Diamond Mask (Galactic Milieu Series #2)

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The 21st century was drawing to a close, and metapsychic humankind was poised at last to achieve Unity -- to be admitted into the group mind of the already unified alien races of the Galactic Milieu. But a growing corps of rebels was plotting to keep the people of Earth forever separate in the name of human individuality. And the rebels had a secret supporter: Fury, the insane metapsychic creatrue that would stop at nothing to claim humanity for itself. Fury's greatest enemy was the mutant genius Jack the ...
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Overview

The 21st century was drawing to a close, and metapsychic humankind was poised at last to achieve Unity -- to be admitted into the group mind of the already unified alien races of the Galactic Milieu. But a growing corps of rebels was plotting to keep the people of Earth forever separate in the name of human individuality. And the rebels had a secret supporter: Fury, the insane metapsychic creatrue that would stop at nothing to claim humanity for itself. Fury's greatest enemy was the mutant genius Jack the Bodiless, whose power it craved. But Jack would never be a tool for Fury . . .
And so it turned to Dorothea Macdonald, a young woman who had spent a lifetime hiding her towering mindpowers from the best mind readers of the Milieu. But she could not hide them from Fury -- or from Jack. Time and again she rejected their advances, unwilling to be drawn into the maelstrom of galactic politics or megalomaniacal dreams. And in the end, no one -- not Jack, not Fury, not even the Galactic Milieu -- would be a match for the awesome powers of the girl who would come to be called Diamond Mask . . .

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Earth is on the brink of Unity, ready to join the Galactic Milieu. But the deadly entity known as Fury--bent on ruling humanity--plots to stop it. Only Jack the Bodiless and the girl called Diamond Mask can stop Fury. A stunning sequel to Jack the Bodiless.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In spite of a confusing opening section, those who persevere through Book II of the intricate Galactic Milieu Trilogy will discover an intriguing piece of work. Set in the year 2113 and told through the memoirs of Rogatien Remillard, the story looks back on events that took place half a century earlier, when humanity became part of a vast galactic civilization. Remillard's family, virtually immortal and psychically gifted, has become Earth's most powerful force. On the death of the evil Victor Remillard in 2040, an insane metapsychic creature known as Fury comes into being. Fury uses several corrupt younger Remillards, known collectively as Hydra, as its agent against his Great Enemy, the powerful young mutant Jon Remillard (from Book I, Jack the Bodiless ). Equal in power to both Jon and Fury is the young Dorothea Macdonald, who comes to be known as Diamond Mask. Will she join forces with Jon to oppose Fury, or will that frightful entity use her for its own purposes? May holds out the promise of answers in the trilogy's concluding volume, Magnificat. Meanwhile, readers should be forewarned not to peek at the final page here, where the Fury's secret is revealed. Then again, maybe it isn't. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Set in the years between humanity's acceptance into the ``galactic milieu'' and its achievement of telepathic ``unity'' with other metapsychic races, this sequel to Jack the Bodiless ( LJ 12/91) follows the early life of Dorothea Macdonald, a young woman striving to deny her formidable mental powers yet destined to become one of the world's most powerful minds. Dorothea's fate links her with the dynastic Remillard family and the psychopathic killer known only as ``Fury,'' forcing her to accept the keys that will unlock her talents. The author of the ``Pliocene Saga'' maintains a personal focus on her luminary characters, opening their private lives to intense scrutiny while at the same time expanding the boundaries of an imaginative future world. Rich in intrigue and vibrating with creative energy, this is a superb addition to sf collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345470348
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Galactic Milieu Series , #2
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,005,138
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Posted May 12, 2013

    Mind expanding - be ready to rethink your world

    This is the second in this series - read Jack the Bodiless first. The first two chapters of the first book in this series were difficult, but perseverance paid off. From the third chapter of Jack through the end of the series (last book is Magnificat) this is well-written and incredibly imaginative. In the not-to-distant future, humanity meets the Galactic Milieu. Rebels resist assimilation, proponents tout it as the only way to go. Shown through the adventures and intrigues of a powerful family with a quirky uncle, you become enmeshed in their lives and wonder who will prevail until the very end. Not for those with limited vocabularies, I enjoyed the rich use of English, as well as the French bon mots thrown in.

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