A millennium into the future, all children are tested for minder talents, and the best are recruited for the Citizen Protection Service.Agent Li r n S ng is recovering from a near fatal crash He should want nothing than to get back to using his talents to interrogate criminals for his covert CPS field unit, but being sidelined gains new appeal when he makes friends wA millennium into the future, all children are tested for minder talents, and the best are recruited for the Citizen Protection Service.Agent Li r n S ng is recovering from a near fatal crash He should want nothing than to get back to using his talents to interrogate criminals for his covert CPS field unit, but being sidelined gains new appeal when he makes friends with a woman and her son Imara Sesay, road crew chief and part time bartender, breaks her ironclad rule never to get close to customers when she asks Li r n to teach her son how to control his growing minder talents.Unexpected deaths in his field unit make Li r n suspect he isn t a lucky survivor, he s a loose end He should pull away from Imara and Derrit to keep them safe, but when the local CPS Testing Center is entirely too interested in Derrit s talents, Li r n must make an impossible choice Can he stay alive long enough to save Imara and her prodigy son The Central Galactic Concordance series Overload Flux standalone story Minder Rising standalone story
Minder Rising A millennium into the future all children are tested for minder talents and the best are recruited for the Citizen Protection Service Agent Li r n S ng is recovering from a near fatal crash He shoul
An enjoyable read that has a different, more low-key feel to it than the previous novel, but which manages to open up more of the Central Galactic Concordance universe for us. In this one we more directly experience the shadier side of CPS and some of the control it has on the lives of the populace. I think this novel did a good job of showing that though CPS is currently pretty much an evil authoritarian psy-corp that enjoys broad powers and little oversight by its "masters" in the Central Gove [...]
While recovering from a near-fatal crash, agent Lièrén Sòng makes friends with Imara Sesay and her son only to discover that the CPS Testing Center is entirely too interested in her son’s talents and that he’s become a loose end in this thrilling sci-fi romance.With unexpected deaths in his field unit, Lièrén begins to suspect that his crash wasn’t an accident after all and the reader can’t help but get caught up in this story as his eyes are opened to just how naïve and trusting h [...]
Continued funThe beginning starts with a twist that doesn't really start to pay off until the end. We see a broader list of skills and get deeper into the CPS problem.I wasn't as pleased with this book as with the first. 'Overload Flux' started and ran with a mystery while this one forecasted a problem and made you care enough about the characters to want to see them get through it. One was more of a detective novel with action; this one was more slow-paced thriller. Once the tension got higher [...]
Great sequelIt's a great sequel to Overload Flux, and I'm glad I was able to read it so close to reading the first one. The characters were wonderful and not ones I will soon forget. In this book, there is a new set of characters, making me miss the ones from the first book, but I do like the new take on this story. It has a new dimension. The plot starts out a little slow and brings up a lot of backstory, but the action is there. Not disappointed in the least.
A science fiction romance novel such as Carol Van Natta’s Minder Rising: Central Galactic Concordance Book 2 has to do two things. It has to develop characters which can reveal the magnetism of inter-personal relationships and it has to invent a world-scale setting in which that magnetism can take place. More than in any other romance sub-genre, in a science fiction romance the setting takes a central place, and if there is anything which is not clear about the setting, the reader’s interest [...]
Minder Rising is the second book in Carol Van Natta’s Central Galactic Concordance series. It takes place in a futuristic galaxy where special mental talents are a part of life for many of the citizens. Lieren Song is one such person. Tested as a young boy and recruited into the Citizen Protection Service (CPS), a recent accident has forced him into a temporary leave while recovering from his injuries.While on leave, Lieren spends some of his time in a bar and befriends the staff, most particu [...]
CPS agent Lièrén Sòng is recovering from a he’s-got-lots-of-new-vat-grown-internal-organs injury, doing clerical work by day and drinking soda at night at the Quark and Quasar pub. The bartender, Imara Sesay, works two jobs to help support her and her son Derrit, and the two of them have become friends during his convalescence. After an unpleasant bar incident, Imara asks Lièrén to help her son control his minder talents before his government aptitude test, and Lièrén agrees. Meanwhile, [...]
Originally published at West Coast Book Reviews.I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.Minder Rising is the second in Van Natta's Central Galactic Concordance series. The third, Pico's Crush, is expected around the end of January and follows characters introduced in the first book, Overload Flux. Minder Rising can be read standalone, though I highly recommend reading Overload Flux as well.As with Overload Flux, characters drive Minder Rising. Though we only learn a f [...]
~ I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. ~I had not yet read the first book, Overload Flux, in the Central Galactic Concordance series when I started Minder Rising, but this was in no way a disadvantage. Both books can be read as stand-alone stories.The premise and the science fiction elements of Minder Rising are very imaginative and detailed, but the story is also very character-based and therefore believable and relatable. I’m always drawn to storie [...]
Minder Rising is a great new story written by Carol Van Natta. The setting is in The Central Galactic Concordance, her interesting Science Fiction Romance series. Minder Rising is set in the same world as OverLoad Flux but it works very well as a stand-alone.I loved the characters and how their inter-action moves the story along. Lieren Song does not start as that strong a character. He seem to be just drifiting along as he recovers from a near fatal accident. Things change as he becomes involve [...]
There are two standalone stories so far in The Central Galactic Concordance series, including Overload Flux and this second story, Minder Rising, and I’ve really enjoyed them both. In this one, an agent for the Citizen Protection Service, Lieren Song, narrowly escapes death in a crash, and as he’s recovering, he makes friends with the workers in the hotel tavern he’s been frequenting. He’s very attracted to Imara Sesay, the bartender, but since he’s only there for a short time, determi [...]
I cannot finish this book. It is just not holding my interest at all. Carol's first book, Overload Flux, was amazing. I couldn't put it down. This book is just the opposite. I can't seem to get through more than a few pages at a time before I get bored and move on to something else. I have been working on this book for weeks,and I am only 47% through it. I hope it's just me. It is rare that I DNF a book, but I have two kindles with literally hundreds of books between them left to read. I don't h [...]
Great "Spin-off" BUMMER??I really liked this book and all the characters. Why BUMMER? Well, it means the author now has two sets of marvelous lines to follow and sometimes this means that perhaps one may suffer. I hope this isn't the case, but one is never sure if importance is the same for the author. I believe this author has the skill and talent to see all the lines successfully carried through and this whole environment could take on epic dimensions, akin to the Liaden universe, and become a [...]
Minder Rising is the second book in the Central Galactic Concordance trilogy.In this book we meet Lièrén Sòng, twister extraordinaire(?), of the Citizen Protection Service (CPS), who has been sidelined by a glitter accident that killed his teammate. We also meet bartender Imara Sesay and her son, Derrit, and the server in the bar where Imara works, Rayle.In this small world we discover how well a man can hide from himself and the worlds, and what can be done about it, while making friends and [...]
If you love character driven romantic suspense, pick this one up! The female lead (Imara) and her good friend (Rayle) jump off the page. The male lead (Lièrén) takes a while to shine, but when he does, I think he’ll win your heart. Particularly since he finds a way to help the woman he’s fallen for _without_ taking over. Building on her strengths rather than flaunting his own. This is very refreshing to see.This is a very sex-positive story but does not delve too far into ‘hot’ romance [...]
A solid second book in this series even though the pace was felt slower than the first book. Still has lots of intrigue and twists and keep you engrossed in the storyline though the romance was a lot lighter and sweeter than the first novel. Interesting world building and I'm looking forward to the next instalment.
Although I gave this 2 stars, there are some very strong positives in this novel. They just didn't come together in a way that made what I consider to be an entertaining story. First, the world-building is great and feels detailed and well-developed. Also, the characters feel real and have detailed histories, right down to the relationships with multiple generations of their families. There's also an interesting mechanic in the various version of psychic powers of the minders. Also, the writing [...]
I was so disappointed not to like this. I loved the first book in the series. But after (a) multiple instances feeling uneasy with the characterization of Asian characters (particularly the scene told from the male MC's lawyer's perspective where she repeatedly points out how hard it is to read him - "inscrutable oriental" trope anyone?) and (b) multiple comments about how people needed to go to "obesity clinics" and (c) being over 25% of the way into the book and it seemed like almost nothing h [...]
Slow to startThis book starts slow and pretty much stays that way until a chapter or two at the end. Then it feels rushed. The couple's connection comes late and just doesn't seem to click. Hate to say, but the first book was much better. Will try the next in the series, but if not better I won't stay with it.
Again, very likable characters and an interesting plot. This world she is building is a bit dark and oppressive for my tastes, but I liked that she found a way for our heroes to escape and have a happy ending.
Why are the people in the cover 10-15 years younger than they are in the book?
I've definitely found an addition to my favorite SFR authors! Minder Rising, book 2, lived up to my hopes. It has a new set of protagonists, but I quickly grew to like and care about them as much as I did the duo in books 1 & 2.5 (which I read before this, since the novella is a direct sequel to book 1). The multi-threaded investigation/action plot is far from a retread, as are the dynamics of their relationship, though once again it is richly developed with slow-burn friendship and respect. [...]
A science fiction romance with political thriller mix in. The romance takes time to develop (no Instalove here) - the hero is recovering from a major injury and is staying at a hotel until he recovers enough for his next assignment, and the heroine does not do transients for love interests because of her son. It takes forever for their first kiss, but the wait of this sweet romance is worth it.While waiting for the romance to develop, the political thriller sci-fi plot holds center stage. The se [...]
I received a free mobi copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.This is the second book in the Central Galacti Concordance series. Although part of a series, as with book one, it works as a standalone novel. Rather than the same characters continuing the story, we revisit the same concordant planet and the CPS, who monitor and control people with special talents such as telepathy and various mind-altering abilities. The story opens with a prologue that doesn't connect up with the main [...]
The second book in the Central Galactic Concordance centers around two new main characters, CPS Agent Agent Lièrén and single mom working two jobs, Imara. Their paths cross somewhat casually at first, but get more and more intertwined as events become driven by forces they do not control, within the CPS and society.It is not a space opera, really, as the first book was. And it ss not full of spaceships and loads of off-planet adventure, although there's a bit of that sort of thing. It is mostl [...]
I received a copy of this book from publisher Broad Universe via Netgalley in return for an honest review.This book was probably a 2.5 star for me. While I liked the idea behind the world building and the story, the pace was very slow, with not much happening in the way of action til about 2/3 the way in. I did like the characters but again would have preferred a much faster paced story with more action.I also think starting with such a long and detailed prologue featuring a person who was not k [...]
Quite good sci-fi story about humans who have developed various powers, such as telekinesis. The story is mostly about various people using powers against others with powers, but there is also a flavor of "us v them" with the "us" being people with powers and the "them" people without. The cast of characters is diverse ethnically. Two recommendations: Start with book one, Overload Flux. Go to the author's website (I don't have the cite at the moment) for a list of the various types of powers pos [...]
This was one of April 2016's reads for the Space Opera group. The premise is interesting - albeit seen all before in the Psi Corps from Babylon 5 - and there was a lot to keep me reading, but only just. The pacing was very slow and action scenes few and far between. The romance subplot was played straight with no real surprises. Curiously, I thought it often read like a Young Adult novel, despite containing themes probably more suited to older readers. Still, it's garnered high ratings elsewhere [...]
This is my review and how I see it. Where does the beginning fall in this story? I am confused as how the initial character (who is nameless) fits into the chapters in between. The relationship built between Agent Song, Imara and her son Derrit were purely evident and well written. It just the rest of the story that I could not follow. This was my first time reading this author and I felt that I was missing a bigger piece of the puzzle in this story.
Another awesome book by this author. I read one review that said this book was not as exciting as Overload Flux but I disagree. Lièrén's abilities may not be as physical as Mairwen's but there is plenty of action and suspense.