Covert agent Lièrén Sòng is recovering from a near-fatal crash. He should want nothing more than to get back to using his talents to interrogate criminals for the Citizen Protection Service, but he's making unexpected new friends with a woman and her son. Imara Sesay, road-crew chief and part-time bartender, breaks her ironclad rule never to get close to customers when she asks Lièrén to teach her son how to control his growing minder talents.
Unexpected deaths in his covert unit make Lièrén suspect he isn't a lucky survivor, he's a loose end. He should pull away from Imara and Derrit to keep them safe, but when the local CPS Testing Center is entirely too interested in Derrit's talents, Lièrén must make an impossible choice. Can he stay alive long enough to save Imara and her prodigy son?
Minder Rising is the second of the new Central Galactic Concordance series. They can be read in any order, though Minder Rising takes place after the events in Overload Flux.
The Central Galactic Concordance series:
Overload Flux (Book 1) – standalone
Minder Rising (Book 2) – standalone
Zero Flux (Novella 2.5) – sequel to Overload Flux
Pico's Crush (Book 3) – coming Winter 2015
Carol Van Natta is an independent author of science fiction, including Overload Flux, Minder Rising, and Zero Flux, the first three books a new science fiction romance series, and Hooray for Holopticon, a retro science fiction comedy. She shares her Fort Collins, CO home with a sometime mad scientist and various cats. Any violations of the laws of physics in her books is the fault of the cats, not the mad scientist.