Helix: Episode 1 (Helix)
Nathan M Farrugia
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A spy hunter. A rogue operative. A secret war that could destroy them both.
This is the first adrenaline-charged episode in the Helix technothriller series by ex Australian recon soldier Nathan M. Farrugia. If you like conspiracies, covert operatives and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll love this thrilling cross between Jason Bourne and Dark Angel.
Olesya is just an ordinary girl, but that changes when the clandestine Fifth Column discover her rare genetic anomaly. Taken from her home and ensnared in a special training program, Olesya is destined to become a black operative, or die trying. But when a splinter faction of the Fifth Column sabotages the program, she escapes.
Almost a decade later, Olesya leads a team of hunters on a dangerous assignment. Her targets are black operatives: elusive, genetically enhanced, and unstoppable. From the bio-clinics of Brazil to the icy borderlands of Kaliningrad, from the catacombs of Lithuania to the citadel of occupied Prague, Olesya is at the heart of a war against a powerful, malevolent organization that wants total control.
But as operatives and hunters start to vanish, Olesya discovers they aren’t the only players in this deadly game…
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I was given an ARC of Helix Episode 1 from Nathan Farrugia.
I have read the first book in Nathan Farrugia's "Fifth Column" series, and really liked it even though the technical, scientific and military jargon weighed the book down a bit.
It is a complementary story to the Fifth Column series, but the reader does not need to have read any prior books to be able to connect.
That being said, I truly loved Helix - really. The premise reminded me of Hanna - 2011 movie with Eric Bana and Saoirse Ronan - that I absolutely loved. Helix is different, but I was intrigued before I even started reading (always a good sign).
The suspense and meat of the book began right away, so much so that I read almost half of the story in one sitting - of course when I had other things to do. The only reason that I stopped reading was it was late and I had a meeting the next morning.
A project came up at work that would not let me continue reading. But as a testament, I wanted to finish and thought about it every night. Once I picked it back up, it was done in an hour or so. I can't believe that I was "pulled" to finishing the story, but I was!
I enjoy the author's style of writing and was pleased that the scientific and military jargon was reduced but not eliminated (perfect for me).
Helix has flashback chapters, maybe once every other section or so. I'm usually not a fan of this technique but it didn't irritate me - the flashbacks were integral in understanding the importance and context of the main plot line.
I know this review is pretty long and effusive - definitely not my norm. I guess I liked Helix that much! ((Only thought - I wanted more resolution and a longer story.))
Thank you Nathan!