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In the year 2051, Earth stood on the brink of acceptance as full member of the Galactic Milieu, a confederation of worlds spread across the galaxy. Leading humanity was the powerful Remillard family, but somebody--or something--known only as "Fury" wanted them out of the way.Only Rogi Remillard, the chosen tool of the most powerful alien being in the Milieu, and his nephewIn the year 2051, Earth stood on the brink of acceptance as full member of the Galactic Milieu, a confederation of worlds spread across the galaxy. Leading humanity was the powerful Remillard family, but somebody--or something--known only as "Fury" wanted them out of the way.Only Rogi Remillard, the chosen tool of the most powerful alien being in the Milieu, and his nephew Marc, the greatest metapsychic yet born on Earth, knew about Fury. But even they were powerless to stop it when it began to kill off Remillards and other metapsychic operants--and all the suspects were Remillards themselves.Meanwhile, a Remillard son was born, a boy who could represent the future of all humanity. His incredible mind was more powerful even than his brother Marc's--but he was destined to be desroyed by his own DNA...unless Fury got to him first!From the Paperback edition....

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Jack the Bodiless Reviews

  • Wanda
    2019-05-09 08:46

    I was introduced to Julian May’s Galactic Milieu in her Saga of Pliocene Exile series (I’ve read three out of four and find them fabulous). So when I found the first two books of her Galactic Milieu trilogy at my local used book shop, I grabbed them fast and headed directly to the till. Although I enjoyed this novel, I didn’t find it nearly as entrancing as the Pliocene books and it’s taken me a little while to figure out why. There are multiple points of view, which I’m okay with. I think what surprised me is that none of those POVs are female, and that to me was one of the strengths of the Pliocene Saga. And there was a perfect opportunity to feature Jack’s mother, Teresa, to do just that.There was also a lot of religious discussion (done as Teresa and Uncle Rogi explaining things to Jack). Add to that an awful lot of description of various medical and mechanical technologies (certainly in more detail than I’m interested in), and I was finding myself skimming a number of paragraphs to get back to the good stuff. May is at her best when she is dealing with interpersonal dynamics and intergalactic politics. Still, I will read the second book and then decide whether to keep looking for the third one.

  • CD
    2019-05-19 05:01

    I got hooked on this series and this entry, the first, did the trick. An unexpected story line that works really well even if you figure it all out in the first few pages. Very technical and intricate but leaves you wanting a lot more detail about all the powers that these characters possess and struggle with as an essential plot line.The whole of the Remillard clan come across in human terms that strongly balances the obvious differences that makes them 'not like the others'.If you start this Trilogy, just plan now on reading much of May's other works as well including the Pliocene books. Or quit after the first three and avoid some disappointments.Should you be looking around after having randomly read another of this authors works, look no further than the story of Jack for a great and engaging story that will entertain you on multiple levels from readability to engrossing entertainment.There are few books of the lighter genre's that I am terribly effusive over, and this is one that truly has my vote as a Goodread.

  • Mara van Ness
    2019-05-03 05:00

    Galactic Milieu is probably my favourite series ever. I re-read all of them (including the prequels Surveillance and Metaconcert) every few years or so and they never disappoint. In my opinion, one of the strengths of this series is its characterisation. I adore Jack (who despite his physical state is so very very human), but I also love Rogi and Marc and Denis and Dorothea/Diamond Mask and basically all of the other characters. In some places the writing gets a bit tedious (I don't particularly care how much cheese etc. they take with them) and telepathic speech is a bit unclear at times and could have benefited from different formatting (italicising). Other than that, I absolutely loved it. The intricate plot, the brilliant characterisation... A must-read, in my opinion.

  • Rod Lindsey
    2019-04-22 08:58

    I first got this book, not knowing what it was about, because the title was interesting. I now own three copies, one a first edition, another a signed, numbered readers-edition. It is that good. On my first read, when it was over, I was hopeful for humanity, that someone could still write a book that good. I just re-read it and got goose bumps at the end. So very worth your time as a reader.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-07 04:56

    read before June 1993love this whole series, but especially liked this part of it

  • Brad Oster
    2019-05-11 11:53

    This is one of the best series I have read. Though I read it back in the 80's, I have since re-read it a couple of times and I still find it engaging. Personal tastes I suppose...

  • Michael Battaglia
    2019-04-23 04:10

    Not content with hinting at her future history through the Saga of the Pliocene Exile or giving us a prelude to it via the two part "Intervention" novel, May has to go all out and show us all the hard work she did by plunging us right into yet another series, this time "only" a trilogy but centered on the changes that Earth underwent after the aforementioned Intervention (for those just joining in, the short version is that Earth has been monitored all along by a conglomerate of alien races watching to see if we would blow ourselves up before psychic powers manifested . . . in the nick of time the aliens stepped in and started to take steps to integrate us into what they called the Galactic Milieu" . . . on a very real level I am oversimplifying matters extensively) while hinting at further discord to come.As with "Intervention" May focuses on the Remillard family (by now having expanded quite a bit) and more specifically their quirky uncle Rogi, who is telling the story at the behest of an entity he calls the Family Ghost. The Remillards are a family of extremely capable psychics (or "operants" as the series calls them) and by genetic luck are also like those elves from "Lord of the Rings" apparently immortal unless you go and drive a truck over them or light them on fire. But since this future also features regenerative tanks, good luck with that. Fortunately politics have been abolished in the future and everyone gets along just fine. Oh, wait.Interestingly, the portions involving the galactic politics are often the least fascinating part of the novel. May still isn't totally capable of writing super compelling aliens on a regular basis and while they don't stop the plot dead like they sometimes did in "Intervention" they often aren't as helpful as she'd like (pretty much every scene with the Lylmik, who often act as giant "get out of jail free" or reset buttons, make you wonder why they're even bothering with the human race . . . and that's not even getting into the issue of how they seem to know what's going to happen and go on and let it happen anyway even as they keep telling people "I saw that coming" . . . good when you're predicting lottery numbers, bad when body counts are involved) and the best scenes of the early chapters are focused on the politics of adapting to alien oversight, albeit even a temporary one and navigating the tricky areas of dissent without getting themselves kicked out of the Milieu and isolated.But as good as she is at that, it can make those early chapters a bit dry. While we see some familiar Remillard faces (the beauty of immortal characters is you can do a generational story while picking and choosing who gets to stick around without having to resort to "Gasoline Alley" methods and either fudge ages or pray that no one can do math), everyone who isn't immortal has pretty much died off by the time we get around to this novel, meaning we're faced with either descendants or totally new characters, which appears to be a bit of a double edged sword, both refreshing and confusing things (I can't say missing anyone who died but all of the Remillards tend to blur together as they expand . . . amusingly Rogi makes a comment along those lines in the second book).Where the plot really starts to kick in and you start to feel some momentum taking place, is two fold. One is when baby Jack is finally born (we have a long sequence of events where his mother and Rogi have to hide away during her pregnancy, giving us more political maneuvering after the birth). A super intelligent baby with a psychic ability that's apparently off the scale he manages to do what most super smart children in books fail to do and that's not annoy the reader by being too precocious. May wisely never forgets that as smart as he is he's still a baby and while that may conjure images of the homicidal baby from "Family Guy", she manages to conjure a character that's smart and confident and very curious. The relationship between Jack and his brother Marc (essentially number two on the power scale) remains extremely charming. A sense of urgency gets added when it turns out that Jack's genes are all messed up and various treatments have to keep the damage at bay until they can figure out a more permanent solution and its impressive that May manages to give us a diseased baby basically dying of cancer without seeming exploitative or that she's milking us for tears. She plays the ball fair but never goes over the top.The second aspect that aids the book is doing the same thing that enlivens all those cop shows and prime-time original movies . . . adding a serial killer. A spate of deaths with the same markings harken back to a similar style of killing once done by long departed black sheep brother Victor and as it becomes clear that entity responsible is called "Hydra" and is being directed by another person known as "Fury" (all of this somehow managing to not sound like a bad comic book movie) its less clear who it really is, something that stymies most of the cast especially when it becomes clear that it has to be a Remillard (or . . . more than one?). It never becomes the thrust of the novel even when Hydra is performing the service that old Captain America villain Scourge once did and eliminating some of the narrative dead weight (again, the beauty of a large fictional family is that some of them are meant to be sacrificed on the altar of plot momentum) but it lurks in the background as the threat everyone is afraid of but no one can tell how much they should be afraid of it. Baby Jack and his travails seems to drive things more but when the two plots do intersect at several points (most effectively in a scene almost beautifully understated when Jack casually drops to Marc that he saw Hydra kill someone . . . a moment given extra weight because he's too young to understand what just happened).It all adds up to a potent mix and what astounds time and again is just how good May is at this without being flashy. She folds in a wealth of detail about her future history, her usual interesting way of writing psychics, a good examination of far flung family dynamics and throws in a serial killer almost as an aside and yet the book still chugs along without coming across as too bloated. Granted she has a trilogy to work all this stuff out but if she didn't tell something resembling a complete story in this volume or if she totally turned off readers from the get-go, no one would even bother with the rest no matter how good it is. Its thoughtful SF that isn't made with one eye toward needlessly padding it out or snagging a movie/TV deal down the line and given that these days it sometimes seems like writers are machines stuck in the "on" position churning out endless intellectual property there's something charming about reading a book only meant to be a book, old fashioned in a way that really shouldn't be old.

  • Brent
    2019-05-02 03:49

    One of my favorite books. This is the first one that sucked me into the Galactic Milieu series and then later into the Pliocene prequel series. So Jack the Bodiless is technically book #6 since its based in the future, but only if you look at like the stupid Star Wars re-numbering insanity lol. Actually its Pliocene 1-4, Intervention which is book 5 (though some countries broke it into two books) and then the Galactic Milieu which are books 6-8. (honestly I had to re-edit this as I confused myself). I guess there's an argument about which to start with first, but I'm not sure it really matters that much, you'll get ah ha moments either way. Lastly the Pliocene series reads more like a fantasy story as the technology is used more like magic.Back to Jack. Its based in the future where there is high technology, burgeoning psychic powers, and alien proctors helping Earth become part of the galactic milieu (kinda like Star Trek: Enterprise with less bitchy Vulcans). The story's main character is Jack who belongs to a relatively rich and influential family, which has the genetic mutation that allows psychic abilities (even though they don't say it you know there has to be some cousin on cousin action going on to keep that gene in the family). Jack ends up with the full whammo of the mutation and develops what they believe is cancer and his body is eaten away, but either due to this being a part of his natural development or his innate ability being fully activated, he sheds his body and basically becomes a floating brain with the ability to control matter at the atomic level. Luckily he makes a body out of whatever is laying around, because the whole floating brain thing makes it a challenge to have him interact with other characters. Even though that sounds completely insane it actually works out fine and you forget that hes really just a floating brain. The rest of the story involves him and his numerous relatives, but mostly his crazy Uncle and their near soap opera intrigue. I'm not sure how Julian May does it but what should be insanity ends up being intriguing and intelligent.

  • Lisa Eskra
    2019-05-10 05:56

    Within the first 13 chapters I realized this book had a fatal flaw -- multiple personality disorder. Rogi is the protagonist, and he works in that regard. But there are at least a dozen other characters, many of them too minor to deserve a POV of their own. Due to this fact, I never felt a great connection to any of the characters. The reader never stays in the head of any of them long enough (with the sole exception of Rogi). The POV problem felt glaring, especially early on. I didn't like jumping into first person POV for Rogi's "memoirs" and back to third person for the rest. It added to the inconsistency of the book.Too much telling. Some was interesting, some not so much. It added to the detachment I felt from the characters. I especially disliked reading characters rehash historic and philosophical stuff. Skipped through some because it felt like I was being lectured to. And it didn't have much relevance. Too many adverbs. Passive voice needed some work as well. Terrible opening hook. Too much foreshadowing.The plot just wasn't all that interesting. Same old cliche mysterious entity causing havoc while others try to determine whodunit. Very little action or sense of danger despite the fact there was the potential for it. No fleshing out of the villain. The other thread followed Jack, but due to the way the story was framed, the reader more or less knows how it will turn out. While the relationship between Rogi-Teresa-Marc-Jack was developed well, it felt like that's all the book was.The speculative universe didn't seem that imaginative. The alien races were interesting but they played no major role in the book. The telepathic conversations needed work, formatting wise. I didn't care for how that was done.A little disappointed in this one. By fixing a few things, it could've been pretty decent. It was just too all over the place for me.

  • Andreas
    2019-05-07 08:57

    The scope of this saga spanning eight novels is staggering. A gate is opened to the past, specifically the Pliocene era. But it is a one-way trip. Adventurous souls travel back, and find a world unlike any they could imagine. Epic conflict rages between ancient races, and the future destiny of man is decided. The initial four books make up The Saga of Pliocene Exile. * The Many-Coloured Land * The Golden Torc * The Nonborn King * The AdversaryThese can be read as a standalone series, but who would want to stop there?The “bridge” book deals with first contact and the emergence of humans with “supernatural” powers such as telekinesis. * Intervention. In the US edition this was divided into “Intervention: Surveillance” and “Intervention: Metaconcert”.The Galactic Milieu Trilogy deals with events after humanity has entered the galactic community. * Jack the Bodiless * Diamond Mask * MagnificatWhat surprised me as I finally finished the whole thing was how May had meticulously planned the entire arc from the very beginning, with elements important to the last novels referenced in the first. This lends the whole series a sense of completion rare in such works. Considering the fact that it took over 12 years to write, the achievement is even more impressive.The characters are amazing, with rich depths and particular quirks that blend in well with the evolving destiny of humankind. The settings, especially in Exiles are fabulous.Unfortunately, the US covers are beyond awful, but don’t be put off by that. Also unfortunately, the books are out of print, but can be easily found second hand.

  • Hali Sowle
    2019-05-02 08:43

    I first read this back in 1992 when it was published and felt it was one of the best sci-fi books I had read to that point. When I saw that it was released on the Kindle I scooped it, and the rest of the Galactic Milieu series, up and hoped it was as good as I remembered. It was. The book hasn't really grown old, the technology that she writes about is not out-dated, the central theme of the book -metaphysical powers, the effect of being a immature part of a galactic unity and the desire to stay independent, are still fresh for me. And above all the book is very well written, you get to know and understand the characters, the mystery is deep and while you may or may not figure out who the hydra is early on there are other things that remain a mystery long past the end of the book (even into the second book in the series and the plot is complex. I found that I didn't want to put the book down even though I remembered a good portion of the story. Now I hope that the first two series that are the prequels for this series.

  • Maddie
    2019-05-15 04:47

    How can you go wrong with a book that starts with "It was a dark and stormy night..."? This is the first book of The Galactic Milieu Trilogy. In addition there is a set of prequels and post-quels to the trilogy. I'm a sucker for good plot and this series definitely has it. In addition, it also has great humor, lots of big words (a dictionary by my side at all times), and impeccable research (who knew that you could still buy ice axes are REI in the year 2113?). And so the first paragraph continues with " so many nights were on Denali, where topography and climate conspired to produce some of the Galaxy's worst weather. Worst from a human point of view, of course, unless that human was addicted to Nordic skiing..."

  • Patrick Hadley
    2019-05-20 09:46

    This book was kinda interesting. It was just good enough for me to finish, but when it was over I realized it was total garbage. Most of what happens in the middle of the book doesn't have any bearing whatsoever on the end or the beginning. It's about 300 pages of wasted words. If it weren't for the somewhat amusing character of Uncle Rogi, I would've given up on it long ago. As it stands, I started reading the second one, and I may never stop regretting that mistake.

  • Vicki Ellerhorst
    2019-04-20 10:55

    I've read it before. Enjoyed it more now. Family and Science. What a combo. Hollywood should try this series. Don't know why they haven't. Humans & Exotics just trying to get along. A very sick little boy to worry about. And a Metapsychic bogyman to contend with. A trilogy that ends and circles around to begin with The Pliocene Exiles series. This trilogy starts with The Intervention duo and shouldn't be missed.

  • Ataahua
    2019-05-01 08:02

    The strongest of the four books in May's Galactic Milieu series, Jack the Bodiless packs a punch that will leave readers breathless. Brilliant plotting. (Note that the series starts with a prequel, Intervention.)

  • Jim Mcclanahan
    2019-05-09 10:47

    Characters were too self absorbed for me to get all the way through this. Then there's the prospect of two more lengthy novels. Couldn't make myself do it.

  • Earl Baugh
    2019-05-14 09:10

    This is one of my all time favorite SF books. EXCELLENT!This actually falls in the "middle" of the world Julian May has created, but it was an EXCELLENT place to dive in.

  • Kristeen
    2019-04-27 08:57

    The entire series gets better each reading. Why isn't this a movie yet?

  • Thor Grant
    2019-05-07 09:46

    I have not read what could be considered the prequel to this trilogy, The Pliocene Exile, and would recommend that you start there if you want to break into this series as the events from that series are heavily alluded to in this. The galaxy painted in this series is intriguing and Julian May is clear that she believes powers of the mind are key to a kind of Singularity, called Unity in the series. The different alien species humans encounter are interesting and I can’t wait to get into more of their history hopefully in the next books. However, this book is pretty much a murder mystery centered around the french Remiliard family of powerful “operants” and so it weaves in a kind of Oscar Wilde dynasty drama story line that did not grab me. It’s half written as the memoirs of one eccentric old character which is confusing when you break out of the story every few chapters for him to be like “Sacre bleu! This next part really gave me the whim whams! Let’s read on to find out what happens?!?”

  • PinkieBrown
    2019-05-20 11:01

    Entertaining read. It lacks a lot of characterisation so that the whodunnit element becomes who cares; just names without faces, so no surprise and less suspense. It's forgivable because the ideas come like a series of tall waves but the adventure elements are skippable. It makes me reticent to read the next in the series because it might be more of the same. Given the stakes it struggles to develope much space opera importance so, whilst it reminded me of Banks' Culture novels it lacked the heft he generates and totally lacks a sense of humour in comparison. Is it selfish to feel bereft at Banks' death for denying me more bigger Culture stories? Guilty. I'm crying out for such beautiful writing applied to sf so that it defines our times. These books might do till I find the real deal.

  • Penny
    2019-04-23 07:56

    One of the best of the Galactic Milieu/exile books.I particularly like Uncle Rogi, and all the backwoods stuff.curious hoe relevant all the should we/shouldn't we argument over being part of the milieu feels in this age of Brexit!

  • Kerri-anne Mesner
    2019-05-10 06:04

    If you can ignore the 'too detailed' description of the fantasy sci-fi world May has created, the story line and boundless thought-provoking ideas put forward in this book and the other two that follow are absolutely amazing, especially for the time when it was first published in 1991.

  • Joe
    2019-05-08 08:00

    surprised by the book. not sure if i loved it but i enjoyed the read. a little macabre and long winded at point's but enjoyable enough

  • Charlie Devlin
    2019-04-24 05:53

    A great introduction to some of the series most influential and interesting characters.

  • Ben
    2019-05-04 09:02

    This is probably the third time I have read this book, possibly the fourth. It seems that it is a natural continuation of a cycle which begins with The Many-Colored Land and ends up with The Adversary. Inevitably, I want to read more and Intervention follows, which is also an excellent book.Sadly, after all those great reads, Jack falls somewhat flat. To be sure, there are some vague glimpses of the overstory which are appreciated, and it is interesting to see the continuing story of Remillard family and insight into the early character of Marc Remillard, but due to the nature of the setting for the plot there is far less action or wow factor to the story. Further, we now reach the point in the story where we know the eventual fate of many of the major players, so the suspense of the unfolding history which was present in Intervention is not so present. Rather, we are left with a situation of finding out how the events come to pass, not what those events actually are.Possibly due to having read this book before, the mystery elements seem to be obvious and the hints are clear. I seem to remember these being less clear the first time around, but it is difficult to really say with any degree of certainty by this stage. However, May's writing remains strong and paces chapters enjoyably between Uncle Rogi's memoirs, events surrounding Marc and key events elsewhere - important threads which will eventually be woven into the greater story.Usually, at this stage I turn to other books and fail to pick up Diamond Mask and Magnificat, both of which I have only read the once. Jack usually has the effect of killing any enthusiasm I have to reread the sequels, but this time I think I got a little more out of it, and it has perhaps been so long since that I read them that the details have faded sufficiently that I can enjoy them from a fresh point of view.In short - absent is the excitement and action of the Exile Saga or alien and metapsyhic craziness, also absent is the twisting and fascinating unfolding plot of Intervention. However, it is still a solidly written book and fans of May's connected books will still find something to enjoy, and gaps to be filled.

  • Derek Holmes
    2019-05-01 05:07

    I loved her earlier four part Saga of Pliocene Exile (Saga of the Exiles), which I read way back when I was a teenager. They stuck in my mind all these years. This in comparison was at times a chore to read, particularly when she describes how the bureaucracy of the Galactic Milieu operates.What kept me reading was my memories of her earlier works, my own stubbornness and the need to find out more of the origins of Marc Remillard the charismatic human progtagonist from the Pliocene books. This book is it at its best when it reads as Uncle Rogi's memoirs and describing the relationship between Marc and his disabled brother Jack, at its worst when it lingers too long describing tedious political / bureaucratic organisations.I am interested enough however to start the second book in this series, so consider that a recommendation.

  • Vic
    2019-04-24 08:46

    Science Fiction can be a fun genre to explore. Alien beings, other worlds to inhabit, cultures to compare ourselves to, you name it. Jack the Bodiless was written in the early 1990's and I suspect Julian May thought the human race would be a lot more advanced than we appear to be in 2016. She sets her story about a half century into the future and there will have to be some pretty significant breakthroughs in the next couple of decades to match her vision. Could happen scientifically. As for the evolution of the human race, probably not.As with any good science fiction writer a lot goes into establishing time and place. Small details are important and May gets a passing grade. She spent a lot of time naming family and relatives, but in the end I still couldn’t keep them all straight. Many of the principle characters belong to a large family that is in the forefront of human mental and psychic development. It also happens that this same family is suspected of housing a serial killer.The newest member of the family is Jack, a mentally precocious infant who is off the charts in what May calls, operant ability, or the capacity to function in mental and psychic realms most humans have yet to achieve. Unfortunately, Jack is born with some serious genetic defects that should end his life at a very early age. The family, being quite wealthy and connected, see to it that Jack has the best care available. Unfortunately, someone or something will see him dead at all costs.Jack’s adolescent brother, Marc, a family savant who is off the charts himself, is a key figure throughout the story; and the same person or entity that would like to eliminate Jack would also like to eliminate Marc. May keeps the identity of the villain(s) obscure until close to the end of the book when she oddly reveals all. It feels anticlimactic at this point and a bit of a let down.The story was split between world building and some well-written scenes that provided most of the interest. I enjoyed picturing some of the gadgets and vehicles May used as props in the story and I think she may have nailed that part of our future. As for the future of the human race, is it on to book two in the Galactic Milieu trilogy, Diamond Mask - maybe.

  • Ria
    2019-04-24 09:42

    Amazing book, so well written and such a gripping plot.Intervention has happened and Earth is on the brink of being accepted into the Galactic milieu but things are not running smoothly, a metapsychic child is born to Teresa Kendall a member of the Remillard dynasty, he is an incredibly gifted being who is fighting for his own survival against medical odds as his body is fighting against him and only his mind is keeping him alive together with the help of medical science. Uncle Rogi and Marc Remillard are especially affected by Jack's medical problems as they have battled hard for him to be born and to survive against the reproductive laws and the family judgements so in consequence are very attuned to Jack's mind and listen when he tells them of a threat that could affect him, the rest of the Remillard family and also humanity and the Galactic milieu. Amidst this dramatic time in Earth's history and tangled political and social climate an evil entity is born and is stalking the Remillard family and casting doubt as to their validity within the political sphere by overshadowing their careers with rumours of murder and deception.Fury is born and is slowly wiping out the Remillards and other operant humans by sucking their vital and psychic life forces.But Fury is not working alone his sidekick Hydra is a five fold entity and is an amalgam of a metaconcert of five minds doing Fury's bidding. But the key to trying to find Fury is to get at Hydra first before anymore deaths but can the Remillards and in particular Marc Remillard and old Uncle Rogi find any clues in time and also save Jack Remillard before Fury turns his evil on him too to wipe out the strongest mind the world has ever seen. A sweeping epic that really makes you think and also well worth reading but not to be undertaken lightly or for a casual read as there many books in the series and they are all inextricably interlinked so would not make sense if read alone.

  • Chris Branch
    2019-05-20 04:03

    After the necessary but comparatively mundane prologues of Surveillance and Metaconcert, here's where the Milieu Saga starts to catch up with the Pliocene Exile as far as fun and excitement.The story of Jack's beginning intertwines with the rise of Fury and Hydra, and it was almost as thrilling as the first time I read it and didn't already know the identity of Hydra. Like all great mysteries, in hindsight the clues were all there for the reader to see.And while this book is named for Jack, the real protagonist here is Marc. The mature, world-weary, and morally questionable anti-hero we knew from the Pliocene series is reinvented here as a brilliant and scheming yet principled teenager with the mental power to get away with almost anything. His thoughts and actions here lay the groundwork for his development in the final two books.Nostalgically familiar from prior readings, this book still manages to come across as fresh and innovative. A fantastic chapter in a wonderful saga.

  • Ward Bond
    2019-05-09 03:52

    In the year 2051, Earth stood on the brink of acceptance as full member of the Galactic Milieu, a confederation of worlds spread across the galaxy. Leading humanity was the powerful Remillard family, but somebody—or something—known only as "Fury" wanted them out of the way.Only Rogi Remillard, the chosen tool of the most powerful alien being in the Milieu, and his nephew Marc, the greatest metapsychic yet born on Earth, knew about Fury. But even they were powerless to stop it when it began to kill off Remillards and other metapsychic operants—and all the suspects were Remillards themselves.Meanwhile, a Remillard son was born, a boy who could represent the future of all humanity. His incredible mind was more powerful even than his brother Marc's—but he was destined to be desroyed by his own DNA...unless Fury got to him first! Annotation Book One in a brilliant new science fiction series that blends murder, mystery, political intrigue, and futuristic psychic phenomena. In 2051, Earth stands on the brink of acceptance to the Galactic Milieu, a confederation of worlds across the Galaxy. But someone--or something--is trying to interfere.