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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.

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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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?

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  • Carrie
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 12-22-12

Interesting urban fantasy (too graphic for me!)

Intriguing magic system used in a thought-provoking way--what are the moral implications of doing horrible things to bad people to try to make them into better people? Can two or three or ten wrong deeds turn a bad person good? Meanwhile, how are the inflictors of bad on the bad affected in return?

But... the sex scenes were too raw and too sordid for me, with too much vulgar language. They also seemed to be in the book to titillate the reader, not to add to the story. I like to read stories, not erotica...this pushes the edges...

I got this book on a $5 sale, so I don't regret spending the money, but I won't be reading the rest of the series.

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