Michael Sanderson, engineered to be able to see inside the minds of others—a Perceiver—has been coopted to work with the police. His job is to ‘perceive’ suspects and report to his cop partner what he sees. During the questioning of a teenager found carrying explosives, Michael discovers the youth’s mind to be mostly blank, indicating he’d been programmed. At the same time, Michael and his partner are investigating the case of a Russian dissident who is convinced that the Russian government has poisoned him with a radioactive substance.
In Mind Control, book two in the Perceiver series by Jane Killick, Michael is striving to find some kind of existence in the world of ‘normal’ people, people who view him and his kind with fear and suspicion. He also has to deal with the trauma of his father, Dr. Brian Ransom, being on trial for his role in creating the Perceivers by providing contaminated vitamin pills to pregnant mothers, resulting in their children being born with this special power. As he digs deeper into the case of people whose minds have been put under some external control, he learns that Perceivers are capable of more powers than merely being able to ‘read’ minds. This discovery, though, could wreck efforts to peacefully integrate Perceivers into normal society.
This book takes up where the first book in the series left off, and ratchets the tension up immensely. While the author never explains how Ransom’s pill affected unborn children, or what caused ‘natural’ Perceivers, such as Ransom himself, the relationships between Perceivers and normals, which parallels the way many societies treat anyone seen as ‘different,’ are handled well. The action scenes are also well choreographed. All in all, I found this a good read.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I give Killick four stars for this one.