- Series: The Interstellar Rescue Series
- Paperback: 488 pages
- Publisher: INK'd; 1 edition (October 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780692460955
- ISBN-13: 978-0692460955
- ASIN: 0692460950
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,157,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trouble in Mind (The Interstellar Rescue Series) (Volume 2) Paperback – October 13, 2015
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Along the way to her science fiction suspense career she’s been married to a wonderful guy since just out of college, been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Africa, raised a family (two girls, two grandkids), tried organic farming, worked as a freelance journalist and editor, been a community activist, and earned black belts in two different styles of martial arts. Her first two SFR novels finaled in the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest. She lives on 44 beautiful mountain acres in Marshall, NC, with her husband and two talkative cats.
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What I particularly like is that the books are well-written, but you're aren't thinking it while you're reading. It just all flows well and when it's over and you realize it was a great read.
Trouble In Mind (the second book in the series, but definitely readable as a stand alone—I haven’t read the first one yet) begins as a suspense novel, with FBI Agent Alana Matheson called in on what seems like a routine kidnapping case. A woman and her son have been snatched from a remote location, leaving her husband beaten but alive—and now a suspect.
But Lana’s investigation soon takes an unexpected turn as private investigator Gabriel Cruz shows up, brought into the case by the angry husband and his friends. Lana is having enough trouble with her FBI partner—she doesn’t need more from interfering civilians.
Gabriel is not just another private eye, and the kidnap victims have a background he can’t explain to Lana, not without telling her about psychic powers, galactic conspiracy, and his own extremely dysfunctional and not entirely human family.
Trouble In Mind moves smoothly from Earth-bound suspense to interstellar intrigue, from Lana and Gabriel to the kidnapped woman to the aliens pursuing her and the masterminds behind it all, as Lana and Gabriel race to rescue the victims and Lana gradually learns that there is far more involved than she ever imagined, even in her own background.
This is an exciting, well-written example of the science fiction romance genre, but be advised that it contains some very graphic language, sex, and violence, all intrinsic to the story and characters. All the same, I’m hooked. I’ve downloaded the first book in the series, Unchained Memory, and pre-ordered the third, Fools Rush In.
A police procedural, science fiction, political plotting, romance genre mashup which starts out strong on the police procedural following the kidnapping. The main character (MC) is a female FBI agent called in to help with the Amber Alert. In the next chapter the science fiction element is introduced by way of the psychic half-alien hero extracting a scientist on another world. The captain-team of the hero's Rescue starship ride asks for a favor to help a family they like on Earth.
For the most part the story focuses on the kidnapping with slight forays into various minds. The story is written in close third person and we spend time in at least 6 different heads around the galaxy. When dealing with psychics, getting inside the head is nearly a requirement.
This book is the second of an ongoing series dealing with a growing set of characters striking out against slavery in the universe. Ms. Frelick does a great job building the widely-ranging threads of the storyline, the political game (off-world), the police procedural (on-world) and the romance (out-of-this-world), slowly throughout the manuscript to end in a climatic end-game. I expect the rest of the series to be equally interesting.
Diversity note: The hero is of Cuban-American descent.