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on April 28, 2013 :
The third book in the series doesn't disappoint. The non-stop action continues with Danyael moving through danger and altering alliances at dizzying speed. By now I greatly respect Danyael and would wish him to be a friend. I cheer and snarl at the rapid turn of events. I'm involved with the story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 10, 2013 :
Once again applause is in order for another brilliant delivery. Compelling too the very end this emotional Sci-Fi book will capture your imagination and thoughts too the end. Drawn into the life of Danyael Sabre as more truths are discovered. Struggling with the emotional betrayal of friends after his fourteen month of confinement under the most horrific torture any man could endure.
After a daring break out and plopped into the arms of his enemies he had no idea who was friend or foe. Who he can trust in the ever present world filled of hate and betrayal was the ever growing question. Emotions escalating all around him and new friendships are formed. Restricted in a military base he came to terms with his fate and helped the program off Super Soldiers.
With a mere soft word and touch he controlled fifty deadly soldiers with the mind set of curious toddlers but ready to kill at a mere nod off the head.
Meeting another woman Major Amanda Chandler who not only was his friend but lover. She supported him through all his emotional turmoil helping to grasp at normality. While still fighting immense pain from wounds inflicted by Lucien in Book 2, with no help from his friends.
Miriya was the only one still tapped in his thoughts that reach out to him through the whole ADX ordeal. Coming to grips with her own turmoil of addiction and self loathing, knowing her part in the deceit.
Zara really made a turn for the better but then a child would do that to a person. It does not matter how hard she tries to be. Her love causing her to help Danyael in every possible way.
Galahad struggling with the issue of perfection. Jealous because of people turning to Danyael in his obvious unperfection, women he falls in love with, leaving him. On a undetected killing spree, only noticeable by Xin.
All the characters throughout the books developed into their own skins. Becoming realistic in the fight for justice and freedom.
Except maybe Lucien. On the one hand you could feel sorry for him, his mind altered so that he would cut away from Danyael but on the other hand I was really annoyed with him. The history they shared was more than just friendship. They became brothers in the true meaning of the word, so with that said he could surpass the emotional blockage and stretched out a hand of compassion. But he never once did. He became cold, heartless and distant and I really hope that we will see a restoration of this friendship in book 4.
I can not wait to read the next book.
I loved the way the book ended and would really hope to see the results of the ending continue in book 4.
A great read with many twists and turns leaving you wanting at every turn of the page.
Entertaining and thoughtful, well written and fast paced, well developed and gripping. All good components of a great book and series.
(reviewed long after purchase)
Noor A Jahangir
on Feb. 22, 2013 :
This is book three in the Double Helix series. If you haven’t read the first two books, then you should take a hint and go read them before you finish reading this review. The Double Helix series has already won a number of awards for author Jade Kerrion and it is easy to see why with this latest installment.
The story picks up over a year after the events of Perfect Betrayal. Danyael Sabre, the protagonist of the first two books, an alpha empath with remarkable healing powers is chained up like a rabid beast in a super-max prison, with an electric collar around his neck that electrocutes him every 60 seconds. The good days are the ones where the guards come in and spray him with freezing jets of water, because then the shock from the collar knocks him out for several hours and at least then he is free from pain until his nervous system comes back online. Luckily, the super-max is hit by a militant group, called Sakti, that seeks to liberate imprisoned mutants and Danyael is one of the many they rescue. When Danyael does regain consciousness, he finds himself in Elysium, a retreat for human derivatives that is out of the reach of the public and given clemency by the US government. But when Danyael seems finally to have found a place where he can live in peace, Elysium comes under attack and somehow a fail-safe is tripped, which results in the compound blowing up. Danyael manages to escape with Reyes, the man who ran the retreat, but is shocked to learn that the Mutant Affairs Council (like the X-Men) were behind the attack on the retreat and that they were looking for him. Incredibly, it is the Mutant Assault Group, a military task force and the people who had ripped out his memory in the first book, that offer Danyael safe haven. But all is not as it seems . . .
Danyael Sabre is probably one of the most interesting characters in science-fiction, his empathic and healing abilities making him the perfect Christ figure, bearing in mind the amount of pain that is afflicted on him, and it is easy to see why readers can become very attached to this character. To add spice to this is his inability to have a normal human relationship, due to his psychic shields that have the side-effect of repelling people, despite his desperate need for love and friendship. His closest friends have all betrayed him in the past and the one person who was like a brother to him has been psychically brain-washed to hate him on sight, and the woman he is love with is a stone-cold mercenary that has a very complex attachment to him.
The plot is much more focused than the previous installment, with plenty of twists and depth. The pacing is much better than the previous installment, but there is a point early on where I felt that it could have done with slowing down a little to build up more of a sense of loss when taken away from Danyael. The world-building is just as solid as before and continues to expand the reality in which the story is placed. The writing itself is fluid and descriptive without drawing attention to itself.
When I read the first book, Perfection Unleashed, I compared it to Heroes and Alphas, and whilst this series still bears some resemblance to the lore of those television shows, Double Helix is far more exciting and hi-octane and in a league of its own. This is a well-deserved 4 out of 5. Near perfect but just shy of greatness.
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on Jan. 28, 2013 :
This series gets stronger and stronger with each book. The action is hard and fast paced and the characters are rich and draw you in. Yet again I find myself almost in tears at the things done to the hero of this series. Jade draws you in and makes you pray that this time someone will save him and understand him.
His physical twin Galahad is outwardly what every woman would want but inwardly he never got a chance to grow understanding. I can't wait for the next installment which will hopefully be easier on poor Danyeal.
The pain and emotional agony of this one character shows just how cruel and down right rotten most people are. That they rarely look into the eyes of those they despise to see the real person inside. Another amazing work of fiction. Lets get the next one out soon!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)