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The year 2255 and nearly 200 years after Earth's global Armageddon. New Seattle is the only known remaining metropolis. The humans who live within this city, also live under the rule of "the machines." Humans are assets, slaves to the machines’ new world order. They either serve the machines or they are eliminated.
Within the New Seattle Police Department is a small band of officers who have complete immunity from prosecution. Their only assignments are to purge society of undesirable elements, to hunt down opposition, and to terminate dissent. These officers are called "Liquidators."
A rogue scientist escapes from the machines and is now being protected by the human underworld. To the city's mechanized overlords, the man threatens to end the rule of the machines by changing the balance of power. And in response, the machines decide to release a known criminal in order to infiltrate the human underworld and eliminate the threat.
Once an ardent defender of the city's human inhabitants, Lucy Savage has spent seven years in cryo-prison being synaptically reprogrammed to become a mindless, cold-hearted liquidator for the machines. But that's not exactly what came out of cryo-prison. All her memories may have been erased, but this Lucy is curious. And this Lucy is seeking answers as she tracks down her target. And because her intimate knowledge of the human underworld remains, and because she wants to know who she once was, she's upsetting those with something to lose. And this makes her a threat to both sides in the war between humans and machines.
Will Lucy remember who she once was and decide to save humanity? Or will she pursue the machine's agenda and destroy what little hope mankind has left?
Tight writing, realistic underpinnings of the plot, compelling characters, an exciting setting in the future are just a few of the many elements that readers will enjoy in this spellbinding science fiction story with a gripping and well-managed conflict. In The Liquidator (Double Helix) by R. Patricia Wayne, the reader is thrust into the year 2255, 200 years after a cataclysm almost destroyed the entire human race. New Seattle is slowly emerging as the lone survivor of the evil that had left the world devastated, but it has serious problems threatening its existence and growth. Humans are subjugated to the rule of machines, in fact, they are slaves, and anyone who advocates dissent is ruthlessly eliminated by the squad team called The Liquidators. Things could change with the release of Lucy Savage, a powerful character just out of the cryo-penitentiary. Will she be the hope for a future humanity?
Here is a book to read if you’re looking for sci-fi that is character-driven and masterfully written. The story opens with a compelling speech from the protagonist, Lucy Savage, a case against the powers that be. The writing is excellent and it is filled with vivid images; the narrative is action-packed and emotionally intense. Excellent and compelling dialogues are mixed with exceptional descriptive prose to delight readers. The novel reads like a prophecy of where humanity could be headed if we don’t go back to the traditional values that have protected what is most essential in humanity. The conflict is introduced from the very beginning of the story and it escalates pretty fast. The climax is dizzying and utterly satisfying. You can imagine the feeling of completing a book and holding it in your hands for some time, sad to part with it in the end. Such is the feeling you get after turning the last page of The Liquidator (Double Helix) by R. Patricia Wayne.