Book Reviews of Mindstar Rising (Greg Mandel, Bk 1)

Mindstar Rising (Greg Mandel, Bk 1)
Mindstar Rising - Greg Mandel, Bk 1
Author: Peter F. Hamilton
ISBN-13: 9780812590562
ISBN-10: 0812590562
Publication Date: 5/15/1997
Pages: 432
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 26 ratings
Publisher: Tor Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed Mindstar Rising (Greg Mandel, Bk 1) on + 23 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Good old fashioned ESP without the usual Hamilton religious fire hose. Worth reading.
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Helpful Score: 1
A solid book, all in all. I'm glad I read it, but I think I'll pass on the rest of the Mindstar novels. I found too many elements in the novel were weak.

Setting: A
Characters: B-
Motivations: C
Plot: C
Immersion: C

Greg Mandel, the hero of the series, is a telepath for hire. He is also an assassin and former soldier and freedom fighter (mercenary? guerilla? traitor?). Greg is kind of ethical. At least he follows a sort of honor among thieves creedo - a brotherhood of arms kind of thing. Early in the book, to relieve the stress associated with an assassination (murder? vigilantism?) he commits, he uses his telepathy to pick up a girl in a bar. This girl, Eleanor, is a minor character, but I found that she was truly the only good guy in the bunch of them. The plot revolves around Greg finding a saboteur in a powerful organization called Event Horizon. I'd classify the book as a futurist, detective, unit operations, match making novel.
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A sloooow hard slog of a read...I lost interest early on. I learned, years ago, that if a book starts off as as a labor to get through and has a lot of pointless, skip-over material, it WILL NOT improve and every page you keep turning won't make a difference. The book needs to be mercilessly edited down to a decent story, but he musta had minimum page book contract...snoooozer loser of a book.