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Helix: Humanity is reborn Paperback – April 29, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144214842X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442148420
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,626,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period.  He also studied screenwriting at UCLA.  He is the author of five novels and one short-story collection. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories. His goal is to provide highly original fiction like you won't find anywhere else.  His new novel is The Haunted E-book.  The sequel to his novel Jenny Pox will be available by summer 2011.  He lives in Atlanta with his wife Christina, as well as some dogs, cats, and domestic plants.

More About the Author

J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on the English Renaissance and the Romantic period. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He enjoys remixing elements of paranormal, supernatural, fantasy, horror and science fiction into new kinds of stories. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, his son, and some dogs and cats.

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Customer Reviews

An exciting read with a thought provoking ending.
Amazon Customer
The tightly plotted, complex story had me curious as to the motivations of the well-developed characters, which became more clear as the story progressed.
Lady Dragoness
There were times when the book would be talking as one character but use another character's name.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Baker on October 15, 2009
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A policeman on the orbiting colony of New Amsterdam tries to find the party responsible for his wife's sudden death, and learns that the world of the 2600s is not quite what he thought it was.
This book is a grand epic with a richly conceived and well-detailed world of our future in 600 years. While the residents of a still-dying earth still live within their religious/politically boundaried reality, the solar system is populated by self-contained, inter-dependent colonies that owe allegiance--and taxes--to the mother planet. Some colonies are controlled by a corporation that cares only for profit, and others live in ecological harmony promoted by a gentle religion that stresses reverence for all life.
This future is so well understood by the author that he doesn't need to belabor the point with long descriptions of how people live--you can see how things are run, and how people live, just by being involved in the protaganist's memories and daily thoughts.
It's an adventure story, with fascinating characters trying to achieve their goals--both noble and base--by striving within their limitations. The novel is very long, but the characters and their worlds are so fascinating that you might not be aware of how much time is passing while you are immersed in reading.
It could also be a cautionary tale, making you consider the real value of life itself, and what measures you are ready to take to achieve your own goals.
Whether you want a rousing tale of revenge, or want to consider the implications of religious dominance versus rampant capitalism, you can definitely enjoy this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Julius Butcher on December 13, 2010
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In the future, the Earth is the old stepmother of its colonies established in the Solar system. While the Earth is suffering from pollution, and the nations are more interested in regional and political battles, the colonies run different paths. Some of them have balanced ecological environment, where citizens enjoy pleasant life guided by religion. Others are stuffed with suffering crowds oppressed by profit oriented owners. Some of them don't have future anymore. They have one in common: they pay taxes to Mother Earth - an obligation, which colonies more and more reluctant to obey. Many science fiction books predict that the humanity will spread to far galaxies, but the scenario of the Helix is much more probable, thus believable.
Nicholas Vermeer policeman's life turns into nightmare when his wife dies. He has nothing left but finding the killer, and he is willing to go as far as it takes. Though, he is not prepared for the truth behind the religion he was born to follow, and he is not prepared for the hidden forces aiming at power over the colonies. He has no choice but fight his own battle, being part of the bigger war.
While it can be considered a long book, it's entertaining all long. The fast paced action moves forward the story, and through the characters we see an amazing new world. It is fascinating how the human evolution goes in different ways in the space colonies, and how their conflicting interests collide.
Whether you enjoy action, or you like to read about amazing - and sometimes strange - worlds, I can recommend the Helix.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bigal-sa on January 12, 2011
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The story is really well thought out, with plenty of intrigue (both political and religious) and even romance. I would have given it five stars, but formatting errors (indenting around long dialogues etc), spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes and missing words marred (jarred maybe a better word) the whole reading experience for me. It feels as though the book was never read by someone with a feeling for language editing.

Some of the physics is a bit dodgy: spaceships traversing large distances in very short times; gravity inside hollow planets; water remaining in a bowl on a gravity-free "planet"; etc. However, that can be overlooked as literary license.

I would unreservedly recommend this book if it was re-edited.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C Randolph on April 16, 2011
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This is a great science fiction novel. It was fast paced, never boring, and very imaginative. I felt that the plot was original and well thought out. And the writing, as always with this author, is fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott G. Daniel on April 15, 2011
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You can't beat the price for this awesome book! I was truly pleased as I believe this is the future of publishing. Writers publishing their own books directly to the reader for much lower prices than the wood-pulp people.

Anyway, about the book:
-Even as a geneticist, the ideas presented weren't too far-fetched as to be undigestible
-The future-sight was quite remarkable and realistic in terms of the politics and factions
-Main protagonist definitely reminded me of good ol' H. Solo from another sci-fi universe

And to be complete, some detractions:
-Ending was a little predictable but still exciting
-Could have used a bit more romance (though perhaps that was wishful thinking for a jaded geneticist like me)

All in all, I highly recommend this 'page-turner', 'bio-punk' adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Gamin on January 8, 2011
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One thing I like about science fiction is that stories can take place in the distant future. This doesn't seem to me like a plot device which would work in other genres, especially one like romance where the future is hardly romantic. Setting a story hundreds of years in the future means that you can pretty much do whatever you want. After all, none of your readers will be alive by then (you hope) and you can be as technologically advanced or restricted as you like. That was one of the things which attracted me to J.L. Bryan's book, Helix, and it wasn't the only thing I liked while reading his story.

Helix takes place in the 28th century. Man has spread out from Earth, building many space colonies throughout the solar system.The colonies are even more diverse than the nations of Earth today, but all are subject to the United Nations' rule, paying taxes and sending food and supplies back to the planet. One of these colonies, New Amsterdam, is home to Nicholas Vermeer, the protagonist of the story, and his wife Kemala. The book opens on a very special day for the couple as they are about to gain permission from their religion, the Aescelan, to design their future child. The Aescelan believe in the sanctity of life itself and, as a result, followers must be blessed by their priests to have children. What's more, these children are genetically engineered, both to ensure they are not born with defects and to endow them with skills and abilities which are necessary to Aescelan society.

Nicholas' life begins to change before he even gets to the temple. As a member of the New Amsterdam police, he is called upon at the start of the book to take down an "abomination", a human/animal hybrid which is running loose in the colony.
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