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Sunday, April 21, 2013

52) Sharp by Alex Hughes

The Blurb :


As a Level Eight telepath, I am the best police interrogator in the department. But I’m not a cop—I never will be—and my only friend on the force, Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino, is avoiding me because of a telepathic link I created by accident.

And I might not even be an interrogator for much longer. Our boss says unless I pull out a miracle, I’ll be gone before Christmas. I need this job, damn it. It’s the only thing keeping me sane.

Parts for illegal Tech—the same parts used to bring the world to its knees in the Tech Wars sixty years ago—are being hijacked all over the city. Plus Cherbino's longtime nemesis, a cop killer, has resurfaced with a vengeance. If I can stay alive long enough, I just might be able to prove my worth, once and for all...

My Thoughts :

Last year I read the debut in the Mindspace Investigations, CLEAN.  I knew within a few chapters that this was a series I was going to enjoy I only hoped that the sequel, when it released, would live up to the standards the first book had set.  So when I got the chance to read Sharp I couldn't wait.  A little problem with the book actually getting on to my Kindle made me a little late to the party but I am done and am still very impressed by this author and the concept.

Just like in CLEAN you could feel the futurustic elements of the story but they were not over the top.   After the Tech wars and various other problems, the world is bascially computer free.  It is a nice idea and adds some very interesting aspects to the story and world it is set in.  The things we often take for granted are no longer available and telepaths are more helpful than machines.  It is a serious and somehow realistic impression of what really could happen and that makes it not only creepy but very compelling.

It didn't take me long to get into the story or get used to the settings and rules.  Everything is so new and unique it is really hard to forget it.  This helped a lot because otherwise I would have need some major orientation time.  As it was I found things to be very familiar and enjoyed being swept up by the story.  The plot was well thought out and very exciting.  Some twists and turns as well as shocking moments and a wider view of Adam's previous life and history.

This is actually a thrilling mystery which involves telepathy, addiction, a lack of computers and some other extremely enthralling elements.  I already liked the characters when I met them in book one and the releationships between Adam and the others seemed much deeper and well established this time around.   I am very drawn to the series already and can't wait to see what happens next.  After the involvment of the Guild and FBI I can't even imagine what will come next.  Cherabino's reactions to Adam and her own family problem was a nice side plot and one I want to read more about.  The cliffhanger ending nailed it for me though and I am going to be pre-ordering book three and reading it as soon as it is released.

There are not many original books out there any more.  There is always something that makes you think 'this reminds me of....' However Alex Hughes has really broke the mold and shaped something different.  There are slight hints of the usual detective/mystery plots but in a whole it doesn't remind me of anything and just makes me happy to have stumbled upon it.

A well worth read and something to try even if you don't, like me, usually enjoy the futuristic sci-fi type books.  This one is very subtle but somehow supernatural with its telepathic angles.  Urban Fantasy at its best and with a lot of good content that will have you coming back for more.  Just make sure you start with the first book CLEAN.  This is a series that must be read in order.

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