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Helm [NOOK Book]

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After global devastation, the last remnants of Earth sent a handful of colonists of a distant terraformed world to give humanity one last, desperate chance. Unable to provide the technology required for an advanced civilization, the founders instilled in the colonists a strict code of conduct and gave them a few precious imprinting devices: glass helmets that contain all of Earth's scientific knowledge.

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Helm

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Overview

After global devastation, the last remnants of Earth sent a handful of colonists of a distant terraformed world to give humanity one last, desperate chance. Unable to provide the technology required for an advanced civilization, the founders instilled in the colonists a strict code of conduct and gave them a few precious imprinting devices: glass helmets that contain all of Earth's scientific knowledge.

Once in a generation, the heir to the province of Laal begins the arduous training required to survive the imprinting of the Glass Helm and acquire the knowledge of the lost Earth. But Leland de Laal, the youngest son of one of Agatsu's greatest leaders, has climbed the forbidden rock spire where the Helm is kept and donned it, unaware that its knowledge has a terrible price. To an unprepared mind, it brings madness, agony, and even death.
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Editorial Reviews

Paul Di Felippo
"The martial arts scene are thrillingly crystalline, as the philosophy behind the moves. And the final hundred pages this book, after the point at which Marilyn is kidnapped, is a remarkably sustained populsive climax....What a savvy writer he is, fully competent to wear SF's Glass Helm."
House Writer
"A well-handling, often persuasive drama."
Paul Di Felippo
"The martial arts scene are thrillingly crystalline, as the philosophy behind the moves. And the final hundred pages this book, after the point at which Marilyn is kidnapped, is a remarkably sustained populsive climax....What a savvy writer he is, fully competent to wear SF's Glass Helm."
House Writer
"A well-handling, often persuasive drama."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982911921
  • Publisher: digitalNoir publishing
  • Publication date: 10/18/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 332,003
  • File size: 987 KB

Meet the Author

Steven Gold is the highly acclaimed author of Blue Waves, Jumper, Wildside and Helm. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife, writer Laura Mixon.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2001

    I have only one question...

    ...where's the sequel???? The premise is intriguing, the bioscience adequate for the tale, and the sociology as broad as it needs to be, but what really stands out in this story is the martial arts focus and the characterization. The hero. Leland de Laal, lives on an Earth-like planet settled by refugees from Earth, who have been battling their way out of a technological dark ages for several generations. That's not a new plot in SF, but the concise summary of the requirements for civilization--literacy, hygiene, etc--spelled out in the beginning show that Gould has thought his world out more carefully than many authors working in a pseudo-feudal world. De Laal defies his father and dons the Helm, which force-feeds another person's mind into his. He finds himself suddenly acquiring new expertise in martial arts, new insights into military strategy. All this would make him just another dull Superman-wannabe, except that Gould keeps him as warm and witty a teenager as anyone could wish. De Laal still suffers from shyness, insecurity, all the fears one expects in a teenager. If sometimes the integration between his amazingly mature intelligence and his emotional immaturity is not perfect, well, we can forgive this in the context of well executed aikido moves, a piquant romance, and some delightful surprises as de Laal faces off with a barbarian tribal leader. Well done. I want more! I hope Gould writes a sequel to this; I wanna know if de Laal winds up as doshu or not!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    A Must Read for any lover of SciFi & Fantasy

    From the age of ten starting my reading life with the Narnia Chronicles, the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and many many more, I've judged each new novel or series based on what I've read in the past. As long as a novel was unique, rarely was it dumped in the fire bin. The 'Helm' based on cover and the publisher's speel had enough appeal for me to add it to my trove of books. At least to get it from store to home. It took no more than the opening chapter to place this author on my (to always buy list). To this point, I have only ready two of this authors novels. I own four! I'm holding on to two, like fine wine, hoping they taste that much better if I wait. If you're afraid to cough up the coin for this novel, email me ten of your favorite novels and I'll guarantee for you, if you will like this novel or any others I'd suggest.

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