Mind Over Mind

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Deryl Stephen's uncontrollable telepathic abilities have landed him in a mental health institution, where no one believes in his powers.

But when Joshua Lawson, a student of neuro linguistic programming, takes part in a summer internship, he takes the unique step of accepting Deryl's reality and teaches him to work with it. As Deryl learns control, he finds his next challenge is to face the aliens who have been contacting him psychically for years-aliens who would use him to ...

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Deryl Stephen's uncontrollable telepathic abilities have landed him in a mental health institution, where no one believes in his powers.

But when Joshua Lawson, a student of neuro linguistic programming, takes part in a summer internship, he takes the unique step of accepting Deryl's reality and teaches him to work with it. As Deryl learns control, he finds his next challenge is to face the aliens who have been contacting him psychically for years-aliens who would use him to further their cause in an interplanetary war.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781897492369
  • Publisher: Dragon Moon Press
  • Publication date: 8/8/2011
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 0.70 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

    I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest revi

    I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

    Mind Over Mind is the story of two boys. One, Joshua, is a psychology intern trying to prove himself while overcoming his past. The other, Ydrel, is a patient at a mental institution who believes he has psychic powers. Asked to befriend Ydrel in order to better understand him, Joshua isn’t sure whether Ydrel’s experiences are real or merely hallucinations—but it “ shouldn’t matter ” in order to prepare him for the real world.

    Fabian writes a neat sci-fi tale sprinkled with psychological details—with body language and facial expressions interpreted or demonstrated (with concise explanations) on the part of Joshua, whose psychological background allows him to manipulate his own behaviour.

    Ydrel’s struggles are also matched stroke for stroke with a budding romance between two individuals who each have a negative history, although at times the romantic plot line felt too strong relative to Ydrel, whose internal conflict interested me far more.

    Overall, this book gets 4.5 stars from me.

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  • Posted November 21, 2012

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    Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers Favorite "Mind over

    Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers Favorite

    "Mind over Mind" by Karina Fabian grips you from the first page. Eighteen year old Deryl - or Ydrel as he prefers to be called - hears voices in his head that make him act in certain ways, and because of this he has been in a mental asylum since he was 13. He doesn’t believe he’ll ever get out. Dr Malachai seems quite happy to keep him a patient forever and hopes to make some kind of mark, and hopefully money, with his studies of Deryl. It looks pretty hopeless for Deryl, but then a home-schooled, precocious, over-confident psychiatric intern, Joshua, is sent in to try and make friends with Deryl. Apart from friendship, Joshua plans on bringing neurolinguistic programming to bear in helping out the troubled teenager. He has some success but then things seem to get worse. It turns out that Deryl isn’t imagining the voices. Various beings from other worlds are calling on him for services such as advice and foresight and even to perpetrate crimes. In fact, an entire alien civilization is depending on his help to survive a war. Not surprisingly, Deryl is overwhelmed by his unwanted telepathic abilities which he doesn’t understand and can’t really control.

    This is a paranormal psychological novel, unique and amazingly effective. It is brooding, bordering on the dark. There is an air of menace, particularly around Dr Malachai with his ulterior motives for keeping Deryl as a helpless patient. There is some romance, and a few light moments, but generally this is a serious, powerful novel that explores how to differentiate between fact and fantasy. Hero Deryl is conflicted and socially inept - grumpy and rude on the outside but in desperate need of help and support on the inside - and so Joshua is a ray of hope. The real world of the hospital and the blundering efforts of family and the suspicious methods and motivations of Dr Malachai to help Deryl are well portrayed. So too are the fantastic realms of the Barin and the Kanaan. We get a real feel for their plights. The interaction between these parallel worlds facing physical destruction with Deryl in hospital facing a mental battle and possible breakdown is both poignant and ironic. This novel is a superb piece of writing and a more-than-promising start to a series.

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