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Minder Rising, A Scifi Space Opera with Telepathic Spies, Intrigue, and Romance: Central Galactic Concordance Book 2 Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 4 in Central Galactic Concordance
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From the Author
A millenium from now, humans have expanded civilization to more than 500 planets in the galaxy, thanks to faster-than-light space travel, interstellar communications, and sophisticated terraforming capabilities. The Central Galactic Concordance government maintains interstellar safety and commerce with the Concordance Command military and the Citizen Protection Service elite forces. The CPS also has another important function: testing, registering, and making use of minders, humans with talents in telepathy, telepathy. and patterns.
Peace and stability have reigned for two hundred years, but underneath, trouble is brewing. Minders with mid- and high-level talents usually find their way into CPS service, whether they want to or not. Jumpers, the special forces personnel with added hardware and body reinforcements, often suffer from debilitating waster's disease once they retire from service. The CPS has deeper, darker programs and powerful reasons to keep them secret. Minders, once a misunderstood minority, are now common in the human population, and want respect and freedom. The CPS, once the savior of civilization, has been using increasingly draconian measures to maintain control. Something has to give, and it won't be pretty.
- File Size : 1535 KB
- Publication Date : May 26, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 198 pages
- Publisher : Chavanch Press (May 26, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00YDFRYWA
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #346,946 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Lièrén is not a conventional hero. He’s deferential without any irony, polite and honorable. It’s so good to see East Asian males as a desirable subject. He’s running Confucian firmware on his brain, too: he respects his elders for being such, wouldn’t think to break the rules as anything but a late resort, and values his extended family greatly. He doesn’t think of himself as a good person due to the things he’s done in CPS service, but he’s principled and disciplined.
Imara isn’t a conventional heroine. She may work two jobs and be a widow supporting a kid, but she’s not downtrodden or victimized. When she’s in her element on the road or at the bar, she’s competent. When scary things happen, she’s scared, but thinks quickly to deal with it. Imara feels like a complete character, her actions feel believable. She's world-wiser than Lièrén since she's older and not the semi-sheltered agent used to living in hotels and ships, but they fit together well. Their romance is a slow burn, with both of them mindful of the obstacles to their togetherness. The rest of the story is also paced that way, starting sedately and growing progressively faster.
The secondary characters are memorable too. Derrit, Lièrén’s family, Imara’s deceased husband, the other bartender, Imara’s road crew, and the CPS officers all have their own agendas and drive the action. Some of them are good people who did harmful things, and some are morally dark gray but try to do some good deeds. Everybody’s more than plausible. Even the organizations are nuanced, there are good and bad people in the bureaucracies. No Evil Empire here. The truth is that there are lots of players in problematic organizations, most well-meaning and trying to do their best jobs, some malicious, and some who are not quite competent.
I had to read the last few chapters more than once to check whether I’d missed anything. Did Lièrén ever tell Imara what was up with his job and his team dying? He is keeping secrets from her, but I imagine she’d ask, “so what was with those people trying to mess you up?” I am curious as to how he’d answer. Because of the time lapse some developments seem a bit sudden. Maybe they could have felt a bit less so if I’d known the extent of the contact Imara and Lièrén had during their separation.
While waiting for the romance to develop, the political thriller sci-fi plot holds center stage. The second book of the Central Galactic Concordance, Minder Rising works great as a stand-alone. With very little overlap with the first book, Overload Flux, the story introduces an entirely new group of characters giving a reader a new place to stand while looking at the political issues within the Concordance universe.
I really love and identify with the hero Lieren because of his naivety and trust. He believes the best about the universe and it has bit him. I hope we see more of him as he recovers from having the blinders removed from his eyes. He is a hero worth meeting.
And the heroine is awesome as a single mother working two jobs - one at a hotel bar and the second as a construction gang leader. The description of the see-through walkways and roads for the crystal capital city (tourist attraction) which she works on as part of the road construction crew set this firmly in the sci-fi area while also grounding the fantastic with a dose of reality.
Diversification - Hero is Asian descent and Heroine is African descent (sci-fi situation).
Top reviews from other countries
This is a very sex-positive story but does not delve too far into 'hot' romance (which I appreciate - I'd rather focus on the romance, not the sex). I also appreciate the proper accenting of the pinyin used for Chinese names and dialog!