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Mind Changer (A Sector General Novel)

4.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
Book 13 of 14 in the Sector General Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812541960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812541960
  • ASIN: B0075OUWYI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,766,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Until *Mind Changer* came along, I hadn't realized how much I'd missed by not knowing more about the "nasty" Major O'Mara, even though I liked him. It's time for Major O'Mara to retire, and this book, like O'Mara himself, moves from the present to the past, and back. We learn more about the early days of Sector General and O'Mara's role in bringing about many items that are familiar to the series. Although the final revelation was obvious before chapter 15, that didn't spoil the book. Everything leading up to the end was interesting. I think anyone who cares about O'Mara will be pleased at his fate. [Note to the publisher: On p.217, full paragraph one, Padre Lorien is named, but the context makes it obvious that Padre Carmody is meant. If that IS an error, you may wish to correct it for the paperback.] Ann E. Nichols
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If you have read a Sector General novel before, you must have been intrigued by O'Mara, the Chief Psychologist of the Hospital. In this novel, you will revisit some of the most important episodes of his growth into what he has become. There's a love intererst, but with an incredible twist. And there are the most intriguing puzzles for the hospital docotors to solve while everything else is going on. A delightful novel. Don't miss it!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mind Changer is the eleventh of twelve Sector General books and continues to take the focus off of Conway, a character who really ceased to be engaging after the first few books. Mind Changer shifts its limelight to the history of O'Mara, who was once a space construction worker, but after much personal experience with psychology, albeit without proper training, he was taken on as a psychologist. In this novel, we learn more about how O'Hara came to be and how he has affected the station since taking his posts.

Rear cover synopsis:
"It's where human and alien medicine meet: a massive hospital space station on the Galactic Rim, with 384 levels and a multispecies staff of thousands.
In the course of practicing deep-space medicine, that staff has seen more than its share of challenges--from plagues caused by cafeteria food, to cafeteria food that resembles alien species. But now they face a disquieting new development: the terrifying Chief Psychologist, Dr. O'Mara, has been promoted to head of the hospital.
Worse, he's been given the job on a temporary basis, for just as long as it takes to train his own replacement. After that, he is up for mandatory retirement. Nobody at Sector General can begin to imagine what they'll do without him--assuming they last long enough to find out."

Major O'Mara is notified by Colonel Skempton, the hospital's Monitor Corps administrator, that he will be transferring to a new post and that O'Mara must temporarily fill his shoes before retiring. Prior to his retirement while acting as hospital administrator, O'Mara must select the most qualified person--human or alien--who is both qualified medically and psychologically.
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You can't go wrong with James White. Fascinating sentient creatures, situations, diseases, accidents, rescues, psychologies. Dedicated medical personnel of all kinds. Enjoy the series -- preferably in order of publication. Have Fun!
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Finally a story featuring the most interesting character in the Sector General Universe: Major O'Mara. Although we had a brief short story on him in the First Book, this is the full novel. It deals with the start of the hospital and how he got his position. We get to see Conway Thornastor and Murchison at trainees.
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Oh my stars. And there we are. The words, "My Stars".
Think of it. A hospital .
Out in the middle of space.
Where every sentient race knows that if - oh forsake the bad luck -
There is a hospital .
Imagine it. I did. And then I read James White series, and said -------------
WOW!!!!!! And Thank you.
You put the words for imagination to literally fly.
Thank you, Mr. White.
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Great book, in beautiful way summarizing all series. Finally, biography of O'Mara is a bit more explained.
This book should be read after the 'Beginig operataions' and 'Alien emergencies' to read the story
in a chronological order. Well, great author and great books even if nowadays we no longer use tapes for recordings ;-)
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Excellent Ending for a really fine series. White must have really worked on his alien creature classification and manages to carry you into a fascinating set of puzzles often depending real science.
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