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Perfection Unleashed (Book 1 of the Double Helix series): A Genetic Engineering Science Fiction Thriller Series Kindle Edition
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When I see an independently published book I am often somewhat apprehensive about the quality of the editing and proofing. By the end of the first chapter I had no such qualms with this book. It read smoothly and easily from beginning to end and had me hooked and unable to put it down.
This book is one reason why we need more independent authors to publish their books. I hate to think that this little gem of a book could have been still languishing in an agent's in-tray as then I would not have had the chance to read it.
I did think the token romance element early on could have been left for a later book in the series as the novel did not need it to enhance an already fantastic plot-line.
The sci-fi world was carefully thought-out and built in careful and intricate layers which lent a feeling of reality to the novel. The understanding of mob mentality and the masses following blindly without true understanding is something I see readily reflected in the real world in many situations. The author clearly greatly understands mass hysteria and was able to clearly convey the devastation wreaked by mass prejudice.
One of the important factors for me was that each character had a very unique voice. The supporting cast were as strong as the main characters. I instinctively adored both Danyael and Galahad, their stories both so sad and intertwined in the most tragic of ways. Although billed as "perfection" Galahad was human enough to be intimately endearing.
Zara is another kettle of fish. I feel I may warm to her as the series progresses, at the moment I like her as a literary character, she is interesting and adds a much-needed shade of grey to proceedings.
The characters were all more than well developed and even the general, unimportant, minor ones had traits not uncommon to mankind; i.e. The whole population is a reflection of our current state of mind, and behaviour patterns. Even the mutants are what you expect, and do not stretch the suspension of disbelief. They are all fleshed out fully and alive. I rooted for them, all of them, even the scary ones made me feel sorry for them. It were the humans, bar a few exceptions, that were despicable.
Plot? Great! I'm not going to give anything away but I will say that the conspiracy lovers will have a ball reading this book.
My one and only gripe is that it's the first in a series and I loath serialised novels, but on the other hand I'm glad that it doesn't end with this book because there's more to this story than just told in part one. I can imagine the whole complex woven tapestry with all its twists and turns couldn't fit into one book. By the by, it ends in a perfect cliff-hanger and I can't wait to read book two. Luckily it is available for download and I don't have to wait any longer than it takes to press `buy now'.
Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd
Writing Style - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
A very good narrative work, accompanied by good structure and well thought-out series of sub-plots which drive the reader nicely along.
I did feel the dialogue was occasionally a little light with respect to the intensity of the events, and also there were one or two instances where the jump from one element of the story to the next felt a little jumpy, as if we had perhaps missed some minor detail.
Otherwise this serves as an excellent opening part to the series.
Character Development - 3.5/5.0 (Good)
There are two very good, very strong characters in Danyael and Galahad. The former being an Alpha Mutant with complex healing powers and a myriad of emotional turmoils which could be potentially lethal to anyone around him, the latter a `rescued' genetic experiment and the `Perfection' of the title.
Of the others, although key to the story, they all seem to play secondary roles to these two, developing far less proportionately as the plots unwind.
Descriptive - 3.5/5.0 (Good)
Again I felt there were minor elements of the descriptive that lacked a little definition, though very often this was made up for with some powerful scene-building and very good tension.
For me, the occasional lack of fighting in the `fighting' scenes, was a little annoying. We got to know that people needed healing, and that they were being healed of horrific and probably fatal wounds, but the author kept the focus away from this.
Language & Grammar - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
If there were any errors in the editing, I didn't notice them.Read more ›
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This is a great book, even more so because it is a debut novel. Well written, believable characters, incredible tension and action. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ann Marie
xI have to admit that there was more to this book than I expected. Not only was there an interesting science fiction plot, there were also some interesting social questions raised... Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2013 by Sadie Forsythe
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
I love science fiction, so when I was offered a chance to read this book, I grabbed it... Read more
I enjoyed reading this. The story motored along quickly and steadily. The characters were all well drawn, in spite of the fact that most of them suffered from possessing gifts... Read morePublished on 30 April 2013 by Ivan Cotter
Perfection Unleashed by Jade Kerrion takes place in a world where the genetic code seems to be a plaything for scientists. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by bookblogger
If you like fast-paced action stories with a futuristic theme, you're probably going to enjoy this story. I know I did. Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2012 by The Kindle Book Review
Jade Kerrion's dystopian Science Fiction series `Double Helix' gets off to a cracking start with `Perfection Unleashed'. Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2012 by Diogenes