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Paul Garrety

Helix Prophecy, book 2

Harper Voyager (2011)

ISBN: 978-0-7322-9155-6

Reviewed by Lorraine Cormack

The Emerald Tablets is Book 2 of the Helix Prophecy, apparently completing the story begun in The Seventh Wave. Like the first book, it could be read as a standalone novel without much problem; you will probably get more out of it, however, if you’ve read the first novel.

Callum wakes up in 2062. On the brink of death in 2012, Callum was thrown forward into the future (the how is never really explained), apparently to serve as a last ditch reserve to save humanity. The Immortals have taken over Earth, but now they want to return to their own planet, taking with them some of what they’ve gained on Earth. And that would annihilate Earth, so Callum must stop them, despite the fact that most of the current population doesn’t really care. The Emerald Tablets of Atlantis (something else that isn’t credibly explained) have the power to frustrate the Immortals in their departure. So Callum sets off on a wild-eyed chase to try to find the Tablets before the Immortals do.

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Paul Garrety

Helix Prophecy, book 1

Harper Voyager

ISBN: 978-0-7322-9154-9

Reviewed by Lorraine Cormack

The Seventh Wave is Book 1 of the Helix Prophecy, which appears to conclude with Book 2 (The Emerald Tablets). However, The Seventh Wave also stands alone, and could be comfortably read without any intention of reading the second novel.

Callum is a professional thief, a good one. He plans his jobs thoroughly, keeps the risks low, and makes a nice profit to feed his gambling habit. But one night things go badly awry; he breaks into a house and all hell breaks loose. Just as he thinks he’s found the treasure trove of his dreams, he finds it’s guarded by creatures from his nightmares. During his hasty exit from the house, he collects freelance journalist Sam Goodman, who’d followed him in. She was interested in getting dirt on the houseowner, and a friend named Freda had told her Callum would be breaking in.

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Paul Garrety

Helix Volume 1

Harper Voyager (2011)

ISBN: 978-0-7322-9154-9

Reviewed by Mitenae

Sam’s been investigating Cervantes but when she goes to retrieve her hidden notes she discovers her friend, Dizzy, murdered and her notes gone. She flees to Brisbane and finds Callum, a professional thief, recommended to her by a friend. Hijinks ensure but the whole thing goes belly up when the media has him listed as a suspected terrorist and she’s wanted for questioning into her friend’s murder. When they go back to retrieve the solid gold chalices Callum discovered, hidden in a neighbour’s garage, they’re gone and the bombs in their place explode leaving him hanging between life and death. It is then that he’s given a choice: to help them (Helix) stop Cervantes and prevent him from benefiting from the seventh wave, or die.

This is a debut book from an author still learning a lot about storytelling and it’s clear, in particular, in the characters and the plot.

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