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Surveillance (Intervention, #1) ❴KINDLE❵ ❆ Surveillance (Intervention, #1) Author Julian May – For 60000 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 p For 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 th century draws to its end phenomenal mental powers are displayed by operants on Earth One of these is Rogatien Remillar book dealer.

10 thoughts on “Surveillance (Intervention, #1)

  1. AndrewP AndrewP says:

    Another book that was split into two by some publishers The two volume edition consists of Surveillance and Metaconcert As one volume they were published under the title InterventionThis first book covers the early days when mental powers first began to emerge in human beings The title is in regard to the alien races who observe the Earth and keep track of humanity's progress They know that the humans have a great potential but they must be allowed to reach a certain point of development on their own before being invited into the galactic fold That's not to say they are above influencing events now and againIt's also a history of the early Remillard family before the birth of Marc and Jack The family tree at the end of the book was very useful

  2. Lacey Louwagie Lacey Louwagie says:

    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 senseI hunted down and purchased both the seuels and the two books that came before Jack the Bodiless Surveillance is the first of those two books Surveillance is also described as one of the bridge books between an earlier trilogy and the Galactic Milieu and unfortunately it doesn't feel like much than a bridge Whereas Jack the Bodiless got rather up close and personal with the central characters Surveillance feels a bit like a wide angle shot sometimes too wide While all the different characters and scenarios may be important to later books they make this one suffer from a lack of focus If you were to ask me to summarize the plot of this book the best I could say is It's about the rise of people with psychic minds or something like thatThe book held my interest well enough because I was interested in the world created in Jack the Bodiless and Julian May is one of those sci fi writers who doesn't sacrifice character for plot But if I hadn't already read her later books I may not have checked them out based on this sampling alone

  3. John Devlin John Devlin says:

    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

  4. Chris Branch Chris Branch says:

    While this and the subseuent Metaconcert are clearly a prologue to the upcoming main events of the later books this story serves the purpose well taking the reader from the first hints of humanity's widespread psychic abilities in the 40s and 50s up to 1992 the near future at the time the book was writtenIt has a pseudo scientific woo ish feel to it since the setting is or less contemporary Earth and an alternate history is being developed that needs to establish psychic metafaculties as truth As a standalone story I might not have been impressed with this tale of a motley collection of random individuals around the world developing their powers for good and bad The intermingling of this development with the worlds of politics academics science and crime is almost too mundane to be interestingAs a building block in the larger saga however this piece fits perfectly and May's writing shines here almost as brightly as in the Pliocene books The choice of a Remillard on the sidelines rather than one of the major players as the chronicler of this history was a fine idea and it's masterfully done with eual parts drama and humor

  5. Michael Battaglia Michael Battaglia says:

    Is Julian May still well known today? If not its a shame because to me she seems to come out of that crop of SF writers that popped up during the eighties Kim Stanley Robinson Iain Banks Dan Simmons David Brin William Gibson are among the others that come to mind you could also throw CJ Cherryh in there although she technically started in the late seventies the stuff I really like from her is from the eighties though that were not just dependably solid and enjoyable to read but also came across as a concerted attempt to do something different every time whether it was playing with storytelling techniues or staking out new ground or simply glorying in their own voices there's definitely a good sized group that could easily fill up a graduation class photoMay wasn't really a child of eighties SF especially since she was in her fifties by then She had written a couple stories in the 1950s one of which was filmed a couple of times apparently before avoiding the genre entirely until the eighties hit when she came out with her Saga of Pliocene Exile And while that sounds like some kind of weird cross between Clan of the Cave Bear and Outlander it was something entirely different the tale of a group from the future that goes back in time to the Pliocene to get the heck away from what the world has become and hopefully start a utopia Unfortunately for them aliens have reached the Pliocene first and set up shop What follows is a very strained violent version of The Odd Couple as the groups do pretty much everything but live in harmony Oh and psionic powers factor into this as well I'm pretty sure it ended in a cataclysm It was pretty great and all four books are well worth your timeBut as it turns out the whole thing was just an introduction to May's future history which would eventually lead to her Galactic Milieu series To serve as a bridge between the two series and to explain how we got to the future that we glimpsed in the past er so to speak she wrote the novel Intervention and because American publishers love our money as much as we love forking it over to them they split a novel that wasn't very long in the first place into two separate books of which this is the firstSo its the first half of a book that serves as a preuel to two different series is there any point to even reviewing this? Yes actually The fact that I still remember Julian May being very good despite having read the Pliocene series well over a decade ago in college tells you how memorable her writing is and reading this book reminded me just how good she was The novel follows the gradual evolution of the Remillard family from a handful of French Canadians to a family that would wind up changing the world and giving us a place in the universe Its mostly told by Rogi who is writing his memoirs of the days when metaphysical powers began to appear often in the world though there are moments when it cuts away to show the developing powers of other people across the planet as well as what a bunch of aliens are doing as they observe humankind and fervently hope we don't blow ourselves to bitsThe weakest parts to me are the ones with the aliens who are showcases for May's imagination and not much else not having a true alien sense that an author like Cherryh would bring to the proceedings plus at times it seems like a faint mishmash of David Brin's Uplift Series without being as galactic spanning at least not yet Given their job is to sit there and wait until we get our collective act together or watch as we immolate ourselves I can understand why there isn't much she can do with those scenes but still I don't think I would miss them if they were excised from the book entirely Even the Family Ghost that advises Rogi at various moments acts like a literal deus ex machina basically telling him exactly what to do at certain points or maneuvering him into positions where the choice is fairly obviousWhere it does succeed and succeed brilliantly is two fold For one the characters are all fairly memorable even the ones that don't appear that often Most of our time is spent with Rogi and his ever growing extended family he's sterile thanks to a childhood illness and the generational feel that begins to swell in the novel is welcome as we watch his brother grow older his nephews go from babies to men and start to have children of their own She writes relationships well and seems to fully grasp how to make characters likeable even when they are doing things that aren't always in their best interest She captures Rogi's freewheeling regret as well as his nephew Denis' guarded detachment and tentative hope and seems to get the complexities of family relationships how sometimes you may be closer to a uncle instead of your father how people can grow together when they realize all they have is each other how you can be the same person yet different depending on who is in the room The gradual aging of the family is one of the highlights of the novel and while it doesn't reach the heights of my favorite novels of that type Crowley's Little Big and to a lesser extent Banks' The Crow Road there are still like four books to go featuring the same familyAnd secondly she writes a great set of psychic powers There was probably the temptation to turn this into the X Men as the people with powers slowly emerge into the world and gain confidence in their abilities But she stays pretty focused on the science aspect of magic psychic powers with much of the cast exploring how to use their abilities via university experiments try to get that funded today although we have at least two separate characters using their powers for crime just to keep things balanced She has a nuanced and sympathetic view of what it's like to read minds with some interesting depictions of mental speaking and a sensitivity toward what it would be like to be with someone who can't fully open with you the way you need in a sense its a less despairing version of Silverberg's Dying Inside treating those psychic powers as simply a very useful ability that people need to develop like throwing a ball or dancing It keeps the proceedings grounded despite rampaging all over the world and featuring people talking straightfaced about telekinesis which several X Men movies should tell you that it isn't uite as easy as you would think though in all fairness they have claws and blue peopleStill you can't give this book a full grade since its really only half the novel and doesn't conclude too much as find a place to stop Also you can see where its going fairly early on since its meant to be a staging ground for the next series really only designed as a vehicle to carry us there without getting too confused you could skip it entirely I suppose but I imagine it will make the next trilogy rougher going Yet it impressed me enough to not want to read anything else but the next book as well as reawakening long forgotten good vibes about the Pliocene series It's ultimately telling that despite parts of her series reminds me of a strange combination of so many other SF series by other authors enough so that it should have been a mess by all rights the voice here reminds me of no one else but hers

  6. Declan Ellis Declan Ellis says:

    I'm still halfway through the omnibus volume of this series Intervention but I thought I'd drop a short review given it may be a while before I finish that If this series and the other two connected series Galactic Milieu and Saga of the Exiles goes on at a similar level of uality to what's been displayed in this book this could be one of the best science fictionfantasy series EVER Well maybe not uite Dune or LOTR level But definitely right up there It is epic in every way imaginable And than that it is deeply intimate May's characterization rivals that of literary giants such as Steinbeck Her characters are complex memorable and constantly forced to make difficult decisions Her plot is packed full of mind blowing ideas epic in proportion and yet deeply profound May contemplates predestination human nature suffering and many other deep themes in this epic So far my only complaints are May's use of literary references although I'm probably the only person this bothers However I can accept this given she isn't excessive Her aliens also come across as slightly cliched and contrast strongly with the gritty realism of her human plot flying saucers green people seriously? Thankfully they aren't in the novel for very long Other than that this book is absolutely awesome I just hope that the uality continues into the subseuent 8 volumes More thoughts to come

  7. John Golden John Golden says:

    Grabbed this to reread for a plane ride a long day of planes especially after May having passed Loved it again as an almost behind the scenes story of the Intervention that changed the course of human history Lots of related threads and you come to really be interested in many of the characters Do you read this before or after the other books? I think this is analogous to do you think The Magician's Nephew or The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe first? I'm a LWW first type so I'd read this after at least one of the other series Probably the Galactic Mileau first

  8. Charlie Devlin Charlie Devlin says:

    A good start to the preuel trilogy that while not being to thrilling compared to others in the trilogy However it did a fine job starting the beginning to the series and introducing Rogi one of my favorite characters

  9. Connie Connie says:

    I love coming across a series of books that I can get all wrapped up in This series has done that for me Certainly a keeper in my library to be read again Welcome to a new earth

  10. Andy Goldman Andy Goldman says:

    I’m starting this re read of the series here rather than with the Pliocene Exile for a change It still blows me away how perfectly all 9 books fit together

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