeley, CA, United States 03-07-14

    teri@asylum-sf.com

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    "happy i have a new series!"

    I think this is a trilogy but i really loved this book. Books 2 and 3 are in my wish list. Fully wort the credit.

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    Sarah Campbell River, BC, Canada 12-28-13
    Sarah Campbell River, BC, Canada 12-28-13 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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    "Great narration for unique story"
    What made the experience of listening to Mind Games the most enjoyable?

    The first person narration, combined with the perfectly fitting voice made listening to the book very enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Justine. Even though she had a serious hypochondriac issue, and wanted to be free of her fear more than anything, she wasn't willing to comprise her sense of morals to do it. She was extremely strong and supportive of her own needs, as well as the others around her.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Wisocky – was your favorite?

    Justine was my favourite. The voice fit her so well, in age, tone and emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    The only part of the book that I didn’t like was the amount of sexuality that was included. Not just appearing in a potential love triangle, it also came up in a few instances when Justine was working with targets. The scenes were just short of explicit, but they were not clean in any way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aleena HONOLULU, HI, United States 12-27-13
    Aleena HONOLULU, HI, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Unexpectedly Delightful"
    If you could sum up Mind Games in three words, what would they be?

    Different, witty, and funny.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mind Games?

    I thought any of the scenes with Justine and the Silver Widow were hysterical. Justine is surprisingly enjoyable! I wasn't sure I would be able to connect with a hypocondriac. I somehow thought that would make the character weak and/or annoying, but she wasn't at all.


    What does Rebecca Wisocky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really likes Wisocky as a nararator. She has great inflection and tone. She makes Justine's character that much more funny.


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    Mishawn San Antonio, Tx United States 12-04-13
    Mishawn San Antonio, Tx United States 12-04-13

    Let those who you love know today, tomorrow is not promised! Life experience, Mishawn

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    "Crazy yet Good!"
    Would you listen to Mind Games again? Why?

    Oh yes, I have to listen to it again. There are a lot of twists and turns and still with a wanting to know all the characters and there talents.
    Rebecca Wisocky was one of the BEST narrator I have ever listened to. Each character had their own tone, accent, and the way she really let the personalities each one shine through was amazing!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mind Games?

    The whole book was good. It had humor, sad moments, and always the wanting to know what that next crazy thing would these people do.
    Carolyn Crane did a great job writing and Rebecca was the best choice for the narrator!


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    Alison King 02-05-13
    Alison King 02-05-13

    goddess of thunder

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    "Intriguing enough to get Book 2"

    I am writing this review because I came online to order the second book in the series. I am waiting before I order the third, because some of the things I didn't like about the first are keeping me a bit cautious, so I am listening to one book at a time.

    At first, I wasn't overly taken with Wisocky's narration, but I grew to appreciate her sense of theatrics, as it fits the protagonist, Justine's, generalized anxiety. The author did a great job of climbing into the mind of a hypochondriac, and describes the thought processes and emotions of an "attack" very believably. I hope she doesn't know from first hand experience, because it seems terribly debilitating! Wisocky brought these to life really well.

    The premise is intriguing; it's a fine philosophical and moral dilemma - bring harm to "bad" people in order to trigger them to reform and become "good" people. Is it ever ok to cause others terror and shatter their illusions? Isn't it basically playing God or Fate? Hmmmm. Still, the power and promise of freedom from one's own crippling angst is compelling enough for these characters to choose to manipulate others for the higher good.

    What I didn't enjoy were the overly graphic sexual moments, and I actually always find that detailed sex acts detract from a story's quality and appeal. If I want to read about sex, there are so many other ways to do so. I want a story without tangential trips into romantic drivel and sexual fantasy. The good news is that there wasn't too much of this, so she kept an almost reasonable balance in this area. I guess overall, this book was worth the money if you enjoy fantasy stories with a dark twist and original concept. I grew interested in all the members of this band of disillusionists, not just Justine and Packard, so the story has some dimension to it, which I also appreciate. As I said, I am ordering the second one now.

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    Tisa Garrison 02-05-13 Member Since 2009

    Tisa Garrison

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    "Head Candy"

    Original concept...Rebecca Wisocky interprets these characters with energy and skill...a fun listen...I'm going to buy the next few books, too.

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    Ralph Severson 12-24-12 Member Since 2005
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    "I could not finish this one..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's very, very, very rare for me not to complete a book that I've paid good hard-earned money for. This book was just gawd-awful. On top of that the narrator grated on my nerves. I'm not sure if it was because of the poor story that the narrator had to try and bring to life or just the narrator's voice, or both.

    The only thing that could have made this a 4 or 5 listening experience is a good story.


    Has Mind Games turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not this genre but definitely by this writer, and possibly the narrator. Though I would give the narrator a second chance to be sure.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Wisocky’s performances?

    No. I'm not willing to throw good hard-earned money after bad. If it was free I'd try again.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Illustration of the book's cover.


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    Jessica 12-12-12
    Jessica 12-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good read"
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    Overall it was a great story! The only downside was some gratuitous bodice ripping and histrionic heroine.

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