- File Size: 924 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ace (June 24, 2008)
- Publication Date: June 24, 2008
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001ANUOC0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,951,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Cold Minds (A Hidden Worlds Novel) Kindle Edition
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The stories mesh together so tightly that I won't even attempt to review each one lest any spoilers pop up. Here is the bare outline.
Alien machines called the Cold Minds have invaded Earth and its solar system. They kill swiftly and without mercy. Much of humanity manages to escape by taking all available ships through other space, a dimension that allows travel through great galactic distances. The heroes are the jump pilots. They are the only ones who can safely maneuver other space. In this way most of humanity escapes. They now live in colonies on the Hidden Worlds.
Ian sen Paolo is one of the elite. He is a jump pilot who lives with those of his kind on the planet Nexus. It is assumed that the members of this exclusive male group are the only ones capable of piloting a ship. The ruling council allows only certain of their pilots to procreate. Only sons are born to them, and the women who bear the children are carefully selected and well paid. They are surrogate mothers who will never see their children again. Pilots consider themselves superior to other humans and, because of their unique gift, that's how they are treated.
Linnea Kiaho comes from one of the poor outer planets. In a desperate move to get money for her family she travels to Nexus carrying with her a secret that could destroy the privileged position of Ian's family, and perhaps the exclusive status of all jump pilots. When she first arrives on Nexus Linnea works as Ian's servant. He is the typically arrogant pilot, but then his world suddenly collapses. Linnea, who knows his secret, is caught with him in the same trap. Out of necessity they learn to lean on each other and from this their love does develop - not easily and not smoothly. There are no hearts and flowers for their romance.
Landon's powerful writing puts you deep into the mind of each character. The reader experiences their joy or pain as if each moment reader and character are one. Landon's imagination has created a vivid universe with gritty realism. Life can be very harsh either because of the physical surroundings or the brutal political power games. The story is so gripping and the characters so lifelike that reading becomes almost an addiction. You desperately want to know what happens next; yet you don't want the story to end.
This book can't just be categorized as a SF action-adventure romantic thriller. The characters are too developed, and more importantly the relationships between them are too complex, to pigeon-hole it into any of those categories. I were forced to put it in any particular category, it would "literature". I can't recommend it enough! And I greatly look forward to the next book in the series!