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Saturday, May 24, 2014

54) Marked by Alex Hughes

The Blurb :

Freelancing for the Atlanta PD isn’t exactly a secure career; my job’s been on the line almost as much as my life. But it’s a paycheck, and it keeps me from falling back into the drug habit. Plus, things are looking up with my sometimes-partner, Cherabino, even if she is still simmering over the telepathic Link I created by accident.

When my ex, Kara, shows up begging for my help, I find myself heading to the last place I ever expected to set foot in again—Guild headquarters—to investigate the death of her uncle. Joining that group was a bad idea the first time. Going back when I’m unwanted is downright dangerous.

Luckily, the Guild needs me more than they’re willing to admit. Kara’s uncle was acting strange before he died—crazy strange. In fact, his madness seems to be slowly spreading through the Guild. And when an army of powerful telepaths loses their marbles, suddenly it’s a game of life or death.…


My Thoughts :

The Mindscape Investigations has been one of my favourite series to read in the last couple of years.  This third book had been on my wishlist for a while and decided to treat myself to it as soon as I could.  I am not usually into futuristic elements but the world and character building in this series has been fantastic the plot always exciting.  Altogether the Mindscape Investigations is a well thought out concept and I love the style and originality of it all.

This third installment was not my favourite so far but it did have some interesting twists and surprises inside the cover.  Fans of the series will be happy with at least one development while on the other hand any reader will be worried about Adam's life as he gets pulled into an investigation which leaves his life hanging in the balance.  His constant addiction battle is once again put to the test in this new addition and I really wondered if this book would see Adam going into a downward spiral that would be hard to climb back out of.

Adam has developed into a strong character who is open but still manages to keeps you guessing.  When I think I know what is going on in his head he more often than not throws a curve ball and leaves me wondering if I even know him. This makes the series even more interesting but this time around it did leave me slightly confused.  Adam's involvement in various cases kept blurring together and I found it hard to keep track of who was who and what was what.  It properly didn't help that I was reading one or two chapters here and there with no time to give this one the time and attention it deserved.

All in all I am happy with this latest installment and I can't wait to see what happens next.  The sci-fi angle is very subtle but the rest is very in your face and exciting.  A great concept and a thrilling plot everytime, this one stays on my must read list and I am sure it will be on my pre-order list too.





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2 comments:

Aurian said...

I am glad you like this series Amber, but I am not attracted to it at all. I think I prefer a female main character.

Amberkatze said...

There are some really good male characters out there and this is one of them. Especially good because it is written by a woman!