History has a way of repeating itself, even for telepaths....
As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop - I never will be - and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident.
And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.
Parts for illegal Tech - the same parts used to bring the world to its knees in the Tech Wars 60 years ago - are being hijacked all over the city. Plus Cherbino's longtime nemesis, a cop killer, has resurfaced with a vengeance. If I can stay alive long enough, I just might be able to prove my worth, once and for all....
©2013 Alexandra Hughes (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
The narrator has one of the most pleasant voices I've heard yet in an audio book. The story is unique, something seldom seen these days in sci-fi-fantasy books. I loved every minute of these two novels by Alex Hughes and I can't wait for more.
Adam, the main character is a flawed, guilt ridden individual who is desperately trying to stay on the right path but life gets too much for him and he decides to go astray. However, fate seems to have other plans for him and he just keeps putting one foot in front of the other. His demons do come back to haunt him from time to time though.
Adam of course.
When Schwartz is in the hospital and Adam realizes how important this man is to his survival, and his sanity.
Love the book and the narrator.
I really loved the flow of the story and the story line itself. I also loved the the main characters and loved hating most of the bad guys and even some of the supposedly good ones.
I think the series is a contender for challenger to Jim Butcher's Dresden files. Different enough not to feel like a copy and keep you interested and on the edge of your chair the entire time.
He's probably the main reason why I compare this series to the Dresden Files. He has the same vocal style; a smooth baritone soothing yet varied. The voices are believable.
I not only listened to this book in one sitting more or less but I did so immediately following Clean. What a mind trip!
I had to read Marked on kindle and was very disappointed that it was not available on audible. I guess that gives me two things to await with bated breath; the audible version of Marked and the next book book in the series. Thanks Mr. Hughes
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
listened to Alex Hughes' "Clean: A Mindspace Investigation Novel, Book 1” (2012) last year. I was looking for a light, fun listen after a summer listening to serious non-fiction. "Clean" was on sale, and I didn't look too closely at the description. I thought I was getting a modern police procedural, but I stumbled into a Sci-Fi Investigator novel, melded with addiction fiction. It wasn't the book cotton candy I thought I was getting, but I enjoyed it.
"Addiction fiction" is the name of a genre I've read or listened to occasionally without knowing it was a category on its own. I read James Frey's supposedly-true "A Million Little Pieces" (2003) before the word was out that Frey's book was fiction. I was angry that my time had been wasted, but not so mad that I didn't read his 2008 "Bright Shining Morning." Stephen King's "Doctor Sleep," the 2013 sequel to King's 1977 "The Shining" is on the top 10 lists of addiction fiction.
King, Frey, and Alex Hughes all write with the agonized longing and exquisite need of addicts "in recovery." Well, that's the sanitized name for what it is. An addict who has given up his or her substance of choice is ever aware that the drug is always just outside the door waiting, sometimes patiently, sometimes pounding on the door to be let back in. It's a stalker waiting for that moment of unguarded vulnerability to take control of your life again. I feel that way about cigarettes, which remains (for a while longer, at least) a legal addiction.
"Sharp: A Mindspace Investigations Book #2" (2013) is an apt title for the need, and a counterpoint to police civilian technician Adam's mental state at the beginning. He's anything but sharp. His near top-rated telepathic abilities have disappeared, perhaps forever. He's reduced to close observation of body language to tell when someone's lying, and a telepath's reputation to scare criminals into confessions. Adam's wondering if he's lost what makes him who he is when two women from his past, lives ruined, reappear.
It's a good listen, but it doesn't fit easily into any one genre. It's definitely addiction fiction, but the drugs don't rise quite to the level of becoming a character in the novel. It's urban Sci-Fi and dystopian fantasy, set on top of a mystery following conventional mystery rules. There's enough in the plot for a reader/listener to solve the mystery eventually - bug enough false leads, blind turns and dead ends to make the solve fun. And the supporting characters - particularly Adam's love interest - Hughes is starling to give her dimensions that make her interesting, not the stock character she was in "Clean."
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I don't give 5-star ratings lightly.
I'm beyond impressed with Hughes's writing in the Mindspace Investigations Series creating of a futuristic paranormal (and even dystopian) future.
Sharp (book 2) was every bit as outstanding as Clean (book 1). Absolutely cannot wait for Marked (book 3). A novella (1.5 in series) titled Payoff was thoroughly enjoyable, too.
Daniel May's performance makes an excellent book even better! I'm rooting for May to continue with the whole series as performer.
From book one onward, this series is an "Auto-Buy" for me!
I work full time in Financial Services, teach part time, listen to music (a lot) and love Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction.
Absolutely Well written, tight plot, well drawn characters. Totally enjoyable..
Hard not to say Adam. Great character. For all his flaws, he is a likeable guy caught in a tough spot, even though he got himself into it...
Just great. He does the Cherubino character terrific.
"Don't Go See the Movie! The book is better"!!!!
I personally have never seen a movie that was better than the book so I am prejudiced with this question.
I really got lucky when I picked this series. Thought I would listen to something new. I am glad I did, Alex Hughes is a great up and coming author. I love her writing.
Yes, I'm eagerly waiting for the third book to be published in audiobook! I'm more used to read epic fantasy and space opera, so this kind of SF with detective and paranormals isn't my first choice but Daniel May made it possible to stick with the story and live it from the inside.
There are some carelessness in the writing (too many repeated words) but I like the way she paints this damaged world with small touches and I like what she makes of Adam, his strength with telepathy, his addiction, his will to make amend and his damned pride!
A cleverly constructed future based detective series. With so many writers tackling this genre right now, it's hard to believe someone could come up with (and support with intelligent writing) a novel idea about life on this planet after everything's gone haywire. I also love the 12 step issues/challenges as a backdrop. I've never seen or read this topic integrated into a story line or series quite like this or so well. Honors bestowed upon the author and, also, to the narrator, who has--after this second listen (Clean came first)--landed a place on my Best of Narrator's list.
PS--I never like to give away plot-points in my write-ups as discovery is half the fun, so suffice it to say, if noir-ish detective thrillers mixed with futuristic drama falls under your list of likes, give this a try. I'm already looking forward to the next one in the series.
I very much enjoyed the first book, and the second book will not let your down,. A Must Read,,,,
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
The book lost me about half way through. I still think the story is unique in concept but the author over uses many phrases and the main character complains so much about his lungs and being winded because he smokes but next scene is lighting up again, urghh....
In one scene he smokes six cigarettes in a row and wonders why he can't run!?!
I don't think I'll be moving on to book 3. I can't take anymore of repeated lines and constant whining of Adam.
The narrator is good with the male voices and with the female lead but every other female voice he does is awful.
I really wanted to like this series but I have to leave it here.
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