It made a great impression on me at the time. It was probably a few years old when I read it, if I remember the condition of the binding correctly. The scene/s that stick in my mind have the protagonists, who are in some sort of resistance movement, hiding out, and they need to keep on guard because the enemy comes at them by telepathy, but they fight back likewise. I picture one such scene actually taking place in a cellar, with the camaraderie of the good fight and a home-front touch a fifteen year old could delight in. There were rather well-drawn-out rules for how the good guys and the bad guys could operate telepathically, so the reader could tell the good from the bad as a morality theme, and it was not an impossible struggle, either. Thanks.

  • More details? . . . – luser droog Jan 17 '14 at 6:30
  • And now I've got a Blue Öyster Cult song in my head. Which was, to my surprise, co-written by Michael Moorcock, so perhaps it's a lead. – SQB Jan 17 '14 at 7:27
  • I have a last resort, which is to ask my older brother, who always seems to remember the same tiny incidents from forty years ago that I do, but with whom I am otherwise at war. In fact, I'm afraid that this book--reading it--was one of those pivotal moments where I realized I had to veer away from the family's, especially his, take on things. – Chris Rushlau Jan 18 '14 at 2:12
  • And thanks, ATS, twice; as to the BOC song and Moorcock, my book's thematic premise, or at least what sticks with me, was that this was an ordinary world except that the instruments of force were telepathic--no reincarnations or magic, I don't think. 1984 with a twist, perhaps, as opposed to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, although the TV series gave me the same sort of consolation; sort of the power of the average misfit against a State/mafia/hidden-regime. I cannot remember. – Chris Rushlau Jan 18 '14 at 2:31

It reminds me of "The chrysalids" by John Wyndham. Although it was more about persecution of the telepathic children than about a war.

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  • Thanks, I'll look it up. No, I think mine was urban. Living in Maine I think I'd remember if mine had happened in Labrador, right up the coast a few miles. Thanks, though. – Chris Rushlau Jan 21 '14 at 23:57
  • I just read the first chapter on-line. I would have remembered that, as my first taste of what I'll call critical Christian literature. Thanks all the same. – Chris Rushlau Mar 13 '14 at 0:27

Star Rangers by Andre Norton - Book Cover 01 The Last Planet by Andre Norton - Book Cover 01

For what it's worth, here's a guess: Star Rangers by Andre Norton. Also published under the title ''The Last Planet''.

A lone ship of the Stellar Patrol crash-lands on an out-of-the-way planet. Quickly scouting around, the crew find evidence of a long vanished hi-tech civilization in the Sealed Cities, along with nomadic hunter-gatherer level groups of humans. When the rangers enter one of the cities, they find it occupied by another group of refugees and ruled by the Acturian Cummi. A master telepath, bent on becoming the planet's sole ruler, Cummi is not above controlling other people's minds. Zinga, a member of the Zacathan race, along with the human Kartr, both higher-order telepaths themselves, end up in a fierce mental battle with Cummi. ~ Edited from Amazon.com

Note: You can read the book in its entirety here :-)

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  • I was a total Andre Norton freak in junior high school, 1966-69. This sounds very likely! – Chris Rushlau Feb 4 '14 at 0:28
  • And it wouldn't have worked in this case to ask my next-elder brother because Andre Norton was my personal route, as it seemed at the time. – Chris Rushlau Feb 4 '14 at 0:29
  • @Chris I do hope it's the book you've been looking for :-) If not, well, reply back (hopefully with more clues) and we'll get cracking! – rumandwrite Feb 4 '14 at 0:54
  • I'm into chapter three, "Mutiny", and it's not like the Nortons I read long ago: no telepathic cats, at least so far. I'm very impressed at how much she knows about military culture. The clarity of presentation is very attractive. And the social analysis, likewise. I would say she is more optimistic than the book I'm trying to recall, which, as I said above, was rather Orwellian, end-of-the-world-because-people-are-just-no-good. But that's based on a supposed memory of one little scene, in a cellar in a war, and yet the people in the cellar were good people, yet definitely trapped. – Chris Rushlau Feb 4 '14 at 4:56
  • I'm tempted to say my book had a Mary Poppins tone, albeit in a setting where to be caught by the secret police or the mafia or whoever was The End. The thing I remember--well, I tried to transplant this memory, perhaps, into the later Foundation books which recently turned out to not be there: there were two tribes of telepaths, on competing wavelengths but also with contrasting colorations: spiritual warfare. One vast metaphor for the typical school experience of two main cliques: the success-track and everybody else: spiritually the mechanistic party-line versus intimations of immortality – Chris Rushlau Feb 4 '14 at 5:07

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