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Review of ‘Mind Control’

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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.

Review of ‘Mind Secrets’

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Michael wakes up in a strange hallway with no memories, with nothing but a knife in his hand and a strange woman calling his name—or, at least, he presumes it’s his name. What he does know is that he must flee. He encounters a man, Agent Cooper, who is chasing him, again, for what reason he does not know. After a struggle in the stairwell of the building, Michael stabs Cooper and makes his escape. Injured in the struggle with Cooper, Michael is afraid to seek treatment until a sympathetic nurse on a smoke break outside a nearby hospital takes pity on him and takes him inside to take care of his injuries.

Inside the hospital, Michael meets two teenagers and learns that they are ‘perceivers,’ people with the ability to tune into the emotions of others. Worse, he learns that the normal people fear them and that Cooper’s allies are enroute to the hospital to detain him. With the help of the two teens Michael escapes and enters the unknown world of the perceivers.

Mind Secrets by Jane Killick is a riveting sci-fi story that takes the reader on a harrowing journey as Michael struggles to recover his memories, a journey during which he discovers a startling and disturbing secret about himself.

Non-stop action that is not just a well-written sci-fi story, but an exploration of prejudice and betrayal that will leave you breathless.

I give it four stars.