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Telekinetic (a Hyllis family story #1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Laurence Dahners
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“Telekinetic” is the first of a series of stories featuring the Hyllis family, who tend to inherit telekinetic “talents.” The story is set after a plague induced apocalypse. The resulting collapse of civilization has reduced mankind back to iron and horsepower.
Tarc Hyllis’s mother (and his grandfather before her) could “feel” things with their talent. They became healers because of their ability to feel inside their patients. This frequently lets them diagnose the underlying causes of an illness. Having made a diagnosis, unfortunately, there is all too often very little they can do to treat the problem.
Tarc’s father can “push” objects with his mind, but because he can’t feel inside of anything, he doesn’t know where to push in order to help to treat his wife’s patients.
Tarc is just gaining the ability to do both of these things. The combination of these two powers will let him both diagnose a physical problem such as bleeding and also stop that bleeding by applying pressure inside the patient. This is a very exciting development for his mother, who so often has had to watch her patients die for lack of effective treatment.
Then some strangers show up to scout the town where the Hyllises live. They plan and initiate a violent takeover. Can Tarc’s powers, weak as they are, play a role in resisting this invasion?

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 253 pages
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  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 a surprise 15 février 2015
Par suetian
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I wasn't that taken with the blurb and nearly didn't get it but the extract as good as was the story I bought the next one too
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Amazon.com: 4.7 étoiles sur 5  125 commentaires
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 No way is this 5 star literature. 26 juillet 2014
Par David Morgan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've read all the Donsai books and they good enough that I'll follow the series but 5s and acclamation none of them deserve, nor does this one.

I almost put this one down because when you attain that significant of a leap in weapon capability you don't wait around to get mad over the enemy raping your neighbor, you just wipe the bastards out, immediately.

The heck with the knife and arrow guidance system! If you can squeeze a bladder you can damn well squeeze a heart or a major artery. And on top of that if you can see in the dark and sneak around undetected surely there could be 100 strokes and heart attacks from unknown causes in a single night. Why let any of them escape?

I'm sure I'll read the rest but this isn't 5 star class material at all. 5 stars is a Vorkosigan Saga. Well maybe that's a 10.

Update: I had one other comment for this book but it's for quite a lot of books that do this. Folks, there is absolutely no way that earth's population returns to swords and bows/arrows as the primary weapon. At least not for thousands of years and I doubt even that. It's currently estimated that there are around 800 million or so firearms in the world. They're simple to make and too damn easy to copy. A tank mechanic invented the most popular assault weapon in his spare time during war time. Not possible a simple blacksmith could not make make an AK-47 from scratch form a drawing or a sample and gunpowder is just as simple. I almost put down books that do this. To writers everywhere, if you're going to make your story a regression to swords you better have an unassailable justification for how it happened to be plausible.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow! Read this Story!! 20 juillet 2014
Par MMoreno - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I stumbled upon this story and I am glad I did. I couldn't put it down until I was finished and I look forward to the next in the series.

This story stars the Hyllis' family but the point of view is mostly from the son Tarc. The setting takes place post-apocalyptic but don't expect zombies. This is just the setting to give flavor to the story. The Hyllis family has a teleknetic talent that they keep hidden from the town but use to help the town. Tarc's talent is just beginning to develop and his parents tell him about the family secret talent and help him develop it. During this time some bad characters come into the town to take over. The entire town but especial Tarc and his family are put to the test to save the town.

The family and especially Tarc feel three dimensional and the reader grows to care about what is happening in the story. Some really bad things happen but some really good things happen too and you end with a good feeling about people in general.

The only negative I have about the story is that I felt the Pre-prologue and the Prologue were not needed. The author could have worked the small bit of information this gave the reader into the story and expanded on the main story line. However, once the reader is through this part the story really becomes interesting and a must read.

Again, I look forward to the next in the series.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Very Simple Telekinetic Story 2 décembre 2014
Par J. Perez - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
What I would have liked to know before I bought this book. (minor spoilers)

1. What type of book is it: adventure, action, drama, etc? This is a small, and simple, coming of age post-apocalyptic superpower story. (What a mouthful.)

2. What is the story about, in general? The story is about the Hyllis family and specifically Tarc. It revolves around his growing `talent', family relations, his self-discovery as a man and the dangers of fighting off a small hostile force. The plot is VERY simple and the origin story equally so.

3. What/Who is the target audience? The target audience is teenagers and young adults. Genre wise: superpower aficionados and post-apocalyptic aficionados.

4. How is the proofreading? I wasn't tripped by any spelling errors.

5. Is there character development or exploration? Yes. Keep in mind that the Hyllis family are all protagonists, with Tarc being the main protagonist. The story explores Tarc's personality, his relationship with his sister, mother and father and the gradual growth of prudence and responsibility that adversity brings.

Secondary characters are generally well detailed and support the general `small town' feel of this simple tale.

The antagonists, though one dimensional and obvious, mesh well with the story.

6. Are the characters likable? I was pleasantly surprised by the characters. The Hyllis family are three dimensional. None of them are automatically perfect. Though they have `talents', all suffer from personality flaws, insecurities, small town fears, along with their dedication, loyalty, family strength and responsibility. They are well rounded with descriptions as well as personal peculiarities.

I didn't pay too much attention to other characters, including the antagonists, because they filled particular rote roles. They weren't impressive, but well written.

7. Do you have to suspend disbelief? I had a number of issues with some of the logical decisions that were taken by the Hyllis family, but, at the same time, they were believable. The Hyllis family acted like PEOPLE from a small town not heroes. It wasn't particularly `wowing', but believable.

The world is not exactly well explained. There is no reason to go back to a `sword, bow and arrow' technological level. Nothing stops people from making gunpowder, bullets and servicing guns. The technology wasn't burned out or fizzled out like in S.M. Stirling books where the fundamental laws of nature changed and prevented guns from working well. It is much more difficult to learn how to make bows and swords (plus how to use them) than to simply continue to make guns. So no, I don't understand the tech degradation.

8. Does the story keep its pacing? The story keeps its pacing, but understand, the story is underwhelming. The scale of this story is so very small, that it left me shrugging. The most I felt from it was "Oh, that's cool." Enjoy it for what it is, simple, small and not very complex. The story was entertaining, but, again, I felt like shrugging half the time.

9. Is the book worth the asking price? In all honesty, I would have liked to pay $3 or less for this small book.

In conclusion: This is a very predictable and very simple origin story that does not try to surprise or reach beyond the scope. The entire book is an introduction for the protagonists: the Hyllis family and Tarc. The protagonists are well written, with believable character merits and flaws. This is well done. The very mundane antagonists are stage setters for testing the Hyllis' `talents'. That's it. That's the story: I have talent, I grow talent, I use talent on small time villains and save the day, roll credits. Does that make it a bad book? Not at all, but it's not a `great' book either. The proofreading is good, but the language is very simple. The reader won't find great artistry in the sentence composition. I feel the price might be a little high, given the simple nature of this read, its world building and its scope. Regardless of its limitations, the story is easy on the mind and manages to entertain.

3.1 Stars
3.0 étoiles sur 5 juvenile tale uses incompetence to move plot 16 décembre 2014
Par Robert Shuler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Begins with a bang in the preview, and immediately slows down to the intensity of something written for 12 year old's. That kind of "family" story. Apparently the author is obsessed with medical procedures which make people faint, and goes on at length in tedious detail, almost making me queasy at times. Certainly more than I care to know about anatomy, and the author knows this, having his lead character object to the lessons.

As other reviewers noted, the psychic ability is well thought out at least from a self-consistence of range and power point of view. However, character incompetence is used in lieu of plotting to move the story along.

The supreme incompetence was at the beginning, in the preview, so I don't consider this a spoiler but you might ... a lab tech finds a kid with telekinetic ability and identifies the responsible gene and inserts it into a mouse to test its safety via a virus vector. Come on. Who would trust a mouse with telekinetic ability? But that is not what was their undoing. Apparently he gave the virus telekinetic ability. You can imagine what happened if you kept up with the Ebola epidemic.

This trait of character stupidity is also used to set up a near-cataclysm for the town in the latter part of the book. Makes for nice action, but on reflection, I realized the whole thing was the result of downright negligence of the lead family.

I rated it as OK. I probably will read the sequel now that I have started. But I tend to get bored with it and speed read to, well, speed up the plot and reduce nausea at the medical procedures.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best Yet from Dr. Dahners 24 mai 2015
Par Charles F. Kartman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have enjoyed all the Ell Dorsai books and the two Vaz books, but "Telekinetic" may be even better. It shares some of the same YA characteristics: a youthful protagonist using extraordinary abilities to accomplish the seemingly impossible, and encountering hostility from authority figures. This one, however, ventures into gory violence that goes well beyond what Ell faced in her first struggle against terrorists.

The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that has regressed to a state lacking in almost all the technology we take for granted, basically pre-Industrial Revolution. The Hyllis family has a secret, that it has the ability to see into things, or move things, or in the case of young Tarc Hyllis, a new awareness that he has both. When a small army of thugs take over his town. his new abilities are put to the ultimate test.

I had wondered in the other series why Dr. Dahners left medical uses for his physics discoveries largely unexplored, except for some mention of medical "ports" in the Ell series. Well, it may be because he is getting all that out of his system in the Hyllis series. It is interesting, and refreshingly easy to follow in contrast with the more esoteric science that is the basis for Ell and Vaz.

Dr. Dahners never fails to entertain, notwithstanding his tendency to paint his guys too broadly. I very much look forward to continuing this outstanding saga.
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