Book Review of “Mindbridge”

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“Mindbridge” was released in 2014 on eBook, though originally published in 1976, and was written by Joe Haldeman (http://www.joehaldeman.com). Mr. Haldeman’s Science Fiction writing has been recognized with several awards and he has published more than 25 novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are instances of Violence and some Mature Situations. This Science Fiction novel is set in a far future where Earth is colonizing other worlds. The primary character is Jacque Lefavre.

Lefavre is a Tamer with the Agency for Extraterrestrial Development (AED). Using Levant-Meyer Translation (LMT), the Tamers are sent for a short period of time to distant planets. Their purpose is to explore and eventually populate those planets. On a routine training mission to the planet Groombridge, an organism is discovered that allows the two humans touching it to read one another’s minds. Young Lefavre is one of the first and one of the most successful at using the mind reading abilities.

A few years later the Tamers encounter alien life on one of the worlds they are sent to explore. The life proves hostile and Lefavre is part of the team that attempts to capture one of these aliens and communicate with them using the Groombridge organism.

This is what I would term ‘Hard Science Fiction’. The story was well written and interesting, but frankly it did not engage me. This is the second of Mr. Haldeman’s books I have read and they are not the style that I enjoy reading. There were an assortment of reports, letters and transcripts in addition to the story prose in this novel. I felt that it was very choppy. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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