Helium3 Episode 1

Rated 4.50/5 based on 12 reviews
Today, at the centre of our galaxy, dwell small colonies of a most extraordinary species – humans.

Fourteen-year-old Mervyn Bright has courage, tenacity, and three close friends from the Space Academy: Loren, a brilliant but despised out-worlder, Tarun, heir to a once-powerful dynasty, and Aurora, niece to the embattled Patriarch. Together they make a formidable team.
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Nick says he lives in a fantasy world, pitting imaginary friends against each other. Nick is a part-time author who wanted to be that mystical figure, an author, from almost the very first book he read. Nick writes space operas and steampunk adventures. Step right into Nick's world to be entertained by airships, space sleds, dastardly deeds and thrilling adventures.

In addition to writing, Nick lists his hobbies as gardening (the variety that employs a large pair of choppers and requires him to sit around admiring the view), swimming (because it frees his mind and releases his imagination), juggling (because he can), and one day he would like to learn to play the piano (because the trombone really isn’t a solo instrument).

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Robert Hanaburgh, Jr reviewed on May 13, 2013

Good start to what I hope is a long series, had a feel of the academy sort of like hogwarts, but written very well.
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Blue reviewed on Feb. 27, 2013

Fun start to a kids sci-fi series that wouldn't be out of place on your bookshelf next to the likes of Douglas Hill's Young Legionary series.
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Philippe Baranger reviewed on June 25, 2012

Nice book, I enjoyed reading it. I bought the sequel.
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Ruby Wolf reviewed on May 17, 2012

I couldn't stop turning pages till the book was finished. Great story, super lesson, well done. Must read the others now to find out how things end! I give this a big 2 thumbs up!!!
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Denise Wahlquist reviewed on Dec. 2, 2011

Interesting story. I finished and had to purchase the next one. Noticed a few grammatical errors, like using then in place of than. Overall a fun story. I liked it.
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Bareader2 reviewed on Sep. 11, 2011

Lots of fun. A great way to spend a few hours. Enjoyed it very much and look forward to reading more of this series.
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Jay Squires reviewed on March 25, 2011

Nick, you are a superb writer with an ease of delivery while keeping the plot taut, the line of complication always ascending to the climax, the characters well-fleshed and fascinating and doing it all in an easy reading style. Congratulations.

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TJ Flynn reviewed on March 10, 2011

This was a really good story line, with great writing and really interesting characters. There were some excellent descriptions and I could really imagine what things looked like. I really enjoyed reading it and didn’t want to stop. I’m looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.
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Dale Cusack reviewed on Dec. 30, 2010

First off let me say I liked it. Since this is a series I can see plenty of room for Travers to grow the characters. They did appear a little two dimensional and it seemed as though their personalities were only trickling out slowly. One character, Aurora, left the greatest impression in my mind as I was reading. I could clearly picture her striding down the corridors of the space academy with her entourage of suck-ups in tow.

I felt Mervyn to be an interesting young guy. I think Travers could have had him react more strongly to the destruction of his home world and abduction of his father. We might have seen his friend Lauren comfort him here as well. Still this sets a great stage for events to come and the deviously evil little De Monsero came across as exceptionally callous when asked to help Mervyn catch the spy rocket.  This was followed up by a very exciting game of swot. A giant game of ping pong played in low g with your body instead of a paddle. This was one of the most exciting chapters in the story and I felt the desperate frustration that Mervyn must have felt as events transpired against him.

It is clear that Travers has a good grasp of science and the story is workload with great sci-fi ideas throughout. Carbon nano fibers that change colours with the flick of a switch. The see through titanium crystals in the viewing room and the biolinks people use to communicate are all great ideas that add to and help set the scene as a futuristic space collage. Though I was a little perplexed to see people still using email. But I guess they have to call it something.

I noticed in the blurb someone mentioned this was a story apart from the usual wizards, wands and vampires stories that are saturating the market at present. This is certainly true, this story is set in space and without a wizard or techonomage in sight but I can't help drawing some parallels to Harry Potter. Three friends, underdogs at a new school. The swot game resembled the game played in the Harry potter books and the vile De Monsoro is a ringer for the evil Melfoid of Potter fame.  

I think Travers is on to something here. With only a hint of the very interesting Lauren's character revealed and the mysterious Aurora still to show her true colours and loyalties I can see plenty of potential for exciting times for these misfits.

I give it 5 stars because its short comings are easily addressed in view of it being a series. Though I have yet to read the others. It is very clearly a professionally written story. A few typos and so on are found in modern best sellers just as often as indie publications and indie authors often take greater pride than the industry publications. 
The story is also a step up from a lot of what I have read coming from the indie world of books. A lot of it is poorly written and this story is definitely a work apart and very well written. Easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable.

I think air in a breached vacumn is blown out rather than sucked? But I'm not a physicist.  
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Peter Reece reviewed on Dec. 15, 2010

This is a captivating story and very different to other children's books currently on offer. With dragons, wizards, and elves flooding the children's market each month, this is sure to stand out from the crowd. An impressive imagination, in a book filled with great sci-fi ideas, gadgets, and aliens, truly bringing Mervyn's world to life. Characters have as much focus as plot, and the story is all the better for it. Mervyn is a great hero with a great heart, supported by an unlikely but loveable group of friends. I found this fast-paced with a good flow of events. Tension builds well throughout the story towards a tense and powerful climax. An ambitious book that both children and adults can enjoy.
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