The focus of my blog is to review book series and not individual novels. But writers are going to continue writing novels within a series even after I have done my review, so I plan on reviewing the individual novels as they come into circulation. Nathan M. Farrugia has recently added book #6, Exclave to the Helix series.
Nathan M. Farrugia is very talented in writing great action sequences and his techno-thriller series, Helix, has been non-stop action. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get to know the characters when they are in the midst of a shootout or zipping down an alleyway and up to this point that has been true with this series. A number of the characters are from the previous Fifth Column series, and unless you have read it, you will be left somewhat in the dark on who is who and who does what. However, I am glad to say that Exclave has mellowed somewhat on the action, and we get to see a bit more on what makes some of the characters tick.
This is a complicated series, so to give a simple summary of what has been happening is difficult. So read the series before starting Exclave. Though I can’t do justice to describe the series, I can at least say that the series, in general, involves genetically altered warriors who have become rogue and are now fighting the establishment that help create them. There are two factions of these rogue warriors and they seem to be coming together in Exclave to cooperate for the common good at least on the surface; though we find that not everyone can be trusted.
On the technical side, a new form of DNA has been introduced in Exclave. From a biochemist’s point of view, I can say that this form of DNA couldn’t possibly exist, at least not in this universe. Nonetheless, it is all in good fun.
I think Exclave is a worthy addition to the series, and I am looking forward to reading more.
To learn more about the series check out the Helix series.