Transference (First in the Fleet Quintet)

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Gomenzi is a mindwalker on the run – if he starts mindwalking again, he’ll get caught. And when mindwalkers get caught, they can bring down entire solar systems in their wake... More

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About Susannah J. Bell

Susannah J. Bell is a writer of science fiction and other strange and surreal works. She mostly writes novels and the occasional novelette. Her published works include A Doorway into Ultra, the Fleet Quintet and the Exodus Sequence. She lives in London in an attic flat but really wants to live in a tree. She wanted to be an astrophysicist but would settle for an alien abduction. She writes because she doesn’t know what to read.

About the Series: The Fleet Quintet
An unconventional sci-fi series in which the story isn’t linear and the books aren't sequential. On some worlds, the tech is laughably low. The hero used to be an evil entity and the heroine hides in a library. They first appear to meet inside her head. The alien enemy can’t be seen and the invasion takes so long that no one notices for several centuries. The only real angel has no wings. The strongest theme is that of immortality yet few can remember much about anything. The prevalent church is called SPIT with a lesser cult known as TRVTH, though neither know the truth about the Fleet. There’s no time travel but two of the main characters are thrown about in time. Dark themes covering metaphysics, religion and supernatural existentialism run parallel to the darkest humour, while different layers of space are explored, exploited or torn to pieces. But the greatest theme of all is love – written against a vast backdrop of shadowy entities whose purpose is never clear. Those entities are the Fleet.

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Review by: E.C. Stever on Aug. 4, 2018 :
Psychological science fiction with a space-opera background... and a ton of "romantic" interludes. Fans of the Vokosigan Series will like this.

This book is psychological science fiction, but has a space-opera feel to it which comes into focus later in the story. It also has a _ton_ of sex scenes, which is not usually my thing. But these tie in well with the metaphysical/psychic aspects of the story, and the manipulative main character (what a heartless bastard he is; you'll love him).

The strength of this work lies in the characters, who are realistic, uncertain, self-sabotaging. What a breath of fresh air from the usual hero, who is no more than his job title! There are some problems, I feel, with in scene Point of View shifts, that led me to distraction in the middle of the book. And after a while I got frustrated with the setting on the space station (it's all low tech). But I see enough good writing to keep going with the series.

I'm rounding up to 4 because the main characters were so realistically drawn (something I feel is lacking in most scifi) and because I see so much promise in this writer.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)

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