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Crossways (A Psi-Tech Novel) Mass Market Paperback – August 4, 2015
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Praise for the Psi-Tech novels:
"Space opera isn't dead; instead, delightfully, it has grown up.... A fine example of a novel which has its roots in the subgenre but grows beyond it." —Jaine Fenn, author of Principles of Angels
"Bedford mixes romance and intrigue in this promising debut, which opens the Psi-Tech space opera series.... Readers who crave high adventure and tense plots will enjoy this voyage into the future." —Publishers Weekly
"A nostalgic space opera.... Bedford's prose is brisk and carries the reader quite sufficiently along." —Tor.com
"A well-defined and intriguing tale set in the not-too-distant future.... Everything is undeniably creative and colorful, from the technology to foreign planets to the human (and humanoid) characters. Author Bedford's worldbuilding feels very complete and believable, with excellent descriptions bringing it all to life." —RT Reviews
"I'm very, very excited to see where this series goes next. The foundation that Bedford has laid has so much potential and promise. This is an author I will watch." —Bookworm Blues
"The first of a new space opera series that delivers the goods and holds lots of promise of things to come." —SF Signal
About the Author
Jacey Bedford has a string of short story publication credits on both sides of the Atlantic. She lives a thouand feet up on the edge of the Yorkshire Pennines in a two hundred year stone house. She has been a librarian, postmistress, rag-doll maker, and a folk singer in an a cappella trio. She can be found at jaceybedford.co.uk or on Twitter at @JaceyBedford.
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1) Believable characters that are fleshed out well enough. What i mean is that if you haven't read the first book you might have some issues with some side characters (mostly the psi-techs that we met in the previous book) but it won't mess with your experiencing any of the action.
There are some new characters that are a bit one dimensional but they are just gears to move the plot.
2) Two major POVs you can really connect with plus a lesser one (the "evil overlord") that is very interesting.
3) Believable science all around with one exception (see cons)
4) The world is interesting and well described down to the corrupt monitors (space cops). Lots of ambiance and local colour to flavor the experience
5)No Deus ex machina plot twists to further some dying plot.If you can suspend disbelief about the concept of psi-tech then it's all probable
Like the previous book there is just one. The actual psi-tech is just a bit too mind-bending for my taste. While every other scifi aspect of the book seems probable, the actual psi-tech implants and what they can do for the users are more like fantasy than scifi.
p.s You should really read the first one before moving to crossways. Pun intended
Space Opera with Psi! Yes, my personal favorite, why do you ask? Ms. Bedford has definitely built a nice universe here.
Fits right in with Flynx (Alan Dean Foster), Ia (Jean Johnson), Cat (Joan D. Vinge), and the Liaden space operas with psi.
DAW, Aug 4 2015, $7.99
Implanted at birth with psi enhancing technology to enable techies to locate valuable resources for mega-corps, Cara Carlinni the Telepath and Ben Benjamin the Navigator did the unimaginable when they saved thousands of people instead of handing over the platinum find to the galaxy-spanning business entities. Giants like Alphacorp and the Trust need to make an example of this rebellious pair to other psi-techies; preferably dead but at least on trial for major crimes like terrorism and murder.
The hunted felons and their surviving allies hide on Crossways Station where they plan a brief respite before sailing the Solar Wind in search of 30,000 lost in space settlers. However the pair also know that once they leave Crossways they will be in the crosshairs of those wanting to collect the dead or alive bounty.
The second Psi-Tech thriller is a tremendous, timely science fiction tale starring courageous David and Davidette battling against Goliath. The keys to this action-packed space opera are the Bedford galaxy (with heroes, villains, fence-sitters and innocent victims) that comes across as real and the psi-technology seems genuine. Although it behooves the audience to have read Empire of Dust to better understand why Ben and especially Cara went rogue, Jacey Bedford authors a terrific tale with apparently more to follow.