The first book in the Pegasus series, published 1973.
They were Extraordinary Women.
Who read minds, healed bodies, diverted disasters, foretold the future – and became pariahs in their own land.
Molly … was a nurse, whose hands could heal far better than the most modern medical treatments.
Charity … a hooker with a heart of gold and extrasensory skills that put her other talents to shame.
Barbara … could locate a crook on the lam as easily as she could find a missing pair of glasses, and she could also drive the Police Commissioner right up the wall.
Dorotea … a perfect baby in every way… and a little more perfect in some ways since she could screen others for hidden talents while she was still in diapers.
Amalda … at 22 she had the voice of an angel and the as yet untrained powers to broadcast emotions that could control thousands … in the wrong hands, she could become a lethal weapon.
They were the Talented, an elite cadre that had stepped out of the everyday human race … to enter their own!
This book is the first in the Talented series, where humans acknowledge paranormal talents, and can scientifically prove they exist. This first book is a collection of short stories, focusing on different characters and powers. I have read it multiple times, and love the spin-off series most of all. Talent is in children’s shoes in this book, but it becomes so much more. But do keep in mind, the book is written in 1973, so what then was though of as state of the art technologies, has been old fashioned for many years.
You would think the book is focusing on the female characters, but I find it more focusing on the leading male characters, the ones in charge of the new Center.
I love everything Anne McCaffrey has written during her long career, which sadly has ended this past Monday, November 21, 2011. I will miss her. I was still looking out for new books, and I am sad that the series she was working on will not be finished. I plan on re-reading some of my favourites soon.