After the American financial Collapse and the Great Rebuilding, Dr. Donald Isaacson finds himself second-in-command of the Mental Stewardship (Mind Control) s
ection in the sovereign Intelligence Community of the territorially-redefined continent.
When faced with the sudden murder of ten senior stewards at an isolated mountain cabin, Isaacson must use his wits and an array of current and covert technologies to hunt down the perpetrator–all while protecting the integrity of his own mind in a world that seeks to control it.
Author: Andrew Garvey
Title: Mind Control Empire
Publisher: Greenpoint Press
With hindsight, I look back and realise that I enjoyed Mind Control Empire. When reading, however, there were times where I was struggling to get through the exposition and it proved to be a battle to keep ploughing on. I’m glad I stuck with it though, even if I could predict part of what happened. It was still satisfying to read it turn out the way I wanted.
Mind Control Empire is set in America, but the world is not as we know it. After civilisation was almost destroyed, the population is controlled through gadgets and inserts, letting people hear only what they need to hear. A select few are outside of that bubble, one being the main character, Don.
While Don was good at his job and genuinely wanted to protect society, I wanted him to stand up to what he thought was wrong for the majority of the novel. His character came across as flat – he knew something wasn’t right and wasn’t prepared to act.
But as the book went on, Don develops a backbone and his character becomes likeable. He is one of the few who genuinely wants to protect people and in the end, he is prepared to do that no matter the cost. It was enjoyable reading his character growth.
The world was an interesting one – and a terrifying one when you think of what today’s rulers would do with that sort of technology. It was essentially brainwashing by keeping everyone happy.
How the world was described, however, was an issue for me. The reader had information thrust upon them, often in great big excerpts, and were excepted to relate this to the characters. The descriptions went on for so long it jarred me on more than one occasion when it returned to the action.
I wasn’t sure I was enjoying Mind Control Empire whilst reading. An event then occurred which strongly affected Don. I realised that it pulled on my emotions reading his reactions, showing I must have become more invested in this world and characters than I initially believed.
Mind Control Empire is one of those novels where you could cut out a lot and it wouldn’t detract from the plot or the enjoyment the reader gets – in fact, it might enhance it.
The story was certainly original though, which was definitely a refreshing change!