|Book Discussion: "The Helix War" by Edward Willett
||[May. 14th, 2012|03:31 pm]
This is the last book discussion for the April releases (and yes, I realize it's now May 14th). It's for the omnibus edition of Edward Willett's The Helix War, which comprises the two novels Marseguro and Terra Insegura. I have the two original books (not the omnibus), so I'll give you the back covers to those books instead, since they probably give you more details about the books. I haven't managed to read these yet, but I've now moved them up on my TBR stack, so will get to them shortly. They're SF novels, which is why they sometimes get lost in the shuffle of all of the fantasies. *grin*
Cover Copy: Marseguro: Marseguro, a water world far distant from Earth, is home to a small colony of unmodified humans known as landlings and to the Selkies, a water-dwelling race created by geneticist Victor Hansen from modified human DNA. For seventy years the Selkies and the unmodified landlings have dwelled together in peace, safe from pursuit by the current theocratic rulers of Earth--a group intent on maintaining human genetic and religious purity.
Then landling Chris Keating, a misfit on any world, seeks personal revenge on Emily Wood and her fellow Selkies by activating a distress beacon taken from the remains of the original colony ship. When the Earth forces capture the signal and pinpoint its origin, a strike force, with Victor Hansen's own grandson Richard aboard, is sent to eradicate this abomination.
Yet Marseguro will not prove as easy to conquer as the Earth force anticipates. And what Richard Hansen discovers here may alter not only his own destiny but that of Marseguro and Earth as well.
Cover Copy: Terra Insegura: Marseguro, a water world far distant from Earth, is home to a small colony of both unmodified humas and the Selkies, a water-dwelling race created by geneticist Victor Hansen from modified DNA. For seventy years the Selkies and the unmodified landlings have dwelled together in peace, safe from pursuit by the current fanatical theocratic rulers of Earth.
But everything changes when Earth discovers Marseguro, and a strike force--with Victor Hansen's own grandson Richard aboard--is sent to eradicate this abomination.
Yet Marseguro has devised a defense against Earth's Holy Warriors, a plague genetically tailored to destroy unmodified humans. With the Holy Warriors defeated, the people of Marseguro are ready to put their world back together and heal the wounds of war. But no one has anticipated the actions of the traitor, Chris Keating. Chris was the one who signaled Marseguro's location to Earth. And now he is aboard a ship returning home to Earth, unknowingly carrying within him the plague that can destroy all life on the mother planet.
Richard Hansen and the Selkies feel they have no choice but to send their own mission to Earth to deliver a lifesaving vaccine. Only time will tell what awais them when they reach their destination. . . .