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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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    Rae Meandarra, Australia 05-18-12
    Rae Meandarra, Australia 05-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Start to New Series"

    Great narration. I like to list this first as it can make or break a story.

    Just finished this series and highly recommend all 3 stories. But definitely read/listen in order.

    I really enjoy it when readers with similar reading interests list their favourite authors and series. It really helps me find new authors too follow. Mine are Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Jennifer Estep, Faith Hunter, Molly Harper, Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Deborah Harkness, Nalini Singh, Coreene Callahan, Stacia Kane, Kelly Medding and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

    Happy Reading


    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 10-22-13
    Lisa United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!

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    "Definitely original, but..."

    *** NO SPOILERS ***

    Ok so this story is definitely original, intriguiging and thought provoking but I had a hard time really finding any type of connection to any of the characters until the end of the book and still it wasn't a strong connection. I also got confused a lot on the characters, like who is that person again? Oh yeah that guy, wait no I was wrong! That irritates me when the characters are inconstant. The narrator does a good job though.
    Would I recomend this to my followers??? Meh... I will hold off until I finish the series.
    It was steady and kept my attention but it was not an absolute must have. I will finish the series though and write reviews for those books too. It is the originality of the story line that caught my attention. It did pique my interest enough to read the rest of the series. Hopefully the characters will be better written in the next two books.


    HAPPY LISTENING!!

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    Amazon Customer Lafayette, IN 02-21-13
    Amazon Customer Lafayette, IN 02-21-13 Member Since 2010

    Author. Audiobook lover. UberGeek.

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    "Unique Story Idea."
    What does Rebecca Wisocky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed This narration. Wisocky did an fabulous job. I would listen to other books narrated by her.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm planning on listening to the rest of this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ginny Georgetown, Texas, United States 01-30-13
    Ginny Georgetown, Texas, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "This story really grabbed me and wouldn't let go."
    What did you love best about Mind Games?

    I don't normally read science fiction but this book grabbed me right away; the reader is fantastic and really conveys the humor of the heroine, who is a hypochondriac and meets a man who shows her a way to use her hypochondria for good, or is it?. It is romantic and erotic without being a formula romance, and is set in a dystopian world filled with interesting characters.


    What other book might you compare Mind Games to and why?

    I've never read anything like it but I don't read a lot of science fiction. I loved "Hunger Games."


    Have you listened to any of Rebecca Wisocky’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't listened to others but I would buy one with her narration.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "What if you could use your worst quality to save people from a life of crime?"


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 01-01-13
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 01-01-13 Member Since 2004

    I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)

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    "Inside the mind of Anxiety Attack"

    I couldn't get by the first 30 mins of this. I suffer from depression and anxiety and while the drugs are effective this book is written in such a style that the reader feels that they are within the mind of a suffer of anxiety. It could be a interesting story but given the mood of the book I suggest passing.

    The title is correct the main character really is suffering from the games of her own mind.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    joanna uniontown, OH, United States 03-17-13
    joanna uniontown, OH, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A great unique series!"

    I am so happy I found this series. It is unlike anything that I have read in awhile. I really enjoyed this book.

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    Ronald Davis, CA, United States 03-09-13
    Ronald Davis, CA, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Is that a headache, or a tumor growing in my head?"
    Where does Mind Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A fantasy Stephanie Plum? Sure, why not? Perhaps not quite so funny as Janet Evanovich, but its a fun romp nonetheless.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Justine's hypochondria (is it imagined - or real?) is very entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely read the other books in the series.

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    Jaye Statesville, NC, United States 03-03-13
    Jaye Statesville, NC, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2008

    Audible Addict. I listen to 2-3 books a week, depending on my schedule. I've been a member since 2008 and feel like I have a personal relationship with my I-Pod! I'm an ecclectic reader but have been hooked on "romance" (I hate that term) and paranormal books lately.

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    "Likeable Hypochondriac"

    Original premise. The heroine is sure she will die of Vein Star Symdrome at any minute. She knows it is an unreasonable fear but even hypocondriacs die of something! She discovers a group of people who can help her use her fears to benefit society. I wasn't sure about the narrator at first, but she grew on me. She captured Justine's moodiness. Good start to a series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Clearlake, CA, United States 05-15-14
    Stephanie Clearlake, CA, United States 05-15-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Just OK"

    Unlike some other reviewers, I felt like the descriptions of crippling anxiety and hypochondria were pretty interesting. The story concept was also unique and interesting. I found the heroine of the story very tiresome as the narrative progressed. I really liked the first part of the book and then it went...where? Maybe it was just my lack of interest in the main character. I felt disappointed overall, but I did make it all the way through.

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    C. L. Finch Seattle, WA 04-17-14
    C. L. Finch Seattle, WA 04-17-14 Member Since 2008

    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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    "Wonderfully entertaining, original & witty."

    I adored this trilogy, my favourite fantasy of its type.



    The premise is tenuous, but unusual enough that I didn't mind. A woman with massive, crippling health anxiety is recruited to join a band of vigilantes (or, "reverse emotional vampires" according to Simon) who, taught by their enigmatic leader, channel their destructive emotions into criminals, working as a team to disillusion the target. Essentially, they are hired as a psychological hit squad, to mentally break a target. In reality, this would probably just cause massive longterm psychological damage, but in Mind Games this process causes the target to 'reboot' back to factory settings, filled with newfound empathy for their victims and remorse for their criminal behaviour. That's the tenuous part.



    It's more superhero fantasy than magic fantasy, as the other fantasy element is "highcap" high capacity humans; humans with mutated mental powers beyond the norm. Telepaths, telekinetics, dream-invaders, and the like. There are some new ideas I haven't seen before in the genre, unusual powers which have some fun, inventive applications.



    I think the reason I liked this it so much, though, was because I identified so strongly with the heroine. I suffer from social anxiety rather than health anxiety, but I felt that the subject was treated seriously and handled sensitively, and I found myself really liking the heroine.



    She really struck me as a realistic person, instead of the kicking-ass-and-taking-names alpha-bitch type heroine in so many books of this genre. It's written in 1st person and Justine has a very strong voice in the prose, and her wry sense of humour as well as mad panic is conveyed absolutely perfectly by Wisocky, who captures the voice and keeps up with the book's fast pace.



    The whole trilogy is a perfect meeting of great book and great audio performance. Absolutely worth five stars.

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