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Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2013-03-11
Genres: MM, Science Fiction
Reviewed by Lisa
In a future Earth, Patrick Harvey, newly promoted Class One Empath, dreams of the independence his position brings and the apartment he's saving for. His first solo assignment is treating John Doe 439, a man found outside the city, battered, traumatized, and apparently mute. Despite a strong taboo against Empaths forging romantic relationships, Patrick realizes he feels a strong attraction to his patient. Soon he learns the man is a high-level Psychic Talent named Jac. Then Jac reveals that there are abusive people hunting him for his gifts, and Patrick's uncomplicated world explodes. Jac needs to meet up with his companions and flee the city before anyone else can find him-but it may be too late. Word of Jac's talents has leaked to Central Government in Chicago. If Jac wants to retain his freedom, he needs to run-now. And if Patrick wants to explore a relationship his society tells him he can't have, he'll have to exchange the safe fetters of his job for the uncertainty of liberty.
Class One Empath Patrick Harvey is excited to be assigned his very first patient. Apparently the man was found outside of New Las Vegas city limits nude, injured, and mute. So far no one knows where John Doe 439 hails from and Patrick has the honor of working with the poor man to uncover his past.
As Patrick unravels the nightmares within John Doe’s mind he comes to realize that the patient is being over medicated, that he’s not mentally challenged, simply traumatized and that he isn’t from anywhere the Empath knows of. When doctor and patient finally manage to communicate properly the empath makes an astounding discovery. It seems that Jac is an incredible Talent with multiple psychic gifts. Someone the powerful based in New Chicago would love to interview and exploit.
All of Patrick’s perceptions are being ripped away, their leadership is not benign and his patient does things with his mind that cannot be explained. And it goes without saying that falling in love wasn’t part of the plan. The empath’s entire world is crumbling, but all that matters is saving Jac.
Freedom shines. This riveting alternate reality resonates with quiet passion and purest love. Drama begins to build from the very first page, the suspense rolls gently in and then consumes the plotline. Next comes the pulse pounding action and you can’t read the pages fast enough until Freedom liberates all. A special love story where communicating means more than sexual activity. I Joyfully recommend Freedom.