Clean (Mindspace Investigations Series #1)

Clean (Mindspace Investigations Series #1)

by Alex Hughes
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Clean (Mindspace Investigations Series #1) by Alex Hughes



I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars.

My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it—real scary.

Now the cops don’t trust the telepaths, the Guild doesn’t trust me, a serial killer is stalking the city—and I’m aching for a fix. But I need to solve this case. Fast. I’ve just had a vision of the future: I’m the next to die.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451464750
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Series: Mindspace Investigations Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 638,465
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alex Hughes has written since early childhood, and loves great stories in any form including scifi, fantasy, and mystery. Over the years, Alex has lived in many neighborhoods of the sprawling metro Atlanta area. Decatur, the neighborhood on which Clean is centered, was Alex’s college home.

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Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
LisaBouchard More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I read a lot of science fiction, because I love the new and different worlds and the problems that are often so different from my own. Clean is different because the best part of this book is the main character. Even with all his problems, he’s a guy you want to know and a guy you’d want as a friend if you were in trouble. I love his emotional vulnerability and how he continues to do the right thing, even when the personal cost is very high. And of course, I still love the hover cars and telepathy and gritty, post-Tech-war world Hughes created
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll put it this way... I read A LOT & I enjoy almost all of it. However, with "Clean" by Alex Hughes, I was only 20 pages in before I decided I had to have the rest of the series. A flawed hero with a strong sense of duty, right & wrong, and unswerving loyalty to his partner. His partner is highly driven, tough as nails, & often abrasive, but she is tender-hearted and fiercely loyal at her core. She's a heroine you can't help but wish you knew in real life. This is a tight, strong series debut & I can't help but think that the series will only get better & better as it goes. As a stand-alone, it could easily be described as a remarkable feat. But there are many compelling characters and so much potential for their further (mis)adventures that I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story grabbed me from the start, with a protagonist who is not only skilled - highly trained in telepathy - but is also a recovering addict. An addict who struggles every day with his addiction, while he tries not to lose his job. And throughout, he tries to do the right thing, even when he has to swallow his pride. A great balance for a dark hero. The world of this story is intriguing, and I appreciate how the author reveals it gradually, as the story unfolds. It's a world dealing with repercussions of a war with technology -- pencil and paper are now common tools -- but yes, there are flying cars! A unique world that continually fascinates. As the main character follows the evidence, he's taken deeper into his past. He has to call on the help of those who trained him then kicked him out. When he finds that the crimes involve telepaths and teleporters, he faces more suspicion than the usual he gets from all those who don't trust the telepaths. He constantly faces choices between what he wants and what he needs. He makes mistakes, but tries to rectify them. You can't help rooting for the guy, even when he's messing up. I've fascinated by this character and this world. Immediately moving on to the next book in the series. I just hope there are more to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, fun read. Cannot wait for next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting plot line, which holds the reader to each chapter, and makes one wish more stories in a series for this character. Good show Ms. Hughes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book quite a bit. The characters are great and the story holds my attention. Recommended!
shane1s More than 1 year ago
This is exactly what good science fiction is all about ....I hope the series continues!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just happen across this series last week. After the first book, I'm hooked.
InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
In preparing for this review, I skimmed some of the other reviews. I was surprised to see they are all over the board – from “I couldn’t finish it” to “OMG this is amazing!” I really enjoyed Clean the first time I read it, and I’ve read it several times since. I would have to really nitpick to find something about the book I didn’t like. In the not-too-distant future, technology has gone horribly wrong, and its use is limited. Some of the population is gifted with telepathic powers, and these people stepped up to save the world. Now they are feared, but powerful and useful. The rich history and background of the world in Clean is perfect for my style of reading. The reader never learns everything about the past, but little bits are revealed throughout the story. The way Hughes writes about telepathy from the telepath’s point of view is pretty neat as well. It’s fascinating to see a peek into someone brain, to see what they might be thinking or feeling. Watching the protagonist interview suspects, interpret their thoughts, and manipulate them into thinking what he needs to know is both captivating and scary. One thing I really appreciated about Clean is how the protagonist views his partner. Cherabino is a tough detective with a haunted past, which causes her to appear pretty bitchy at times. Despite that, the protagonist never loses faith in her, never gets tired of her or fed up with her attitude. He can see into her mind, knows what’s causing her outward behavior, and yet sees her for who she really is. I think we all crave that kind of acceptance in our lives. The protagonist does get a little whiny – he’s lost a lot and feels very put upon by the indignities of his new status. However, compared to most regular people I work with, he’s a model for stoic acceptance. :) Overall, like I said, I’d have to really nitpick to find something about this novel I didn’t like. I really love the characters and the world and hope we get to see more of them both in the future. Purchased. Review courtesy of | one book, two reviews.
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Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
Clean has a great blend of science fiction and urban fantasy.  Taking place in the near future, but after a devastating war that has left people afraid to trust technology, so there isn't a whole lot of "spaceship" type technology.  After these wars, the "special" humans emerged.  The main character is one of these, although he has alienated himself from the Guild - the ruling body for psychics - because of drug abuse.  He now works as a consultant for a police department in Atlanta - helping crack tough interviews and sensing crime scenes for more information.  The latest crime spree has him on edge, because it's a Guild member - and a very powerful one - somehow killing people without leaving a trace behind. The world building in this new series is amazing - it was quite real, and very easy to picture every little thing.  The characters were very deep and dynamic.  Watching as he fought his way through is addiction, and the reactions of those around him was so very real.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
 Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Guest Reviewer - Tanya C: Clean by Alex Hughes gets off to a good start right away.  I really enjoyed the way the main male character and Cherabino interacted. I also loved that the storyline mainly focused on solving crimes and that there were so many characters with different talents that involved using their minds.  The amount of suspense had me hooked, and I know that I will be reading more books written by Alex Hughes.  There was also tons of action, and the characters were incredibly well developed; each character had plenty of flaws, which is just one thing that makes for a good book. LITERAL ADDICTION gives Clean 4 Skulls and would recommend it.
Van_shortandsweetreviews More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 stars Clean is the first book in the Mindspace Investigation series narrated by a nameless level 8 telepath. Our protagonist was the top of his class at the Guild, and went on to become a professor teaching other people with abilities doing what many cannot…teaching not only 1-2 students but a class of 200 (piggy-backing off his mind) how to construct/deconstruct the mind. That eventually all changed when our protagonist started abusing drugs (satin) which got him kicked out of the Guild. He now works as a consultant/interrogator for the police; just making enough for his basic essentials like shelter, food and clothing (the department handles his paychecks to make sure he doesn’t use it on drugs). Meanwhile, there’s a serial killer targeting people in Atlanta and Homicide detective Cherabino thinks he can help her figure who the killer is. Together they race against the clock to find this telepath/teleport killer before he strikes again because he knows they’re catching up to him…and the only way to get them off his tail is to hit them first. Our protagonist knows exactly how dire the situation is because he has visions of the future and it’s of him and Cheriabino who are the next to die. The world of Clean was really fascinating, a futuristic world but still with old world stuff. It’s been 50 years since the Tech Wars (where technology couldn’t be trusted anymore going against humans, and killing people by messing up with chips in the mind…not much is said about the tech wars) and since everyone is mostly scared of what happened in the past with technology/computers; people have resorted back to the pen and paper method to keep records. Not everything is old though, there are air-cars, artificial organs, bio-engineered drugs and Mindspace itself which is tricky to explain since I’m still a little confuse about it. Hughes did a great job on the world building, explaining everything to the readers without throwing a bunch of information down but little by little throughout the book. Clean is an introduction to the series, so while not everything is explained in perfect detail, I’m sure we’ll learn more in the following book. Our main hero and heroine of the novel were both well developed and flawed which I like. It makes them more realistic battling with their own personal demons. Clean is a great addition to the science fiction genre (a little bit UF with the abilities), it has everything you want in a novel; a dark and gritty setting, unique world building, well fleshed out characters you want to root for and a plot full of actions with surprises you won’t see coming. I love the main murder mystery of the book, and all the police procedure/Mindspace aspects. I am looking forward to see what Hughes has in store for our protagonist and the world of Mindspace, definitely a series not to be missed. I highly recommend this series to all sci-fi, UF and maybe even those who don’t usually read within these genres.
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It feels like a lot of time went into making the world big, but not very deep. Many concepts and ideas, but they're not fleshed out enough. Or at least, not enough to use for plot points at times. We've got psychic abilities of various types and power levels, technology that works with or against psychic abilities, a war on/with/against computer technology, and environmental impact from that war. And the previous sentence is about as much background information as we get on any of it. So there are a few times where the author states "this happens because of X", the reader goes "wait, X works that way?", and the author just keeps going ahead with the story without any further explanation. I also didn't really connect with any of the characters, the main character least of all. He's a telepath, with a drug problem, that's fallen off the wagon at least once previously while working for the police department. Oh, your life is so hard because no one trusts you after doing something stupid? I'm surprised that a) you still had a job with the police in the first place and b) they weren't drug testing you every single day to make you keep it.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Clean by Alex Hughes caught my eye with its cool cover and the futuristic storyline. I mean, a serial killer and a disgraced telepathic, druggie cop – what’s not to like? I loved when Alex Hughes described Cherabino driving – sky lanes – they don’t use a road and using the siren just because she can. Real cops don’t do that, do they? lol He picked up the vials, thinking of shooting up. Almost going off the wagon was a bad time to have a precognition. No one would believe he was the next target of the serial killer. No, he won’t, he can’t, but the needle is loaded and heading toward his vein. I kept saying no, no, no. Don’t do it. Just say no! OMG, he’s really gonna do it. That passage was the most involved I was in the book. The rest of the story just didn’t grab me. I can’t really say anything was wrong with Clean and I really thought I would love it. It was well written and the story flowed smooth, maybe it was just one of those days. You know what I mean. I am very glad to have read it and want to read more about Mindspace Investigations. I won this book in a giveaway on the Readers Confession blog. Thank you Readers Confession and Alex Hughes.