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Reviewed by Riley


About Dark Minds

The mind is the most powerful weapon of all . . .

Imogen Peters knows she’s a pawn. She’s been abducted from Earth, held prisoner, and abducted again. So when she gets a chance at freedom, she takes it with both hands, not realizing that doing so will turn her from pawn to kingmaker.

Captain Camlar Kalor expected to meet an Earth woman on his current mission, he just thought he’d be meeting her on Larga Ways, under the protection of his Battle Center colleague. Instead, he and Imogen are thrown together as prisoners in the hold of a Class 5 battleship. When he works out she’s not the woman who sparked his mission, but another abductee, Cam realizes his investigation just got a lot more complicated, and the nations of the United Council just took a step closer to war.

Imogen’s out of her depth in this crazy mind game playing out all around her, and she begins to understand her actions will have a massive impact on all the players. But she’s good at mind games. She’s been playing them since she was abducted. Guess they should have left her minding her own business back on Earth…

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Review of Dark Minds

Having read (and loved) Dark Horse and Dark Deeds, I was very excited to get a review copy of Dark Minds. The Class 5 series has really been a great series of exciting, complex, intriguing sci-fi romance adventures.

One of the things I most like about this series is that ordinary women are the heroines. In Dark Minds, Imogen Peters, junior high music teacher and abductee is thrown into various situations that threaten her sanity and her life.  Whisked off to a part of the galaxy that has never even heard of Earth, Imogen will become more than the average Earth citizen and a force to be reckoned.

I also like the sentient ships. There are two more thinking machines (TM) that we have not met in the first two books. Oris and Paxe are scary at first. Knowing only that they crave freedom, the Class 5 TMs will do anything to get it. With no sense of right or wrong, Imogen must teach the machines how to get along and survive.  The process of each TM evolving into something to be respected rather than feared parallels the development of Imogen’s character as a woman to be respected.

I sometimes wonder why it took Earth women to tame these thinking machines. But when you realize that everyone in that part of the universe thinks the only good TM is one that is fully under control or one that is dead. The debate about the rights of any sentient being, whether biological or composed of circuits and wires, is always interesting. In the Class 5 series, the TMs have the ability to be fully-functioning viable members of the nations of the United Council, but the power they represent inspires fear. Without the Earth women to champion them the TMs really don’t stand a chance.  Which brings me full circle, back to the ordinary Earth women that appeal to the reader.

I felt the romance between Imogen and Cam was secondary in the Dark Minds plot.   When I reflect on the series, I realize that romance has been secondary in all three books, but even more so in Dark Minds. Maybe because, in wrapping up a series, the author had a lot of plot lines to resolve, conspiracies to bring to light, and human women to unite.

Still, Imogen and Cam form enough of a bond to call for heroics from both characters to save the one they love. And that is how it should be.

The third book resembles books 1 and 2 in many ways. Similar heroine and hero. Similar TMs. Similar enemies. And the politics and intrigue continue. If there were to be a 4th book in the series, I think I would pass. Don’t get me wrong. I have really liked this series and each book is a 5-star read. Book three nicely completes the Class 5 saga.

The Class 5 series is among of the best in the scifi romance genre.  I highly recommend reading this series. And reading them in order is also recommended. If you like sci-fi romance that is heavy on action and intrigue you can’t go wrong with Dark Horse, Dark Deeds and Dark Minds.

I received a review copy so I could provide this honest review.

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