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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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Good read

started off a little slow, built up to a good story though. looking forward to the next book.

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Truly Enjoyable!

While the story is dark and sometimes depressing, the changes in this guy's life are incredible. The only way for him to go is up and he's getting there one laborious step at a time.

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Oh poor pitiful me.

It's too bad such a good writer had to write such a bad story. It's not your fault, you didn't do it, oh poor pitiful me. Good writing, good storytelling, good narrator, really bad story.

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Urban Fantasy? Mystery? Sci-Fi? Yep!

In preparing for this review, I skimmed some of the other reviews. I was surprised to see they are all over the board – from “I couldn’t finish it” to “OMG this is amazing!” I really enjoyed Clean the first time I read it, and I’ve read it several times since. I would have to really nitpick to find something about the book I didn’t like.

In the not-too-distant future, technology has gone horribly wrong, and its use is limited. Some of the population is gifted with telepathic powers, and these people stepped up to save the world. Now they are feared, but powerful and useful. The rich history and background of the world in Clean is perfect for my style of reading. The reader never learns everything about the past, but little bits are revealed throughout the story.

The way Hughes writes about telepathy from the telepath’s point of view is pretty neat as well. It’s fascinating to see a peek into someone brain, to see what they might be thinking or feeling. Watching the protagonist interview suspects, interpret their thoughts, and manipulate them into thinking what he needs to know is both captivating and scary.

One thing I really appreciated about Clean is how the protagonist views his partner. Cherabino is a tough detective with a haunted past, which causes her to appear pretty bitchy at times. Despite that, the protagonist never loses faith in her, never gets tired of her or fed up with her attitude. He can see into her mind, knows what’s causing her outward behavior, and yet sees her for who she really is. I think we all crave that kind of acceptance in our lives.

The protagonist does get a little whiny – he’s lost a lot and feels very put upon by the indignities of his new status. However, compared to most regular people I work with, he’s a model for stoic acceptance. :)

The narrator does a great job with Adam and Cherebino's voices. Some of the other character's voices aren't markedly different, but I didn't ever feel like I didn't know who was talking. I really did enjoy this book in audio.

Overall, like I said, I’d have to really nitpick to find something about this novel I didn’t like. I really love the characters and the world and hope we get to see more of them both in the future.

Purchased. Review courtesy of One Book Two book review blog.

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stunning performance and story

even in the future there are AA meetings for addicts. here's a story of one man's struggle to come to terms with his addiction during a multiples case.

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I don't like it, but I love it

I don't like the main character in this book. He's constantly thinking about how he's guilty of things no normal person would consider in terms of guilt. He constantly says he doesn't do particular things, then he does them. He's a pathetic self-involved loser. He says he used to be an idealist, which got him kicked out of the Guild (for telepaths etc) but never explains what happened, and even if it was true, he was probably one of the narcissistic kind who are constantly annoying. But then, he's a drug addict, currently clean although not entirely by choice, so these things come together to make some sort of sense.

I don't like the cops he works with. They treat him like he's not a human being, and never give him a fair break. On the other hand, see above. And add to it that he's a telepath and as the book constantly assures us, normal people don't like and indeed fear telepaths. Plus, as a former government bureaucrat myself, I have to say that the boss cops' overriding bureaucratic concerns ring true.

I don't like his love interest. She's a physically violent bully. Even after six years, she hasn't worked her way out of the emotional depths resulting from the death of her husband. it's not clear to me what he sees in her. On the other hand, see above. He might subconsciously be looking for punishment. He pretty much gets what he deserves.

Now, having said that, I love the setting. A telepath working with the police in a future after a war which normals and telepaths won against some kind of attempted takeover by artificial intelligence mechanisms apparently allied with technocrats. The storyline is interesting.

The performance is well done.

I've given this four stars across the board. At the current $3.95, this is certainly worth trying out. (I save my fives for situations where I want to grab you by the lapels and insist you take a listen.) Four stars means I'm glad to have listened, and I'm going back for more.

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Loved it.

well written, the book was hard to put down. I am starting on the second one in the series immediately.

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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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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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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