Perry Helion, an agent for the Defense Advanced Research and Projects Agency, joins a friend on a salvage expedition in the Bering Sea. The salvage firm, however, inexplicably kills a Russian official before trying to make Perry the next victim. After an escape that nearly drowns him, Perry discovers the salvage company is only one element of a veiled organization named Paracelsus operating in the hidden channels of the deep state. Perry learns Paracelsus has developed a targeted bioweapon that can kill based on specific DNA profiles — like those of the President and his cabinet. Aided by his DARPA colleagues and a rogue CIA counterintelligence team, Perry must thwart the Paracelsus plan while never knowing who can be trusted.
The Ceres Plague
by Tim Queeney
The Perry Helion Thrillers #2
March 31, 2015
The Ceres Plague is a well-paced, action packed thriller. Perry, the hero, works for DARPA, an organization of scientists and innovators (real, by the way) responsible for some of our greatest leaps in technology. Like in other stories of this type, the main character finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy and an almost impossible quest to save humanity from a madman’s ploy.
This book seems to be the third in a series of books that follow Perry’s exploits, but I had no trouble jumping right in and enjoying the story. The author provides enough info to place the story in the context of the others and to familiarize one with the characters. I do feel, however, that some of the information provided would spoil the earlier books for folks like me who jump in out of order. So, I’d definitely recommend starting from the beginning.
I liked how this story was put together from a plot within a plot perspective, as well. It’s a good sign when a book in a series has its own part in the overall plot. There is some resolution. The hero accomplishes something, even though the bigger threat still exists and another volume looms. This series has the potential to keep fans engaged and interested.
I didn’t really feel the relationship between Perry and Ellen, so much, though that’s likely due to all the leg work for it being accomplished in an earlier book. I also didn’t get into his relationship with his ex or his son, though I kind of felt myself taking the side of the ex in that regard. It might be interesting to see how that pans out.
Other than that, I think this is an excellent thriller of good quality. The plot is well done and the factual info in the story seems well-researched. Pretty much what I expect from a book in this genre.
I enjoyed the book and would easily recommend it to folks who like thrillers. Great read. Again, I’d recommend reading them in order if you plan to read more than just the one.
The review copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
In The Atlas Fracture, the latest Perry Helion thriller, Perry is sent to investigate a pioneering scientific project in Antarctica that has gone strangely wrong. Once he’s at the expedition site he finds himself pulled into a devilish terrorist plan that could wreak havoc in Antarctica and kill millions worldwide. Only Perry and a young woman scientist can stop the terrorist team.
The SHIVA Compression, the first book in the Perry Helion series is set in the late 1990s. In SHIVA, a small Air Force team led by Lt. Helion must stop a doomsday computer virus from starting WWIII.
The third book is a humorous historical fiction novel called George in London (yes, THAT George — when he was 19 years and seeking his fortune in London — okay, that never really happened, but the book is funny!).
In addition to writing books, I am a magazine editor, filmmaker, celestial navigation instructor, a dad and offshore sailor.
I live in Maine and can hear the fog horns of three lighthouses when the fog rolls in — and when my black lab finds herself on the wrong side of the door.