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Surveillance (Intervention #1)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  1,070 ratings  ·  11 reviews
For 60,000 years the five races of the Galactic Milieu have waited for the time when human mental development on Earth is ready for intervention. As the 20th century draws to its end, phenomenal mental powers are displayed by "operants" on Earth. One of these is Rogatien Remillar, book dealer.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 13th 1988 by Del Rey (first published 1987)
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Lacey Louwagie
I first discovered Julian May about three or four years ago, when I picked up "Jack the Bodiless," Book 1 in the "Galactic Milieu Trilogy." I thought, "Fantastic! Book one! I can start at the beginning!" But after I was already well into Jack the Bodiless, I learned that it was the beginning of a trilogy that, in fact, was built upon earlier series. So, it wasn't exactly a Book 1 in the strictest sense.

I hunted down and purchased both the sequels and the two books that came before "Jack the Bodi
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Dev
Simply the best space opera, and the best series of novels I've ever read. This is the first of the nine, and while the last three show signs of fatigue, these novels capture a cast of characters, and one in Marc Remillard, that are truly memorable. From the worlds and milieu May imagines to her evocative themes, the novels capture humanity with all its foibles and promise, and if you stick around for #6, you'll get the best plot twist in all of bookdom.
SA
Mar 26, 2012 SA rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
These books affect me just as greatly as they did when I first read them fifteen or more years ago. I have such affection for Rogi, and all the crazy Remillards. It's fascinating to come back to them for the fourth or fifth time and see how much more I understand about the motivations and actions of the characters.

I still love the aliens. I think May's aliens influenced me as much as or more than Star Trek's version. And I know that May primed the pump for my eventual devotion to philosophy as
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Jason
This tells the story of the evolution of the human mind. People all around the world start developing new mental abilities. The story focuses on a particular family that plays an important role in the development of the human mind. All of this happening while under the surveillance of a galactic civilization. The book grabbed my attention right from the start and I couldn't put it down until I was done.
Holly
I love this whole series, despite the fact that Julian May just loves to hit the reader over the head with her great, big bat of foreshadowing.
Kirsten Kowalewski
First book bridging two series by Julian May, starting at the very beginning of developing mindpowers in children all over the world.
Amy Qualls
On loan from Jacob. Struggled with some jargon early but eventually caught the rhythm. Ends on a massive cliffhanger.
Fatbaldguy60
Good series that gives a lot more background to the prior series.
Jutta
interesting.

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Na 50 blz. ben ik maar gestopt...
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Pseudonym Ian Thorne, J.C. May, Lee N. Falconer.
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