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Crossways

(Psi-Tech #2)

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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Ben Benjamin, psi-tech Navigator, and Cara Carlinni, Telepath, can never go home again. To the Trust and Alphacorp alike, they are wanted criminals. Murder, terrorism, armed insurrection, hijacking, grand theft, and kidnapping are just the top of a long list of charges they’ll face if they’re caught.
 
So they better not get caught.
 
These are the people who defied the me
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Paperback, 544 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by DAW
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Sherwood Smith
This is the kind of space opera I love: lots of ship action, great characters to root for and to hate, plenty of intrigue and a goodly infusion of seriously weird to add sensawunda.

Bedford does a spiff job of catching up the reader with the ongoing storyline while not bogging down the pacing. I think a reader could begin here, and might be intrigued enough to pick up the first, though I still believe reading book one--getting to know and then living through the experiences with Ben and Cara--wi
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Jeff
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Better than the first book? Yes

As good as the Expanse series? Yep.

Has me wanting more? Oh, yeah....

In my review of the first book, Empire of Dust: A Psi-Tech Novel, I said

This reminds me of the best of science fiction from the 70s and the 80s - stuff like Piers Anthony at his prime or Walter Jon Williams - a masterpiece of world building and an intelligent use of psionics. In addition, it revels in its cyberpunk influences. In fact, this is very much an 80's space opera novel that has been put
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Linda Robinson
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Riproaring game of dodgeball in space with battle wagons, hornets, ducking in and out of foldspace; and Crossways station in the center of the platinum grab war between the megacorporations and its devious backchannel dealing players. This book has all the smart people in it. Cara and Ben don't make idiotic story-pushing mistakes. The book has about 100 pages of backstory for those who missed the first book, but Bedford does this without making it a litany of impatience to get on with the story ...more
Andreas
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
What a bunch of arrogant heroes. I need some antiheroes as a contrast for my next read, all this righteousness and superskills and flawlessness and uberluck made me a bit nauseous. I hope the author will learn to bring real characters and probabilities into their plots for the next books, as the story itself was quite entertaining.
S.J. Higbee
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is another action-packed offering featuring Ben and Cara, who have gone up against two of major corporations running humanity, both in space and on the colonies scattered through space. Faster-than-lightspeed travel is possible by travelling through the Void by using jumpships. There are a couple of major snags to this technology, though. The first is that you need highly trained jumpship pilots, who can mentally visualise their destination and using their neural energy, pull the ship throu ...more
Salvatore
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finally got to the second book...despite the "erratic" pricing for my country. Fortunately my money were not wasted :)

Pros

1) Believable characters that are fleshed out well enough. What i mean is that if you haven't read the first book you might have some issues with some side characters (mostly the psi-techs that we met in the previous book) but it won't mess with your experiencing any of the action.
There are some new characters that are a bit one dimensional but they are just gears to move the
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Thomas
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Bedford, Jacey. Crossways. Psi Tech No. 2. Daw, 2016.
Crossways is a rather routine space opera. Our heroes—an agent with enhanced Psi powers and her Jump ship pilot—fight ruthless corporate powers to rescue colonists abandoned in fold space. On the plus side, the book as a lot of action and espionage drama, but I have seen all these elements done better other places. For example, consider the void dragons. These are boojums we meet in fold space that may be real or may be figments from our subco
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Dan
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good continuation of the series. We continue to follow Ben & Cara, and it's a cool world. I'm really loving some of the characters, there's a great bit of action, and there is good world building (and a cool consistent space society).

This is a great series to escape in, highly recommended.
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Debby Kean
So far, not bad, but not brilliant. A bit too stuck in the 21st century socially. Gay, solo daddies, casual sex everywhere make it a doorstep volume and take up time that could be spent advancing the story.
Terri Davis
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good follow-up novel. A little more predictable than the first book, but still good. Ending makes it obvious there will be a third novel.
Jrad
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first book, but enjoyed getting to know characters more. Enjoyed the plot, though others thought it dragged on.
Dale MIllard
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very well written series.
Helen Gould
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Helen Claire Gould

Crossways is a massive space station. In Bedford’s universe, spaceships enter foldspace via a jump gate to cross interstellar space. Psi-Tech navigators have brain implants which enable them to communicate telepathically with each other and help them to do their job of navigating folded spatial dimensions. And in foldspace, strange beings appear, slithering away into nothingness when Psi-Tech navigators perceive them, to the point that hero Ben Benjamin questions whether or not
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Zoe Gujral
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Not a horrible book, but I didn't feel it was worth my time at the end. Maybe I should have read the first book before hand, but I'm not sure that would have helped. The characters were less interesting that the world, and the most dimensional character, Kitty Keely, had her story line dropped off without substantial resolution. Judging by Crossways, Bedford could have written her out of the series without hurting the story line. Maybe it would have helped the overall glut of plot lines. Bedford ...more
Sheila
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
3.5 rating. A great sequel to Empire of Dust! Less of the repetition issues from the first book, but the writing could still improve. There are more POV shifts between more characters in this book, & a couple times they didn't transition cleanly but overall were fine. I thought it was interesting that there was less of a focus on Cara, but it made sense due to the sheer number of plot points that were being addressed at once. I think this would've been better off split into two books?

STILL supe
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Robert
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another good space romp to follow on from "Empire of Dust". The kid rather annoyed me - typical brat type who turns hero - I think eleven year old heroes should remain in Young Adult novels. I do like Fantasy rather more than SF, but I don't like it when the genres get too mixed together and some of this "fold space" stuff and s pretty close to magic. Of course, a big lampshade was hung on psi in the first place, so perhaps I shouldn't complain. An enjoyable read.
Dan Johnson
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
An enjoyable follow up. It felt rushed at times and that it might have been better as two separate books. I found it an addicting and enjoyable read, but certainly not a masterpiece. Again a warning about brief sexual scenes.
Joanne
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Even better than the first book, with plot twists and hair-raising adventures aplenty. Looking forward to the next one.
Tim Prinster
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Veronica
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a perfect SF novel! Loved it! Well written with great characters and a plot that kept you interested through all 536 pages.
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Jacey Bedford is an English writer who is published by DAW in the USA. She lives and works behind a desk in Pennine Yorkshire. She's had stories published on both sides of the Atlantic. She has six novels out now and is currently working on three more. Empire of Dust, Crossways, and Nimbus are science fiction (space opera) which make up the Psi-Tech trilogy. Winterwood, a historical fantasy, is se ...more

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