The Meyersco Helix

Rated 4.63/5 based on 8 reviews
"How the hell did we come to where the President of the United States has two minutes to decide whether he will nuke Boston or kill the world instead?"

*** “Mr McCoy gets on with the job of telling us exactly what it is like in the Heart of Darkness. He has the soldier's eye for terrain and the soldier's eye for character. This has the ring of truth.”
— John Braine Sunday Telegraph More

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About Andrew McCoy

BOSS, the security police of the apartheid regime in South Africa, twice sent assassins after Andrew McCoy on publication of Atrocity Week and The Insurrectionist. South American Nazis hunted him for Cain's Courage.
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Novels by Andrew McCoy
Atrocity Week
The Insurrectionist
African Revenge
Blood Ivory
Lance of God
The Meyersco Helix
Cain’s Courage

Literary Criticism
STIEG LARSSON Man, Myth & Mistress (with André Jute)

International Press Reviews of Andrew McCoy’s novels

“Mr McCoy gets on with the job of telling us exactly what it is like in the Heart of Darkness. He has the soldier's eye for terrain and the soldier's eye for character. This has the ring of truth.”
John Braine Sunday Telegraph

“Very rough, exciting, filmic, and redolent of a nostalgie de boue d'Afrique...experienced only by the genuine old Africa hand.”
Alastair Phillips Glasgow Herald

“Like the unblinking eye of a cobra, it is fascinating and hard to look away from, powerful and unique.”
Edwin Corley Good Books

“I found this work excellent. I recommend it as a book to read on several planes, whether of politics, history or just as thriller -- every episode is firmly etched on my memory. It is certainly a most impressive work of fiction.”
“H.P.” BBC External Service

“Like a steam hammer on full bore.”
Jack Adrian Literary Review

“Something else again. The author has plenty of first-hand experience of the conditions he describes so vividly.”
Marese Murphy Irish Times

“Totally convincing fiction.”
Colonel Jonathan Alford
Director, Institute for Strategic Studies
BBC World at One

“The reader is in good hands.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Even in an entertaining thriller he makes us see ourselves anew.”
La Prensa

“Graphic adult Boys Own Adventure.”
The Irish Press

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Review by: Gavin Lipscombe on Nov. 6, 2011 :
A techno thriller, well written and worth a read. Some ideas are a bit far fetched and I found myself getting slightly annoyed with some parts of the book, and some of the jumping around in the timeline.

However, overall I enjoyed the story it was well written and I kept turning pages eager to continue the story.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Francine Richert on Oct. 25, 2011 :
This is a novel previously released in the 80s. It is truely timeless, as relevant now as it may have been then. The characters are brilliantly written with my favorite being Dr. Stella Christopher, who just so happens to be the gritty, tough, strongly written female lead.
The President is between a rock and a hard place. Should he destroy a major American city, in this case Boston, or annihilate the world's population? Seems like a fairly easy decision...well unless you live in Boston....but it isn't and Mr. McCoy takes you through the whole mindset of the characters as they battle their inner dragons and the outer one's opposing them as well.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Review by: Joo on Sep. 30, 2011 :
Andre Jute writes that this book was first published in 1988 and was re-edited, but there was no sign of it being over 20 years old. It seemed completely in the now. I like a good biological thriller and this was just that. The thought that something could so easily escape into the atmsphere and the only way to stop it is with high collateral damage is scary.
In the main, this story is very much a chase story. I did have a problem with it at one point where the pursuers had stopped to do some nasty deeds, yet caught up with the pursued even though he appeared to be travelling via faster means.
There were some twists and turns that caught me out and - as a reader - I found the ending to be satisfactorily unexpected.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
Review by: Pamela Richter on Sep. 30, 2011 :
The Mayersco Helix by Andrew McCoy, edited by Andre Jute, is a wonderful thriller. The plot is complex and so exciting it's hard to put the book down. There is a chemical killer that can replicate, an infected zone, a government cover-up and a couple of brilliant people trying to defeat this horrible new type of plague. Highly recommended!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Icy Road Publishing on Sep. 30, 2011 :
Nerve-wracking thriller about an unstoppable WMD unleashed through stupidity and violence.

The President has 2 mintues to decide if he should Nuke the city of Boston to save the world. Meanwhile, the brilliant and couragous Dr. Stella Christopher is trying to save herself and her beloved Rib in the face of impossible odds.

If I didn't know this was first released in the 1980's, I wouldn't be able to tell.

Dr Christopher beats any nutcase with a dragon on her butt!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Lisa Penington on Sep. 29, 2011 :
I must declare an interest - I was sent this to read and review by the author. It was no chore. The story kept me interested and turning pages all the way along. I believe this has been re-written or updated from an earlier version but it's very much up to date.

It's a fast moving thriller with a moral dilemma. Does the President of the USA press the button on Boston rather than letting the world be consumed by a terrifying chemical weapon? The characters are well drawn and the author writes the female protagonist extremely well. We are with Stella all the way in her fight to discover what has caused her fiance's injuries and to get him to safety. The 'baddies' are very bad and the 'goodies' are human beings. What more could you want?

A very good read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: steve humphreys on Sep. 21, 2011 :
Pretty good story. Lots of typos. Worth the price.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Review by: Willie Wit on Sep. 12, 2011 :
An excellent thriller that quickly combines a larger than life scenario with your new found concerns for the likeable main characters.
In the grand tradition you have good to root for and varying degrees of bad to dislike, with a healthy dose of sex and violence giving a sharp edge to the interesting storyline. One that constantly twists and turns.
It is hard to judge the size of a book on the Kindle but this felt like a big read. A sense of depth is achieved by the healthy blend of elements within it, a good balance of science, action and a range of varied characters are formed well by the quality of writing throughout.
A great read from it's beginning to the well executed ending.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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