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Mind Storm: A Strykers Syndicate Novel by K.M. Ruiz
Cover Artist: Photo of buildings by Miemo Penttinen / Getty Images
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Thomas Dunne Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312673178
Date: 10 May 2011 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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In the far future, the Border Wars have decimated Earth's population. Nuclear radiation has mutated some of the surviving humans, transforming them into psions who have paranormal powers such as telekinesis, electrokinesis, pyrokinesis, etc. Enslaved by the World Court, the psions comprise the Strykers Syndicate, which hunt and destroy rogue psions. The World Court plans on transporting a colony of humans with perfect DNA to Mars and leaving the rest of humanity to die. Nathan Serca, patriarch of the wealthy, demented Serca Syndicate, wishes to rule Mars; however, Nathan's estranged son, Lucas, with the help of rogue psions, plots to destroy the plans of both the World Court and his father.

From official release/information:

Product Description: The first in an exciting new sci-fi series that's being described as Blade Runner meets X-Men Two hundred and fifty years after the world was nearly wiped out by nuclear war, what's left of society fights over the scraps of the Earth as the rich and powerful plan to ascend in secret to another planet. But the deadly new breed of humanity that the rulers have enslaved to protect their interests are about to change everything.

K.M. Ruiz's Mind Storm is the rip-roaring tale of Threnody Corwin, a "psion" with the ability to channel electricity like lightning through anything she touches. As a solider-slave for the human government, Threnody is recruited by an unknown enemy: the scion of Earth's most powerful (and supposedly human) family, the Serca Syndicate. But Lucas Serca is far from human and he intends to make Threnody and her fellow psions meet their destiny, no matter how many people he has to kill to do it.

Mind Storm is the first of two books chronicling the fight for survival by the psions and other "gene-trash" humans, before they're killed by the racist world government, or left to die on a crumbling Earth.

(Source: Thomas Dunne Books)

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