Minder Rising (Central Galactic Concordance • Book 2)
by Carol Van Natta
A covert agent asked to train a prodigy telepath discovers he must first keep the boy and his mother alive in a gleaming city full of danger.
A millennium into the future, the Citizen Protection Service tests all children for minder talents, and recruits the best.
Injured agent Lièrén Sòng is recovering from a near-fatal crash in Spires, the gleaming capital city of the galaxy. He should be preparing to return to interrogating criminals for the Citizen Protection Service, but he's made unexpected friends with a woman and her son. The boy has strong telepathic talents similar to Lièrén's, and his attractive mother makes Lièrén long for the stability of family.
Imara Sesay works hard as a road crew chief in Spires and part-time bartender to provide for her son Derrit. For him, she even breaks her ironclad rule never to get close to a customer, when she trusts Lièrén to teach her son how to control his growing telepathic talents.
However, new fatalities in his covert unit make Lièrén 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 shows a more than usual interest in the boy, Lièrén must make an impossible choice—protect the boy, or run for his own life. Can he stay alive long enough to save Imara and her prodigy son?
* * 2015 SFR Galaxy Award winner * *
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Winner, 2015 SFR Galaxy Award
Publisher: Chavanch Press, LLC
Publication Date: 28 May 2015
Cover Art: Gene Mollica Studio
Copy Editor: Shelley Holloway (Holloway House)
Length: Novel (74,500 words)
Series: Central Galactic Concordance, Book 2
Overload Flux, book 1, starts the series and introduces Luka, Mairwen, and the Central Galactic Concordance. Book 2.5 is Zero Flux, a novella that features Luka and Mairwen from Overload Flux. Book 3, Pico’s Crush, stars Jerzi Adams, of Overload Flux, and includes cameo appearances by Luka and Mairwen, as well as by Lièrén Sòng from Minder Rising. Book 4, Jumper’s Hope, introduces new characters and features a returning character or two from Pico’s Crush. Each book is a complete story, but your experience will be enhanced if you read the series in order.
About the Central Galactic Concordance Series: A millenium from now, humans have expanded civilization to more than 500 planets in the galaxy, thanks to faster-than-light space travel, interstellar communications, and sophisticated terraforming capabilities. The Central Galactic Concordance government maintains interstellar safety and commerce with the Concordance Command military and the Citizen Protection Service elite forces. The CPS also has another important function: testing, registering, and making use of minders, humans with talents in telepathy, telepathy, and patterns.
Peace and stability have reigned for two hundred years, but underneath, trouble is brewing. Minders with mid- and high-level talents usually find their way into CPS service, whether they want to or not, and the required enhancement drugs have debilitating side effects. Jumpers, the special forces personnel with added hardware and body reinforcements for piloting ships and operating mech-suits, often suffer from debilitating waster’s disease once they retire from service. The CPS has deeper, darker programs and powerful reasons to keep them secret. Minders, once a misunderstood minority, are now common in the human population, and want respect and freedom. The CPS, once the savior of civilization, has been using increasingly draconian measures to maintain control. Something has to give, and it won’t be pretty.
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