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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  2,707 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Intervention sets the scene for Julian May's new trlogy of the Galactic Milieu. This has been split into two books: The Surveillance (containing Prologue, The Surveillance, and The Disclosure) and The Metaconcert, containing The Intervention and Epilogue.

For 60 000 years the five races of the Galactic Milieu have watched and waited for the time when human mental developme
Paperback, 673 pages
Published August 1988 by Pan Books Limited (first published 1987)
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Slab of near future fantastical Science-fiction, ie the main point is the emergence of metaphysical powers among certain heritages of humans including French Canadians and Georgians (view spoiler) the point seems to be that inbreeding is best, although only up to a certain point, namely cousin marriage, closer relationships occur in the book as they will in the Pliocene saga, but are frowned upon by the author even though ...more
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is my most favourite Julian May book, and one of my Top Ten Books Ever. It's great as a standalone or as part of her other series. It charts the development of Earth's metapsychic mind from roughly the Second World War through to the 22nd Century through the eyes of agent-provocateur Rogi Remillard. It also traces the lineage and psychic exploits of the Remillard Dynasty, the Sakhvadze family, and the O'Connor "Mental Mafia", and the development of psychic powers from just a few people to u ...more
Loucho B. ⚓
Abbandonato appena oltre la metà.
Scritto benissimo, l'abilità dell'autrice è palese e ha un modo di raccontare originale e coinvolgente ma... la storia no. Non mi prende, non mi convince e non mi fa venire voglia di perderci tempo.
E' ridondante in troppe sue parti, lentissimo in altre, ma cosi lento che dopo cento pagine la storia è proseguita di pochissimo.
E comunque non mi ha preso per nulla.
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The scope of this saga spanning eight novels is staggering. A gate is opened to the past, specifically the Pliocene era. But it is a one-way trip. Adventurous souls travel back, and find a world unlike any they could imagine. Epic conflict rages between ancient races, and the future destiny of man is decided. The initial four books make up The Saga of Pliocene Exile.

* The Many-Coloured Land
* The Golden Torc
* The Nonborn King
* The Adversary

These can be read as a standalone series, but who wou
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had completely forgotten what a great book this is. A prequel to May's 'Saga of Pliocene Exile' that was split into two volumes for US publication (bad idea), Intervention is a hybrid SF story and generational saga along the lines of Anne Rice's Witching Hour. Two brothers discover as children that they have metapsychic powers as unseen alien races observe them, waiting for humanity to achieve unity before they annihilate themselves. May's characterizations are great - much better than one ten ...more
Alan Denham
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: just-paper
This is a possible alternative starting point to Julian May's universe.
It is possible - but starting with The Many-Coloured Land would be a much better idea, unless you can't get hold of it. See my review here.

OK, so this is the alternative. The Saga of the Exiles dealt with the adventures of a group of humans in a Pliocene Earth under the rather chaotic control of the Tanu and to a lesser extent the Firvulag, and their constant wars, using significant mind powers. The humans got there while run
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-reading this for the umph time because I love this series so much. I was actually depressed to realise that we are already three years past the great intervention of 2013.

The story itself has held up pretty well. The majority of the leads are all men, aside from Dorothy McDonald aka Diamond Mask but there is a good supporting cast of women. May also has a bit of an obsession with vague incest (I say vague because the couples don't know that they are related) which is a bit squicky when you th
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The human race is in a period of mutation. Active psychics are being born, people whose mind powers are operant without training or elaborate rituals. We first met the Remillard family in The Saga Of Pliocene Exile, represented in the Saga by its culminating member Marc Remillard, aka the Angel of the Abyss. In 1945 the Remillards have a pair of mutant psychic children, twins named Rogi and Don – the good twin and the bad twin. Rogi and Don read each other’s minds involuntarily, they move items ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
If George R.R. Martin and James A. Michener had a love child, it would be Julian May (except that she would be their mother, as her Galactic Milieu series predates Matin's Song of Ice and Fire). It's complicated. This is grand scope science fiction/fantasy that has a series of family trees at the back of the book (instead of the world maps so common in fantasy books). Like Michener's books, Intervention is a decades-long, sprawling family history set amongst pivotal events: in this case, the eve ...more
Simon Mcleish
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in November 1998.

In terms of publication date, Intervention falls between the Saga of the Exiles series and the Galactic Milieu trilogy; in terms of the internal chronology, it comes before either (time travel making later events in the lives of May's characters happen millions of years before earlier ones). It is May's longest work, and has an expository character, filling in much of the background of the other series.

Intervention is the memoirs of Rogatien
Lesley Arrowsmith
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love this book. Mainly I love the character of Rogi Remillard, the narrator. It's fairly rare to have a second hand book dealer as the main character of a novel, and Julian May paints such a vivid picture of him that it's clear she knows exactly what second hand book dealers are like! He's a low psionic-powered member of a remarkable family which is instrumental in taking the Earth into a new alliance with alien races who also have psionic powers, and he is long lived enough to see the whole s ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: glbt-friendly
I'm about halfway through. It's surprisingly boring. I've read all of her other galactic milieu books but this one as I didn't find till now. I'm hoping that it'll get more exciting soon. Right now it's basically a wordy timeline. I've always liked Uncle Rogi since the Jack The Bodiless series, but my expectations of him as the star of this book, are completely wrong so far. There's so many characters that its hard to get excited about anyone in particular. This has alway been one of the author' ...more
Luke Mercieca
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favourite series. Uncle Rogi with his Canuck irritability is a great character. This series and the following Galactic Milieu series was the high watermark for Julian May for me. I thought her metaphysical formulation of psychic powers, how the various "coadunate" races of the galaxy quested toward metapsychic Unity and the evaluation of mans potential to become a part of that Unity, was brilliant. She mixed science fiction, spirituality, family feuds and textured appreciation ...more
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favourites. The book I turn to when I need to escape.
Uncle Rogi is a man with talents, along with his twin brother. Rogi takes the lighter path, his brother the darker one. They are the beginning of a dynasty with a range of super human powers and Rogi is shepherded by a being he thinks is a figment of his imagination, to facilitate the growth of this family and others like them around the globe; to advance the evolution of humanity.
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this years ago when it was first published. After that, I would wait avidly for the next to arrive at the local bookshop. These books made an impact somehow. I sold them at a garage sale in the '90's then re-bought the set recently. Fantasy + science fiction + metas + in depth character development = excellent read.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
I liked the idea and the multi-narrative storytelling but, oof, it goes on. And on and on. There appears to be a sequel but it's not for me.
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Interesting premise - potentially interesting characters. After 300 pages, lost interest in seeing if author was going to make something of these.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Jayne Hackett
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Intervention is the first in May's The Galactic Milieu series and what a series it is. You simply won't believe where this series goes and how the characters develop.
The premise is that humanity has evolved to a point where the powers of the brain begin to emerge. They have a choice: become part of the Galatic Mileu or be exiled from it forever as being unsuited to join. (Gosh! Did she know about Brexit?)

Uncle Roger is our reluctant narrator and he's as flawed as all of his extraordinary family
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book and series over 20 years ago and I remembered it fondly. It’s still good but maybe not so great as I remembered. I have read so many great books these last 20 years so of course my taste has changed a bit of what I want out of such sci-fi series as this. I will of course reread the rest of the series also. Uncle Rogi is still a favorite.
Romanzo di collegamento fra il ciclo dell'Esilio nel Pliocene e la trilogia del Milieu galattico, leggibile autonomamente, spiega la nascita dei poteri metapsichici fra gli umani. E' abbastanza interessante, ma credo sia necessario leggere gli altri volumi per apprezzarlo meglio.
Charlie Devlin
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A seamless combination of the great first two books of this prequel trilogy.
Roddy Williams
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Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing bridging book that links the Saga of the exiles with the following series The Galactic Milieu.
The story revolves around the Remillard family and in particular Rogatien Remillard known to his family as Uncle Rogi.
Rogi is told by a mysterious supernatural entity that he has to write the history of the Remillard family and its involvement in the Intervention between Earth and alien life forms.
Earth is evolving and more metapsychic people are being discovered and enhancing their powers with
David Meiklejohn
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Saga of the Exiles is my favourite series of books ever, and Intervention is a good gap filler between that series and the Galactic Milieu books which follow. It explains the whole progression of humanity coming to terms with these mind powers that are emerging among them, following the stories of some of the blessed (or cursed) from the US, Russia and Scotland (hurrah!)

I've read this several times before, so no surprises this time around but I still found it totally engrossing. I like how the d
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a long book and the only reason I wanted to read it was because it forms a bridge between the excellent Saga of the Exiles series and the next Galactic Milieu trilogy. If the idea of a super race of psychics that struggle to find a way to BE without causing global catastrophe is your thing then this is the book for you. A variety of writing styles aids the story: telepathic communication, news story, tv script, bickering of alien races, thoughtful research and an insight into what happen ...more
Joseph Fecarotta
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Well, one of the downsides of ereaders is that you can't see how big a book is unless you expend some effort. I didn't, and at about page 450 I wondered when this story would end. That is not to say this is a bad book, but in crafting a painstakingly complete lineage for protagonist Rogi, and handling the alien element, its long.

Intervention is an amazingly written book. This is was first May book, so I wasn't used to her writing. She uses snippets from other languages, which is impressive but
Tamzin Dunn
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a mammoth read and not just because it clocks in at over 800 pages. The author has done an amazing job thinking though all the scientific details to make mental abilities seem as plausible as possible, but it was heavy going at times.

Intervention details a time period when mankind's mental abilities are awaken and are being monitored by alien entities who are waiting to see if Humans will be able to join their galactic empire. The book covers the period between 1945 and 2013 mostly in t
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this as a teenager and just finished rereading it, almost 20 years later. This (along with the subsequent Galactic Millieu Trilogy) are among my all-time favorite books. Great world-building: starting from the 1940s and branching out into alternate history / future settings starting in the 1990s, extending into the 2100s. The scale of Intervention ranges from the conflicts between family members all the way up to global political / social intrigue.

There are a few issues with pacing and w
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