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Helix: Episode 1

(Helix #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  742 ratings  ·  233 reviews
A spy hunter. A rogue operative. A secret war that could destroy them both.

This is the first adrenaline-charged episode in the Helix technothriller series by ex Australian recon soldier Nathan M. Farrugia. If you like conspiracies, covert operatives and edge-of-your-seat action, then you’ll love this thrilling cross between Jason Bourne and Dark Angel.

Olesya is just an
Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published June 1st 2016 by Anomaly Press
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Warning: the gif is strong is this one. You're welcome.

This is me right now:

Consider your little barnacled selves warned and stuff.

So. The most acute decapods among you might have noticed I am not a huge fan of disgustingly immature young characters. Harry Potter doesn't count, obviously (even I am not that insanely iconoclastic), and neither do the Most Wondrous Ilona Andrews Younglings Bunch (MWIAYB™), because DUH and stuff. Anyway. My point is, there is a slight chance I might be a teensy lit

At only eight years of age Russian born Olesya was accepted into the special school for gifted children – but she was shocked and upset that her big brother had missed out on a scholarship as well. She and Zakhar were best friends; she hated the thought of leaving him and their parents, but also knew she didn’t have a choice.

Six years later and Olesya had passed through her basic training in English Squad – she had just been transferred to Firebird Squad where they would be doing Combat Tra
Barry Cunningham
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the author in exchange for a frank and honest review, I am grateful, as otherwise I may not have selected it to read, the genre of gifted children/adults (eg X Men) is not really my normal reading fodder. However, having agreed to do this I am really surprised, it is a well written book, full of action and suspense, because of the genre it is a little predictable in places but this in no way detracts from the plot or the excitement and enjoyment I got from reading it. I ...more
They may seem ordinary on the outside, but there are those who know better. Gifted children are recruited by a covert agency and like finely honed steel; they are forged into warriors of the black operative.

Olesya is one of those warriors and leads a team on the hunt for the genetically enhanced enemy, a vile group of massive proportions whose end game is total control. Are they the only players on the field or is something or someone else playing from within the shadows?

For those who followed t
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
If I am brutally honest about this book, it is to say that whilst the writing and story is good, the tacking on of a genre is disappointing.

This is a spy, black operative book and does a good job of doing that. It is not a scifi book, or a high tech futuristic story. The whole book feels like ti was written as covert ops and the author shows his knowledge in this area with some very believable writing, but then it feels like a X-Men idea was written into the story to make it more popular with t
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,75 stars. Fasten your seatbelt before you start to read this novel. The storyline is that special gifted children are taken by the fifth column to take over the world. They are bio changed and trained to be killing machines. In their last test three of them are "rescued" by the sixth column but soon they learn that allready it does not exist anymore. What are the plans and what is their future? The three are trained to be spy hunters. Oleysa is a character who stays human troughout training. T ...more
3 strong stars.
Cliffhanger ending.

I’d recommend this to readers who enjoy an action or mission centric book. The author does an excellent job describing fight scenes & armament. The world building & character development seems secondary & at times feels underdeveloped. The story telling unfolds Non-sequentially through a series of scenes that jumps through time. If I’m honest the lack of characterization, multiple POV(s) & timelines make the characters seem interchangeable. As a reader I need t
Nazrul Islam
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: si-fi, action
There is a proverb "A reader job is to read 20 pages of a book and a writer job is to forced reader to finish the book." unfortunately i have to say this book failed it's purpose . I tried to love it but can't. There are a lot of action, action, action, nothing else . characterization build up is important for a book. But there is not characterization for the character of this book. it seems it happen here and there but no explanation. And books feature Olesya but i don't know nothing much. It n ...more
Nov 22, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second opportunity to read Mr. Farrugia's work. I enjoyed his debut novel and noted the expectation of seeing him improve and being the type of author you would see being referred to in comparisons for up-and-coming novelists. I don't feel like I was wrong on this.

The initial scene with Damien (without giving anything away) really hit a home run with me with regard to the perfectly characterized smart alec, cocky, hero type personality...then I lost that flavor with this character as
Dee Arr
I have mixed feelings after reading the first offering in this series. There are things that author Nathan Farrugia did well, and other things that did not quite fit.

Mr. Farrugia does have a talent for describing what I would call battle scenes. Whether it’s pistols, submachine guns, or hand-to-hand combat, the author drags the reader into the fight and doesn’t let up until the last punch is thrown. Based on these descriptions of intense action, it’s not hard to see why folks like this series.

Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2017
2.5 out of 5 -- Promising author, non-stop action at expense of character development

Disclaimer: The author was kind to provide a free copy to read (without a request for a review) and I appreciated receiving it.

Primarily a YA action thriller with elements of science fiction, Helix gets off to a great start with witty dialogue and plenty of action. The action sequences are realistic and energetic, but the novel suffers by the lack of any significant character development. The reader doesn't hav
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Nathan Farrugia!
This book is the most fun I've had since I watched the last Mission Impossible movie. Helix is a brand new series, so you don't need to have read any of Mr. Farrugia's other books, but if you have you will be rewarded. The plot requires a considerable suspension of disbelief, but the science makes sense, so you are never completely sure whether the technology actually exists. In
Before anything else you must be warned about the epic cliffhanger at the end of this (Farrugia you are mean!) so be prepared for that, I wasn't and was actually near a breakdown when I got to it (not prepared for it at all). This uses some of the same characters from Farrugia's Fifth column series and follows Olesya in her early years as she is accepted to school for the gifted, much to the surprise of her and her parents. The story then begins to jump around a little which can be a bit difficu ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Take a deep breath as this is an action pack story that moves at one hell of a pace. It is in the same world as Nathan's other books, there is no need to read them first but if you have and you enjoyed them then give this a go as Damien and Jay are in it. The whole concept has always reminded me of Ender's game, just not in space, and this episode continues to do that.

At first I thought the idea of having the story split into episodes would not work, I like to have the story in one go and work m
David Biondi
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an email from Nathan asking me if I would like to read an advanced copy of his book and of course I jumped on the chance. I'm not critic by any stretch but I do love a good book.

Helix 1 is almost like a mini series on TV. This book is kinda like 24 on steroids. It was a very easy read and I really enjoyed it. You can really tell that Nathan did his research in making this book come to life. It's action packed and very Precise in the details. If you enjoy thriller shoot em up spy nove
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
Rating: 3.3 stars

I quite liked the idea for this book! It was based on a bunch of people who were chosen at a young age who displayed 'superpowers' or genetic differences and were couped up in a special forces type of facility and were taught to become cold blooded fighters. But when a group of them escaped and some taken, they only truly realised what their purpose was.

This book was like 96% action (the action scenes, however, were entertainingly written!) with little to no explanation of what
Michael Rork
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, I really did. Nathan sent me a free copy of Episode 1 because of my interest in another book similar to his. I never got around to reading it, but then it was only $0.99 on Amazon, so I snagged it and decided to finally read it (I bought it even though I'd been given a copy for free because I wanted to support the author).

I really liked the world building, and was interested in seeing how the story would evolve. The characters felt a little flat, but I assumed that w
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nasira and Damien, black operatives who's training started in early childhood, are tracking down Jay, a fellow operative who was kidnapped. Their rescue mission runs the gambit in Guatemala and time is running out. Even as they think they are narrowing the gap between them and Jay, another threat announces its presence. Turns out, they aren't the only group trying to get their hands on Jay. There is a third contender.

Just who are these operatives and where do they come from? Along the main stor
Kat Dietrich
Helix: Episode 1 by Nathan M. Farrugia is a "technothriller". This is one of 9 parts to the series.

Mr. Farrugia emailed me and offered this copy to me for free, for an honest review, as he felt it may be of interest. I thank him for considering me.

Honestly, this was not my cup of tea. First, I'm not into spy novels. Second, perhaps if it was a complete book, if it didn't end in a cliff-hanger which would mean you have to purchase the next in the "series", just to find some type of resolution. I
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, thriller
I received an ARC of this book from Nathan Farrugia. I want to thank him for reaching out to me and offering me to read his new book.

This is a first part in a ten part series. It is full of action, shooting, running and all kinds of things, that make you turn the page to read what's next. I read it in a couple of hours, and it absolutely captured my attention.

After finishing it, though, I felt like it lacked some kind of background information. I couldn't feel the connection to any of the charac
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclosure: The author granted me an advanced copy of this book.

Overall, I rather enjoyed the premise: genetically superior children are taken in by a clandestine organization for sinister purposes, some of whom are later liberated to hopefully counter this shadowy group.

I found myself legitimately amused by the humorous dialogue, which often feels stilted at best in other books. The action sequences were satisfyingly realistic enough that as a person with MMA experience, I could contentedly sus
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, 2016
*free copy received from author in exchange for an honest review*

I found Helix Episode 1 to be a great start to an serial story. The pace of the action was perfect. The author continued to develop characters introduced through his earlier books. The ending of the episode was exceptional. I found it to be the perfect cliff-hanger. The best part of the story was that what I thought was going on was proven wrong at the end. I look forward to reading more of this story when they are published.

I woul
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author, Nathan, sent me an advance copy of this new title as I.had read and enjoyed his Fifth Column series. This one was certainly no exception. It had action, suspense, twists, turns, laughs and drama. It is set in the same universe as the Fifth Column series but there are new characters as well as some from the earlier books. It could easily be read before the other ones but be warned if you do read this then you will be hooked and have to read the others. I highly recommend this title to ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book by Nathan that I have read and if you want a very fast paced action thriller that reads like a movie script in your head, then this is the fellow for you! I enjoyed it a lot and ploughed through it fast. Left me wanting the next episode and that's got to be a good sign - you need to like books with hardware and military-like action plus physical and sensory enhancements to the operatives but there is also some back story content for the main protagonists that had me rooti ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great short book from Nathan. Again using a lot of characters from his other series, it tells of when the children were first brought into 'Project GATE' and some of their training. We are then going backwards and forwards 6 years (I'm not sure that it is explained whether this is before or after the events of the Chimera Vector etc).
This is episode one in a series to be released monthly, I believe, so looking forward to the next one.
Keith (of the clan)
If I was to compare Nathans books to another authors work I'd say his fiction is a lot like Matthew Reilly's.
It's really well written, the characters are all interesting in their own ways and it flows really nicely.
I was genuinely hooked on this, every time I had to put it down I was frustrated because I really wanted to know what happened next.
If you haven't read any of Nathans work then I'd totally recommend you give it a try, because the guy can write a damn good book.
Titas (I read in bed)
A very quick and fun read. Not your average-built-up thriller. It is a kind of dive-nd-swim book. Immensely enjoyed the language and crunchy action packed pages. Kudos and thanks t the author for sharing!
It was a good book. I read the book in a day, which is unusual for me. It was a good storyline with interesting characters.
John S Roth
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Action, intrigue and mystery - could it possibly get much better? Nathan Farrugia pens a tale that will pull you in and take you for one heckuva ride!!
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Nathan M. Farrugia is the USA Today bestselling author of the Helix and Fifth Column sci-fi thriller series.

Nathan is known for placing himself in dangerous situations, including climbing rooftops in Russia and being hunted by special forces trackers in the United States. He studies Systema, a little-known martial art and former secret of the Russian special forces.

Beyond his army training, Nathan

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