on April 28, 2013 :
Fast paced action leads Danyael into danger as he becomes a political chess piece in a larger, international game. One can argue that what happened to this man was wrong or unfair but all you have to do is look at today's world. The story is not without hope for Danyael and I want to read the next book to see what happens.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on March 8, 2013 :
Applause to the author Jade Kerrion for the Science Fiction Series, Double Helix. Perfect Betrayal continued where Perfection Unleashed end. Her knowledge and thorough research giving us another excellent read.
Intense is maybe the best word to describe the second book. The scientific intensity of DNA manipulation and the effects on people and the environment skillfully penned down in this highly entertaining book that force you to keep pace in the meticulous build up of the well executed plot.
Mixed in all the intrigues of human emotions, the ebbs and flows of growing relationships mixed with the Alpha Empath's gift you get a very interesting story that draws you in and captures the imagination. Making you part of the characters as realistic beings.
Again we are introduced to the same group in Perfection Unleashed. But this time we get a clear image of Danyael Sabre. The spotlight more on him as a person and not only as a template for the in-human Galahad.
My heart went out for this young doctor struggling to do the right thing but every time thwarted and his plans taking twists and turns that lead up to his capture and ultimate betrayal of friends and the council members he thought would protect him. Walking with unbearable pain as he tried to outrun the schemers who only wants his gifts as exploits to their own power surge and greed.
We also learn more about Zara and her conflicting emotions. Falling in love with the empath but not willing too submit too the feelings and emotions it caused in her life. Leaving her with regrets and a sour taste for perfection at the end.
Lucien who turned on his best friend, the Northern Star in Danyael's life. Of course not by his own will but manipulated by the Mutant Assault Group. Causing havoc in Danyael's life leaving him bereft and alone.
Galahad the in-human who turns on Danyael in his own attempts to gain recognition as a human from the Government.
The Psychic ghosts were brought in but at the end Danyael chose his path above the freedom they offered. The only good thing that came out of that meeting was the introduction to Jacob Johnson.
There is just too much to say about this book in a review. It is best to get the Series and read it for yourself. Starting with the first book to get a understanding of the story.
Discovering a unique world off DNA manipulation, cloning and the effects it can have on us. Relationships is tested and questions asked with no real answers since human emotions plays such a huge roll in the decisions we make.
At the end we live by the choices we make and not what others make for us. That sets our future in motion and is beautifully illustrated in this book.
A book I can highly recommend to every Sci-Fi reader. Suspense filled to the very end.
Well done Jade Kerrion.
(reviewed 43 days after purchase)
Noor A Jahangir
on Feb. 13, 2013 :
This is the sequel to the award-winning Perfection Unleashed. It starts where the original left off. Danyael Sabre, the world's most powerful empath arrives home with no memory of the last two days. At his apartment he finds a beautiful and dangerous mercenary waiting for him, Zara Itani. She knows him but he has no memory of her. Immediately, he finds himself attracted to her, even though he can feel the hate for him rolling off from her. Mentally and spiritually exhausted from emotions that he has recently absorbed and physically broken by having been shot recently and having walked home from the airport, the last thing he needs is Zara's aggressive feelings battering his empathic shields, but he's stuck with her because she has promised the only person that Danyael counts as a friend, Lucien Winter, that she will keep him safe. Its a good thing too, because within 24 hours, Danyael is going to become the target of every human and mutant law and enforcement agency in the US.
The Double Helix trilogy sets it's stall in the mutant/superhero genre and the powers and world-building will be familiar to anyone who has read the X-men or Watchmen comics or even seen the films. What Kerrion has done is that she has added to the tropes of the sub-genre by adding in human derivatives, such as Xin, cloned using the genes of a Chinese Empress and military strategist, and Galahad, the genetically perfect human being that shares the face of Danyael Sabre. The grand conflict in this world is a triangle with the pro-human lobby, the Mutant Affairs Council and the Mutant Assault Group, with the US government in the middle.
Perfect Betrayal lacks the focus of the first book in the trilogy, brought by the central thread of Galahad and the abominations. In the original, a collision between the two was inevitable and created a central axis for the rest of the plot. In Perfect Betrayal this isn't immediately evident, even though you have the delicious duel of personalities between Danyael and Zara, the perfect love-hate relationship that is the subject of many rom-coms. There is a central story thread here too, but Kerrion takes a while getting it to, though the interim is made quite enjoyable by the latter relationship. The pacing is also quite different from the original, as the plot reaches a climatic set-piece in the middle of the novel, with the second-half of the book revealing the main plot. A second major set piece arrives at the end of the novel, but fizzles instead of sizzles with a missed opportunity for a grand battle between the two mutant factions.
This is still a very enjoyable piece of writing, with compelling characters, interesting pacing and interesting concepts. Its actually a very good read compared to much of the rubbish out there at the moment. In some ways this book is better than the original and in other places there are some missed opportunities. This is a good solid read and I look forward to the third volume in the trilogy.
(reviewed 69 days after purchase)
on Jan. 28, 2013 :
The author has done it again. I read through this book in one sitting this morning and I can't wait to read the third book now. The main character Danyeal has so much to give yet everyone seems to take their fears out on him. He is a healer of unparallelled ability and yes has the same ability to hurt but refuses to use it. His shields cause most to have terrible reactions to him and just when you think he has one friend the author strips him away too.
While the cruelty to this character is heart wrenching it is also compelling. Jade has made a book that you have to read and makes you want to pick up that third book once you put this one down. Very very talented author deserving more than five stars for sure.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)