Helios by Jeremy Robinson and Sean Ellis is the second novel featuring the Cerberus Group, set in the universe of Robinson’s beloved monster fighting special-ops unit Chess Team. The Cerberus Group is an independent group of scientists and scholars who are dedicated to preserving the legacy of the historic figure who inspired the Hercules legends, and to protecting humanity from ancient powers that have been forgotten but not completely lost.
Two- line Synopsis (140 Characters):
Signs in heaven and on earth signal that the end is near. Only the Cerberus Group can stop the annihilation by finding the holiest treasure on earth. But where is it?
Short Synopsis (50 words):
When the sun stands still in the sky, triggering a global earthquake swarm, the Cerberus Groups goes into action, journeying to the far-flung corners of the globe, and into the depths of myth and history, to find the holiest treasure on earth.
Medium Synopsis: (100 words):
A swarm of earthquakes shakes the planet. In the sky, the sun appears to stand still. While the world reels from the vast destruction, George Pierce and the Cerberus Group uncover an even greater threat that must be stopped.
But not everyone wants them to succeed. An apocalyptic death cult will do whatever it takes to ensure the destruction of all life on Earth, while a billionaire tech-genius commanding an army of robots, wants to own the sun itself.
To stop them, the Cerberus Group will travel to every corner of the map, and into the depths of myth and history, to find the holiest treasure on Earth—an artifact with the power of creation.
Long Synopsis: (400 – 600 words):
The Beginning of the End…
A deadly swarm of earthquakes shakes the planet. In the sky above, the sun appears to stand still.
While the world reels from the vast destruction, George Pierce and the Cerberus Group, a team of scientific and historical experts, uncover an imminent threat straight out of history that must be stopped. An ancient mysterious satellite, known as the Black Knight, is actually part of an elaborate machine for harvesting solar energy, but if used improperly, it can cause catastrophic damage.
Now the Black Knight has awakened, and the future of the planet hangs in the balance. If the Cerberus Group cannot find a way to shut it down, all life on earth will perish.
But not everyone wants them to succeed.
An apocalyptic death cult, made up of suicidal martyrs and true believers who will do whatever it takes to ensure absolute destruction, while a billionaire tech-genius commanding an army of robots, believes he can control the Black Knight in order to own the sun itself.
Caught in the middle, the Cerberus Group must travel to every corner of the map, and into the depths of myth and history find the rest of the machine. But to reach it, they will have to fend off both sides, and run a gauntlet of fantastic creatures of living light, all to find the holiest treasure on Earth—an artifact that can harness the power of creation.
The prophecies are true…THE END IS NIGH.
Fact, fiction and something in between—In their collaborations, Jeremy Robinson and Sean Ellis draw heavily on a combination of historical fact, cutting edge science, mythology and speculation, and HELIOS is no exception. The novel explores topics ranging from the benefits and potential risks of autonomous vehicles, to conspiracy theories about a very real mysterious object orbiting our planet, to the true fate of the Ark of the Covenant.
A Wild Ride—It wouldn’t be a Robinson/Ellis team-up without off the hook action—battles with suicidal martyrs, killer robots—yes, actual killer robots!—and fantastic creatures made of pure energy—all set in exotic and familiar locales like Mount Sinai and the Temple Mount; Chartres cathedral and Temple Church in London; and the infamous HAARP antenna array in Alaska. And watch for a rare cameo from one of the most famous automobiles in history.
Do I need to read the other books first?—Helios is part of a series, set in an even larger fictional universe, but the story is self-contained, with enough information about the characters and preceding events to satisfy long-time fans and the first-timers alike. Hopefully, the latter will be inspired to continue the journey with Herculean, the first adventure of the Cerberus Group, and Prime, the origin story of the Chess Team.