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Review: Sharp by Alex Hughes

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Sharp
Author:  Alex Hughes
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Roc
Mindspace Investigations #2
ISBN: 978-0451465047
Genre: Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Format(s):  Paperback (339 pages), E-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

HISTORY HAS A WAY OF REPEATING ITSELF, EVEN FOR TELEPATHS.…

 
     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 Cherabino’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…

 

What G & U are talking about:

     Gikany and Una are so excited about this new-to-us series.  In order to start off on the right foot, we started with the first book, Clean in this Mindspace Investigations series.  Do yourself a favor and read the first book – it’s awesome!  It is also the best introduction into Sharp – a truly gritty and gripping novel.
     This series is told from the first person perspective of the Telepath.  He is disavowed from the Guild (the group that trains and controls those with Ability) and barely holding on to a clean existence as it is.  If it wasn’t for Cherabino, Bellury, and Swartz, we feel he would dive into the abyss until he winked out of Mindspace forever.
     Gikany and Una cannot stress what a fascinating world that Ms. Hughes has created.  We are riveted by this futurestic view of our world.  The past Tech Wars which has caused a reversal in the use of technology, the pollution, the seemingly precious real resources left (like fresh produce and meat) and the abundance of those with Ability.  This world is gritty and seen through the eyes of our recovering addict – who stays alive and sober by true grit and gumption.  Not to mention – his safety net of those cops and his sponsor who know what he will be capable of if he can just keep on the straight and narrow.
     What truly rounds out the Sharp is the continuing pressure, guidance and opportunities that the police force give our Telepath.  Paulson (his boss) seems to want to see him succeed – she must have something for hardluck/impossible cases and our Telepath could be the poster boy.  However the interactions between him and Kara – his ex-fiance, Cherabino – his sometimes partner and certain crush, Swartz – the stubborn sponsor, and Bellury – the aloof but supporting babysitter, they all combine to make his own true but complicated family.  The great contrast seen between Clean and Sharp is the self-sacrificing our Telepath makes this time.  He sees how precarious and precious his life is and wants to keep his job, his family and not lose everything to the addiction his body and mind still crave.  It is difficult to not root for this underdog – to hope something comes from his tentative and rocky relationship with Cherabino.  We are also fascinated to know there are other Guilds and would like to know more.  This is a fresh and intriguing world that we cannot wait to visit again.
     We apologize for this review being a little vague.  There are nuances in the first book that really stuck a chord with Gikany and Una.  These nuances are so subtle and genius we would hate to spoil you.  Since we just discovered this series, we hope there are others reading this review that will be intrigued and pick it up.  We found the unveiling of the story very well done.  Therefore in order to have the full impact of Sharp, please read Clean.   We eagerly look forward to what adventures and cases await in the Mindspace Investigations.

 

Their Rating:

Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
Purchase Info:

GIVEAWAY: for a chance to win a copy of the first Mindspace Investigations book, Clean, please see the guest post from author Alex Hughes HERE.

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