Book Review: Helix Episode 4 (Anomaly) & Epiosde 5 (Inversion) by Nathan Farrugia

Dear Bookworms, 

We're back again with the next 2 Episodes in Nathan Farrugia's action packed thriller series! Once again, these books were provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

Purity is quickly gaining momentum in Eastern Europe as the new political super power and our favorite genetically enhanced assassin, Olesya has formed a tentative truce with Sophia. Sophia and her crew are reunited with Nasira, Damien, Jay, and Aviary, together going on the hunt for a famed genetic engineer to help them find a way to dismantle the "kill-switch" embedded within the genes of all the ex-Fifth Column operatives. Olesya meets a friend from her past who warns her of a catastrophically deadly terrorist attack to take place in Poland in just under 30 hours. Sophia and Olesyas respective teams form a tenuous alliance as they race the clock to thwart what could possibly be the biggest terror attack in history.  

Once again, Farrugia delivers an action packed continuation of the complex and interconnected world of subterfuge and espionage. With fight scenes to rival any Mission Impossible movie, there really isn't a dull moment. Finally (like seriously ladies, you're fighting the same battle here), Olesya and Sophia aren't trying to shoot each others brains out, and they make a pretty bad ass team once they started to work together. I enjoyed the twists and turns the story took as we were clued more into the terrorist plot, and talk about 9 lives! These characters escape more unlucky and death defying scenarios than is fathomable. Not everyone makes it out unscathed, or alive for that matter (my fingernails sure didn't). Don't get too comfortable reading this series, just when you think everyone is in the clear, a wrench is thrown into the mix. Inversion ended on a major cliffhanger (as seems his style), how much more can one bookworm take?!

Pardon me while I take an antacid and have a lie down after that heart pounding marathon read.

Until next week friends!

XOXO,

Coco

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Book Review: Helix: Episode 2 (Exile) & Episode 3 (Interceptor) by Nathan Farrugia

Dear Bookworms, 

So after reviewing Helix: Episode 1 a couple of weeks ago I just HAD to read the rest of the series. Lucky for me, Nathan Farrugia so graciously sent me the remaining 4 episodes in the series so I dug right in! I'm going to review episodes 2 & 3 in this post and do a separate post for 4 & 5 since these books are on the shorter side. 

The second episode opens up with more background into the elite training camp for Project GATE, specifically around the characters of Damien, Jay, Nasira, and Sophia. Fast forward 6 years and these four may be separated by oceans but all are working to bring down the corrupt organization of The Fifth Column from which they have managed to escape. Oleysa has been clued into a new threat that is perhaps even deadlier than The Fifth Column, while simultaneously scouring the continent for clues and leads to find her kidnapped friend, Val. Sophia is on her own mission to deprogram Fifth Column operatives but runs into a new breed when she comes up against Valeria (uh- oh!) and finds her programming has been firewalled. A cliffhanger of an ending to epiosde 3 leaves us with a brutal face-off between Oleysa and Sophia.  

Once again packed with loads of action and fight scenes, this book has not one dull moment. Told in much the same fashion as episode 1; 2 & 3 bounce between various characters story lines from all over the world, Russia, Las Vegas, Colombia, Poland, you get the idea. While the settings are scattered all throughout the world, Farrugia does a great job of staying authentic to each locale in the scenes. The feel of each place came through well in his writing. I enjoyed the new characters introduced this go around, including Aviary, who I am eager to learn more about. The way in which the characters storylines are all so connected but yet separate at the same time is well engineered and crafted. Farrugia has some great one liners in these episodes, there is always room for a well placed Harry Potter reference in my mind! The standoff between Sophia and Oleysa is intense and makes me wanna shake them both. Like, just hear the other one out for 2 minutes and you could clear up a whole lotta misunderstanding and confusion ladies! 

Alright, gonna get back to episodes 4 & 5 now! Come back next week to dish on the the next two episodes in this thrilling series!

XOXO,

Coco

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Book Review: Helix: Episode 1 by Nathan Farrugia

Dear Bookworms, 

This weeks review is author requested. I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review. 

A seemingly ordinary girl growing up in post-Soviet Russia, Olesya is recruited by a top secret government agency of The Fifth Column. Whisked away and cut off from her family, Olesya trains and studies with other recruits at an intense academy in the US. Most everyone in the program possesses some sort of genetic anomaly which allows them supernatural abilities. Shortly after an intense training exercise, Olesya and a few recruits from her squad are kidnapped (rescued?) by a rebel group, a faction which has since splintered from the original Fifth Column. Fast forward half a dozen years and Olesya is an elite agent, tasked with hunting down and capturing the very recruits she once trained alongside. 

EKKKKK! Guys! This. Book. Was. So. Good! It had a sort of Darkest Minds (Alexandra Bracken)/Zero World (Jason Hough) vibe to it. The story line was intriguing and intense from literally the first page. The chapters alternated between Olesyas story line (7 years in the past leading up to present day) and Damien's (only present day) which kept the reading interesting and definitely hard to put down. The end of each chapter leaves you needing to know more so I just HAD to keep reading (which being the bookworm I am- I did- I read it in one sitting). The attention to detail was precise and description of the fight scenes (of which there are a plethora!) was high energy and fast paced. As far as the characters, Damien won me over with his witty sarcasm from the first words out of his mouth- he's my kind of people for sure. Although more cool and collected, Olesya was well written and engaging in the plot. I am interested to see how and when these characters come back together as the series evolves. 

Please excuse me now while I hop on over to Amazon to pick up the next episode in the series! 

Until next week friends!

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XOXO,

Coco