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Helix Wars by [Brown, Eric]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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SF infused with a cosmopolitan and literary sensibility... Accomplished and affecting. - Paul McAuley on Helix. Brown's spectacular creativity creates a constantly compelling read. - Kirkus Book Reviews on Helix.

About the Author

Eric Brown is the award-winning author of a huge number of SF novels, children's books, radio plays, articles and reviews, including Helix, Helix Wars, The Bengal Station Trilogy, The New York Trilogy, Kethani, Engineman, Guardians of the Phoenix, Kings of Eternity, The Serene Invasion, two Weird Space novels and The Fall of Tartarus. www.ericbrown.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1094 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Solaris (23 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009G2A9PO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #369,988 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Jan. 2014
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I enjoyed reading the previous book, Helix from which this book follows. That story tells of a desperate mission by survivors from a dying Earth to find a new planet on which to sustain life. Their mission has more of an unlooked-for outcome than they could ever have imagined. Now two hundred years later, the New Earthers live on the planetoid system known as the Helix, with other planets and other races and peoples living on other planets in the Helix. When the Phandran homeworld is invaded by the Sporelli, Jeff Ellis, a New Earther is caught up in the conflict. The Phandrans attempt to help him escape the search for him by the Sporelli, while Kranda, a Mahkan also seeks him to repay a blood debt of honour.

A really good follow-up to Helix, I actually enjoyed this book even more. The opportunity has been well taken to flesh out the worlds of the Helix, as well as the races that we encounter in the story. The characters are well drawn and the narrative, and action (plot within plot) is really driven by the characters; very clearly and very well done. Great stuff.
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I tore through the first Helix ravenously, was pretty blown away by the setting, the ideas and the rollicking pace. That pace is present again here, with things moving at the same action thriller clip, and it's a real page turner.

I missed the sense of awe and wonder in the first book, this is more of a slightly traditional actioner, but it was inevitable after the first book traded so well and heavily in the introduction of the world. It does mean that while the action is really gripping, there isn't the same element of surprise running throughout. Saying that, it does pull out some pretty inspired and epic ideas here and there.

Still going strong, give us a third!
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So after reading the first book in this series I have now finished the second book.
Really enjoyed the story although it’s not my usual sort of Sci-Fi.
I don’t normally go for fighting type stories but this was very good.
I started to care for the main characters and came to know how they think
and what they believed in.
Don’t want to spoil the first book but suffice to say this story is some time after
the humans have become established on the new world and found a place in the system.
Well worth a read.
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Eric Brown's original Helix(2007) was merely an introduction in what the Helix has in store in terms of alien culture and alien architecture. Recall first reading Larry Niven's Ringworld(1970) and remember gaping at awe in the possibilities of exploring its swathe of cultures and plumbing the depths of its remarkable architecture? That is exactly the same anticipation I felt with Helix, possibilities for sequel was bountiful and which path Brown would choose had me titillated. When the sequel was finally announced, the dully titled novel diminished my hopes for a successful continuance.

Rear cover synopsis:
"The Helix: a vast spiral of ten thousand worlds turning around its sun. Aeons ago, the enigmatic Builders constructed the Helix as a refuge for alien races on the verge of extinction.

Two hundred years ago, humankind came to the Helix aboard a great colony ship, and the builders conferred on them the mantle of peacekeepers. For that long, peace had reigned on the Helix. But when shuttle pilot Jeff Ellis crash-lands on the world of Phandra, he interrupts a barbarous invasion from the neighbouring Sporelli, who are now racing to catch and exterminate Ellis before he can return to New Earth and inform the peacekeepers."

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Jeff Ellis is a man down on his luck. His marriage is failing and the death of their son didn't rekindle the love he and his wife once shared.
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I started to read this adventure,the story got better and more interesting,a good mix of good and bad with a good ending,I hope there is a sequel.
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