May calls Intervention a vinculum , or link-tale, between the Saga of Pliocene Exile and the Milieu trilogy proper. However, it is a near-essential introduction to the Milieu trilogy as well as a balanced stand-alone work. The Remillard family are Catholic , and on several occasions family members discuss their faith. The most notable example occurs in the first part of Chapter 24 of Jack the Bodiless, where Teresa Kendall explains Christianity to her unborn son. Jack the Bodiless begins with a set of quotations, including the Spanish proverb "God writes straight with crooked lines.
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May 29, Joy rated it it was amazing Grand Master Marc Remillard is summoned by his little brother from days away across the galaxy, and he obeys. Marc is thirteen years old, but his mind powers are so strong he thought no one could coerce him until Jack.
Jack isnt even born yet. Unless Marc can help, he may never be born. A genetic assay shows Jack has so many lethal genes his body would be hopelessly ill, and if the Government has its way, he will be aborted as soon as he is discovered.
Marc is determined that a mind as strong as Grand Master Marc Remillard is summoned by his little brother from days away across the galaxy, and he obeys. Marc is thirteen years old, but his mind powers are so strong he thought no one could coerce him — until Jack.
He thinks that logic, not love for Jack and his mother, rules his choice. Marc, his mother Teresa, and their Uncle Rogi are risking the death penalty by hiding the pregnancy. The reason they hope to survive is that the harsh alien government is scheduled to end before Jack is born, and humans are due to take over their own governance.
Someone among the Remillards is conducting a campaign to kill people who endanger the high Remillard destiny. It has devoted slaves, collectively known as Hydra, who do the actual killing. As long as no one knows who is carrying Fury, none of the most powerful Remillards can be trusted. The political implications could be deadly.
But for some unknown reason the Lylmik, the overlords of the Galactic Milieu, unwaveringly protect the Remillards. Dominating this story is Jack. It is all brilliantly imagined. I felt there was a bit too much philosophical exposition in the conversations between Jack and his mother, but there is humor, too.
Jack and Marc are both youngsters — towering intellects doing their best to relate in a society not designed for them. It would be a shame for such a loving heart to be outcast. The entire nine-book cycle is a high-momentum, intelligent, pleasantly complex, movingly human ride, and I strongly recommend you get the full enjoyment of it by starting at the beginning.
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Jack the Bodiless
Galactic Milieu Series