The Helix War

The Helix War

4.0 1
by Edward Willett
     
 

Marseguro, a water world far distant from Earth, is home to a small colony of both unmodified humans and the Selkies, a water-dwelling race created by geneticist Victor Hansen from modified human DNA. For seventy years the Selkies and the unmodified landlings have dwelled together in peace, safe from pursuit by the current fanatical theocratic rulers of Earth.

Overview

Marseguro, a water world far distant from Earth, is home to a small colony of both unmodified humans and the Selkies, a water-dwelling race created by geneticist Victor Hansen from modified human DNA. For seventy years the Selkies and the unmodified landlings have dwelled together in peace, safe from pursuit by the current fanatical theocratic rulers of Earth.

But everything changes when Earth discovers Marseguro, and a strike force - with Victor Hansen’s own grandson Richard aboard - is sent to eradicate this abomination.

Though the forces of Earth are equipped with weapons far superior to those of this peaceful, backwater planet, the people of Marseguro are not without resources to fi ght back. Soon it will be hard to determine who has more to fear - those being attacked or the invaders from Earth....

Marseguro won Canada’s prestigious Prix Aurora, and Terra Insegura was a finalist for this award.

Editorial Reviews

SF Scope
Terra Insegura is the perfect balance to Marseguro: you've got to read this one if you read the first. It does stand on its own, but why deny yourself the pleasure of the full literary tapestry Edward Willett weaves with these two?
SCI FI Weekly
The settings are well drawn and creative.... The characters possess substance, emotions and realistic motivations.... Most important, the action and surprises keep coming...this book is almost impossible to put down.
From the Publisher
"The settings are well drawn and creative.... The characters possess substance, emotions and realistic motivations.... Most important, the action and surprises keep coming...this book is almost impossible to put down."
— SCI FI Weekly

"Terra Insegura is the perfect balance to Marseguro: you've got to read this one if you read the first. It does stand on its own, but why deny yourself the pleasure of the full literary tapestry Edward Willett weaves with these two?"
— SF Scope

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756407384
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Edition description:
Combined
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
765,037
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Edward Willett, was born in New Mexico, “Land of Enchantment,” and the state’s nickname seems to have rubbed off: he started writing fantastical stories in elementary school and wrote his first fantasy novel in high school. He’s been a newspaper reporter and editorial cartoonist, a magazine editor, a writing instructor and a professional actor, and has written (under another name) more than 30 works of nonfiction, ranging from biographies to science books to history books, but his first love has always been fantasy. He now lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, with his wife and a daughter whose favorite stories all involve “sword-fighting princesses.” Come to think of it, so do his. 

He can be found at: http://edwardwillett.com/.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The Helix War 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AMDonovan More than 1 year ago
The Helix War consists of 2 books. In the first book Marseguro, imagine the most prejudiced person you have ever had the misfortune to work with. Now, give them not only the power to fire you, but to actually kill anyone that disagrees with them. Then, give them power over the entire world. Extend that hatred to anyone who is different in appearance or belief. Scared yet? Now, throw in (prior to this persons rise to power) geneticists that not only make food plants that are drought resistant, but also able to modify animal and human DNA so that living creatures can thrive in climates and on worlds that are not as friendly as Earth. What happens when you combine these two different cultures? Pogroms and extermination. So, of course, everyone who could (especially if they were genetically modified) fled Earth for a planet that they hoped would provide a safe harbor. Unfortunately, hatred never rests or relinquishes its hold. Throw in coming of age, redemption, love (familial and romantic – subtle though, thank you!) and looking for acceptance. You end up with a novel that could be very messy (rather like life) but Edward manages to tie everything together for us and prepare us for the second book. The science is believable and the psychology is very well done. For the second book, we are reminded that hatred never sleeps. The psychotic little idiot who started the whole thing is back and still convinced that his paranoia is justified. The warning’s planted in book one about the insanity brought about by the gene bomb mentioned in book one are demonstrated in book two. We have a culture that is willing to risk their very survival to do the right thing. The plague has escaped back to Earth, thanks to the conniving of Keating. The surviving Selkies have sent the vaccine to Earth to save whatever survivors are still alive. Unfortunately, The Body still exists and is more interested in control and destruction than before. We are also introduced to two different tribes of modies that have survived in hiding on Earth. No, they are not allies, thanks (in part) to the insanity triggered by the gene bomb. How do you survive and build when not only your main enemy, but the very people that should be your allies want to exterminate you and your entire planet? © Night Owl Reviews